Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God


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There's no such thing as “just” a mom.

Despite the routine tasks and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant. God has designed motherhood as part of his greater plan to draw people to himself—instilling all women, whether called to traditional mothering or not, with an eternal purpose in nurturing others.

In this book, Gloria Furman searches the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. She opens our eyes to God's life-giving promises—promises intended to empower each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

About the Author

Gloria Furman (MACE, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a wife, mother of four, cross-cultural worker, and writer. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor.


"Sumptuously written and accessibly presented, Gloria Furman's Missional Motherhood brings the riches of the gospel and the glory of Christ to bear on every mother's work. Her book was like a firm hand of a wise and loving friend, bringing both conviction of sin and a fresh bounty of grace. This book is rich, deep, funny, startling, edifying, encouraging, and God-honoring. It is a book for all women—not just mothers by adoption or childbearing. It shows how being born male and female as image bearers of a holy God matter in all areas of life. In a world awash with gender-neutral language, gender-neutral bathrooms, and and gender-neutral roles, this book is our generation's clarion call that mothering is humble and high women's work, and it matters to God and to the world."
Rosaria Butterfield, former tenured Professor of English at Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; mother, pastor’s wife, and speaker

“Gloria’s words, challenges, and high view of mothering were what my heart knew to be true in the years of my own mothering journey. I enthusiastically endorse this call to us as women to nurture, to create, and to believe God for the glory of the gospel in the lives of those he has placed in our paths. May thousands of women accept Gloria’s challenge to be used by God to transform lives for the glory of his kingdom in their homes and in their worlds. Selah!”
Barbara Rainey, Cofounder, FamilyLife; mom of six; author, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife

“With Christ-centered clarity, Gloria shows that our Savior calls us to a grand, global mission to nurture his disciples for his glory. This book is for every redeemed woman whose mothering heart longs to nurture biological and spiritual children.”
Susan Hunt, former Director of Women's Ministries, PCA; coauthor, Women's Ministry in the Local Church

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is This Book About?

Part 1: Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God: Nurturing Life in the Face of Death

  1. Mother Is a Verb Too
  2. Expectations of Our Savior: A Quick Overview of the Old Testament
  3. Motherhood Is Born: From Creation to Father Abraham
  4. The God Who Delivers: From Egypt to the Promised Land
  5. Finally, Settling Down: From Comfort to Captivity
  6. Mission Rebooted: From Exile to Return to Kingdom

Part 2: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood: Go, Therefore, and Mother Disciples

  1. Christ, the Creator of Motherhood
  2. Christ, the Redeemer of Motherhood
  3. Christ, Every Mother’s Prophet
  4. Christ, Every Mother’s Priest
  5. Christ, Every Mother’s King
  6. Christ, the Resurrection Life for Mothers

Conclusion: Missional Motherhood Is about a Man