The church I attend recently began a small-group discipleship ministry for our women. As part of getting to know each other better, the leader of my group asked us to share a little-known fact about ourselves. I decided to tell the group about living in Argentina in the early-1970’s. The usual questions regarding life in a foreign country followed, accompanied by my well-practiced answers. Being so far away from family and friends at a time when communication was limited to snail mail was decidedly difficult, but the opportunity to experience a different culture and learn a second language was priceless.We spent two years abroad because my dad accepted a temporary transfer to work for the Argentine subsidiary of his U.S. employer. Thus, part of the pre-move preparations involved my parents’ 2-week, company-paid attendance at a local Berlitz total-immersion language school. It was a stressful, morning-to-night grind, no English allowed.Unlike my beleaguered parents, I began my language studies once we landed in Argentina. I was enrolled in an American school where I had classes in English in the morning and classes in Spanish in the afternoon. That, plus daily interaction with native speakers in our community, provided an excellent learning environment. Nonetheless, my parents hired a tutor to help me with the intricacies of sentence structure and verb tenses.Community ImmersionJust as I benefitted greatly from learning Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country, Christians thrive best when we’re part of God’s visible church. Scripture is clear that each of us has an important, God-ordained place in His body (1Corinthians 12:12-30) and that we should not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:24-25). Furthermore, God’s family is composed of members of varying ages, abilities, and spiritual maturities, just like biological families. We are called to do life together in compassionate covenant communities, where we rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn and come alongside each other to teach, support, and encourage according to the gifts we’ve been given (Romans 12:3-21).
PATTI GARDNER|GUEST Back-to-school season does it to me every year. As I meander through Target, I inevitably hit the school supply aisle. There I see moms and their little ones loading up carts with backpacks, pencils, and notebooks, and I remember the days when I was doing the same thing. It seems like only yesterday… Read More
MEGAN HILL|GUEST “Okay, ladies, who would be willing to lead us in prayer?” And, just like that, the whole group goes mute. Women who had been laughing and whispering suddenly freeze. All eyes shift to the floor. Previously unnoticed shoes become objects of intense interest. Everyone feels an urgent need to check her phone as… Read More
This post is a follow up to the interview I did with Susan Hunt about the rerelease of the her book Spiritual Mothering. CDM has published Titus 2 Tools as a companion piece to Spiritual Mothering, offering practical tips and a leader’s guide for women’s ministries to develop their own Titus 2 discipleship opportunities. In… Read More
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine . . .Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive… Read More
SUSAN HUNT | CONTRIBUTOR Have you ever asked why your church has a women’s ministry? Or, perhaps the question is, “Why don’t we have a women’s ministry”? When leaders clearly and frequently communicate Scriptural reasons why we do what we do, women are motivated and energized to value, participate in, and pray for the women’s… Read More