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.
A Marketplace Ministry for Women
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? Many churches offer a marketplace ministry for men, but don’t offer the same opportunity for women.
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
Your church can partner with 4word in two ways:
- Church-Based 4word Group: 4word church-based groups give women in the workplace a place to grow in their faith and overcome feelings of isolation at church. 4word groups meet the needs of the professional women in your church by creating opportunities to connect and build relationships through small group studies and events that encourage them to grow in their faith and minister to the workplace. 4word offers leadership development, administrative support, and event planning assistance to save your staff time and resources as you develop a marketplace ministry for women.
- Affiliate Partner: Do you desire to connect and equip professional Christian women without starting a 4word group at your church? Consider becoming a 4word: Church Connect Affiliate and direct women in your church to one of the 20 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.
4word offers three separate small group studies, complete with the book and study guide, along with our newest book “Women who Work Love and Pray: Celebrating 5 years of 4word” for your marketplace ministry for women.