Women's Discipleship

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Messiah. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

Galatians 6:2-3

We believe the Creator designed men and women differently; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These design differences are a wonderful gift from our Creator and for good reason. Within a marriage covenant, they are designed to come together as ‘one’. This allows us to be truly functional and effective in order to help each other and others in our lives.

Because of these design differences, the pattern of women and men’s discipleship looks different. The quality of women’s discipleship is reflected in the intimacy of relationships built over time. The more a woman knows and trusts another, the more she feels confident bringing issues into the light within this trusted environment. In turn, this allows the Ru’ach to help deal with these issues, often resulting in great healing. Women’s discipleship involves

walking closely with other women of the Faith who are also willing to till the ground of their hearts and be honest with what they find. Discipleship is deeper than just friendship – it is about intentional fellowship with the aim of growing in the Father’s ways.

Titus 2:3-5 explains that women are to learn what it means to be a woman of Yah, so she brings honor to Yah’s word. This expands into being a wife, mother, grandmother, sister or any other applicable role. The modern narrative is always ready to tell you how a modern woman should behave. However, this is not necessarily founded in Scripture. By applying biblical principles like discipleship in our everyday lives, we are slowly transformed to become more and more like Messiah (Ephesians 4:13). Because every woman faces different issues at different stages of her life, the path of discipleship is unique to each woman and is a lifetime journey. Therefore, we allow the Ru’ach (Holy Spirit) to guide and reveal the areas that need to be addressed.

Women’s discipleship can become unhealthy if based on the same discipleship framework and midrash format as the men. So, the women’s eldership team works hard to provide supportive environments where women can start the process of building intentional relationships. We do this in two ways:

  1. For the wider online community, we provide an environment for informal ladies fellowship, affectionately called ‘chinwags’, for women to meet others so they can begin to build relationships and learn to trust one another.

  1. For women dealing with specific issues, we aim to connect them with other women in our support network who have successfully navigated and overcome similar challenges. This is done with great care and consideration.

The eldership team includes six women whose husbands walk together in discipleship and have known each other for many years. Their service to the wider body is an outcome of their own spiritual journey devoted to growing in Messiah’s ways. The eldership team includes:

Pip Reid
Ruth Ohman
Lisa MacGuffin
Lori Grim
Monica Milner
Terri Saunders

To connect with other women in the community, email the women’s eldership team at eldersteamWD@gmail.com

Please note that whilst these women may have wisdom from their own journeys, any form of discipleship should not be used as a substitute for therapy, professional counseling, or medical advice. Any Biblical advice given must be discerned in prayer by the individual. We also respect each person’s individual walk and therefore the beliefs and doctrines may differ slightly between each woman.