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Women Equipping Women
For better or for worse you will influence the people around you
Spring 2018
Women Equipping Women 4 .................................
What is Women Equipping Women (WEW)? 4 .................................................................
Our Goal 5 ............................................................................................................................
Our Approach 5 ....................................................................................................................
WEW I 6 .................................................................
What is WEW I? 6 ...............................................................................................................
Our Approach 6 ...................................................................................................................
Expectations 7 ......................................................................................................................
Core Competencies 7 ...........................................................................................................
Small Group Leaders 7 ........................................................................................................
WEW II 8 ................................................................
What is WEW II? 8 ..............................................................................................................
Our Approach 8 ...................................................................................................................
Our Expectations 9 ..............................................................................................................
Core Competencies 10 .........................................................................................................
The WEW II grad 10 ...........................................................................................................
WEW III 11 .............................................................
What is WEW III? 11 ...........................................................................................................
Our Approach 13 ..................................................................................................................
Our Expectations 14 .............................................................................................................
What Is Not An Expectation? 16 .........................................................................................
Leadership 17 .......................................................................................................................
WEW III Videos 19 ..............................................................................................................
What to do. 19 ......................................................................................................................
Core Competencies 19 .........................................................................................................
A WEW III woman will be able to 19 .................................................................................
meet all the core competencies from WEW I and WEW II. 19 ...........................................
A desire and knowledge of how to disciple other women from the Creek. This can be on
her own in her relationships with Life Group women, service group women, friends, etc.
19 .........................................................................................................................................
A desire to disciple and mentor a WEW II woman. 19 .......................................................
WEW BIBLE STUDIES 20 .....................................
Our Goal 20 .........................................................................................................................
Our Approach 20 .................................................................................................................
Core Competencies 21 .........................................................................................................
WEW INTERNATIONAL 22 ..................................
WEW III Leaders 23 ..............................................
Directory 23.........................................................................................................................
Women Equipping Women
What is Women Equipping Women (WEW)?
WEW is a series of equipping classes offered Wednesday and Sunday nights. The
WEW leaders also offer women’s Bible studies on Sunday nights. All classes are led
by women leaders who have spent years equipping, leading and teaching women. The
essence of what we do is to make disciples. We do this by teaching and demonstrating
fundamental Scriptural disciplines.
These disciplines are not a means to themselves. They are a means
or a tool by which we look more like Jesus everyday as we engage
in these habits. We don’t drift towards holiness so if we want to be
like Jesus we have to make up our mind to be intentional about
doing certain things and developing certain habits that will help us
be more like Christ.” Pastor Jason Hall
We fully acknowledge it is by God’s grace that we grow at all and participate in His
commands to go and make disciples. Nothing we do earns, merits or deserves God’s
redeeming love save the blood of Christ.
Our Goal
From its beginnings WEW exists by God’s grace to develop and mature women into
Christlikeness. Simply put, we help women follow Christ. We are as Mark Dever
writes, “doing spiritual good to others.” Maturing into Christlikeness is God’s work but
requires our participation. As followers of Christ we are not only commanded to be
disciples but make disciples as well. This is the heart of the WEW classes: disciples
who make disciples.
Our Approach
Teaching and discipleship take place within a classroom setting on Wednesday and
Sunday nights but also throughout the week as women meet and submit themselves to
accountably. Accountability is a fundamental piece of our program. Without
accountability, the majority of women simply do not grow and mature.
We can easily be surrounded by many yet genuinely accountable to
none. Dr. Alvin Reid
Regardless of where women are in the WEW classes— I, II, or III—accountability is
crucial.
WEW I
What is WEW I?
WEW I is a class for women taught by women. It is a class with expectations. As
stated above our goal is to develop and mature women into Christlikeness. Simply put,
we help women follow Christ, we do “spiritual good” to them. This requires effort and
participation on everyone’s part.
Our Approach
We teach and demonstrate fundamental disciplines commanded by God in a group
setting on Wednesday and Sunday nights. While teaching is essential so is
accountability. Without accountability, progress in learning and obeying the commands
of Scripture lags. Consequently this class takes place in a learning environment with
built in accountability. Through the dedication of a class teacher and small group
leaders, women are taught and then provided with an accountability leader. It is our
hope that women will learn and begin practicing six key disciplines in the first
semester: Bible study, prayer, service, worship, evangelism and worship. We do not
expect proficiency nor mastery of these disciplines in the first semester of attendance.
