“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27
God created human beings in such a way that there were two genders, male and female. Both genders possess equal dignity and worth in God’s sight, yet by His design, these genders are distinct and different from one another. So while there is much overlap in the type of life that God calls men and women to live, there are also unique responsibilities that each gender has and unique temptations that each gender faces.
So, as a church, we want to provide venues in which men can be taught to live as godly men and women can be taught to live as godly women.
We are currently evaluating strategies about how to implement more consistent instruction for the men of our church and our community. In the meantime, we periodically have programs, events and seminars that we encourage men to participate in. Those can include “Fight Club” (a program designed to build disciplines into men’s lives), conferences, Father-Son gatherings, or leadership training sessions.
Several times each school year, we have a Friday night gathering called The Well for women of all ages. It’s designed as an environment in which women can come to connect, learn, and pray together. We also periodically offer classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings that are geared toward women. Finally, typically at least once a year we encourage ladies of the church to participate in an event targeted toward equipping them as followers of Jesus (whether it be a conference like True Woman, the Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference, or something that we host here locally).
For a fuller statement that reflects much of what our church believes about men and women and their complementary roles, you can read the “Danvers Statement.”
Pastor Marc Goodwin