Who we are...
Columbia Center for Women's Ministries is a social service in the local community providing free Christ-centered peer-counseling and support groups in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere to hurting women.
We are called by God to provide a path to emotional and spiritual healing for those whose lives are broken. We have been where you are.
With the help of volunteers and donors, we provide a safe place, spiritual guidance, and peer counseling resources.
Areas of Ministry
CWM improves the emotional and spiritual health of women in our area, which has a positive effect on their entire family. Our services are provided by unpaid volunteers.
Our trained peer counselors guide women toward God's abundant love and wholeness through Jesus Christ by the use of Scripture, a listening ear, and God's healing power.
Women with similar issues come together to share their journey towards emotional healing.
Our prayer group meets every Wednesday from noon to 1pm to pray for our centers, volunteers, and clients. If you have a heart for prayer, please join us.
Referrals to Resources
We partner with other community organizations to meet the felt needs of our clients. In addition, we refer clients to professional counseling as needed.
Read the story one of our clients is telling about the way their life was changed by our volunteers at CWM.
"And once my counseling sessions began, that blessing of encouragement and care just kept multiplying over and over again."
At a very difficult time in my life, I called my church office to ask about counseling services. I wasn’t sure if they had anyone on staff who could meet with me one on one, to help with the catastrophe of my pending divorce. I was referred to CWM, with the assurance that there’d be caring women there to help. I was told the church has some affiliations with them, and that their director was actually a member of our church. I had never met her, since I was quite new to this church (--one of the many changes I was facing related to the divorce). When I spoke with the CWM office, they explained that I would need to complete some paperwork, and then this director would prayerfully match me up with someone who had similar life experiences.
I poured my story and my heart into the CWM application, because I sensed that the more honest I could be, the better chance I’d have of getting a “good match”. I prayed about it and felt reassured that the director would be praying too. As “luck” would have it (actually, by God’s grace), I was able to meet the CWM director shortly thereafter at a women’s retreat. She explained that she had found someone for me, and that I’d be getting a call soon. She also took time to listen to a bit more of my story, and to pray with me. It was like water soaking into parched ground, to hear her words of care, concern, and encouragement. And once my counseling sessions began, that blessing of encouragement and care just kept multiplying over and over again. I was indeed matched with someone who could relate to what I was facing. She had come through similar things and could speak with authority about God’s ability to bring me all the healing I’d need.
The 6 months I spent meeting with my CWM counselor were full of MANY life events, all intensely stressful, and having her to talk to through it all was helpful beyond words. She prayed with me and for me. She suggested books and pointed me to certain relevant scriptures. She gave me the liberty to schedule visits with her as frequently as I needed, which was once a week at first.
Later we tapered down to less, until more stressors came up and then we increased the frequency again. Her flexibility and devotion to our time together was so wonderful! I could feel Jesus’s love showering me, through the whole process. Or, as she would sometimes say “we have to be God with skin on” to each other, and that’s what she was to me.
I really have no idea how I could’ve survived those particular 6 months without her help! What I was going through was just so overwhelming and unfamiliar to me, and I desperately needed to hear the good news that God would be able to pull me through it…that He had pulled her through it in the past, and that I would not be in this state of distress forever.
I was not without other resources – I have an incredibly supportive extended family, all of whom love the Lord and are following Him. But none of them had been through divorce before, and since they were emotionally involved in it all, they couldn’t be as objective as my CWM peer counselor. And I have professional training in counseling myself, as part of my career path. But this was definitely a time for me to be on the RECEIVING end of that, because I was broken, broken, broken. Also, I had received a great deal of counseling from the domestic violence agency in town, where I first went for safety and help when the troubles began erupting at home.
As wonderful and relevant as that help was, something there was missing –a focus on God’s word and Jesus’s salvation power. So, CWM’s ministry was like hitting pay dirt, for my recovery! All of the other things had a part to play, but only my peer counseling from CWM cinched the deal … by reaching my heart and my walk with God in such a deeply personal way. And I didn’t have to pay a dime! That really helped, because I was financially devastated (as well as emotionally) by all I was going through.
So, I can never say THANK YOU enough, to everyone who made my peer counseling possible. I have been forever changed, and I have seen new glimpses of God’s grace and healing, which I could never have found on my own. Only in the intimacy of one on one relationship with a fellow believer, in a highly structured and ethical process, could this have been possible. Keep up the good work, and may God richly bless you as you bless others!
The Columbia Center for Women’s Ministries offers training to our volunteers on peer counseling techniques with a spiritual basis. We are looking for women with a heart to minister to other women from all walks of life. Age makes no difference. Love makes all the difference! You can pick up a Confidential Interview for Volunteers form at the Center during business hours. There is no fee for the course, however we do ask $10 to cover the cost of course material. We also have a lending library for volunteer use.
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Call (573) 256-1799 for more information
Our center was established 2004 and is part of the International Center for Women's Ministries, Inc. ICWM was founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1989 by Reova Meredith. ICWM's primary purpose is crisis intervention with a spiritual emphasis. We grew from a Spirit-led conviction that although there are many social service agencies available, the element lacking in emotional healing is a spiritual emphasis. There are centers established in 7 states and 6 foreign countries, with others emerging.
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to bring good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…. To grant consolation and joy to those who grieve in Zion. Giving them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of despair.
Isaiah 61:1, 3
In December we have an opportunity to receive funds from a city wide campaign called CoMoGives. CoMoGives is a product of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri and is an end-of-year fundraising campaign matching donors with non-profit organizations.
Our current donors are providing $724.15 per month out of the $1200.00 we need to pay bills. Please pray with us as we seek to partner with people who have a heart to financially support our ministry.
God has been faithful to provide all we have needed these past 14 years to minister to the hurting women in our area. Now He is using the CoMoGives Campaign to help us continue our work. Please help us by
praying and spreading the Word.
Local centers have no paid staff and do not charge for their services. We all rely on God to provide for our needs through the generosity of people who believe in this ministry. In addition to monetary donations, we have some specific needs for our center.
To donate financially hit the Donate button on your left.
International Center for Woman's Ministries
The International Center for Women's Ministries, Inc. is a not for profit organization offering free, Christ-centered peer counseling to women in need. We are headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana and host many centers around the country and internationally.