Learn About Women's Leadership Development and Young Women's Ministries
Today’s young women are actively contemplating current and future leadership in the church. Some are looking for current opportunities to represent young women voices at various levels of the church. Many are prayerfully discerning their call to ordained or lay ministry. Others simply want to learn more about the church. Although there are many common issues faced by all young women of our church, their needs vary depending on the call they are contemplating. We seek to understand these needs and provide helpful resources.
Women’s Leadership Development and Young Women's Ministries is a national ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency operating within Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries. The office of Women’s Leadership Development and Young Women's Ministries provides resources to young adult women (ages 18-35) who are considering leadership opportunities in the church.
- We support national networks that target specific groups of young adult women. Currently there are two national networks supported by the office. National Network of Presbyterian College Women (NNPCW) serves college age women (ages 18-25). Racial Ethnic Young Women Together (REYWT) serves racial ethnic women between the ages of 18 and 35.
- We can provide young women with opportunities to serve in various leadership positions at a national level. Our office partners with other PC(USA) agencies to increase young women’s voice and representation in the church.
- We organize national and regional events that offer young women leadership training and opportunities for networking with peers and mentors.
- We seek to globalize leadership development of young women by partnering with ecumenical agencies.
Recent News & Upcoming Events
From Left to Right: Annie Carew, Alex Davis, Emi Lungmus, Lauren Rye —Courtesy of UKirk
Student Reflection of the 2016 Montreat College Conference
"The four-day weekend was filled with challenges, friendship, exploration and growth."
Lauren Rye was awarded a scholarship by Women's Leadership Development & Young Women's Ministries to attend the 2016 Montreat College Conference in January at Montreat Conference Center. To view her full reflection about her experience click here.
Korean immigrant explores faith and leadership skills with PC(USA) scholarship
Award provides educational opportunities for young women
When asked how she’s empowered by her faith, Emily Chun quickly replies, “My faith gives me purpose and assurance that my life is not an isolated event without consequences, but one that is part of a bigger, cosmic reconciliation between God and man.” read more
Seven college-aged women receive Presbyterian Mission Agency education grants
Ministries partner to help young women discover their voices as leaders in the church
Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event
“Recently five women in my community were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. That’s unacceptable. I hope my time in New York City at the Commission will give me the tools and resources that I need to be an advocate for the women and girls in my community.” Florence Vargas is one of 22 women who will travel to New York City in a few weeks as part of a Presbyterian Women delegation attending the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The focus of this year’s Commission will be on the 20thanniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Read more.
Scholarships available for events and conferences
Scholarships are available to young women ages 18–25 to attend conferences and workshops as a representative of NNPCW
Scholarships are available for PC(USA) conferences. By attending these conferences, you can connect with other church leaders, deepen your understanding of PC(USA) and specific ministries and engage in fellowship.Continue reading