Local Church Women's Ministries Job
The leader is appointed by the local church nominating
committee. The Women's Ministries leader is a member of the
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- The leader
will assist the church in meeting the spiritual,
emotional, and intellectual needs of women in their
various stages of life and cultural diversity.
- The leader is to create an environment that
encourages productivity, rewards effort and initiative,
and provides a spiritual climate in which each woman can
- The leader assesses the needs of the women in the
church through surveys and interviews. She acts as
chairperson for a Women's Ministries committee to
develop programs and activities to meet the needs
identified through the surveys.
- The leader is an active member of the local church
board disseminating information on women's activities
and harmonizing these activities with the larger church
program. She works closely with the pastor and the local
conference Women's Ministries director.
- The church board or nominating committee selects the
Women's Ministries leader in the local church.
Qualifications include a sensitive, caring nature, a
clear spiritual understanding of God's design for women,
and a burden for women's broad needs and concerns.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The major duties and responsibilities of the Women's
Ministries leader includes the following:
- Establish a Committee. The leader will work
with the church board to establish a committee. The
committee should be composed of women interested in the
broad spectrum of women's needs and concerns. The
purpose of the committee is to brainstorm, develop
strategies, and assist in planning programs and
activities that relate to women's specific and varied
- Needs Assessment. The leader will
work closely with her committee to survey the needs of
the women in the local church and community. Survey
questionnaires can be used to obtain this information.
- Program Development. The leader
will work with her committee and the pastor to develop
and implement Women's Ministries programs or seminars,
and network with existing support groups active in the
church. She and her committee may decide to sponsor such
programs as support groups for abused women, support for
elderly members, single parents, health care, hygiene,
time management, grief recovery, spiritual care
(discipleship), witnessing, personal devotions,
self-improvement, and support for women married to
non-believers, etc. Other activities may include prayer
breakfasts, literacy programs, day care, and programs
for the elderly.
- Chairperson of the Women's Ministries
Committee. It is the responsibility of the
local church Women's Ministries leader to chair the
Women's Ministries committee. She will encourage ideas
and plans that maximize women's contribution to the
mission of the church. The chair will put together an
agenda, moderate discussion, and facilitate group
cohesion through personal sharing, prayer, and
- Advocate of Women's Concerns, Needs, and
Contributions. It is the leader's
responsibility to keep the church membership informed of
Women's Ministries and its contributions to church life.
This responsibility includes allotting time during
personal ministries, announcement period, or Sabbath
school to share with the congregation at large. This
responsibility includes being a liaison between the
women of the church and the church board members,
assisting the board members to keep in view the needs of
the women in the church and recognizing the Women's
Ministries as a significant and vital part of church
growth and church dynamics.
The conference Women's Ministries director is responsible
for providing resources for the local church leaders. The
Women's Ministries leaders at the union level provide
training seminars for Women's Ministries leaders, and the
Women's Ministries director at the division level is
available for organizational assistance, training meetings,
encouragement, and resources. It is important for local
leaders to attend basic training sessions sponsored by the
local conference. Women's Ministries is committed to
reaching the community, discipling people, and nurturing our
members around the world.
Duties of the Men’s
Develop and conduct on a periodic basis a wide variety
of programs and activities that will meet the various
contemporary needs of a diverse male constituency.
Encourage and facilitate meaningful spiritual, mental,
and emotional growth among the men of the church.
Work with a small administrative committee to make plans
Communicate with the church secretary and pastor when
Serve as the conference men’s ministries representative
to the local church.
When requested assist the conference director in
planning meetings that are for the benefit of all the
men of the conference.
Serve as a communicator of news of interest to men that
is disseminated from the division, union, and conference
men’s ministries programs.
Mentor someone else in this ministry.
Report to the family ministry committee and/or church
Spiritual Gifts Desired:
Duties of the Family Ministries Coordinator
The major functions and tasks of the Family Ministries
Coordinator are the following:
Needs Assessment: Work
with the pastor to survey the needs of the church:
couples, single persons, single parents, children,
teens, young adults, mature adults, etc., and
finding which topics are of interest to them. Needs
assessment tools such as survey questionnaires and
analysis worksheets are available in some of the
resource materials listed in this leaflet and from
your local conference office. Your conference Family
Ministries Director may be able to assist you.