As with all new concept and skills, women usually need several semesters to fully
implement these disciplines.
Expectations
It is a class with expectations. WEW I is a voluntary class with expectations. Our
expectations are that women come to class each week prepared to learn and obey
Scripture. Homework is assigned weekly. Consequently, women are expected to
complete assigned homework. This usually involves practicing the disciplines that are
taught and memorizing Scripture.
Core Competencies
A woman successfully completing WEW I will be able to define and execute all the
disciplines. Again, we do not expect proficiency nor mastery of these disciplines in the
first semester of attendance. As with all new concept and skills, women usually need
several semesters to fully implement these disciplines.
She will have a “plan” for how and when she incorporates these disciplines into her
daily life. Although she may not feel qualified or experienced enough, she will also be
able to lead someone else through each discipline and hold them accountable. This is
otherwise known as discipling someone.
Small Group Leaders
All WEW I classes have experienced women serving as small group leaders (SGL).
These SGLs have completed WEW I and II and are plugged into an accountability
partnership with a WEW III leader. The small group leader will spend time each class
with her group answering questions, providing accountability, offering instruction and
encouraging her group to be consistent in their disciplines.
WEW II
What is WEW II?
A class for women taught by women. It is a class with expectations. WEW II is a
voluntary class with expectations. Here we continue our grace filled pursuit of
Christlikeness through increased learning, accountability and discipleship. Once
women have demonstrated a desire to be held accountable for continued learning and
growing (after completing WEW I), they are welcome to join WEW II.
Our Approach
This class builds on the learning of WEW I. WEW II is offered Wednesday and
Sunday nights. Learning takes place in the classroom, accountability takes place
outside the classroom. Accountability partners are assigned—usually WEW III leaders.
The WEW II class is laid out over three semesters.
Our Expectations
Obedience to the commands of Scripture goes without saying. This is a class that
expects women to continue their obedience to Scripture just as they have done in WEW
I. Women should come to class each week prepared to discuss the assigned homework.
Reading is assigned weekly in Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem and Scripture
memory passages are given at the start of each semester. Additionally, each woman
will connect with her accountability partner at least once a month. Meetings between
accountability partners can be in person, phone, email or through video conferencing
(Face Time, Zoom, etc). Finally, all women are asked to attend a Sunday night Bible
study—during their 1st or 2nd semester—while attending WEW II. These Bible
studies are led by one of our WEW leaders.
WEW II
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
Grudem’s Bible Doctrine
Grudem’s Bible Doctrine
Grudem’s Bible Doctrine
Teaching of Pentateuch
Teaching of Historical Books
Teaching of Intertestamental
and NT Intro & Background
Review of disciplines through
out semester
Review of disciplines as needed
Review of disciplines as needed
Accountability outside
classroom: Reading,
disciplines, memory verse
work, 18 questions
Accountability outside
classroom: Reading,
disciplines, memory verse
work, 18 questions
Accountability outside
classroom: Reading,
disciplines, memory verse
work, 18 questions
Serving as SGL in WEW I
Reading one book per semester
from the list provided
Reading one book per semester
from the list provided
Reading one book per semester
from the list provided
Attend a Sunday Night Bible Study
Core Competencies
Every woman successfully completing WEW II will be able to have a basic knowledge
of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. She will be able to refer to trusted
resources and engage in basic discussions about these doctrines as well as know where
to seek sound information for further learning.
Additionally, this woman will understand and re-tell the unified story of Scripture. She
will see the cohesiveness of the OT and NT narrative, identify basic themes and know
how each part (book) upholds the big story told over the span of sixty six books.
Lastly, this woman understands how to study Scripture using a basic three step process
of observation, interpretation, and application. While this process still may be in
development in her mind, she daily practices some form of sound Bible study refining
her skills such that Scripture transforms her into the likeness of Christ.
It is our desire to instill a love of learning in the WEW II woman that becomes self
sustaining as she develops habits of learning through equipping class attendance,
reading and an insatiable desire to love God with all of her mind.
