— by Ashley Yarnoff, member of CCC’s Women’s Ministry Team
When I moved to the Triangle, my dear Mom specifically prayed for me to be surrounded by women whom I could call my sisters. Glory to God for His faithfulness! The Lord was writing out a beautiful story the moment I walked through the doors of CCC. The first person I was greeted by was Crystal West. She was friendly and genuine, and made me more at ease that first Sunday morning visit. The second time we visited, an old friend from my Evanston, IL, days, was playing piano for offering! What, Lord?! Really?! To top it all off, the Women's Bible studies were led by godly women who encouraged me to know the Lord better. I knew that relationships with the women at my new church was going to be a major part of this Midwestern girl learning to resettle her roots in the South.
Now I serve on The Women's Ministry Team (WMT). I’ve come to appreciate the beautiful principles that guide this ministry.
First, “To initiate in areas of teaching ministry to benefit the session and in areas of deed ministry to benefit the deacons to enhance the edification of women as women.” This first principle is important in benefiting the Session as Biblical literacy is crucial to maintaining a robust reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. We are going strong with consistent offerings of women’s Bible studies.
The WMT also seeks to benefit the deacons in being liaisons to communicate the needs of the women of our church back to them. In deed ministry, women tend to be naturals at reaching out to one another and offering help. This is important for the church’s unity as laid out in passages like Philippians 2:2 which calls us to be of “the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
But for this article I would like to highlight a second principle. “To use the Titus 2 mandate as a foundation for our ministry which will allow for opportunities for women to nurture women.”
This principle draws from Titus 2:1 and 3-5 which says, “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 to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
The Women's Ministry Team has been reflecting on this passage and praying about ways to improve upon what is already happening intentionally (Women's Bible studies) and organically (friendships via Community Groups, Kids Club, etc.).
Ladies, we are so excited to start honing in on how this sort of relationship can look! Our goal is to have a few small discipleship groups, maybe 3-5 women max. These groups would be led by the wife of an Elder and would meet once a month between August and May. These groups are not intended to replace Community Groups but are being offered to meet your need. Please let us know, at church or on the CCC portal, if this is something you are interested in.
Several weeks ago Byron preached out of Acts 15-16 and asked “What is your dream team?” This phrase made me smile as I thought of the women (and men!) at CCC that have walked alongside me through the heights and depths. We pray that the Lord will use this new effort from an old idea to strengthen you, women of the church, so that Christ Community Church is all the more bold in proclaiming the riches of Christ to the realities of our lives. Might these new groups perhaps be your “dream team?” Might these little groups be an answer to your prayers to be known by and surrounded by the women of this church?