Our vision is to become a model of ministry excellence that uplifts the Body of Christ and promotes the individual and collective ministries of women globally through collaboration, fellowship, service and self-care.
Our mission is to be an ecumenical women's ministry network promoting self-care awareness and support by encouraging, empowering, and equipping women who serve in ministry to reach their fullest servant leadership potential and operate in a spirit of unity to make a difference in our communities and the world.
"It's not about me, it's all about Christ because I CAN do all things through Christ!
FOUNDATION SCRIPTURES: Ecclesiates 4:12, Galatians 3:28 and Philippians 4:13
A three strand cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12b)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
DIVAS for Christ is a global online Christ-centered women's ministry network of self-care awareness and support where in "community" women serving in ministry share, care and pray together to nurture and strengthen sister relationships.
In 2001, DIVAS was birthed as an ecumenical women's ministry with a focus on wellness. It has evolved from the traditional model of women's ministry to an interactive global women's ministry network that promotes inclusiveness, collaboration and more importantly, self-care.
As women serving in ministry, we must be intentional about self-care in order to sustain ministry effectiveness. Jesus is our perfect model of self-care (Mark 1:35). Often, Jesus took time to retreat to a quiet place for rest and renewal after a long day of ministering. Ministry can be overwhelming and often isolating. It may involve the pressure of unrealistic expectations, over commitment and lack of appropriate boundaries, which leads to stress, depression, and ultimately, burnout, if not properly addressed.
Before we can care for others, we must first care for ourselves. Self-care is not being selfish; it is about stewardship of our mind, body and spirit. This place is intended to be a safe haven where women serving in minstry are nurtured and validated as a woman with divine purpose while receiving encouragment to actively address her self-care needs.
What does DIVAS stand for? DIVAS is short for Divinely Inspired Virtuous & Victoriously Anointed Sisters. The worldview of a diva is someone who is self-absorbed, living according to the pleasure principle of what have you done for me lately. However, a Diva for Christ takes the focus off of herself and points others to Christ. She is concerned about others and understands that she can do nothing of her own strength but she can do all things through Christ. It is our connection to Christ that is the source of our strength and renewal.
As women, we are relational beings who wear many hats as daughters, sisters, aunts, mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, teachers, seminarians, astors, community leaders, and business leaders. We are professors, counselors, chaplains, pastors, teachers, deacons, ministers to youth, seniors, singles, couples, men, women, Bible study and church school teachers, psalmists, liturgical dancers, and seminarians.
We are interdenominational; our members are from different faith traditions and Christ is our common denominator. Together, we celebrate one another, promote a spirit of unity and actively practice self-care as we "Do Jesus". This is only the beginning of an interactive and collaborative ministry that extends beyond the church walls. Truly, the best is yet to come!