Diocesan Women’s Ministries

Vision Statement

“To transform the hearts of women through the power of Jesus Christ.”

Mission Statement

“Equipping women to live out a Biblical model of womanhood from generation to generation by providing a network of resources, Biblical studies, prayer ministry, and mentoring through the transforming power of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Greetings from the President of the Diocesan Women’s Ministries

Yvonne Duty
Yvonne Duty, President of the DWM Council

Greetings and welcome to the Diocesan Women’s Ministries page!

Diocesan Women’s Ministries evolved from the firm faith foundation laid by generations of women who came before us and worked tirelessly to the glory of God.

Our Vision Statement “To transform the hearts of women through the power of Jesus Christ” undergirds everything we do – whether it be the Annual Gathering of Women in the spring; our fall Women’s Conference or our one-day retreats. We pray that everything we do helps you draw closer to Christ and to be transformed by him so together we can impact the world for the glory of God.

We’ve been blessed by the support and guidance we’ve received from Bishop Lawrence, by the help and support of Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Coordinator of Christian Faith Formation, and by an amazing group of speakers.

I am personally blessed to be part of the team that is the Diocesan Women’s Ministry Council. This awesome group of women all said, “Yes” when they sensed the call to serve on behalf of the women of our Diocese and beyond. We hope you will take the opportunity to get to know us, get involved, and say “Yes” when you hear God’s call to serve wherever that may be – in your home, your church, your community, and the world.

I and all the members of our council look forward to meeting you at our upcoming Diocesan Women’s Ministries events.

Thanks and Blessings,

Yvonne Duty – President, on behalf of the DWM Council

Connections Retreat PosterSeptember 2017 Women’s Retreat

The Women’s Retreat was held September 22-24, 2017 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The Speaker was Karen Mulder of “Wisdom of the Wounded,” an organization dedicated to supporting caregivers and those in need of care during crises. Every woman is a caregiver at every age. Karen gave us many ways to be better caregivers by connecting with God, connecting with our families, and connecting with friends and neighbours. The theme of the retreat was “CONNECTIONS.”


Over 200 Women Gather to “Go Deeper” in Faith

with Allison Lawrence and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw

Over 200 women from across the Diocese gathered at Holy Trinity, Charleston, on Saturday, April 30 to hear teachings from Allison Lawrence, wife of the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw, wife of the Rev. Jason Hamshaw. Chelsea spoke on the importance of covenant, focusing on the difference between God’s covenant with us and a contract. Allison fleshed out what that means in practical terms using stories from her own life to encourage women to step out in faith.

Following the teaching portion of the day the women met in small groups, enjoyed a delicious boxed lunch, had a business meeting in which the executive board stepped down and the new board was installed, and shared in a service of Holy Eucharist. The Rev. David Dubay, Rector of Holy Trinity, preached and Bishop Mark Lawernce celebrated.

View the photo album.

 Shifting Landscapes; From Mine to His”

The Rev. Martha Horn

In September, 2015, just one month prior to her ordination to the priesthood and three months prior to her death, the Rev. Martha Horn, Chaplain for the Diocesan Women’s Ministries, led a women’s retreat at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on the theme “Shifting Landscapes: from mine to His.” She offered this teaching again in November 2015.

The following three videos are of her teaching at St. Christopher.

Teaching 1: Who is Jesus? This teaching focuses on the Nicene Creed and three important Christological events that point to the deity of Christ.

Teaching 2: In Jesus Christ we have incarnational identity. This teaching dives into the Gospels of Matthew and John to answer a foundational question:  What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ who is incarnational?

Teaching 3: The sovereignty of God and His Landscapes: This teaching defines the word sovereign and outlines God’s landscape through the book of Job.  The Rev. Martha Horn concludes her teachings with a lesson about the authority and power of Jesus Christ in each of us.

Questions for Small Group Discussions

Shifting Landscapes Small Group 1
Shifting Landscapes Small Group 2

The Diocesan Women’s Ministries council is growing and working toward our God-given vision and mission:

Biblical Womanhood: Understanding the “S” Word – Submission

A video series by the Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston

In preparation for presenting and living out our mission statement, we, the council members, had to ask ourselves some tough questions.  Perhaps the most challenging question was, “What does Biblical womanhood look like?”  We get a glimpse of what the Bible says about womanhood from Titus 2:3-5.  We could also read Proverbs 31 and catch a different perspective of Biblical womanhood.  For us on the council, the most challenging part of Biblical womanhood came down to one word.  The “S” word.  Submission.  It was fascinating to hear how each member of the council defined submission.  No two members had the same definition!  Evidently, this little word carries a lot of emotions and feelings.  It would certainly be easier to sweep it under the rug and not pay it any attention!

Obviously there are some very important connections between Biblical womanhood and this little word “submission.”  The council approached Rev. Shay Gaillard, rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston, to see if he could help us, the members of the council, understand the Biblical meaning of submission.  Not only did he agree to teach us, but he also let us video each of the four different teachings so we can share them with you!

These teachings are for all Christians, not just women.  We are all called to submit to our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are all called to live lives of submission.  It is so critical for us to understand from a Biblical standpoint what submission means.  Fr. Shay’s teachings take us from submission in the Godhead all the way through submission in our relationships.

Please take time to watch and share these videos:

The attached handout is helpful to use with the videos.

1.    Submission in the Godhead: In the Beginning
2.    Submission in Creation: Imago Dei
3.    Submission in Marriage: In Everything
4.    Submission in Women’s Ministry: God’s Perfect Plan

Contact information: Diocesan Women’s Ministries; or on Facebook at Women’s Ministry of the Diocese of South Carolina