Professor Carol King
Women in Christian Ministries
1 April 2013
When I think about a philosophy for my ministry I simply think about what I live by. I want my life to be a life that reflects that of Christ. When people look at me do they see Him? I want to teach and train other women to love and serve the Lord and their husbands with a heart of compassion and submission. I also want to help encourage them to further the gospel within their own communities.
There are quite a few verses that I would establish as my foundation for my ministry and what is most important in this ministry. The first verse I think of is Titus 2:3-5 where Paul writes and it says, “In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.” I truly believe this is a great example of what discipleship looks like between one woman to another. I believe that we as a younger generation need to step up and look and find a woman in the older generation who can take us under their wing and minister to us. Teach us all they know on how to be a mother and a wife. That way when we get married or even if we are a young married we will have some guidance in what we are doing. I also believe this passage shares with us about how to be women who live above reproach.
Another passage is Ephesians 5:22-32 where it says, “Wives,submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives,just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,since we are members of His body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.” This is another great example of what it looks like to have utter and total submission to ones spouse. Here Paul uses the example of how Christ is the head of the church and because of that He is the Savior of the Church. Since the church submits to Christ that gives an example of how women are to submit to their husbands and because of this we as wives should respect our husbands.
These passages that I mentioned just give me the ultimate statement that I want to be this woman that Paul is demonstrating. I want to be the role model to younger women and even finding an older woman to mentor me. I also want to be submissive both to my husband and to the Lord.
A very important part of a woman’s ministry and even my ministry that I can think of is that of the relationship between a man and a woman. When I think about a woman's role in her relationship with her husband there is one word that comes to mind and that is helpmeet. The Hebrew word for helpmeet is actually two different Hebrew words. The first one is 'ezer which means to aid, help or to surround. The second word is kenegdo which means corresponding to, counterpart to, or equal to matching. The word 'ezer kenegdo is the the word that is used in Genesis 2:18 where it says, “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the...