Our women’s ministry operates with a high degree of skill, but also a high degree of independence.
They keep separate from other church ministries and are not accountable to our male leadership.
Strong personalities lead this ministry, and many women choose to not be involved rather than risk potential conflict. At one point we tried to bring the ministry into the mainstream of the church but our efforts were met with resistance and criticism.” *
The latter do so in love, knowing I’m put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing they can stir up trouble for me while I’m in chains.
But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice”. (Phil 1:15-18)
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:1-4)
On leaving Corinth for Ephesus, they pack their belongings and tent making business and partner with him in establishing a church, eventually staying behind to care for the infant church when Paul returns to Antioch, and later giving that same support to Timothy in his leadership there (2Tim 4:19).
So as we seek to work together in Christ centred unity, in true brotherly and sisterly partnership, let’s keep careful watch over our hearts.