Women

EMPOWERING AND EQUIPPING WOMEN

"The Reformed Church in America will be a fellowship of congregations in which all women are equipped and empowered to fully exercise their gifts in the life, ministry, mission, and offices of the church."

 

 

 


#sheiscalled

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Women on the move, in the movement of the Spirit. This is us. This is our ministry. It is a ministry that has a strong legacy, rooted in RCA women’s ministries and mission work and 40 years of ordained leadership. To God be the glory!

Women on the move, in the movement of the Spirit. From Holland, Michigan, to New York City; from Southern California to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and beyond—we are God’s beloved daughters seeking God’s will for our lives and embracing our gloriously diverse callings. We are stepping up with courage and holy boldness to be equipped for ministry, alongside each other and our brothers, in a world that longs to experience Christ’s love, peace, and liberation.

Women on the move, in the movement of the Spirit. Faithful, fearless women and girls called by God for just such a time as this, walking in the footsteps of Esther, Deborah, and Rahab, of Sarah and Hagar, Ruth and Naomi, and Mary and Elizabeth, of Phoebe, Junia, and Lydia.

It is in this spirit of purpose and joyful expectancy that we celebrate how RCA women continue this legacy today through the #sheiscalled campaign. The #sheiscalled campaign raises up the ways in which RCA women are living out their callings today, honors the legacy they follow, and looks forward to the ways women will continue to lead us in the future.

RCA Women: A Legacy of Leadership offers a sampling of the strong, faith-filled, trailblazing women in leadership throughout the history of the Reformed Church in America. We honor and celebrate all women’s stories, told and yet untold, across the United States and Canada and well beyond. These inspiring stories, with all their joys and challenges, are part of our past, present, and future legacy as God’s beloved daughters who have and will continue to make significant, transformative contributions in the church and in the world. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story (Psalm 107:2b)!

To share your story or that of a woman you know, please contact Rev. Liz Testa, coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, at etesta@rca.org

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She is Called: Holy Land Trip

Explore the Holy Land  Wednesday, November 6–Sunday, November 17, 2019

Supporting women’s call to ministry

The Reformed Church in America believes women are called to use their gifts at every level of church leadership. 

About Women's Transformation & Leadership

A bit more about the goals of RCA Women's Transformation and Leadership.

Beth E. Marcus Scholarship Fund

The Beth E. Marcus scholarship fund supports women in the Reformed Church in America who are preparing for ministry through theological education.

Voices of Women

A space for RCA Women and our ecumenical sisters to share our stories, wisdom and inspiration.

A History of Women in the RCA

An historical overview and outline of women and leadership in the RCA.

Theological Resources by, for, and about Women in the Church

Recommended resources on theology written for women, by women, or about women. Resources by RCA women are shown in bold.

Commission for Women

The role and responsibilities of the Commission for Women.

Women's Transformation and Leadership - RCA Ministry Fund

The RCA is working to become a place where all women are equipped and empowered to fully exercise their gifts in the life, ministry, mission, and offices of the church.

She Is Called Leadership Collaboratives

Grow your leadership gifts in community with other women. 

Preventing Sexual Abuse in the Church

Getting to the roots of abuse in the church There will be free webinar opportunities coming in 2019,

Stories about Women in the RCA

Mind the Gap

Meredith Drive Reformed is using cultural agility to bridge generation gaps. Here’s what they’ve learned so far.

Uncovering Harlem’s History

Hidden beneath the city for more than 150 years, a burial ground for Harlem’s earliest black residents is rewriting New York history.

A Promise to All

When Case was baptized, his parents promised to raise him to know and love Christ. They never dreamed that this promise would one day impact their entire community.

Lifesaving Literacy

How literacy is bringing people in India out of poverty and into church.

“You Could Be My Daughters”

The women Patricia Johnson met reminded her of her own children. And that convinced her to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.

Events for Women in the RCA

Save the dates

New Brunswick Theological Seminary invites you to the third annual Women’s Stories Day at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, co-hosted by the Reformed Church Center and the RCA Office for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, to be held on Saturday, 2 February 2019 (snow date 9 February 2019), from 10 am - 2:30 pm. This year’s theme will be: “Taking a Stand,” featuring stories of RCA women advocating to change their world.

RSVP here. 

Building God’s Church Together Learning Event

February 16, 2019
ReNew Community Church
Ames, Iowa

People throughout the Reformed Church in America have been exploring what it means for women and men to flourish in ministry...together! In partnership with the Classes of Central Iowa and Pleasant Prairie, we invite you to join us for this day-long workshop in a retreat-like setting. We will share the joys and challenges of partnering in ministry with someone of a different gender than you. Explore scripture, hear stories, identify your current realities, and imagine new pathways that can result in greater flourishing for women and men as they partner together in your ministry context. Local leaders will be joined by Dr. Rob Dixon, Rev. April Fiet, Ms. Lesley Mazzotta, and Rev. Liz Testa for an interactive, Spirit-led day of transformation and growth. 

Register now!


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Read the latest Women's Newsletter to find out more about upcoming events.

Contact:

Liz TestaRev. Liz Testa
Coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership
ltesta@rca.org
616-541-0897

 

Lorraine ParkerLorraine Parker
Administrative Assistant for Women’s Transformation and Leadership
lparker@rca.org
616-541-0896