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A Fresh (and much needed) Perspective on Mentoring

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. The stereotypical picture of mentoring is of two women, one older than another, meeting weekly to study the scriptures for a set number of months. The problem is that in many churches these types of formal "mentoring programs" just aren't working. Churches are finding that their women are “programmed-out”. Their women see mentoring programs as one more thing to cram into their over-stuffed … [Read more...]

Watch out for these mentoring pitfalls!

We can't predict every issue and incident that may arise, but we can put some guidelines in place that can reduce the number of issues we might face in our Mentoring Ministry. To prevent as many pitfalls and problems as you can: Print out this list and bring it with you to your next Mentoring Ministry meeting. Have the team decide in advance what you'll do if these issues arise. Brainstorm ways you can set up some guidelines before … [Read more...]

Mentoring Programs and Resources

There are a number of different ways that you can implement a Mentoring Ministry. So many in fact that you may find it confusing! I've broken mentoring resources and programs into 5 different categories that I hope will help your team as you build or refresh your Mentoring Ministry. Mentoring comes in all shapes and sizes. Just as women have different needs, so do churches. I am praying God will clearly direct your team as you seek His will … [Read more...]

Changing False Assumptions Women Make About Mentoring

The word “mentoring” carries a lot of baggage. Women make certain assumptions, many of which cause them to run from mentoring. Here are a few assumptions women make about mentoring: 1. It’s always an older woman meeting with a younger woman – It’s not about age. It’s about experience. One woman just needs to be a little further along in her spiritual walk than the other. Every woman of every age can benefit from a mentor. 2. It’s … [Read more...]

Why Women Are Running From Mentoring

Mentoring – it’s one of the biggest buzz words in Women’s Ministry right now. Leaders are starting up new mentoring ministries in churches across the country. They see mentoring meeting a huge need women have. It all looks great from the outside, but the problem is women aren’t embracing the idea of mentoring. In order to get women to embrace mentoring, we need to look at why they are running. Why women are running from … [Read more...]

Personalities, Prickly People, and Making Peace

Several months back a Facebook friend of mine, Deb Potts, mentioned that she was finishing up her book “Making Peace with Prickly People”. (Affiliate links) The title grabbed my attention. I know a few prickly people. Truth be told, I probably am a prickly person to a couple of people in my life… I jumped at the chance to be on Deb’s launch team. It was not at all what I expected but in a very good way. Deb covers a lot of ground in her … [Read more...]

Summer Reflections Icebreaker

Summer is quickly drawing to a close... As we launch new Bible studies, small groups, Sunday School classes, and fall women’s ministry events, it can be fun to take a few moments to reflect on the things we did this summer. This Summer Reflections icebreaker is a fun and quick way for your women to make connections with one another. I created this new icebreaker game for our first day of Bible study. I can't wait to play it with our … [Read more...]

Brand New Publicity Idea for Reaching Your Neighbors

Quite by accident I stumbled upon an effective, new publicity idea when I was working on promoting our Bible Journaling Event. That event is a perfect outreach event. The problem lies in getting the word out. But I figured out a new way how to get the word out! Perhaps, like me, you live in a big neighborhood and know only a few of your neighbors. You may wave at most of the folks living on your block, but inviting them to church may … [Read more...]

Bible Study Review: You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide

  *Please note this post contains affiliate links. Are there women you know who are struggling to figure out God’s plan for their life? Do you know a few moms that feel like they’ve pushed aside their purpose as they focus on raising their children? Are the women you know tired of trying harder? Perhaps it’s you that is searching for your “sweet spot”. Holley Gerth has just released a LifeGrowth Guide for her book … [Read more...]

Bible Study Review: Crowned: Created for Glory, Called by His Name

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. Any purchase you chose to make helps cover the costs of this site allowing me to continue to provide free women’s ministry resources for you. Your support is appreciated! A couple years back as I scoured the internet looking for women’s ministry resources, I stumbled upon Hive Resources, a site created by Melissa Deming which helps women sweeten their walk with Christ. Thrilled to find another … [Read more...]

Day 17 – Free Time Ideas for Your Retreat

Please note: This post was originally published on October 30, 2014 and has been edited and updated to include more information. Between the speaker sessions, discussion groups, prayer, meals, worship, and icebreakers, the schedule is filling up fast! You may wonder if you really need to block out some free time for your women. I’m here to tell you, yes you do! Why women need free time: 1 . It builds relationship. Sitting … [Read more...]

Women’s Ministry Leaders Retreat Interest Survey

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. God’s been stirring in me (again) a deep desire to gather women’s ministry leaders. One morning last week I got to thinking about how a “girl’s weekend” might look for a group of women’s ministry leaders… A time to recharge and refresh. To recalibrate. I’ve got so many ideas swirling around in my head. Gina Duke and I have been praying and brainstorming about co-hosting a women’s … [Read more...]