What is unique about the Board of Women’s structure?
At MPC, the Board of Women is fully integrated into the larger MPC committee structure that serves our congregation and therefore things may look a little different than in a more traditional “women’s ministry” model.
The Session at MPC is organized into committees that drive the work of MPC. Board of Women members are active on each of these committees, as well as the diaconal committees, and work closely with the MPC staff, Session, and deacons that comprise each committee. Together we strategize, organize, and share ideas within each committee as well as roll-up our sleeves to actually do the work of the ministry.
Through the BOW’s active participation on these committees, the women of MPC have a collective voice. We are blessed with leadership that recognizes that women have valuable insight and gifts and that women should be integrated into the leadership at MPC.
How does the Board of Women serve the women of MPC?
Caring well for the women of MPC is central to the Board of Women’s mission. We want to be responsive to the needs and interests of our women as well as help facilitate community and fellowship among them. In everything, it is our overriding goal to press the Gospel into women’s lives, then to teach and prepare our women to press the Gospel into the lives of others.
With this goal in mind, we bring women together in many different settings for fun and fellowship. We organize Neighborhood Gatherings in the fall and spring, Women’s Breakfasts, and our biannual Women’s Retreat. We support the mentoring efforts initiated by the women in Harvest. We support our women in their many roles of caring for others, and have served as co-sponsors of a recent Eldercare Seminar. We recruit and schedule women to help alongside our Elders in the Prayer Ministry after each worship service. We join with members of the Session to interview and welcome new members as they join MPC. We also help connect newcomers with opportunities for fellowship and Bible study.
While the Board of Women does not directly oversee all of the various women’s ministries happening at MPC from Tuesday Women’s Bible Study to Crosstrainers or Harvest, we do serve as a resource. We often help suggest different ways that women can get more “plugged in” at MPC to create connections and give women a chance to uncover opportunities to serve and use their gifts.
What if I have an idea for women’s ministry at MPC? How do I share my suggestions? How can I get involved?
The Board of Women is always open to your input about addressing women’s ministry needs you may feel or see, and we would welcome any new ideas or insights you may have. In fact, we are not only “open,” we can’t accomplish much without women like you. We are a group of fifteen to twenty women and, like many of the women of MPC, wear many different hats – often simultaneously.
So while we can’t create a new program for every need that is brought to our attention, we can come along side you and help support you in areas where you see a need. We want to stress that ministering to and with one another is everyone’s job in Jesus’ Kingdom. The Board of Women is here to help you to do just that.
How do I recommend someone for the Board of Women?
Recommendation forms are available in late fall for terms beginning July 1st. Forms are due to the church office during the first week in December.
How are women selected for the Board of Women?
After reviewing the recommendations from the congregation, the Session nominates a number of women to the Board based on the needs of the Session and diaconate and the gifts of the women recommended. The nominees then participate in the church’s leadership training and, upon successful examination, are appointed to the Board of Women by the Session.
How long do women serve on the Board of Women?
As is the case with the Session and Diaconate, the term of service for the Board of Women is 3 years. Women may serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms before a mandatory sabbatical. Therefore, most members serve for 6 years.