To mentor young women in becoming good homemakers, loving their husbands and children. (according to Titus 2:4-5) To help build women's ministry through the utilization of auxiliaries, units, evangelism, and prayer ministry. To exhort young women to be obedient to leadership, pleasing them well in all things, becoming women of excellence, looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is impossible to begin this history without mentioning our beloved founder Bishop C. H. Mason and our first appointed National Supervisor of women's work, Mother Lizzie Woods Robinson, who was a saved Holy Ghost filled pioneer of the Church of God in Christ and one of the greatest organizers among Christian women.
In 1945, Mother Lizzie Robinson recommended Dr. Lillian Brooks Coffey to Bishop Mason. Shortly he appointed her as second National Supervisor of the Church of God in Christ. Mother Coffey was the first Supervisor to organize the National Mother's Board, along with Mother Bailey who was Mother Coffey's Assistant National Supervisor. The first President of the International Mother's Board of the COGIC was Mother Birdie Whitehead of Detroit, Michigan (a relative of Barbara Whitehead). The idea spread throughout the states and local churches. Mother Birdie Whitehead was succeeded by Carrie Gardner of Arden Park Detroit, Michigan. Mother Birdie Whitehead lived at Mother Lillian Coffey's rest home. She served us for years as a great m1ss1onary. She was an organizer and prayer warrior.
In the early days of our church. the role of the local Church Mother was indeed one of great importance and a must for a growing church. The denom1nat1on gave the title
Mother to the lead of the Women's work. The Church Mother acted in the pastor’s
absence from the church: thus, all members respected the authority of the Church
Mother. It was only proper for women to teach things that women should know. Toda)
,it is of the uttermost importance for women to be taught by Church Mothers. The
Church Mother should be women who are spirit filled, sound minded. full of wisdom,
respected and appreciated in their home, churches and communities; one who the
pastor can trust to give guidance to the women's ministry.
The major responsibility of the Church Mother is to help build women through ministry through the utilization of auxiliaries, units, evangelism and prayer ministry, teaching them to be good homemakers, loving their husbands and children. The Church Mother must have the ability to organize in order to develop ministry of the local church. The Church Mother’s Board can only operate effectively with authority given by the pastor and support of the total ministry of the local church to be effective. As the church progresses in ministry, the position of the Church Mother extends to women in leadership on the district, jurisdictional and national level.
What an honor God has bestowed upon Church Mothers. A Church Mother is among God’s greatest creations. She wears many, many hats and leads so many teams. She loves God and loves his people She stands on that solid Foundation and tells Satan he is a liar. She loves her leaders.
Church Mothers work besides their pastor with is programs. She never complains to others about her pastor, and will not allow others to complain to her about him. She admires her First Lady and if asked is always eager and ready to assist her in any way she can. She loves this Grand old Church of God in Christ.