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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

10 Ideas for Ministry Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is Ministry Appreciation Month? I’ll admit, it’s not one I have marked on my calendar, but I should. Thank goodness it’s not too late to show some appreciation! Who is God asking you to encourage this month? Pastor Associate Pastor Music Director Children’s Minister Student/Youth Pastor Church Secretary Church Treasurer Deacon/Deaconess or Elder Women’s Ministry Team Publications … [Read more...]

Why Your Women Need Save-the-Date Cards

Do your women know when your next event is? Are you sure? I’m a firm believer in the fact that you can’t over-publicize an event. Women are BUSY! They need several gentle reminders. Audible reminders are great, but paper reminders are even better. When you hand a woman a piece of paper you give her something she can: Post on her fridge Pass on to a friend Share with a neighbor Stick in her Bible I’ve been to … [Read more...]

How to Engage Multiple Generations

The number one question I receive is "How do we get the younger (or in some cases older) women in our church to participate?" Women's ministry teams everywhere struggle with how to engage multiple generations. It's a struggle I've faced myself in ministry. The church we attended while we were in Kentucky had a solid women’s ministry. There was a core group of older women (60 years+) that had been faithfully serving on the team and … [Read more...]

How to Tackle Taboo Topics

Perhaps the idea of tackling taboo topics is one that your women’s ministry team steers clear of. You’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Not being able to handle questions that are bound to come up. Worried that you’ll offend someone. While we’re often fearful of tackling taboo topics, our women are starving for safe places to have real discussions about real-life struggles. Maybe God is calling your team to be that safe place, like He … [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...]

11 Time Savers for Busy Women’s Ministry Leaders

  A few months back I sent an email out to all of my subscribers asking: "What is your biggest struggle right now?" Over and over I heard: I am overloaded I'm so busy I have too many things to do and not enough time I'm overwhelmed Can you relate? I've been there before and know it's a place I'll visit again. Today I want to share some practical time savers I use and love. When I find something that’s able to … [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...]

5 Ways to Keep Absent Team Members in the Loop

Sick kids, doctor’s appointments, school events, family vacations, and other scheduling conflicts will often make it necessary for one or more of your women’s ministry team members to miss a meeting. Just last month I had to miss our meeting due to a previous commitment to chaperone a Youth trip. I know first-hand that feeling of being “out of the loop”! Today I’m sharing some quick and easy tips for keeping absent team members in the … [Read more...]