Dear WOVL Readers and Fellow Women in Ministry and Leadership,
Hello from St. Louis!
It has been a little while since we have had a new article on the blog, and I wanted to jot down some of the ideas which have been brewing around in my mind related to Women in Leadership and Women in Ministry.
First, I believe more and more women are starting to not only feel the call of God in their lives, but are starting to embrace and explore their calling. It can be a very scary thing to walk on a path you have never walked before. As women, the calling can be especially daunting as there are times many women never see other women with their license and or being involved at higher leadership levels. There are a lot of doctrines which have been formed, some for and some against women in ministry. I am glad and thankful that scripture affirms women in leadership roles within the Bible, and there are hundreds of women named throughout the Bible who have been involved in ministry! Wow! How exciting! I want to encourage you to follow your calling and get involved in ministry at every level. Start by praying and talking with your local pastor, and then start reading and studying more if you are interested in pursuing a ministerial license.
This past year, I have had the opportunity to travel to different events around the country and get acquainted with more women who are involved in ministry and leadership. There are many exciting opportunities around the country where you can attend retreats, conferences, and meet other women in ministry. Some of these are the WOVL Ministry Retreat (Aug 31-Sept 1, 2018), the UPCI Women in Ministry Network Meet and Greet at General Conference, the Women Ministering to Women Conferences hosted by Sis Jessica Marquez, and there are of course various ladies retreats which provide renewal and refreshment for women district-wide.
The Women in Ministry Network is looking for your ideas and input on how we can better serve you as a female in ministry and leadership. Please email me (mailto:email@example.com) your ideas, concerns, and input as we work to put together more networking opportunities for you within our Pentecostal movement and denomination. It is a very exciting time for women in ministry. This past year in the UPCI, we now have more than 500 licensed women in ministry. This provides unity, accountability, teaching, and ultimately will provide more revival and growth in our movement. I am thankful for so many who have encouraged women to get involved, especially our general superintendent Bishop David K Bernard and his wife, Sister Connie Bernard. They both are wonderful servants of God, and have a heart to help women get involved in ministry. I am also excited about our chair Sister Lois Mitchell, who has been traveling around the country and spreading the good news of women in ministry. If you have not already attended one of the Meet and Greet sessions at General Conference, get on board and come along! Make some friends and get acquainted with more women in ministry and leadership.
There are also several written resources for your ministry development and leadership. WOVL has a small group curriculum focused at educating and equipping women who feel a call toward ministry. You can access this on our webpage and purchase it for your group and local church. In addition, Sis Lori Wagner, Bro David Norris, and Bro Daniel Koren have published books to help advance women in ministry. More websites will be available soon by Sis Lori Wagner and Sis Jessica Marquez. There are also various Facebook groups which you can get involved in and find encouragement and support. Please see our Women of Vision Leadership Facebook page, and our WOVL Ministry Retreat group. We post regularly and make resources available to you through these social media outlets.
I am looking forward to a new year, and looking forward to launching some new resources on this webpage. I will be doing a monthly VLOG, and also doing a podcast starting in 2018! I hope you will tune in, and we can connect through these outlets. I will also be hosting our WOVL Ministry Retreat (Aug 31-Sept 1, 2018) where Brother Bernard, Sis Lois Mitchell, myself, and others will be speaking. Please visit the tab on this webpage for more details (http://crystalschmalz.com/wovl2018/). We will also be adding an extra special component to this retreat, so stay tuned for upcoming updates.
Please feel free to continue to send your prayer requests, ministry updates, and questions to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from you, and will continue to pray for women in ministry and leadership as you seek out God’s call! I am also looking at the possibility of traveling to local churches in the future if God opens the door. Please contact me if you would be interested in hearing more about WOVL Ministries, and let me know if there is any way I can help encourage you in your ministry and leadership!
Blessings to you,