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

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 announce our new campaign: #sheiscalled, a yearlong celebration of how we are called by God that will culminate at General Synod 2018 and its celebration of 40 years of ordained leadership for women.

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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 & Leadership - RCA Ministry Fund

"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

Women’s Leadership Collaborative

“Transformative Leadership in Beloved Community” is a mini leadership collaborative that allows women to explore how to grow as leaders in beloved community—community that both empowers and challenges us to live fully into God’s call on our lives. 

Stories about Women in the RCA

Finding Refuge

Sandy Khabbazeh, a Syrian refugee, came to Ponds Reformed Church for a place to pray. She found a place to call home.

Grief Turned to Gratitude

A weekend of fellowship and spiritual women makes a difference for women in the Mid-Atlantics.

A Praying Congregation

In north central New Jersey, one RCA congregation is making a big difference through the simple act of prayer—in many forms. 

Waiting in Darkness

Hospital chaplain Liz Niehoff works in an organ transplant unit. She says her work is anything but easy—but also beautiful, life-giving, and miraculous.

The Power of Partnership

Kathy King is a pastor. She’s also a social worker. Working as both brings added richness to her vocation, but it also has its challenges.

Events for Women in the RCA

Save the dates

Second annual Women’s Stories Day:
Celebrating the stories of first women in the RCA
Saturday, May 12, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Jersey


Annual women’s connection dinner at General Synod
Friday, June 8, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Building God’s Church Together” connection event
Saturday, July 7, First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa

Far West Region women’s retreat (bilingual)
September 7-9, Spirit in the Desert, Arizona

Women’s global experience trip to Bahrain and India
January 14-26, 2019


Read the latest Women's Newsletter to find out more about these 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