Program Development: The
Family Ministries Coordinator works in cooperation
with other church leaders to implement family life
programs. This involves planning, promotion,
recruitment and training of volunteers, delivery of
the programs and evaluation. Although a number of
very detailed and "user-friendly" program helps are
available, successful programs still require
considerable attention to detail, good organization
and strong communication for many weeks in advance.
Chairs the Family Ministries
is recommended that even in the smallest
congregations a committee be selected for family
ministries instead of following the tradition of
making it a one-person assignment. Family ministry
is about relationships and helping people learn to
be Christlike in their relationships. This needs to
be modeled in a group setting because it is "caught
as much as it is taught." Even if the committee only
meets once a quarter, and includes people who hold
other offices in the church, it should become a
support group as well as a working unit. As
chairperson it is your responsibility not only to
put together an agenda and moderate the discussions,
but to facilitate times of personal sharing, prayer
Family Advocate: The
Family Ministries Coordinator sits on the church
board and should represent the needs and concerns of
family life there. It is easy for a board to become
involved in the organizational and financial issues
of the church and forget that congregations are
essentially clusters of households; people trying to
live out their faith together. It is your
responsibility to help the board keep in view the
relational needs of the members of the church and
make family life a real priority in all that the
Information Source: The
congregation will depend on you as a primary source
of information about ministry. It would be a good
idea for you to begin to construct a list of
Christian counselors to whom you can feel confident
making referrals. You will want to guard against
getting too involved or "playing psychologist"
(unless you are one), but highly developed listening
skills will make it easy for other church members to
share their concerns and needs with you and ask for
information. This informational task includes taking
opportunity regularly, during personal ministries
time or Sabbath School or worship, to share
information with the whole congregation as it comes
to you from the conference and in resource
Personal Ministries Secretary
The personal ministries secretary is the representative to
the Adventist Book Center (ABC) for all departments of the
church and conducts clerical aspects of the personal
ministries council. Job Duties
The church pastor and personal ministries secretary are
normally the only personnel authorized to order and charge
items at the ABC to the church account.
Channel the bills received from the ABC to the church
treasurer noting what each charge is for and file original
invoices for record
Enter all transactions in the order book
Order Sabbath School supplies from the ABC as indicated
by general Sabbath School superintendent
Post a master list of the quarterly orders for the
Sabbath School secretary, and give one copy to the Sabbath
Work with the personal ministries leader in obtaining
orders during periodical campaigns and send to conference
office as directed
Keep a record of orders and payments of periodicals by
church members. Actual payments are handled by church
Arrange for collection of debits pertaining to periodical
Complete "Church Personal Ministries Report" at end of
Attend conference personal ministries secretaries'
Read bulletins sent by conference and disseminate
Distribute copies of the "Adventist Layman" to
Do secretarial work for the personal ministries
department as designated by the personal ministries leader
The personal ministries secretary is a member of and
responsible to the church board and is a member of the lay
ministries council and Sabbath School council.
Duties of the
Although the program varies from church to church depending
on the size of your congregation, the ministry of the
education secretary will include the following:
records of children. You
will need a written record of all the children and young
people in church families. A card file of the church
membership by household needs to be developed. The church
clerk could assist you in this responsibility. After the
name of each school-age child a notation should be made as
to where the child is attending school. If there are any
special problems relating to finance, a parent who is not a
church member, etc., a notation should be made on these
cards. Of course, no information of a confidential nature
should be made public. This file is to help facilitate an
accurate report to the conference education office or the
school board. You will not automatically serve as a member
of the local school board.
to families with children in public schools. Communicate
to the pastor the obstacles that may have kept a student
from attending church school. Work with the family and the
school personnel to see if the problem can be resolved.
Christian education. Cooperate
with the pastor and other educational personnel in your
church in helping to educate church members concerning the
benefits of Christian education and the necessity of
providing an Adventist education for all the youth who
desire it. Vigorously promote giving toward financial aid
for needy and worthy students. Coordinate periodic reports
to the church featuring the church school, junior academy,
senior academy and college. Help plan the yearly Education
the parents of infants. Christian
education begins at infancy in the home. If plans for
education in a Christian school begin at the time a new baby
arrives in the home, and parents have planned ahead, the
financial burden of a church school does not bring on a
sudden drain in the family budget.
care for the children of new converts. Special
care needs to be shown in communicating the opportunities
available in the Adventist schools to new converts and their
children. Appropriate brochures and handbooks from the
various schools they could attend should be given to them.
