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...]

The Biggest Mistake Women’s Ministry Teams Make

Over the last 10+ years I’ve had the opportunity to serve on three women’s ministry teams in three different churches. Everywhere I’ve served and even in the places where I haven’t, I’ve seen this women’s ministry mistake committed over and over again. And I’m not just throwing stones, I’m 100% guilty of committing it myself. This one mistake: Increases burnout Dismisses the other women in the church Fuels pride Creates … [Read more...]

8 Habits of an Effective Women’s Ministry

I’m curious, how would you describe the way your women’s ministry team operates? I'm guessing the word "effective" may not be the first word that comes to mind... If you had to pick, which description below comes closest? We pick and choose events and activities based on our team member’s passions and interests. We plan one event at a time. We never know what we’ll do next. It’s often based on the next great idea we stumble upon. … [Read more...]

What to Do With a Dominating Team or Group Member

I tried to stifle my sigh and mask my aggravation when Sally (not her real name) once again took over the conversation in our Bible study. While Sally often had great insight and stories to share, week after week after week she had dominated our Bible study group conversation. If there was a quiet moment she jumped in, often changing the topic or direction of our discussion. My heart ached of our Bible study leader, the new ladies in our … [Read more...]

Procedures, Forms, and Documents Your Women’s Ministry Team Needs

Last summer I joined the women’s ministry team at our (new to us) church. I asked a lot of questions at that first meeting. How do I submit a receipt? When do I need to get my publicity submitted for the next church newsletter? Are we responsible for purchasing coffee for our Bible studies? Most of my questions were related to procedures. Having served on three different women’s ministry teams in three different churches, I’ve … [Read more...]

How to Share the Best Devotional Ever

  Last week we talked about The Best Devotional You Can Share. (Please take a few minutes to read it, if you haven't already.) We’ve addressed the “what” and the “why”, today we’re going to conquer the “how”. Look, I know there are a lot of women out there with dramatic stories of what God has done in their life. If you don’t have a story involving addiction, abortion, or abuse you may feel your story is not worth … [Read more...]

The Best Devotional You Can Share

Do you all share a devotional at your women's ministry meetings? We do. Most of our women’s ministry fellowships include a short devotional before we get to the focus of our time together (ie. making no-sew fleece blankets, learning a skill, making blessing bags, watching a movie, etc.). I admit I used to thumb through different devotional books looking for some story the women would find encouraging or moving. I was tempted many times, … [Read more...]

Tip 29 – Creating Expectations and Setting Precedence

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Prepare to get your toes stepped on today! We're going to take a close look a the expectations and precedence we set in our ministries. Often without meaning to! The decisions we make as a team don’t just impact the event or activity we are working on, they have the potential to affect future women’s ministry events and activities. If you give out generous door prizes ($25 gift cards or … [Read more...]

Tip 10 – Two Ways You Can Encourage Group Discussion

Welcome to my series on 31 Women's Ministry Tips! Tip 10 is all about encouraging group discussion. Women’s Ministry Team meetings, Bible studies, Sunday school, and small groups all face the challenge of engaging the participants. I’ve already shared with you one way to increase discussion in your groups in my post The One Thing Every Group Leader Needs to Learn. Today I’m sharing two more critical pieces of the conversation … [Read more...]

One Thing Every Group Leader Needs to Learn

Group leaders have great opportunities to love and encourage their women. There is one thing all group leaders can learn to do that will make the greatest difference in their group members’ experience. Group leaders need to learn to be quiet. Or as we say in the South, they need to “hush”. *wink Even if their role is one of teacher, and not only shepherd, they need to learn “silence is their friend”. Silence is your friend … [Read more...]

Leadership Secrets

I recently received a copy of The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller to review. I was completely intrigued by the title - who doesn’t want a leadership secret?! But, I’ll admit that when I seek out books on leading women I am a little hesitant to read a book written by a man. Anyone else willing to admit to the same? Sometimes leadership books can bit a bit cut and dried, filled with lists of things … [Read more...]

Reno Project #6: Providing Better Training

This is it! Today is the last day of our Women’s Ministry Renovation Project! Today we are going to tackle Training. So let me just make a confession right from the start. I have not done a good job of training my former teams. I am making great progress in this area. I believe one of the reasons God placed me in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) leadership as a small group leader was to experience training at its best. They are a … [Read more...]