Reverend Sharon Beekmann M.Div
Chair, Women’s Resource Committee
Though I stared hard, I could not see the bias. What is a bias? Which thread do I pull? I was six.
Not for me. I loved my dress.
Digging the Well
|The Women’s Resource Council of the EPC|
Women from EPC presbyteries gathered in 2015 to create a ministry that would encourage, inspire, and equip women in local churches. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and leaning on seasoned ministry experience, we worked from pictures in our mind and principles of Scripture. We met three times over the next year and a half. We stitched together a God-honoring ministry for women. It was not ‘simple as pie,’ but God’s hand was surely on us.
In March 2016, we wrote our vision statement:
The Well: Women’s Resource provides resources to local churches that inspire and facilitate the development of a vibrant, grassroots connectional ministry wherein women are nurtured, encouraged, inspired and equipped to bring Christ to those near and far.
Filling The Well
|Believe, Belong, Be Bold, Be Free|
The Women’s Resource Council (WRC) is the administrative arm of The Well. We began by asking ourselves what it meant to be a disciple of Christ and leader in his church. We began surveying and vetting resources designed to equip and encourage women to serve Christ in the local church. We divided the resources into two major categories: Discipleship and Leadership.
The discipleship resources fell into four categories:
- Believe (discipleship)
- Belong (community)
- Be Bold (evangelism)
- Be Free (healing)
We posted vetted Bible studies as well as print and digital media on topics such as discipleship, evangelization, spiritual formation, soul care, and mentoring. Leadership resources were researched and vetted.
Building Community at The Well
The Well invites women throughout the denomination to interact on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. On this blog, you will read stories of women’s walks with God, ministry themes, and best practices relevant to discipleship and leadership. Please join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter. Visit the EPC website and scroll down to EPC ministries: The Well. In addition to connecting through social media, the WRC organizes events for women at General Assembly. As the ministry of The Well matures and funds become available, we would like to offer and support regional seminars and retreats.
Funding The Well
The Well is funded by donations from members of congregations, church Sessions, and Presbyteries. It is not funded by the denominational giving know as “per member asking.” To make a donation directly to The Well, click here
Money is currently spent on travel and lodging expenses for council members to attend two meetings a year. We also have administrative costs, e.g., printing, etc. As we receive donations, the Council will be able to expand our offerings.
Creating a ministry is both exciting and terrifying. As a child, I stared at the cloth on the floor and could not imagine the dress I would wear the next day. Likewise, when thirteen women from across the country assembled at the General Assembly office, we could not know what God would do in and through us. We trusted him. We laughed. We prayed. We said goofy and sometimes wise things. God stitched the ministry together. We praise him.
Come to The Well. Together we serve Christ and proclaim the Gospel– it’s such Good News!
Sharon Beekmann is a graduate of Denver Seminary and ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She serves on the National Leadership Team of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Chairs the Women’s Resource Council that develops and oversees EPC’s women’s ministry.