The WEW II grad
The WEW II grad has several avenues of continued discipleship and development. As
stated numerous times our goal for all disciples is to go and make more disciples. It is
our deepest desire that all WEW II women would obey this command (Matt 28) as she
has been taught to do. First she may elect to be a disciple who makes disciples in the
context of her life group. Frankly, it is there that we hope to see discipleship carried
out. Secondly, the WEW II grad may elect to stay on as a SGL and serve in that
ministry. Serving as a SGL does not preclude her from also discipling other women in
her life group. Finally,
WEW III
What is WEW III?
Club, Clique or Class?
WEW III is a class. A class with expectations. A voluntary class with expectations.
Simply stated our united goal is to grow in Christlikeness. To be sure, this is the
goal of all our WEW classes. WEW III is a continuation of that growth albeit at an
increased level of responsibility, accountability, and leadership. Growth doesn’t
just happen. By God’s grace, we pursue Christlikeness through learning,
practicing, serving and teaching. Participation in this class involves all four
although how that takes place can vary.
Clubs or cliques typically are defined as “a small exclusive group of people.” That
is most certainly not what WEW III is. WEW III is a grace filled class of
inclusive, ever growing group of women who follow Christ and wish to grow and
disciple others.
We fully acknowledge it is by God’s grace that we grow at all and participate in
His commands to go and make disciples. Nothing we do earns, merits or deserves
God’s redeeming love save the blood of Christ. It bears repeating,
These disciplines are not a means to themselves. They are a means
or a tool by which we look more like Jesus everyday as we engage
in these habits. We don’t drift towards holiness so if we want to be
like Jesus we have to make up our mind to be intentional about
doing certain things and developing certain habits that will help us
be more like Christ.” Pastor Jason Hall
A woman in WEW III has completed WEW I and II and voluntarily wishes to
participate in WEW III. Completion of WEW I and II does not automatically
admit women into WEW III. WEW III is a class for women who will serve in
some leadership capacity and therefore this class does not progress women from II
to III. Pastoral and WEW leadership approval are necessary for women to enter
into WEW III.
Unlike WEW I and II, WEW III does not have a time frame associated with it.
Women in this class can remain and mature indefinitely as they fulfill class
expectations. As stated earlier, the women in this class are united by a common
goal of growing towards Christlikeness yet this is an incomplete description
without the act of discipleship. While expectations will be discussed in subsequent
paragraphs, discipling others is the heart of this ministry.
A disciple in its simplest terms is a follower of Christ. Mark Dever writes,
Discipleship does not begin with something we do. It begins with something
Christ did.” Therefore, all we do in our own faith practice and in discipling others
is an offering of worship back to God who first loved us. Discipling is helping
others to follow Jesus. Consequently, as we grow and mature into disciples, we
disciple others. To that end, we are continually growing in the knowledge and
practice of our faith. This discipling process can take place in a variety of settings
from our own home to WEW I small groups to any woman within the church.
Our Approach
WEW III is a weekly class on Sunday nights during fall and spring semesters. The
purpose of this is to continue to learn and strengthen as disciples of Christ. You can
only grow someone else to the height and depth at which you have grown.
Your love for God is limited by your knowledge of Him, so that you
can really only love Him as far as you know Him. Tim Challies
Stagnation is death in leadership. Danny Akin
WEW III women are paired up with each other for the purpose of accountability
and mentoring.
As leaders grow and develop in this class, they are used in a variety of roles such
as SGLs, teachers, co-teachers, substitute teachers within any of the WEW classes
and finally however they deploy themselves in their small groups, service groups,
homes, etc.
Our Expectations
WEW III is a class where homework is given—just like WEW I and WEW II. This
homework includes class attendance, reading, sometimes written homework,
Scripture memory, accountability meetings with assigned partner, discipling
another woman. Some of these requirements will be discussed more fully below.
Discipling another woman. You produce what you are. If you are a strong,
growing disciple of Christ, so shall your disciple be. The reverse is also true.
Discipling can take place in a variety of ways including:
SGL in WEW I on Wednesday or Sunday night.
