“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

The God-given reality of gender has a profound impact on how we interpret the world. If you’re a man, it doesn’t matter what’s going on, you will interpret and respond to whatever situation you’re in as a man. If you’re a woman, it doesn’t matter where you are, you will interpret and respond to whatever situation you’re in as a woman.

The gospel tells us that our fundamental identity as Christians is not found in our gender. It’s found in Christ. Yet the way we live out identity in Christ looks and feels differently depending on our gender. What it looks and feels like to follow Jesus as a man is not the same as what it looks and feels like to follow Jesus as a woman.

As a man, there’s a kind of help that I need to follow Jesus that only my brothers in Christ can provide. That’s what drives men’s ministry at KingsWay. It’s not about organized events with big budgets and crazy promotion. It’s about a man walking up to another man in the foyer over coffee and encouraging him to honor God at work or to love his wife at home. The same sort of thing could be said of our women’s ministry. Ninety-five percent of the ‘men’s ministry’ and ‘women’s ministry’ in our church should never show up on a website with cool graphic.

That said, there are good reasons for building a rhythm of organized events for men or women as a church. (1) Men and women need a place where they can be equipped to disciple members of their own gender. (2) Men and women need a place where they can receive gender-specific teaching on issues we all face (humility, wisdom, fear, etc.) (3) Men and women need help to understand and embrace their gender-specific roles at work, at home, and in the church.

With these goals in view, we devoted part of our last elders meeting to discussing men’s and women’s ministry at KingsWay. Quite a few members have come forward with ideas for restarting both ministries after taking off most of 2015. I recently met with a group of ladies to discuss our next steps in women’s ministry. Chris Deloglos is doing the same with a group of men. If you are interested in being part of the steering committees that are starting to brainstorm, plan, and lead our men’s and women’s ministries in 2016, please us know. Don’t wait to get tapped on the shoulder. If you have the desire, send an email, call the church office, or grab one of us on Sunday. We want as many people as possible to get involved!

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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