STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The primary purpose of the Department of Women's Ministries is to nurture, facilitate, and support women in their Christian lives as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His World Church. In consultation with administration and other departments of the Church, the department shares the responsibility for developing a global evangelistic strategy and provides training to equip the women of the church to uplift Christ in the Church and in the world. "... we may do a noble work for God if we will. Woman does not know her power ...There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin."- Testimonies for the Church, vol 4, p 642.
The Department of Women's Ministries will focus on the six critical issues that were identified by the division Women's Ministries directors, and voted by the Women's Ministries Advisory, as being barriers preventing women from reaching their full potential: illiteracy, poverty, threats to health, length of workday and poor working conditions, abuse, and the need for training and mentoring for greater involvement in the mission of the Church.
Our mission is in the larger sense common to all Christians -- that of uplifting Christ in the church and in the world. But more specifically, we are called to:
elevate women as persons of inestimable worth because they have been created and redeemed
enable women to deepen their faith and experience spiritual growth and renewal
build networks among women in the world church to encourage bonds of friendship and mutual support and the creative exchange of ideas and information
mentor young Adventist women, encouraging their involvement, and creating paths for them as they reach for their potential in Christ
address the concerns of women in a global context
bring women's unique perspectives to the issues facing the world church
seek expanding avenues of dynamic Christian service for women
challenge each Adventist woman with her potential to complement the gifts given to other women and men as they work side by side to further the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church — that out of the fullness we as women have personally found in Jesus Christ, we may be empowered to share the good news within our families, among our fellow believers, and in ever expanding circles in the unsaved world.