Why are gender-specific ministries important when ministering to children? That was a question addressed by members from the GBB (Grace Brethren Boys) National Board and the National SMM (Serving My Master) Cabinet as they met on April 12, 2008, to discuss their respective ministries.
GBB is a ministry of men mentoring boys, while SMM is a ministry of women mentoring girls. Both organizations are affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
Rob Gable, director of boys’ ministry for GBB, and Viki Rife, director of girls’ ministries for Women of Grace USA, realized their ministries had common challenges and opportunities. One concern is the reduction in the number of children, families, and young adults involved in church. They feel that children are pulled in many directions, and on many fronts the church is losing the battle for the chance to influence its own children, let alone the children in their communities.