General Conference of Methodist Women
12th Quadrennium Theme
Rooted in Christ : Women Being the Church
Scripture Verses : Colossians 2:6-7; Ephesians 3:17
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12th Quadrennium Theme

Rooted in Christ : Women Being the Church

Scripture Verses : Colossians 2:6-7; Ephesians 3:17

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An Interconnectional Organisation with membership that spans different races and culture around the globe, sharing the same focus and passion to affirm our purpose To “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”. The official emblem of the Methodist Women is the “Tree of Life” based on Revelations 22:2 – “…. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. The tree is an evergreen signifying continuous life and vitality. 

Message From The President

Be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9)… As I ponder through the years how this verse has stood by me since the Lord gave it to me in 2005, I often wonder what it means to BE STRONG and now especially during this season when we hear these 2 words spoken so often – people telling one another to BE STRONG to circumvent this pandemic.

Last year, the MW of my local church did a series on the Women of the Bible. There are many “strong women” mentioned in scriptures – these women sought freedom, from oppression, suppression, wickedness and as we studied the strong women of the Bible, I asked myself : what truths can we learn from these women’s attitude and actions? What strengths do they have? In which areas will I ask God for courage to put my faith into action?

I want to introduce to you the daughters of Zelophehad – five wise, courageous and righteous women. The five sisters are Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah whose story is laid out in Numbers 27:1-11 and 36:1-13. These 5 sisters knew the Lord. They had faith in His provision, His promises, His just character. They were bold, they were courageous but their courage came from a place of faith and trust in God. They were champions of social justice in a broader sense. What lessons can we learn from them?

Character – they had great faith and they were noble, godly women who trusted that God would provide for them and were willing to courageously step outside their comfort zone to see this happen. We are called to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. Widows, along with orphans and foreigners, are subject to God’s special care. Do we make space for the widows and orphans and the migrants/refugees in our lives? Do we allow their stories to shape our lives?

Community – have we identified the most vulnerable among us, living in our communities? Our life together as a community is meant to reveal the glory of God, and the mission of God. Seeing the image of God in the least of these very near to us ought to reshape how we spend our time and resources. Are we using our voices to ask for what is just? Who are the communities experiencing discrimination that need us to publicly stand with them? Just as the daughters of Zelophehad saw that they were being left out, what are some ways that women are being left out today? What are some ways we can be the circle of support for these women today? How have we ‘accompanied’ these women in need?

Calling – they spoke on the side of justice, advocated for change, and their daring step of faith does indeed change God’s own name law of land ownership. Like the daughters of Zelophehad, let us seek justice with humility. Like Moses and the leaders, let us listen to the voice of the oppressed and bring their case before the Lord. In our situations, justice is not always prompt and sometimes does not come at all. Can we still wait with hope for God to work out all things for good?

The church has always consisted of those who are “called out.” We are people working together, using our gifts to serve others and live out God’s grace and love. These are unprecedented times, and it will take a bit of work on our parts to go out and “be the church” when we’re supposed to stay home.

We can live out our mission even though our church buildings are closed. More than ever, we need each other- fear, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness can weigh us down. We will have to work harder and use our creativity. But we can still “be the church.” We can show the love, respect, forgiveness, and servant heart of Jesus in so many ways. While we are living in troubled times, we have unprecedented avenues to reach far and wide to “be the church”.

We as women must continue to learn and care about the plight of others, to be still and listen, to discern and act boldly with others for our own humanity and the humanity of others, and to express faithfully the witness we can make in our own time. Perhaps the next woman we should study is Rizpah, daughter of Aiah and concubine to King Saul.

“When the church is being the church, there is no community that can compare to the church.” Eric Mason.