Is God calling your ministry to shine a light on sex trafficking?

Back in October I got a text from one of our Youth girls. She had just seen the movie PRICELESS at the theater and was blown away. She felt it was something our Youth group (guys and girls) needed to see. Unfortunately we were unable to plan an outing before the movie was replaced by another at our local theater. But there are plans in the works to gather them together to watch the DVD. You may wonder what drives a teen girl to reach out and … [Read more...]

Three Questions You Need to Ask Your Team

Earlier this month I stumbled across this article by Eric Geiger. You may have seen it when I shared it on the Women's Ministry Toolbox Facebook page. (Side note: Please click the box on the lower right side of your screen to like my Facebook page if you haven’t already. Thanks!) What God drew my attention to was the 3 questions he asked his team: What am I not doing that you would like me to start doing? What am I doing that you wish … [Read more...]

Are you craving connection?

In all of our moves I’ve never struggled like this. People at our church are nice, but it doesn’t extend much past that. Most don’t seem to want to or aren’t able to connect outside of Sunday morning or Bible study. In our neighborhood folks usually wave and say “hi”, but not much more. There are days I wonder, if they knew how lonely I am, surely they’d reach out? Wouldn’t they? As of December, we’ve lived in our neighborhood and attended … [Read more...]

Favorite Posts from 2016

As we bid farewell to 2016 I thought I'd pause just a moment to highlight the most popular and my favorite posts from this past year. Maybe you missed 1 or 2 in the midst of a busy women's ministry season. If you're a new face in the Women's Ministry Toolbox community perhaps you'll stumble across several new posts that will inspired and encourage you. Looking purely at the stats, here are the most popular posts from 2016 (not that they were … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Fellowship Ideas

Chances are you’ve covered the basics – you’ve got the food planned, the music selected, and the invitations sent. Perhaps you’re looking for one more thing to add a little something special to your Bible Study Christmas fellowship, Women’s Ministry Christmas Party, or Ladies Christmas Brunch. I’ve got 5 Last-minute Christmas Fellowship Ideas to share with you today. *Please note affiliate links follow. Your purchase helps to cover the costs … [Read more...]

13 Ideas for Sprinkling Your Event with Christmas Music and an Amy Grant Giveaway!

Like sprinkles on a Christmas cookie, Christmas music adds that something extra-special to every Christmas event. I’ve got some out-of-the-box, beyond-background-music ideas to share with you today and a giveaway at the bottom of this post that you won’t want to miss! Let’s get busy and add some sprinkles! 13 Ideas for Sprinkling Your Next Event with Christmas Music Please note affiliate links follow. Any purchase you may make is greatly … [Read more...]

Christmas Version: What’s on ur phone?

Last week I shared a brand new, created just-for-you, icebreaker called "What's on ur phone?". I thought it would be fun to come up with a Christmas version too! Christmas icebreakers are a must for any Christmas fellowship you may be planning for your women's ministry team, Bible study, small group, or Youth. This game is bound to bring about laughter and fun as women scramble to locate Christmas songs, Christmas-related photos, texts … [Read more...]

Icebreaker Game: What’s on ur phone?

Back in the day there was an icebreaker game called “What’s in your purse?” It was a fun game but it no longer works at most women’s ministry events. Have you noticed? A lot of your women aren’t carrying purses anymore. Now that phone cases can hold credit cards many women have left their pocketbooks at home. Times are a changin’ and we’ve got to adapt! That’s why I’ve created the “What’s on ur phone?” icebreaker game. (Side note: For … [Read more...]

The Solution to Your Retreat Planning Struggles

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” While no doubt Charles Dickens wasn’t referring to women’s ministry retreats, many of us would borrow those words to describe our retreat and retreat planning experience. The best of times being: That something special that happens when a group of women travel together, break bread together, and spend concentrated time together worshiping the Lord and digging into God’s Word. … [Read more...]

To Vote or Not to Vote (on women’s ministry business)

How do you strike the balance of making sure every team member has a say and empowering your team members to make decisions? I’ve sat on a team where there were no clear roles or responsibilities. Every decision was open for debate because it was everyone’s responsibility. Our meetings were often filled with tension as pro’s and con’s were weighed. Since everyone was in charge, everyone had a say. Some of our discussions were very … [Read more...]

60 Service Project Ideas

Does your mind sometimes draw a blank when your team sits down to discuss possible service project ideas? I know mine does! Or maybe you feel stuck in a rut doing the same service projects over and over again. Whether you’re stuck or not sure where to start I’m here to help! I’ve got a whole list of service project ideas that are bound to inspire your team! Can I just issue a small caution? Please don’t feel the pressure to choose one … [Read more...]

My Top Ten Team Meeting Pet Peeves

I need to apologize, the list that follows is probably going to come across a bit critical. You may view it as a list of complaints. I’ve thought about trying to re-write the whole piece from a positive angle. “10 Things I Love about Well-Run Team Meetings” or something like that. And while that may come across a whole lot nicer, sometimes we need the “truth in love” version. So I’m #sorrynotsorry. Some of you need a firm, yet loving, … [Read more...]