Are you craving connection?

In all of our moves I’ve never struggled like this. People at our church are nice, but it doesn’t extend much past that. Most don’t seem to want to or aren’t able to connect outside of Sunday morning or Bible study. In our neighborhood folks usually wave and say “hi”, but not much more. There are days I wonder, if they knew how lonely I am, surely they’d reach out? Wouldn’t they? As of December, we’ve lived in our neighborhood and attended … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Evening Women’s Bible Study in Panama

My husband and I recently traveled with SCORE International to Panama. We tagged along with Justin, our former Youth Pastor, his wife, Megan, and the College and Career Class from our former church. It was our first-ever mission trip. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing specifically about how we “did women’s ministry” in Panama. You never know when God may send you to love on women in another country or another community. It is my … [Read more...]

Why I’m Tired of Bible Study Books

For the past several months God has been increasing my discomfort with the Bible “studies” we’ve been doing at our church. I've come face to face with the fact that I'm tired of Bible study books... Like many of you, our women’s ministry holds weekly Bible study meetings one morning most weeks. For the past several years we’ve used Bible study books as our curriculum. I’ve shared about several of the book studies we’ve used. I was … [Read more...]

Book Review: None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. Any purchase you may make helps to cover the costs of this site. Thank you! How big is God to you? Do you really, truly see Him as all-knowing? Can you wrap your brain around his omnipresence? If we’re going to be honest, I think a lot of us (myself included) put God in a box. Not necessarily purposefully. Our limited minds struggle to grasp the unlimitedness of God. When the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Audacious (with a Bonus Study Guide)

I was flat-out overwhelmed on Sunday by what God did at the end of our worship service. Our Youth will be participating in a DNOW (Discipleship Now) event next weekend. I’m part of the DNOW Prayer Team and we had written the names of our students on DNOW bracelets we had purchased. Our Pastor helped us to distribute them by inviting anyone who wanted to take a bracelet to come forward during our time of invitation. We had placed a popcorn … [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...]

8 Ways to Encourage One Another

Encouragement. I could sure use some. Could you? I’m guessing we all know several women in our lives that could use an encouraging word or gesture. Did you see that single mom at church on Sunday struggling with her two-year old? What about your team member that worked her tail off pulling together your last women’s ministry event? Or the neighbor down the street that faces a daily battle with a chronic illness? God tells us we … [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...]