April marks a special anniversary in my life.

I am celebrating the 5 year anniversary of Women’s Ministry Toolbox!

Women’s Ministry Toolbox would be nothing without you! Really!

Indulge me, if you would, as I pause to reflect on how this all got started and how God has grown this ministry beyond anything I imagined.

In true women’s ministry fashion – I’ve got gifts and prizes! Don’t miss the details at the end of this post!

The History of Women’s Ministry Toolbox (Short Version)

Frustrated that I could find very little online for free women’s ministry ideas, God called me to put down my (then) current blogging project (exploring Bowling Green, KY) and put a pen to my true passion – women’s ministry.

I spent hours learning how to use WordPress (the framework for this site) and pulled from my experiences (at that time) of leading two different women’s ministry teams in two different churches in two different states.

As with most things in life, there was no overnight success story. Week after week I’d write and share what God had done through our team, lessons I’d learned from others, and tips and tools that I hoped would help each one of you.

Little by little God brought women’s ministry leaders to my little corner of the internet.

Look How Far We’ve Come

Today after five years of sharing icebreakers, tips, ideas, and Bible study reviews almost every single week, the site has become a substantial women’s ministry library with over 400 posts.

God’s pushed and stretched me as I’ve learned to create and edit videos, e-books, and social media posts.

I remember noting my 300 subscribers on my first media kit. I was so proud of that number, not knowing God would add thousands of leaders to my email list in the years to come.

What started as a simple website now includes a robust Pinterest account, growing YouTube channel, Facebook page, Facebook Group, an online course, resource e-books, and an Instagram site.

And there are more excited things to come!

You Keep Me Going

With every passing year I’ve thought, any day now I’ll run out of ideas. How much can one really write about women’s ministry?

Yet, by God’s grace, the ideas continue to flow and He continues to lead me to new things that I pray will grow and strengthen our community.

When discouragement hits, as it does often, and I wrestle with continuing on, God encourages me through your sweet notes and messages. You’ll never really know how much they mean to me! It can feel very isolating on this side of the computer screen.

My Gift for You

This celebration really isn’t about a website or any of the other tools God’s led me to create – it’s really about YOU and the community you’ve helped to build online. You’ve shared your joys and struggles, through comments on the blog, in response to Facebook posts, and now on a more personal level in the Facebook Group.

Side note: If you haven’t yet joined our closed Facebook Group – Women’s Ministry Toolbox Community – I encourage you to do just that. Almost 1000 women who are serving on their women’s ministry team or as Bible study leaders in their church or local community are actively praying, sharing, and encouraging one another. It’s been a blessing to be just a small part of what God is doing there!

I am blessed to be a spectator and an instrument for connection as God knits leaders together from various denominations, countries, and backgrounds, with the singular goal of telling every woman we can about Him.

To celebrate you and the work you are doing in light of the Gospel, I’ve created a free printable for you.

I’ve recently been reading through 2 Corinthians in my personal Bible study time and 2 Corinthians 5:20 reminds us of our purpose as women’s ministry leaders.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God”. 2 Corin 5:20 (HCSB)

I knew it was one I wanted to put on a printable graphic for you.

Click the link below to open the free PDF file.

Fifth Anniversary Print

You may want to print it off and place it in a frame as a reminder.

I’m giving away prizes to 5 lucky readers!

Grand prize: $25 Amazon Gift card and one free Women’s Ministry Toolbox resource of your choice (see list below)

4 Winners: Each receives one free Women’s Ministry Toolbox resource of your choice (see list below)

Enter via Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. You may only enter once. Winner must be 18 years of age or older by April 14, 2018. Winners will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. Winners must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected.

I’ve also created a 20% (1/5) off coupon code for every single Women’s Ministry Toolbox resource.

Please note you MUST enter the coupon code: FIVEYEARS to get the discount. The coupon code can be used multiple times, but expires at 11:55 PM EST on Tuesday, Monday, April 30, 2018.

Below you’ll find the list of resources along with the price (after the coupon has been applied):

READ Bible Study Workbook for Individuals – $8
READ Bible Study Kit for Groups – $24
Prayer Warrior Boot Camp Online Course for Individuals – $21.60
Prayer Warrior Boot Camp Kit – $20
EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Planning a Retreat – $15.20

*North Carolina residents, please note sales tax may be added.

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code FIVEYEARS to get the price listed.

Please know that your purchase helps to cover the monthly expenses of Women’s Ministry Toolbox site.

I thank God every day for allowing me to do what I do.

I thank you for being a BIG part of it!

May God continue to grow you, stretch you, and refine you as an instrument used for His glory. May the women God places in your path be drawn to Him. May your ministry point every woman to the hope that is only found in a relationship with Jesus.

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One year ago: Is your women’s ministry sexist?
Two years ago: Word-Filled Women’s Ministry
Three years ago: The Best Devotional You Can Share
Four years ago: Mother’s Day Game: Pass the Package
Five years ago: 10 Tips for Thank You Notes