71% of women with children under 18 years old are working outside the home. Unlike any other generation, the majority of women are now seeking to balance careers with the demands of relationships, families, and communities.
Of 1,003 families polled by Pew Research, 74% reported that women’s increased presence in the workforce has made it harder for parents to raise children. 50% stated that it makes it harder for marriages to be successful.
–Washington Post Report
84% of Christians ages 18-29 acknowledged they had no idea how the Bible applies to their field or professional interests. – Barna Research Group. Top Trends of 2011, December 2011.
The only national organization serving professional Christian women, 4word is narrowing the gap in resources facing every woman serious about her career, relationships, and faith.
Women in the workplace will see their faith as their foundation, their relationships as their priority, and their work as the place where God has divinely gifted them to serve, so they may impact the world eternally.
To connect, lead, and support women in the workplace to achieve their God-given potential.
Connect women to others who are walking the same journey. Relationships are fostered locally in 4word Local Groups across the U.S., in active online communities with a global reach, and through the 4word Mentor Program, connecting one mentee to one mentor.
Lead professional women, affirming their work as vocation. Work, Love, Pray by 4word founder Diane Paddison cast the vision. 4word is the leading voice for professional Christian women, authoring digital content and workplace columns and speaking to faith-based and business audiences through conferences, radio, television, and webinars.
- Outstanding digital content and inspiring interviews.
- A resource directory curated for every 4word woman.
- Partnerships with like-minded organizations to leverage our impact.
We believe the professional woman will be a better worker, friend, wife, and mother if she is grounded in her faith, supported in her roles at every life stage, and engaged in an authentic community with other women.
“4word’s been a safe place to build strong relationships with women, and to talk about faith, family, and long-term growth.”
– Megan, Portland
R A I S E
- Treat others as we would like to be treated
- Listen with the intent to understand what is important to the speaker
- Ask clarifying questions if we disagree or do not understand
- Never say anything about anyone that we would not say to him or her
- Speak calmly and respectfully
- Assuming the best of someone if there is a conflict
- Respond in a timely manner (24 hours if urgent)
- Communicate any potentially broken agreements, timelines, or budgets at the first opportunity to all concerned
- Keep the ministry to women at the forefront of our decisions and partner with the local church
Service or Helping Hand
- Listen to our stakeholders and alter or revise what we are doing, if it makes sense, but always respond within 24 hours
- Strive to maximize external and internal stakeholder loyalty
- Make every effort to understand and appreciate our clients and stakeholders
- Assist teammates when possible and strive for unity
- Strive to be the best partner
- Create all programs, content, systems, and products at a high quality level
- Receive feedback openly and either innovate, alter, revise, or correct what can be done better
Though Christian women in the professional workforce share similar values, aspirations, and challenges, the resources they need are enormously different depending on their career stage and marital status.
Single women in their twenties, thirties, and forties often find their careers creep into leisure time and throw life off balance. While the freedom to devote long hours can accelerate a career, access to the wisdom of women mentors and peers who share their values can establish a healthy perspective on priorities for a lifetime.
Working mothers who love their jobs struggle with debilitating guilt at home and work. Their overbooked calendars can isolate them from their own peers, when precious encouragement from someone who relates could refresh their weary souls. Many working moms leave church when ministries don’t align with the demands of a fulltime job and child care.
And godly women well into their careers, ready to explore a new professional challenge or to mentor the younger women around them, have a wealth of wisdom to share and only lack connection to the women who are hungry for leadership.
The women we meet through 4word share a desire to use their God-given gifts and experience in a professional setting but need very different resources if single, married, or moms; just starting their careers, or decades in.
That’s why women in 4word Local Groups across the U.S. connect not just in monthly “lunch and learns” on a weekday, but also over Saturday coffee, in evening Bible or book studies, and after-work events around their work and personal schedules. By building friendships outside their usual industry circles, we find that women from 25 to beyond 65 are becoming equally engaged in every Local Group, forming rewarding relationships with the help of 4word staff and communication tools.