Arrangements could be made for the new family to visit the
schools along with another church member who is familiar
with the educational institution and program.
Duties of the
Deacon and Deaconess
The ministry to which a person is called when he or she
becomes a deacon or deaconess includes the following duties:
1. Greeting and ushering.
Especially in smaller congregations, the deacon and
deaconess will serve as greeters and ushers for the services
held in the church. They will also help the pastor and other
event leaders maintain the smooth operation of church
2. Upkeep of church property. They
will take responsibility for the care and upkeep of church
property, including the oversight or actual doing of the
janitorial work, repairs, grounds maintenance, interior
decorating and small renovations.
3. Security. They
will care for the security of those in attendance at church
activities, always vigilant for the comfort and safety of
all persons. This includes opening the church building(s)
before meetings and locking the facility at the conclusion
4. Visitation. They
will join with the pastor and elders in visiting church
members. Some churches assign a geographic area or certain
number of members for deacons and deaconesses in teams of
two or three to visit.
5. Assisting with the baptismal ceremony. The
traditional roles for this service are described below.
The deacons will
a. Prepare and fill the pool.
b. Assist male candidates.
c. Do the physical labor related to the service.
The deaconesses will
a. Prepare the robes for all who are participating.
b. Assist female candidates.
c. Launder and store robes, towels, etc., after the
6. Assisting with the communion service. The
traditional roles for this service are described below.
The deacons will
a. Provide the physical arrangements, such as placing the
b. Place the towels, basins and water in the appropriate
rooms for use in the ordinance of humility.
c. Dispense water and basins for the men during the
Ordinance of Humility, giving particular attention to
visitors, new members, and the aged.
The deaconesses will
a. Prepare the bread and grape juice.
b. Arrange the emblems and covering on the table.
c. Dispense water and basins for the women during the
ordinance of humility, giving attention and assistance to
visitors, new members, and the aged.
d. Clean and store the linens and serving pieces used in
7. Caring for the congregation. In
many churches an unwritten tradition gives the women who
serve as deaconesses or deacons the responsibility of
organizing hot meals for any church family that experiences
a death or other tragedy. This may mean simply taking food
to the home or, in some cases, the serving of an entire meal
to family and guests after a funeral. Often the planning of
wedding and baby showers is also done by this group. This is
an important aspect of a caring ministry in the
It’s true that communication is central to every aspect of
our local church structure today, technically making every
leader in the church a communicator. But as the appointed
communication leader, your role in ministry is specifically
defined to ensure that members are kept informed and the
church is properly represented to the public. Following are
the four areas that encompass your ministry as communication
leader in the local church:
As communication leader, you are responsible for building,
monitoring, and protecting the image of your local church
and its name, within your community.
To do this effectively: Ensure
that the church is identified by an exterior sign
appropriate to the building’s architecture and check the
church’s appearance regularly for problems needing
attention. Arrange for the identification of the church
through listings in local telephone directories, tourist
publications, highway signs, and hotels and motels. Arrange
for church representation at exhibits and fairs, in parades,
and at other community events. Build and nurture
relationships with community leaders, clubs, and
organizations, and encourage increased church involvement
and support in the community when and where appropriate.
Try this: Develop
and maintain a church web site; join a communication
association like the Society of Adventist Communicators and
the Religious Communication Council; supply the What’s a
Seventh-day Adventist? brochure and the Hands of Hope
booklet to members for distribution to friends, work
associates, and community leaders; customize and share the
Giving is Caring calendar with community contacts and local
Your objective is to raise public awareness of our
church—its members, its mission, and its message; work to
get church activities and events noted in the media; and
help to get the church’s views included in the news
adequately and accurately.
To do this effectively: Report
church activities to local radio, television, and newspapers
by submitting news releases and public service
announcements, arranging for interviews, writing letters to
the editor on matters of concern to the church, writing or
assigning feature stories or columns, arranging for photo
coverage of congregational activities or events, and serving
as a source of information for public media representatives.
