How to Build a Women’s Ministry Team

So poking around on the site you may have noticed I don’t have a clear “this is how to build a women’s ministry team” post.

I’ve shared 5 Mistakes Leaders Make When Building Their Team and The Four Pillars of Women’s Ministry.

But I’ve avoided tackling one of Women’s Ministry’s biggest questions.

Until today.

No more procrastinating. No more excuses.

How to Build a Women's Ministry Team

One reason I’ve avoided this topic (like the plague!) is because there are so many scenarios to take into consideration and it’s not a one and done kind of post.

So I’m going to break it down over the next couple of weeks.

We’re going to talk about team roles, what God wants your team to look like, how to ask women to serve on your team, and letting women go.

Even if you already have a team in place, hang in there with me and help other leaders by sharing your experiences. 

So let’s start at the very beginning (as Julie Andrews would sing).

The size of your Women’s Ministry Team is going to be dependent on three things:

1. Church size – Most of the time a smaller church is going to have a smaller team and a larger church is going to have a larger team. Truth is there are only so many women in your church to go around. Keeping your team small in a large church is going to hurt your ministry in the long run.

2. Church Constitution/By-laws/Governing Rules – May determine not only the size and positions on your team, but also how those women are selected and even how long they will serve on your team. One church I served in only allowed me to serve a 3-year term as Women’s Ministry Director and then I had to step down for a year. However there were no such guidelines for the rest of the team.

3. Ministry Season – God may be growing your team or He may be doing some pruning and removing some women. The Pastoral staff may be putting a renewed emphasis on women’s ministry in your church or they may not be supportive.

My friend, Gina Duke, recommends having 1 woman on your team for every 100 women in your church. I think that’s a great goal for your team – if you are able.

Even with that recommendation, know that your team size is going to be dependent on your specific situation.

No matter what the size of your team, there are some specific roles you’ll want women to fill.  And that’s where we’re headed next!

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Your turn to share: What factors play a role in the size of your team in your church?

Other posts in this series include:

What positions do you need to fill on your team?

Women’s Ministry Team Job Descriptions – Part 1

Women’s Ministry Team Job Descriptions – Part 2

How to Recruit Women’s Ministry Team Members

How to Ask Women to Serve on Your Leadership Team


  1. Anne, you are so welcome! Praying you all have a productive and spirit-led meeting!

  2. Anne Weisman says:

    thank you! we are having a meeting on Wed and these guidelines will be so helpful

  3. Cindy, that is so exciting!! It sounds like you are off to a great start! My first team had 3 of us on it too. 🙂 I know we all have times where we feel like are in over our heads! The good thing about that is it keeps us on our knees and reminds us to give Him the glory. So glad you are here!

  4. Cindy Ellis says:

    Thank you! We’re a fairly new church plant (in our second year) and our Women’s Ministry started last August, about a month before the church’s 1st Anniversary. We’ve had a couple of good events, and have hosted some all-church events as well. I’m a first time volunteer Women’s Ministry leader (I have a full time job outside the church); and am trying to start a small team (2 other women) so I’m not doing it all myself as the ministry grows. Sometimes I feel like I’m in over my head. This helps like so many of your tips and resources have. I look forward to the next post. 🙂

  5. Evon that is wonderful! I am so happy to hear that your first function was a success! Thank you for the encouragement and kind words! So glad you’ve found some helpful information. 🙂

  6. Thanks Gina!

  7. Evon Rice says:

    I love reading your post. We are just starting are women ministry about a year ago. My church is small. But we had our first women ministry function around thanksgiving. It was a success and blessing. The women of our church and the women we invited outside of my church are asking for another function. Thank you for posting tips, they are very helpful

  8. Cyndee, I love planning topics such as this. I think your post is very helpful. ~Gina

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