As I’ve said before, I’ve been a Christian for a long time. Over the years, I’ve sat through countless women’s seminars, retreats, conventions, and conferences. I’ve read an assortment of highly recommended literature with Christian women being the target audience. I’ve even followed a few women’s ministries on social media. Through all this, I’ve started to notice a pattern: women’s ministries are fluffy. No, not fluffy like a kitten. Fluffy as in seriously lacking substance.
At the rate we’re going, we’re going to start seeing tutorials on how to wing your eyeliner to glorify God. It’s getting rough out there, girls. Admittedly, I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but my general sentiment remains: there isn’t much of substance for Christian women.
Women’s ministries, generally, tend to focus on two things: modesty and beauty. Either we’re being given tips on finding a fashionable and modest summer wardrobe, OR we’re being reminded that we’re a beautiful, sparkly, precious diamond. Now, before anyone takes offense, I’m not implying those are bad topics of conversation. I’m saying that should not be our only topic of conversation.
Despite my upbringing in church, there was so much I didn’t know. For example, I had absolutely no idea how to read and study my Bible. No one had ever taught me. I found myself just reading Psalms over and over and over. As much as it pains me to admit this, I didn’t read any of the prophetic books of the Bible until I was in my 20s. But, I did know how to find a cute bathing suit for summer that would glorify God! I knew that Christians girls should never wear black lipstick or sparkly eyeshadow (natural colors only, obviously.)
It would also seem that most Christian women only aim to chase an emotional experience instead of coming to a firm understanding of God’s Word. We want to cry at the altar and feel the presence of God, but we don’t want to increase our knowledge. Again, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying it’s bad to become emotional (I cry all the time), but we shouldn’t just be chasing an emotional experience. It seems that if we don’t cry in church, we think our faith is lacking or we aren’t truly experiencing God.
Why don’t we see 3-day women’s seminars that focuses on how to properly interpret and apply Scripture? Where is the women’s conference that addresses Christian history? Why don’t more women’s ministries sell books that teach women some Greek or Hebrew? Perhaps, it’s time for a change in women’s ministries within the Christian Church.
Biblical womanhood goes beyond modest clothing and makeup. Why not start learning about God’s calling for us women? Why don’t we start to study what it truly means to be a Christian woman? I hope, I pray, we start to see some material that’s more substantial for women. I truly believe that Christian church needs it. Women are a crucial part of the church and our spiritual growth should be important to us.
What are your thoughts? Are women’s ministries too fluffy? Do we need some more substantial information out there for women? Is it time for women’s ministries to have a bit of an overhaul? Let us know your thoughts! We love to hear from you all!