Women's Center for Ministry

Western Seminary is dedicated to equipping men and women to assume leadership roles in all ministry arenas and venues, providing tools for effective ministry for all whom God leads to Western.

The Women’s Center for Ministry (WCM) desires to be a global hub of relevant training, instructive resources, and nurturing encouragement to women involved in ministry and to those they influence. The Women’s Center is designed to prepare women for effective leadership in ministry in the community, the church, the workplace, on city streets and around the world. WCM values gospel-centered transformation; biblical excellence; gifts, passions, and calling;, strategic collaboration; and worship and the arts. WCM sponsors events for Portland/Vancouver and beyond: REVIVE for leaders in the fall and IGNITE, a city-wide event in the spring. WCM also sponsors support and activities for student wives.

For those desiring professional training in ministry to women, the Women’s Transformational Leadership Concentration (WL) for credit programs are available. These credit programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership, Graduate Studies Diploma and Graduate Studies Certificate programs. The non-credit Advanced Studies Certificate in Women’s Transformational Leadership is another option offered within the WL track (see below).

Women's Center Events

REVIVE is a half-day fall community gathering hosted in two locations: in the greater Portland metropolitan area, and in Vancouver, Washington. REVIVE is designed for women involved in ministry to experience inspiring worship, a biblically excellent keynote speaker, passion-focused discussion groups, and theme-based lab sessions geared to transform leaders from a sun-scorched land to a well-watered garden (Is. 58:11).

IGNITE is an annual regional one-day spring conference designed for a broader audience than REVIVE. Women involved in ministry are encouraged to bring those they influence to a city-wide event that highlights exemplary gospel-centered Bible teaching, dynamic worship featuring a variety of worship elements (i.e. city-wide worship team, liturgy, worship dance, drama, etc.), two sets of theme based lab sessions, a prayer room, and an opportunity to mingle at city and world-wide ministry tables geared to stretch our vision to needs beyond our own backyard. IGNITE is the highlight of WCM’s ministry year, a day to be freshly ignited and refueled with the love of Christ for gospel-centered transformation.

Student Wives’ Activities

Western honors the ministry team, a husband and a wife preparing together at seminary to assume leadership in the church or parachurch ministries. So often the preparation of wives who are partners in ministry is forgotten as their spouses train for pastoral ministry. Not at Western.

One of the most important ministry dynamics that a husband and wife can recognize and develop during their seminary days is a sense of team ministry. Developing this awareness of being co-laborers for Christ who share a common mission (though gifts and roles may differ) creates a “spiritual kinship” that results in special effectiveness in ministry. To nurture this awareness of being significant co-laborers, Western offers a number of opportunities for student wives to grow and prepare for ministry along with their husbands: one-on-one peer mentoring, student wives’ activities, and non-credit Advanced Studies Certificate.

Advanced Studies Certificate in Women's Transformational Leadership

The Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) is designed for individuals who desire limited and focused biblical and ministry training, but who either do not desire graduate credit for their work or who do not meet the prerequisites to receive graduate credit. No formal academic credit is earned in the ASC program. Learning Units (LUs) are awarded.