Women’s Ministry

by Anna Moss for the Women’s Ministry Committee

Biblical womanhood: As we develop the rationale, goals, key tasks and roles in establishing women’s ministry it is important to articulate Biblical foundations for womanhood. Among evangelical Christians there is widespread difference in practice regarding women’s ministry. Clarifying what we understand as a complementarian framework will be useful in establishing the foundations of women’s ministry in the church.

The complementarian position acknowledges that men and women are created as equals before God as persons, in dignity and worth and are distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18) and thus complement one another through their involvement in different roles in family and church life.

Note: The concept of “Women’s Ministry” has a dual purpose. It involves ministry which is intentionally directed to women as well as women being equipped for and involved in various ministry roles


Helpful Resources


  1. Word Filled Women’s Ministry, Gloria Furman & Kathleen Nielson (eds), 2015. <
  2. Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, J Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt, 2006.
  3. One to One Bible Reading, David Helm, 2012.
  4. God’s Good Design, Clare Smith, 2012.


  1. 4 Ways Brothers and Can Encourage their Sisters in Ministry”. Melissa Kruger, May 15, 2018
  2. Five Reasons to Include Women on Your Church Staff”. Michael Kruger, March 5, 2018.
  3. More Pressing than Women Preachers” Jen Wilken, May 19, 2015.
  4. A Theological Vision for the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW and the ACT (PCNSW Special Committee for Denominational Renewal)


This is the second in a seven-part series exploring the Biblical Framework for Women’s Ministry. Follow the links below to continue reading.

Part 1. Biblical Framework for Ministry

Part 3. Building a Women’s Ministry

Part 4. Distinctive Ministry to Women

Part 5. Local Church

Part 6. Ministry Spheres for Women

Part 7. Starting a Women’s Ministry