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Women in Ministry: Embracing Our Gifts and Calling

Welcome to our lesson today titled Women in Ministry: Embracing Our Gifts and Calling. Today, we’re going to look at what the Bible says about women and ministry. We will learn how women can use their gifts and calling in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. The Creation of Woman

In Genesis 2:18, the Bible says that God created Eve as a helper to Adam. From the very beginning, women were created to be valued, empowered, and significant in God’s kingdom. God has a purpose for every woman, and that purpose is not limited to cultural stereotypes about gender roles.

2. Examples of Women in the Bible

We see countless examples of women in the Bible who use their gifts and calling in various ministries. Deborah, Esther, Priscilla, and Mary Magdalene are just a few examples of women who played important roles in leading and serving in the early church.

3. Encouragement for Women in Ministry

Today, women still face various challenges when it comes to being accepted in the leadership of the church. However, as Christian women, we must embrace our gifts, and trust in God’s calling in our lives. God qualifies us for His service, and it’s not gender that determines our calling.

4. The Role of Women in the Church

In 1 Timothy 2:12, Paul writes, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man…” This verse has often been used to restrict women in ministry, but it’s important to understand the historical context in which Paul wrote this letter. The church at Ephesus had certain cultural issues and concerns that Paul was addressing in this particular instance.

In other places in the New Testament, we see women like Phoebe, who was a deaconess in the church at Cenchreae. We also see women like Junia, who was described as an apostle in Romans 16:7.

As Christian women, we must trust in our God-given gifts and calling in the service of Jesus Christ. Our gender doesn’t limit our ability to serve the Lord so we should embrace the plans and purposes God has for us. In doing so, we can encourage and support other women who are also called into the ministry. May God continue to elevate and honour women in the church, that we may bring glory to His name.

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Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian


1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Romans 16:1-7; Acts 2:17-18; Joel 2:28-29; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

Questions for Lesson

1. How do you view women in ministry, and how have your views changed over time?
2. What challenges have women faced in pursuing leadership roles in your church or denomination, and how have these challenges been addressed or overcome?
3. How do you believe Scripture supports or refutes the notion of women serving as pastors or in other leadership roles in the church?
4. In what ways do you see the unique gifts and perspectives of women contributing to the body of Christ and the work of ministry?
5. How has the history of women in ministry impacted your own spiritual journey and understanding of God’s calling on your life?
6. What can be done to further support and affirm the role of women in ministry, both within the church and in society at large?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Go Light Your World” by Kathy Troccoli
2. “In Christ Alone” by Passion
3. “God of All My Days” by Casting Crowns
4. “Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets

Object Lesson

Title: “Women in Ministry: Embracing Our Gifts and Calling”


1. A bouquet of flowers
2. A Bible
3. A notebook
4. A microphone or megaphone
5. A chair


As an introduction, hold up the bouquet of flowers and ask the audience what they think of when they see this. Most likely, they will say something along the lines of “beauty” or “femininity.” Then, ask the question: “Do you think women can be effective leaders in ministry?”

After allowing a brief discussion, introduce the Bible and explain how throughout its pages, we see women who were chosen by God to lead and serve in various capacities. For example, Deborah was a prophet, judge, and military leader (Judges 4-5), and Phoebe was a deacon (Romans 16:1-2).

Next, display the notebook and explain how important it is for women in ministry to develop their gifts and calling. Many times, society tells women that they should be submissive or passive, but God has given us unique skills and talents that should be utilized in ministry. Encourage the audience to take notes and write down any ideas or thoughts they may have about their own gifts/calling.

Next, hold up the microphone or megaphone and emphasize the importance of women’s voices being heard in ministry. For too long, women have been silenced or marginalized in church leadership, but this should not be the case. God has given us a message to share and it is our responsibility to proclaim His truth boldly.

Finally, bring out the chair and explain how women are often left out of positions of leadership or authority, but there is a place for them at the table. Encourage women to take a seat, to use their gifts, and to lead with confidence and humility.

Conclusion: Women have valuable and necessary contributions to make in ministry. We must embrace our gifts and calling, develop them, and use them in ways that advance God’s Kingdom.


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