A WEW II women. Due to increasing numbers attending the WEW II
class all WEW III women will disciple at least one WEW II woman. The
WEW II teachers are simply not able to accomplish accountability with
their students in class with 10-15 women. Consequently, WEW III
women shoulder the load and work together with those teaching to
disciple and mentor women. This accountability partnership should have
no less than one encounter per month and focus on: the six disciplines,
reading, Scripture memory, class attendance, homework, 18 questions,
and home life.
Class attendance. Unless otherwise engaged in teaching another class on
Sunday nights, attendance in WEW III class is required. For those who are
teaching concurrently on Sunday nights, WEW III is recorded via video and
assignments are posted. Should you need to take this class online, cramming is
highly discouraged and frowned upon. Cramming = watching all videos, doing
all homework, reading all books and memorizing the passage at the last minute
before the semester ends. We are not here to check boxes or satisfy class
requirements. We are here to learn. Cramming isn’t learning. Cramming is
cramming.
Reading and Scripture memory are given out well in advance of the start of
the semester and are expected to be completed by the end of the semester.
Period.
Homework: some semesters come with homework per the instructor. Some
semesters do not. It varies. If homework is assigned each participant is required
to complete this in a timely manner—not at the last minute before the semester
ends. See comments on cramming above.
Accountability
Leaders easily find themselves surrounded by people but to whom
are we accountable? Dr. Alvin Reid
One cannot disciple others without having genuine integrity in obeying Biblical
commands herself. Consequently, accountability in the spiritual disciplines is key and
as such all WEW III women will be coupled with an accountability partner—another
WEW III woman.
This accountability partnership should have no less than one encounter per month
whereas each woman assesses her partner for disciplines, class attendance, reading
requirements, scripture memory, assigned homework, 18 questions and home life—
marriage and parenting.
Meetings between accountability partners can be in person, phone, email or through
video conferencing (Face Time, Zoom, etc).
What should our accountability look like?
Boldness to confront and correct.
Ask hard questions.
Be specific.
Share your own life open and honestly.
Challenge us to stay focused on our service.
Be gracious while hating sin.
Leaders who can’t be questioned end up doing
questionable things. Jon Acuff
What Is Not An Expectation?
One misconception is the expectation that WEW III women must teach or speak in
classes, conferences, retreats or home led activities. To the contrary, this is not the case.
As stated above,
By God’s grace, we pursue Christlikeness through learning,
practicing, serving and teaching. Participation in this class involves
all four although how that takes place can vary.
There are many ways for leaders to lead without actually standing in front of a group of
women. Leading does not require a microphone. Leading is discipling your children.
Leading is discipling another woman in your home. Leading is serving as a small group
leader on Wednesday or Sunday nights. Leading is partnering with another woman who
leads a Bible study.
While many of our WEW III women do take on the role of teacher, co-teacher or class
facilitator, this is not an expectation. The expectations are explicitly laid out above in
the preceding paragraphs.
The reverse is equally true. Participation in WEW III does not ensure one will teach.
Many factors are considered when placing a woman in a teaching role.
Leadership
Leadership is the act of influencing or serving others out of Christ's
interests for them, so that they accomplish God's purposes for them
and through them. (Whitfield)
A few thoughts on leadership from Dr. Akin…
The foundation of leadership is character – not professional skill.
(Romans 5:3-4)
The nature of leadership is service – not being served. (Mark
10:45)
The motive for leadership is love – not power. (John 13:13-17)
The measure of leadership is sacrifice – not success. (Romans
12:1-2)
The authority of leadership is submission – not pulling rank.
(Ephesians 5:21)
The purpose of leadership is to glorify God – not to glorify
ourselves. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
The tools of leadership are prayer and Scripture – not a marketing
handbook and an ingratiating manner. (Ephesians 6:17-19)
The privilege of leadership is growth – which may be more in depth
rather than in great numbers. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
The power of leadership is the Holy Spirit – not programs.
(Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)
The model for leadership is Jesus Christ – not a corporation or a
man. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Get the people to do what they don’t want to do so they can achieve the
one thing they have wanted all of their lives. Tom Landry
WEW III Videos
What to do.
