Introducing 4word: Church Connect
4word: Church Connect launched in 2016 as a resource for churches to connect, equip, and engage working women in the local church. As 4word: Local Groups expand across the country and the globe, 4word aims to take the same mission of equipping professional women to “use their God-given callings and faith to change the world” into churches.
Why Churches and Why Now?
Cultural shifts in and outside the church have created new challenges for churches communicating with, serving, celebrating and equipping women in their communities. Did you know that 70% of women with children under the age of 18 are in the U.S. workforce? Or that 40% of women are the primary breadwinners for their families?
Meanwhile, 38% of adult Christian women have not been to church in the last 6 months, and 27% of professional Christian women are leaving the church entirely. 4word believes the combination of cultural shifts that have brought increasingly more women into the marketplace and the struggle many of those women face feeling known and valued at church is not a coincidence.
Partnering with 4word
4word offers three levels of partnership easily adapted to meet the unique needs of the women in your church. We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to reaching, connecting and equipping working women. Instead, let us work with you to develop the right resources for working women in your church without adding unnecessary stress to your staff and budget.
- Church Connect Partner: 4word would love to work with your church staff to develop a ministry for working women within your church. Churches can easily adapt 4word’s Local Group model to meet the needs of the professional women in your community, such as creating opportunities to connect and build relationships, developing a mentor program, facilitating the use of the unique gifts and talents of professional women, or offering small group studies that meet professional women where they’re at.
- Resource Partner: Are you looking to build out your current women’s ministry to include resources for professional women? 4word offers Resource Partners access to 4word’s programs including our Mentor Program, digital platform with weekly blogs and interviews, and book studies that you can use to build community and keep working women growing and serving in the local church. 4word will partner with you to adapt our resources to fit your ministry, streamlining the process of equipping professional women to fulfill their God-given callings.
- Affiliate Partner: does your church desire to connect and equip professional women, but lack the bandwidth to develop new workplace ministries for women? Consider becoming a 4word: Church Connect Affiliate and direct women in your church to one of the 17 existing 4word Local Groups across the country. Other options include linking to 4wordwomen.org on your church website, sharing 4word resources with the women in your church, or partnering with a Local Group by supporting them financially.
Join 4word: Church Connect
Interested in partnering with 4word to serve working women in your church? Contact Caitie Butler, 4word: Church Connect Program manager, to start a conversation about how 4word can help meet the unique needs of the women in your church.
Email Caitie at caitie
Download 4word’s Church Connect info packet to share with your Pastor. View PDF.
Interested in understanding more why we feel so strongly about reaching the Working Women in Churches, read more…
Books and Study Guides
4word has created three separate bible studies which come complete with the book and study guide, along with our newest book “Women who Work Love and Pray: Celebrating 5 years of 4word“.
She’s There, Look Closer Video Series
With the help of Western Seminary, we created three videos to help the 4word woman understand the the view of the Working and being involved in their church.