As Christians, we're called to engage regularly with the Bible. We're called to treasure God's Word; to meditate on it, to store it up in our hearts and to handle it rightly (Job 23:12, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, 2 Timothy 2:15). But if we're honest, it's a battle to open those pages every day. We can make a million different excuses: we're too busy, we don't really "need" to read it, it's not relevant to us, it's confusing, or it's just not worth our time.
As women, the struggles of life can add even more difficulty. Marriage, motherhood, school, work, caring for loved ones, even serving the local church- all of these things (even the good things!) can steal our time and attention away from the Lord and his Word. Not to mention the feelings of guilt and comparison that build up when we can't achieve the perfect "daily quiet time."
We see this struggle in ourselves and in our sisters, and we want to stand in the gap. For the women who want to read the Bible, but they don't know where to start. For the women who feel like they aren't smart enough to understand it at all. For the women who read the words, but they don't come alive.
We believe that God's Word is a game-changer. It's living, it's active and it's powerful (Hebrews 4:12). We've seen it's power in our own lives and we want to share that with other women. We want to stir up a hunger for God's Word among the women of Dayton. We want to see women digging deeply into the Bible and then sharing what they learn with others.
We love this city and we love the women in it. We want more than anything for them to love the Word of God.
What does it look like?
So, how do we stir up this hunger in women for more of God's Word?
- We stay centered on Christ and purposefully focused on God's Word
- We teach women foundational truths of the Bible
- We equip women with practical applications and personal bible study methods
- We encourage women to think critically and take an active role in their relationship with God
- We strive to display honesty, transparency and grace
We work to achieve these goals through our city-wide gatherings, workshops, bible studies and social media.
What We Believe
These foundational Christian beliefs are agreed upon by the leadership team and teachers of Dayton Women in the Word. We do not require that anyone outside leadership adhere to these specific beliefs.
We believe that man was created originally in the image of God, and then fell into sin through Satan’s temptation. Through Adam, all mankind has fallen into sin. We have separated ourselves from God and deserve the rightful penalty of death.
Romans 2:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Psalms 51:5, 58:3; Romans 5:12, 3:23; Ephesians 2:1
We believe that salvation from our rightful punishment of death comes only by a personal belief that Christ took our sins upon himself at the cross and paid our debt to God with his perfect life and subsitutionary death.
Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:4-5
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer who confesses Jesus as Lord. We believe the Holy Spirit is responsible for our ongoing sanctification and understanding of God’s truths revealed in scripture.
John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25
We believe that we are called to be in the world but not of the world. We have been commissioned by God to know and obey his Word and make disciples of all nations.
1st Peter 1:15-16; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 3:12-17; John 17:15-19; Romans 12:1-2
We believe the 66 books of the Bible are the inspired, inherent Word of God and the supreme authority on all things it speaks on.
2nd Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21
We believe in one triune God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator and ruler of the world, perfect, immortal and eternal.
Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1st Peter 1:2,11; 2nd Corinthians 13:14
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father, fully God and fully man, born of a virgin.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1st Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
We believe that the sinless life and death of Christ made atonement for all who believe, and that those believers will receive eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 5:1-2, John 3:16, Acts 16:31
We believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection and ascension, which assures a future resurrection for all believers. Romans 6:4-5
We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to judge the world and reign as King of Kings. Revelation 22:12-14
We believe the church is the body of Christ and Jesus is the head. We believe individual Christians should come under the authority of a local church. We believe in the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and baptism by water, and that they should be observed in the context of the local church. Colossians 1:18; Luke 22:14-23; Matthew 28:19
Meet the Leadership Team
As leaders, our main goals are to reflect Christ, to be obedient to His call, and point our women back to Him and His Word. We are grateful for the opportunity to link arms with the women of Dayton as we grow together in Christ.
It is our collective desire to speak truth, extend grace and practice love in real time with our sisters. We are not perfect at these things, or even great at them. We mess up often and apologize all the time. But we love Jesus a whole heck of a lot, and when He asked us to start this thing, we said yes!
We are called to love God, love our neighbors and to make disciples (Matt. 22:36-39, 28:19). Our heartbeat at DWITW is encouraging women to take ownership of their faith and actively live it out here in the Gem City. We work to train, challenge, pour into and send them out so that they might do the same for others.
Mindy is an Ohio-born-and-raised, small town girl who has grown to love the city of Dayton. Her family resides in East Dayton. While she's not being mama to her two kids, she and her husband run a photography business out of their home. Mindy has a love for deep friendships, truffle fries, sleeping in, the outdoors, serving the Church, and ice cream after bedtime.
Favorite verse: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Kaitlyn is a wife of 5 1/2 years and a mama to two precious girls. She is a worship leader at her church and a group leader with Bible Study Fellowship. Kaitlyn is passionate about sharing life with others. She loves brunch/lunch/coffee/play dates, over-sized sweatshirts, coloring books, and having to double recipes because her table is surrounded by people.
Favorite verses: Luke 22:31-32,
John 17, II Corinthians 4:16-18
Kelly is a worship leader, treasurer, and all-around multi-tasker at her church, while running a business as a fashion consultant and raising three little girls with her husband. Laughing, time with other women, and a completed to-do list are some of her favorite things outside of her passion for the work and Word of God. If you ask her when Christmas starts, she'll tell you it's before Thanksgiving.
Favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Natalie is a crazy dreamer with a big, Dayton-loving heart. She's a Pennsylvania native, a wife and a mom of three, and a worship leader. She's passionate about the Word of God, the local church, hot baths, pants without buttons, Instagram, herbal tea, really good belly laughs, and fancy chocolate. She's learning to be a better listener and will accept every invitation to brunch.
Favorite verses: Philippians 3:7-11,
Samantha "Sami" Hudgins is a wife and fur baby mama to Charlie. The Air Force brought her family to Dayton, and after living here for just one year, Sami has grown a heart for the city. She finds great joy in welcoming people into her home for great food and fellowship. Her heart longs for women to join together to seek and find truth in the Word.
Favorite verses: Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:16, John 6:38
Jillian has been a lover of Jesus for twenty years. She's a wife, mother of two boys and a Dayton enthusiast. Jillian currently is a stay at home mama and spends nap times jotting on her blog and discipling other women. She would (almost) die for an avocado, a cup of coffee made by her husband, a novel that makes her cry, and a bouquet of sunflowers.
Favorite verses: Zephaniah 3:17 and Matthew 20:28.
"I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plan them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and soul."
Jeremiah 32: 39-41