Women's Center for Ministry
Western Seminary is dedicated to equipping men and women to assume leadership roles in the church, in the marketplace and in the community. We are committed to providing the 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 networks for women involved in ministry. The Women’s Center is designed to prepare women for effective leadership in ministry by providing a climate that encourages women to grow in their area of giftedness and passion.
The Women’s Center for Ministry prepares and involves women in ministry by providing:
- Student wives’ activities
- Two non-credit training programs
- Annual conferences and gatherings
See also the Pastoral Care to Women concentration for credit programs including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership, Graduate Studies Diploma and Graduate Studies Certificate programs.
Note: The non-credit Advanced Studies Certificate in Pastoral Care to Women is offered at the Portland and Northern California campuses.
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. 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.
non-credit certificate programs
Partners in Ministry Certificate
The Partners in Ministry Certificate program equips student wives to be better prepared for ministry. This year’s class, “Practical Preparation for Ministry,” is open to married and single women. Participants will wrestle with topics such as: living a victorious Christian life; conflict management; expectations, realistic and unrealistic; the private life of a public person; calling; your place in the universe; developing your own mentoring ministry; counseling people through loss; speaking as listeners like it; difficult times in family life; living with a pastor husband; and affair-proofing your marriage.
Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of six units passed with a satisfactory evaluation. Those participants who attend seven or more will receive additional recognition. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the program. Wives of graduate credit students can be awarded their certificates at the time of their husbands’ graduation ceremony. No official graduate credit is earned through this program. Those interested in earning graduate credit should contact the Office of Admissions.
Advanced Studies Certificate in Pastoral Care to Women
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.
Women's Center Events
IGNITE is an annual regional spring conference for women. The program varies from year to year, including elements such as worship, keynote speakers, labs, panels or forums.
REVIVE is an annual community gathering hosted in three locations: both the east and west side of the greater Portland metropolitan area, and in Vancouver, Washington. The gathering is designed for women involved in ministry and features an interactive approach. REVIVE is typically focused on a specific theme and promotes relational support for women of similar ministry interest (i.e., pastor’s wives, women’s ministry directors and pastors, compassionate care, marketplace missions, global missions, etc.).