In the book of Titus, Paul is writing to help this pastor establish a healthy church. After describing the qualifications for elders, Paul gives instructions about discipleship. In chapter 2, Paul exhorts Titus to teach what accords with sound doctrine to three groups: older men, older women, and younger men. Notice that the elders are not being called to equip the younger women. Rather, it is the older women who are to be identified and equipped to teach the younger women “what is good”. We see in Titus 2:4-5 that the older women are to train young women according to sound doctrine in seven areas: to love their husband, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and to be submissive to their own husbands.
My heart is burdened to see this type of intentional discipleship become a reality in the Church. Lord willing, I hope to spend a significant amount of time in the years ahead studying, praying, and considering ways to support this vision among God’s people. I am excited to begin more intensive research and writing in this area, and I am so glad to see valuable resources emerging with the same goals in mind. Ultimately our hope is that we might gain wisdom from the Scriptures to bring God the most glory by making more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is an excellent article written this past fall by Thabiti Anyabwile, “The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description“. He acknowledges that he has rarely seen churches who have elders that are intentionally discipling the older women in their congregations. Anyabwile raises awareness of the exhortation in Titus 2, and suggests that this is a vital ministry that is being overlooked. Finally, he offers some practical suggestions on how to take steps toward developing this elder led, biblical model of women’s discipleship. See the article here at “The Gospel-Centered Woman”.