Look for opportunities, story ideas, and current issues that
concern your church and community. Seek to become personally
acquainted with newspaper editors, broadcast assignment
editors, religion reporters, and community relations
personnel. Develop initial contacts with press kits, nurture
contacts with phone calls, and follow up contacts with
hand-written note cards.
Try this: Develop
and maintain a local media contact list; seek coverage of
camp meeting, a health fair, or a Pathfinder event that
benefits kids or the community; send your contacts Christmas
cards from your church.
News and Information
It’s vital to keep church members informed about upcoming
activities, and equally important to share church news with
conference communication directors and the larger Adventist
To do this effectively: Publish
a regular newsletter with photos, articles, and input from
members and/or submit articles and photos to conference
communication directors for conference newsletters or
sections in union papers. Maintain an attractive bulletin
board in the church lobby highlighting church activities,
news, photos, and developments.
Try this: Send
sick, shut-in, and missing members copies of the church
newsletter or bulletin. Publish a church pictorial directory
paid for by ads from community businesses and church
well-wishers; watch First Wednesday via satellite to keep up
with your worldwide Adventist family.
Advertising and Promotion
One of your most important responsibilities is to
strategically promote all church programs and evangelism
campaigns to attract attendance.
To do this effectively: Regularly
consult with the pastor and departmental leaders about
events and activities they are planning. Assist them with
the creation and placement of brochures, flyers, direct
mail, broadcast and print ads, and other promotional ideas.
Professionally prepared advertising materials are available
for many programs, as are public relations and advertising
agencies for consultation.
Try this: Ask
a college student member whose talent is graphic arts to
design your flyers, brochures, and ads; invite members who
work in communication by profession to help develop an
advertising campaign for your next evangelism effort or
Duties of the Public Relations &
Religious Liberty Leader
The ministry to which a person is called when he or she
becomes a religious liberty leader can best be described in
the following ways:
Liberty magazine. Your
first responsibility as religious liberty leader is to help
your pastor conduct the religious liberty campaign in your
church. Set an example by your wholehearted support. Then
encourage church members to subscribe to Liberty for
themselves and give generously to send the magazine to
community, state or province, and national officials and
2. Communication. Report
good and bad news through church newsletters, the church
bulletin, and in oral reports in the personal ministries
time. Become the eyes and ears for your conference and union
public affairs and religious liberty directors by bringing
significant items to their attention.
acquainted with public officials. Know
the state or provincial government leaders and national
legislators from your area. Write to them when religious
liberty issues arise. Let them know what your religious
liberty concerns are in a respectful, dignified manner as
befits the cause of Christ. When religious liberty issues
arise, you may be asked to encourage church members to write
letters to state, provincial, or national leaders, but
consult with your union Publish Affairs and Religious
Liberty (PARL) director before writing or contacting public
officials in the name of the church.
recognition to civic leaders. When
a civic official in your community takes a strong stand on
upholding religious liberty, contact your union conference
PARL director for assistance in recognizing the official by
presenting an appropriate plaque or award at the church or
in the official’s office.
involved in the local community. Keep a current name and
address file of city and county officials including council
members. Get acquainted with your city and county public
servants and be sure they receive Liberty magazine. Attend
their meetings to become better acquainted with the problems
in your community. Keep your pastor and conference PARL
director informed about major developments in your community
that could affect religious freedom. Help to organize local
contacts when asked to do so by your pastor or conference
church members. Watch
for religious liberty problems among church members. Some
members, especially new ones, are not aware that assistance
is available to them as they face Sabbath employment
problems or problems with labor unions.
