Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call. (Micah 6:8)

As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Disciples Women welcomes all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. The ministries of Disciples Women are part of the movement for wholeness in a fragmented world by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education, and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church. Find out more about Disciples Women through the links on the right.

We seek to be a network of women committed to the justice-seeking, compassion-focused mission of Jesus Christ with no membership requirements or conditions.


Blessings and love from Disciples Women

Life in the time of COVID-19: We know that these are times that send us into deep reflection while trying to deal with the practical day-to-day changes. Like ministries everywhere Disciples Women is taking very seriously the call to ‘flatten the curve’ by social distancing, restricting travel and gathering in groups of 10 or less. We hope that you are taking this advice seriously as well.
In the meantime, we are working from home, limiting our exposure as well as possibly exposing others to the virus. We are taking turns doing quick visits to the office to check mail, pay bills, and other essential functions. For the most part, we are not physically present in the office. We continue to work remotely and will continue to answer emails and return your phone calls. Please be patient with any delays you have in shipping and the need to leave a message for us to return your call.

Our work continues and we pray for all of you knowing that your ministry continues as well though they all look very different now.

Blessings and peace from Disciples Women Staff.


Program Director and Merger Staff with Disciples Women and National Convocation Transitioning to New Call Effective January 31, 2021

Greetings All,

When I accepted the call to serve as Program Director and Merger Staff with Disciples Women and National Convocation, I was working with a local family counseling agency pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In less than a week, I turned in my badge to the agency and received a plane ticket to my first Disciples Women’s assignment. It was an unimaginable swift and glorious transition that only God could have orchestrated.

After much prayer, I have discerned God is calling me to transition again. The time has come for me to, in the words of Katie G. Cannon, “do the work my soul must have.” I will be focusing my time on counseling and sexuality education as spiritual development. January 31, 2021, will be my last day on staff with Disciples Women and National Convocation.

My time here has been full of blessings. I have had the opportunity to share my gifts and experience the endless talents you all have shared with me. I am grateful to have had the divine privilege to serve an amazing God with amazing people like you. Disciples Women and National Convocation are powerful ministries whose work I will continue to support as I take the love and lessons I received into all my future endeavors.

In love and liberation,
Rev. Chesla T. Nickelson

Executive Director of Disciples Women to retire June 2021

(Article from www.disciples.org)

For nearly a decade, Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo has been the face of Disciples Women across the Church. Starting her tenure just as the ministry was becoming a self-determining ministry sistered with Disciples Home Missions, she has led through a time of reimagining and change. Because of the strong organization of Disciples Women under her predecessor, reorganizing with women making their own decisions for the direction of the ministry had become a reality.

Donahoo will be retiring June 30, 2021. The search committee will begin its work January 1, 2021.

Donahoo writes, “We have tried to adapt and move to continue to be relevant and effective in serving the Church. We have felt the call to encourage and uplift women to remind them that they, too, are the beloved of God and are called to hear their call and live it out. I trust my successor will continue to accompany and encourage women in their journey with Christ.”

Among the many changes, connections and projects during Donahoo’s tenure are the emphasis on ending human trafficking, a project to include more younger women in women’s ministries, leading Woman-to-Woman Worldwide delegations to five countries, involvement in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and partnerships with Global Ministries around women’s issues.

“I trust that the Disciples Church will continue to be a light in a world that needs hope, love, and justice. I look forward to having the opportunity to serve in my local congregation. My passion for empowering women and reminding them that they are God’s beloved has not waned and I will continue this work in new ways and in new venues.

“My years as Executive Director have been an incredible blessing and I have received love and joy beyond my expectations. During my time and working with talented and dedicated Executive Committee members, difficult decisions have been made and change has been constant. This need for change continues and as our history illustrates, Disciples Women will continue to be catalysts for change and lead the way in mission and ministry.”

Donahoo came to her position from Henson Valley Christian Church in Fort Washington, MD, having also served in pastoral positions in Pennsylvania. She is a third generation Disciple.



We are now accepting PRE-ORDERS for the
2021 Just Women Bible Study – Discover the Power and Possibilities

As Christians, we know that encountering Scripture can be amazing… but it can also be confusing. It’s hard to know where to start, and even harder to engage in passages that are troubling. Fortunately, Disciples Women have the BEST resource to help them engage in Scripture at a deep level with top notch writers: Just Women Bible Study resource. The women who write for Just Women think about Scripture deeply and offer YOU prayerful insights so that you can take your relationship with God through Scripture to the next level.

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REMINDER – This is a pre-order – all 2021 Bible Studies will ship in January 2021.



Disciples Women encourages supporting these possible actions.

‘We need to be the Church we say we are’ – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Add your name to this statement affirming your commitment to Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism as a mission priority of our church. Educate yourself about the history of systemic racism in this country and the ways racial injustice impacts every bit of our life together, from education and health care to jails and courtrooms and financial institutions.

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Monday Moments with

your DWM Executive Committee

Each Monday we will post a new “Monday Moments” story from your DWM Executive Committee.  These moments are meant to be greetings, devotionals, news, or anything the Disciples Women Executive Committee would like to share with all Disciples Women via social media.  Another way to #DWConnect!

Click HERE to read this week’s Monday Moment!


5 Ways for Women to                          Empower Women Globally

with Rev. Dr. Pat Donahoo

Discover 5 ways that YOU can empower women globally! Women empowering women is THE future. Pat Donahoo leads you through 5 powerful ways to empower women and girls to have clean water, education, reduced inequality, and partnerships. Become INFORMED so that you can be EMPOWERED in your own personal faith journey — and empower women around the world.  Click on the link below to order the online 12 Lesson Course today! 

$47.00 for 12 lessons

5 Ways to Empower Women Globally


145th Birthday of Disciples Women

Click here to read more about this celebration!


HerStory Continues Fund

Click below to read more about the HerStory Continues Fund.

HerStory Continues Fund


Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call. (Micah 6:8)
As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Disciples Women welcomes all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. The ministries of Disciples Women are part of the movement for wholeness in a fragmented world by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education, and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church. Find out more about Disciples Women through the links on the right.
We seek to be a network of women committed to the justice-seeking, compassion-focused mission of Jesus Christ with no membership requirements or conditions.


DW Connect Newsletter

Click on the link below to read the latest news in the new DW Connect Newsletter!

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Just Women Bible Study

The Just Women 2020 Bible Study is available for purchase while supplies last!!

Click on the link below to order your copy today!

2020 Just Women Bible Study Order Page

Just Women is the official Bible Study resource for Disciples Women’s Ministries.  This is a yearly issued Bible study!


The 2020 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to Southern Asia has been postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  This page will be updated as more information becomes available.


2019 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to Morocco

For more information about the 2020 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide journey to Morocco, click on the link below:

Woman-to-Woman Worldwide

Global Ministries W2WW Morocco Project


Blessing Boxes and Bags


Contributions are now accepted online via the DMF online donation system. You may make a one-time donation or schedule various recurring donation options.

Be sure to select “Blessing Boxes” in the ‘Select Designation’ option.

To make a donation via a check include a Remittance Form using the Blessing Box area under Disciples Women heading so your church is credited. Be sure to show ‘Blessing Box’ on your check memo line.



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