Our Goals for Women’s Discipleship
We have two goals for the discipleship of women at Southshore: (1) Train and empower qualified older women (“Titus 2 Women”) to disciple younger women; and (2) Equip women teachers and writers to use their gifts
1. Train and Empower Titus 2 Women
The Bible instructs male elders to ensure discipleship is happening in the local church. Paul establishes a clear outline for discipleship in Titus 2:1–6:
"But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
Notice the structure for teaching and discipleship given in Titus 2. Male elders are to disciple older men, younger men, and older women. However, regarding discipleship within the domestic-sphere, older women are best suited to directly disciple the younger women.
Domestic-sphere Discipleship (Titus 2)
Our desire, then, is to train and empower Titus 2 Women, who will then disciple our younger women to live out their biblical calling in the domestic sphere
2. Equip Women Teachers & Writers
The Titus 2 model is not an exhaustive discipleship plan. In addition to Titus 2 disciple-makers, we recognize that God has gifted older and younger women to teach and to write. While we recognize that women are not permitted to teach men or to exercise authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12), we also recognize that the spiritual gifts are distributed by the Holy Spirit without regard to gender. Therefore, the Spirit has gifted women to teach and to write
In Ephesians 4:11–16, the Bible instructs male shepherds and teachers to appropriately equip the saints to do the work of the ministry
"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. . ."
Notice the emphasis given to doctrine in this passage. Undergirding all other facets of discipleship is a firm grip on sound doctrine. This mandate is not exclusive to men in the church. Therefore, it is essential that we employ gifted women to help us to build up the body of Christ.
Doctrinal Discipleship (Ephesians 4)
Our desire, then, is to equip gifted women teachers and writers to disciple women, youth, and children
Our Structure for Women’s Discipleship
To accomplish our two goals, we have established an intentional disciple-making structure. In this structure, the elders will oversee both the training and practice of “Titus 2 Women” and “Women Teachers & Writers.
Our Steward for Women's Discipleship is Pastor Jody Cross