Duties of the
Community Services Director
The major functions and tasks of the local church community
services director include the following:
the needs of the community. A
needs assessment of your area should be completed every two
or three years by visual inspection; using public, private
and human services agencies such as police, fire, mental
health and human services; by reviewing the news media; and
by conducting surveys.
a response to specific concerns. It
is your responsibility to help your church identify social
concerns to which it feels called to respond. Usually this
decision will be made in the outreach or personal ministries
committee. Once the decision is made you will have the task
of getting the word out and rousing the congregation to
of programs. You
will be asked to recruit volunteers and arrange details of
entry events (activities through which non-members
participate for the first time in a church-sponsored
activity), and other social action projects. These will
include health screening, aid for the poor, literacy and
employment assistance, and inner city programs. You or a
church-elected Disaster Response Coordinator may be
responsible to coordinate disaster-related activities.
community services director is asked to work with other
organizations in the community so the church does not
duplicate services. Memorandum of Understanding have been
established at national levels with non-profit organizations
and private sector parties specifying what Adventist
Community Services will do in the event of major disasters
and related to certain social problems. Similar agreements
are needed in your area. This may mean that you, or someone
you appoint, will meet regularly with inter-agency
committees to represent the Adventist Church.
5. Communication. You
are the person the congregation expects to keep it posted
about Adventist Community Services activities, as well as
provide information on current issues. This means that you
will want to utilize the personal ministries time once a
month (as outlined in denominational policy), prepare
announcements for the bulletin and church newsletter, and
distribute a comprehensive statistical report at least once
a quarterr. Since the yearly “Hope for Humanity:
Ingathering” and "Disaster Famine and Relief" appeals are a
major source of funds for community services, the community
services leader will want to be involved.
6. Reporting. You
are the person responsible to document community service
statistics. Keeping records of the clients you serve,
services you provide, volunteer statistics and financial
records is important to you, your local church and the
Adventist Church in North America. This information can
provide operational transparency and assist with grant
opportunities, volunteer recruitment and donation requests.
With free web-based software, you can quickly and easily
maintain these records.
Duties of the Singles Coordinator
The duties of a person when he or she becomes a coordinator
of singles ministries in the church will include the
Form a Committee. Find
responsible people who will help plan and develop
activities and programs. Keep in mind when choosing
committee members that the adult singles need to "own"
their ministry in order for it to be relevant to their
needs. Other important aspects of your ministry will be
to brainstorm, develop friendship in the committees, and
delegate responsibilities in a way that involves as many
individuals as possible in the program.
Bible Study. A
ministry to single adults must include Bible teaching
which may take place in a large or small group
situation, or maybe both. Small group Bible studies can
meet during Sabbath School and be recognized as a
Sabbath School class, or meet as a Home Bible
Fellowship, or a midweek meeting at the church. Large
group activities might take the form of a monthly
Singles Fellowship where Bible study would not be the
only item on the agenda.
Involve Singles in the Worship Service. Look
for ways to help the singles in the church to become
part of the worship services and contribute to a spirit
of commitment among the members of the church.
Plan Entry Events. You
will need to help the church plan entry events and build
pathways that will attract new members, specifically
single members, and nurture their growing faith. A
divorce recovery seminar, a single parent workshop, and
other seminar packages are available.
the congregation and its leaders develop a
non-judgmental, open and accepting attitude. Focus on
how to minister to singles in the situations in which
they are found. The question is "What can be done now?"
Rather than, "What happened?" or "Why did you do what
you did to get yourself into this?"
Church Media Upgrades for the Third
for the platform are helpful for musicians to hear
themselves go sharp or flat before the congregation does
(and hopefully make the needed corrections).
projector for computer generated graphics of announcements,
songs, scripture readings, offertory videos, special
features, and sermon slides can really enhance the visual
worship experience. 3,000 lumen projectors that can cut
through ambient light are now beginning to be affordable. A
video monitor for the platform is also helpful so that the
presenters don’t have to look over their shoulders to see
what the congregation already sees.
is a good presentation tool that can be used to organize and
present the graphics for church. If you want video behind
the words for songs, and want to build your play list
the job nicely.
Mini-DV camcorder with a firewire output combined with a
firewire equipped computer can provide the base for church
produced mini-features. Editing software such as Pinnacle’s
Studio 9 are
economical and easy to use.
lighting of the platform can greatly improve the worship
experience for the congregation. The entire atmosphere of
the congregation can change slowly or dramatically through
lighting changes. This may involve the installation of
several more lighting fixtures and a special lighting board
to control the sanctuary and platform lighting.
church considering building a new sanctuary or remodel an
existing sanctuary should consult with an audio-visual
designer in the conceptual stages of planning. A building
designed for the audio-visual needs of the church in mind
can save hundreds of thousands of dollars down the road.