Who are Church Mothers?

Who is the Church Mother and why do they carry so much wisdom,
especially when it comes to cooking delicious food?

Well, the Church Mother is what they usually call the elderly women in African American churches, who display the epitome of a wise, knowledgeable, compassionate, and warm elder member of the church.

Essentially, Church Mothers are spiritual mothers.

Church Mothers are even mentioned in the Bible, in Titus 2:3-5, which says:

”Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and to train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, submissive to their own
husbands, and that the Word of God may not be reviled.”

Titus 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

Since the Black church is the social hub of the black community, Church Mothers have great influence over the community with regard to faith, discipline, culture, and of course, food. They serve not only the church with their participation in ministries, but also in cooking Sunday dinners within the church, as well as in their homes for their own families.

It is an honor, therefore, to learn from these Church Mothers, not only in terms of how we live our lives, but also with cooking delicious food for the congregation, and for the family.

Also known as ”Big Mama,” Church Mothers are becoming rarer and
rarer in today’s time. The criteria for an elder member of the church to be appointed the title of ”Church Mother” is becoming more difficult for the modern woman to meet. A Church Mother must not only devote her time to the church and its ministries but also reach out to the young mothers, as well as the youth, in terms of guidance and spiritual support.

This is why when you encounter a Church Mother and have the
opportunity to learn from her, you should grab the opportunity to
immerse yourself in their knowledge and experiences because the
stories and teachings that come from her can never be fulfilled by simply reading a book. Her invaluable experience and wisdom are
unparalleled.

Characteristics of Church Mothers

Church Mothers are usually over the age of 70. Their age provides them with the knowledge and experience of many generations. They have children and grandchildren and carry with them the wisdom of the world. They have incredible stories to tell and the recipes and cooking tips they hold have been passed on from their parents and
grandparents. Can you imagine the amount of information and
knowledge they carry? Church Mothers have more than 7 decades of information and wisdom, both from their own experiences and also the knowledge that has been passed on to them.

Church Mothers are dedicated to the church. They earn their
appointed distinctions through many years of dedication, prayer,
worship, and selfless sacrifice to the ministries of the church. They have great knowledge of the Bible and have superb oratory talents that allow them to become role models, counselors, and educators of the
congregation. Not only will you learn to cook the most delicious soul food, but you will also learn about religion, spirituality, and the godliest ways to live your life.

Church Mothers strengthen the family. They are obligated to show younger women the spiritual ways on how to promote healthy family
lives. They guide these women and youth, steering them away from
behaviors that can cause trouble in the home. They teach mothers,
wives, and young women the proper ways to behave within the family, and how to manage households, which can include cooking for the
family.

As matriarchs of the community, Church Mothers are not only some of the most distinguished members of the community but also some of the world’s greatest cooks, harboring recipes from many generations before them.

The Church Mothers’ Cookbook

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