Core Competencies
A WEW III woman will be able to
meet all the core competencies from WEW I and WEW II.
A desire and knowledge of how to disciple other women from the
Creek. This can be on her own in her relationships with Life Group
women, service group women, friends, etc.
A desire to disciple and mentor a WEW II woman.
WEW BIBLE STUDIES
Women Equipping Women leaders lead Sunday night Bible studies for all women of
RCCC in the fall and spring semesters. These are typically small book studies where
the entire book can be discussed and explored. Consequently, we are studying books of
the Bible that are usually ten chapters or less.
Our Goal
Our goal is twofold: teach women how to study Scripture and expose women to the
discipleship process offered in WEW I. In our efforts to teach women how to study
Scripture, it is our sincere prayer that women come to grow in their relationship with
Jesus. We acknowledge Scripture is God’s ordained means by which He reveals
Himself to us. Therefore, we labor greatly to help women read and understand the
Word. Beyond that, it is our hope to draw women into the equipping classes on
Wednesday or Sunday nights for the purpose of making disciples.
Our Approach
There are numerous trustworthy methods to studying Scripture. We chose one: the three
step method otherwise known as observation—interpretation—application or inductive
Bible study. In this method three basic questions are explored: what does the text say,
what does the text mean (to the original audience) and what does the text mean to/for
me?
Typically, our Bible study classes begin with “how to” study Scripture using this
method followed by weekly practice as we move through the chosen book passage by
passage. Women are specifically asked to study Scripture week to week using this
method. We do not employ the use of Bible study aids that tend to “think” for them. In
fact we make use of no books other than a study Bible and if possible a Bible
dictionary. While handouts are given, these tend to be instructional and not
informational.
Core Competencies
Our women will understand Bible study to be a process of looking more thoroughly
into Scripture for the purpose of understanding its meaning and application to our lives.
We understand the value of Bible study in that it slows the reader down and enhances
our attention to details that might be overlooked by a cursory reading. The process our
women will know upon finishing a WEW led Bible study is observation, interpretation,
and application. She will understand what these terms mean, how to perform each step
and be able to study God’s Word independently so that she is challenged and changed
by consistent exposure to Scripture.
WEW INTERNATIONAL
In the summer of 2017 the opportunity for our leaders to travel to Haiti and Peru came
about. We jumped at the chance. In these two countries, four of our WEW III leaders
taught women the spiritual disciplines found in our WEW I class.
More on this section forthcoming…..
In 2018 we hope to return to Haiti and Peru and add India to the list.
WEW III Leaders
Directory
Address
Email
Cell
Keri Bosch
2209 Summers Elm Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27614
kcbosch@nc.rr.com
919-413-6263
Nicole Caldwell
3405 Song Sparrow Dr
Wake Forest, NC 27587
nicolerc03@gmail.com
919-274-0730
Rhonda Clark
3128 Cheek Road
Durham, NC 27704
rhonda.wew@gmail.com
919-323-5933
Faith Cross
1510 Trap Court
Wake Forest, NC 27587
fthcross@yahoo.com
919-996-9663
Stef Dowd
50 Castlerock Drive
Youngsville, NC 27596
askeomen@me.com
919-671-9643
Cynthia Jernigan
608 Ted Avenue
Raleigh NC 27614
cynjern@yahoo.com
919-612-3983
Dawn Jones
1300 Barnford Mill
Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
davedawn3@gmail.com
919-345-0089
Karen Keyes
205 Clifton Woods
Drive
Louisburg, NC 27549
dollkeyes@gmail.com
860-462-7986
Amy Penner
11804 Rocky Bluff
Court
Raleigh, NC 27614
amypenner2@gmaul.com
919-816-6443
Elizabeth Seering
1100 Kullana Lane
Wake Forest, NC 27587
eseering@hotmail.com
919-521-0279
Julia Siegwart
30 Monarch Court
Youngsville, NC 27596
juliaesiegwart@gmail.com
269-370-2311
Claudine Snyder
3437 Song Sparrow Dr
Wake Forest, NC
claudine@richlandcreek.com
919-609-9264
Eleanor
Waterman
462 Big Willow Way
Rolesville, NC 27571
eleanor@richlandcreek.com
919-624-1305