“Our women look forward to our annual tea!”
“They can’t wait to decorate their tables for our Table Banquet every year!”
“Our women love doing Beth Moore studies!”
All of the above may be true, but that doesn’t mean God wants your Women’s Ministry events and activities to stay the same year after year.
But how do you decide when it’s time to change it up or let it go?
You may be stuck on repeat if:
1. You use the same Bible study authors in the fall, spring, and summer.
2. You’ve held the same event (tea, table event, conference, etc.) for the last three years.
3. Your retreat has had the same destination for the last two years.
4. You’ve used the same guest speaker (inside or outside of the church) more than once in the last two years.
5. Your ministry calendar is predictable.
Why it’s important to change?
1. Using different Bible study authors allows your women to hear and learn about God from a different perspective. Stuck on Beth Moore or Priscila Shirer? Try adding Vicky Courtney, Jennie Allen, Jen Hatmaker, Jennifer Rothschild, or Kelly Minter.
2. We are all growing and changing. Our needs are different today than they were 6 months ago. Hosting the same event repeatedly communicates that our needs remain the same. Consider changing the time of day, location, activities included, and/or the focus.
3. Trekking to the same retreat location can be comforting, but we don’t want our women to become comfortable in their walk. We want them to grow and stretch! I guarantee some of your women are not interested in your current retreat location – maybe it’s too far, too expensive, or just not their cup of tea. Always head to the beach? Look for a campground or lake facility.
4. God has given many women the gift of teaching and speaking. Expose your women to other fantastic speakers. Need a starting point – contact your local denomination office for a list and visit the Proverbs 31 speaker list.
5. Is your calendar flexible? Are you leaving room in your schedule for God to do something new? What if He lays it on your team’s heart to start an outreach to a local apartment complex?
If we, the church, are going to meet the changing needs of women in our community, we must be prepared to adapt and change to meet those needs.
Challenge your Women’s Ministry Team to dissect and discuss if you are really meeting the needs of the women in your community. Reach outside of your team to get an accurate picture.
- Maybe your homeschool moms are feeling left out because childcare is only offered for younger children.
- Perhaps the singles in your church feel like they don’t belong.
- Maybe the widows in your church feel snubbed by the focus on marriage.
Tradition is not a valid reason for scheduling an event or activity.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Pray and be willing to do a new thing. Ask God to show your team where your ministry is stuck and what needs to change.
For more resources on meeting the changing needs of your women be sure to check out my Renovate Your Ministry series.
Your turn to share: Is there a Women’s Ministy event or activity that is stuck on repeat in your church?