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...]

Day 26 – Retreat Discussion Groups

Today I’m weighing in on retreat discussion groups. We’re going to take a look at: Discussion Group Options Pro’s and Con’s of Assigning Groups Roommates in Groups Ideas for Assigning Groups Code of Conduct for Groups Group Size Where Your Groups Should Meet Discussion groups give your women the opportunity to go deeper with each other and discuss your retreat topic together. I’ve been on retreats that have … [Read more...]

The First Day of Bible Study

Is your head swimming just thinking about the first day of Bible study? From the logistical to the practical to building relationships, there’s a lot to do and a lot to remember! Our women's ministry team recently made plans for the first day of our summer Bible study. After working through our own logistics, I thought it might be helpful to create a list we can all use and adapt. This list can easily be tweaked for a small group … [Read more...]

Do we have to wear name tags?

Name tags – you either love them or you hate them! Often a group reaches a point and wonders, is it safe to put away the name tags? We all know each other, right? I was once a part of a Bible study that for weeks had faithfully set out name tags at each meeting. (Yes!!) Then one week, without warning, they just disappeared. I’m sure the coordinator thought that by then we were all familiar with each other. Since we were closer to the … [Read more...]

Do your women know how to contact you?

Before you answer “yes”, let me share a recent experience I had with you. A couple of months ago we had some workers show up unexpectedly at our house at 8:30 AM. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. But it was my Bible study morning. I was in charge of the prayer request notebook, which was sitting in my living room. As much as I wanted to be at the Bible study, I needed to be home. I had less than an hour to try to contact the … [Read more...]

A Code of Conduct for Small Groups

I started a new Bible study at a new church a couple of months ago. Our first meeting had the typical “get-to-know-you” activities. But also on the agenda was the “Code of Conduct”. I was both curious and impressed. The Women’s Ministry Leader: Reminded us that what is shared in the Bible study, needs to stay in the Bible study. Cautioned us not to over-share. IE. Sharing too much about our spouse can create a lot of … [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...]

Praying for Your Small Group (Free Printable)

Small Group and Bible Study leaders have many responsibilities, but the greatest of all is to pray for the women in their group. Prayer prepares you for the different personalities in your group. You are bound to encounter some "sandpaper people". (Affiliate Link) You may have women who attend, but never share with the group. You may even have someone try to run the group for you! Girls, we’ve got to be on our knees asking God to … [Read more...]

Women’s Outdoor Ministry Idea

I want to introduce you to Renae Hughart, the Women's Outdoor Ministry Leader in Greenwood, Arkansas. When I heard about this unique ministry, I couldn't wait to have her share the details with you! The Women’s Outdoor Ministry at First Baptist Church in Greenwood, AR, was started in Oct. 2011, as a consequence of our outstanding Men’s Ministry. The weekly bulletin always included announcements of upcoming events for the men like rock … [Read more...]

How to Start Your Own R3 Ministry

Amber Fisher, the founder of R3 Ministries, returns today to share how you can start your own R3 ministry (or something similar) in your church and community. R3 Ministries was implemented with the goal of reaching out to those struggling with addiction and depression, and to make Christians more aware of and compassionate towards those issues. (See the previous post for details.) With that goal in mind, we began an addiction recovery support … [Read more...]

Small Group Idea: Sister Six

What do you get when you prayerfully put 6 women together for 6 months? New friendships Support Laughter Fun Our Women's Ministry Team  in North Carolina spent months praying for a new way to connect the women from different groups within the church. That prayer was answered when Sister Six was created. How it works: 1. Women register to be placed in a Sister Six Group. They can select the type of group (single women, women … [Read more...]