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39 and being relational at all levels. They recognized the use of large national gatherings but did not suggest local conferences and retreats would continue. The informal and organic nature of the ministry would by design limit the hierarchy of leadership and authority. Results of the current study made two things clear. First, women of the millennial and older generations have shared beliefs on the purpose of women’s ministry and agree that ministry specifically for women by women should continue. That said, the data also shows the future of women’s ministry may depend on leadership recognizing the unique culture of the millennial generation and the desire of young women to take control of their own faith development and opportunities for spontaneous spiritual growth. Ministry that mirrors that of the older generation’s deep-rooted culture may no longer meet the perceived needs of younger generations. Differences in how ministry should be organized and the lack of consensus on factors that are perceived as impacting women’s ministry means a shared purpose is not enough to bring the generations together when the goal is to share faith in Christ with women inside the local church and with the larger unchurched community. The current study provides information on areas where millennial women are seeking change in current women’s ministry programs. Church leadership should consider adapting leadership style and ministry emphasis to attract and retain younger women. The following are some recommendations for modifying women’s ministry programs for millennial women: 1. Design discipleship training that focuses on spiritual maturity as a priority. 2. Provide support for families, marriage, and parenting needs. 3. Provide opportunities for organic mentoring to develop. 4. Use small groups to make ministry more relational. 5. Recognize women’s hectic schedules and add variety to ministry opportunities. 6. Design and express a clear vision and mission for the women’s ministry. THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S MINISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY