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...]

9 Secrets to Making Guests Feel Welcome

Two nights ago I had the privilege of passing out small candy canes as folks were approaching our church doors to attend a special Christmas production. My task was to make our guests feel welcome. I was surprised by the number of folks who were thrilled to receive a little candy cane! Some responded as if they hadn’t had a candy cane in years and were so excited to indulge in a special treat. Others welcomed the breath mint. A few … [Read more...]

Is there going to be childcare?

“Is there going to be childcare?” It’s a question I wish I could always answer with a resounding. “YES!” But the truth is in all three churches I’ve served we've had to limit our childcare offerings. Can you relate to these childcare issues? Not enough volunteers (or paid staff) to cover every event. Most of your volunteers are women, so when they serve they miss the event. Your budget limits the number of times you can offer … [Read more...]

Tip 26 – Women’s Ministry Information Form (Free Printable)

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Two of the biggest requests I had from readers via my survey in September 2014 were: Forms Ideas for recruiting volunteers This Women’s Ministry Information Card is a form you can use to collect information on your women as well as recruit volunteers. Collecting names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses can help you build a database. Use those addresses for … [Read more...]

Tip 13 – Volunteer Visibililty

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Tip 13 is all about making sure the women at your event can easily identify your volunteers. Your volunteers need to be visible. Women: Will have questions that need to be answered. Where’s the bathroom? May need a pen, Band-Aid, program, etc. Will get lost or turned around and need directions. Can fall ill and need a place to rest  - and in rare cases medical attention. Need … [Read more...]

Fellowship Food Fix

Food costs can quickly sink your Women’s Ministry budget for an event. I know a team that grew tired of making food for every event so they decided to add a line to their budget. They budgeted around $125 for food from Sam’s Club. Which is okay. Except this was for a gathering of only about 25 women. Ya’all that’s at least $5 per person for snacks. For most of our budgets that's too much... My heart sinks thinking about how … [Read more...]

Double-Duty Door Prize Slips

Chances are you’re giving out door prizes at almost every Women’s Ministry event. Don’t miss the opportunity to collect some much needed information from your women! Use your door prize slips to: Gather email addresses for your Women’s Ministry email list. Collect volunteers for various teams/committees. Build your database by collecting physical addresses. Solicit responses to a question your team has for your … [Read more...]

5 Mistakes Leaders Make When Building a Women’s Ministry Team

Mistakes are inevitable. I know from experience the damage, frustration, and division that can happen when we rush to put together or add to our team. It's easy to let our enthusiasm and excitement hinder God's design for our team by jumping ahead of Him. Here are 5 common mistakes leaders make when building and/or expanding their Women's Ministry Team. Open Casting Call – Team members need to be vetted and prayed over. Please do not … [Read more...]

Thank You Postcards

We just held our annual "Table Event". It takes a village of people to pull it all together and every single one really deserves a personal note of thanks. In the past I may have written that overwhelming task off as too expensive and too time consuming to tackle. However I recently discovered that you can purchase pre-paid postcards at the US Post Office. They even have a "forever" stamp on them so there's no need to add extra … [Read more...]

Minty Thank You (Free Printable)

  Everyone appreciates a little acknowledgement and appreciation for their commitment and hard work. I’ve seen several mint-themed thank you ideas floating around on Pinterest and thought I’d put my own spin on a free printable for you! :) I’ve got two versions for you – one with a Bible verse and one without. There are 6 tags per page. Click on the link and it will open up a PDF for you to print. Option 1: commit MINT … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Thank You Notes

Nothing replaces a handwritten thank you note! Recipients not only feel appreciated, but they will remember they were not forgotten and are more likely to volunteer again in the future. These 10 tips will help ensure you're ready to write and send your next thank you note. 10 Tips for Thank You Notes Stock up on inexpensive cards Enlist your team to help write and send them out Include postage in your budget Send them … [Read more...]