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Hospitality October 8, 2014

Tip 8 – Where do I go?

Welcome to 31 Women’s Ministry Tips!

Tip 8 is all about making sure every woman knows were to go.

31 Days of Women's Ministry Tips - Day 8 Where do I go?

We need to expect and anticipate that new women will be in attendance at our women’s ministry events.

We need to make sure we don’t leave the new girl wondering where to go.

Hopefully you’re already hanging signs on the entrance doors.

Most churches have more than one door and more than one building.

Even when we think it’s obvious where to enter, it’s often not.

You can lead your women straight out of the parking lot and to the correct entrance with chalk!

Don't leave the new girl wondering where to go. Find out how to make sure she doesn't lose her way.

I stumbled (almost literally) across this idea at our first night of summer bible study. One of the wise women in charge had drawn a giant welcome and arrow on the courtyard pavement.

Grab a box of chalk the next time you’re in the Dollar Store and put it with your Women’s Ministry supplies.

Small touches like this make women feel loved and welcome!

You may also want to read: What the New Girl Needs

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Conferences, Hospitality October 2, 2014

Tip 2 – Small Touches

Welcome to 31 Days of Women’s Ministry Tips!

What they say is true, small touches make a big impact.

Tip #2 is an inexpensive idea for spoiling your women.

Day 2 of 31 Women's Ministry Tips - Small Touches

In addition to the room for the main event most of your women will make a trip to the bathroom.

For most of our big events we’ve taken the time to place a small vase of flowers and a bottle of scented hand soap in our bathrooms.

It’s a small touch, but one that your women will notice.

There’s just something nice about using a fancy soap rather than the dispenser on the wall.

I do want to strongly suggest that you consider purchasing only fruit or vanilla-scented soaps.

Floral soaps can send those with allergies and sinus problems into a miserable state. So much so that the event could be ruined for them. Really.

If you’re a fan of Bath & Body Works, they often run sales on their foam and pump soaps. Keep in mind that if you purchase seasonal soaps you’ll have to wait until next season to use them again. I made that mistake one year.

If you know someone really creative and handy ask them to put together Mason jar soap pumps for your women’s ministry. How great would it be to have them to use at every event?! (Wal-mart and Big Lots are the best places to buy jars fyi.)

Spoiling and loving on your ladies in small ways can have a huge impact!

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Fellowships, Hospitality June 10, 2014

What the New Girl Needs

We’ve moved twice within the past three years. Not just down the road, but 10 hours west and 2 states away. And then 8 hours back east.

We’ve had the opportunity not just to visit several churches, but to try to get plugged in once we’ve found our new church homes.

Back when we moved to Kentucky one of the pastor’s wives invited me to my first event at the much bigger, main campus. I didn’t even know where to park or which door to enter. I would have never gone if she hadn’t invited me.

What Every New Girl Needs - Make sure new women feel welcome!

It’s been about 3 months since I almost turned the car around and abandoned the idea of attending my first Women’s Ministry event alone.

Ya’all even as much as I love Women’s Ministry, it was very hard for me to go alone to the first event at our new church home. I had no idea if I would know anyone. Not a single woman from our Sunday School class was in attendance. Every single face was new.

Having freshly walked in the shoes of the “new girl” (again), I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned.

There are 3 things every “new girl” needs:

1. Invitation – It is highly unlikely that she’s going to come to an event on her own. A personal invitation provides companionship and accountability. Consider inviting her to:

  • A Women’s Ministry event
  • Bible study
  • Breakfast/coffee/lunch
  • Your Sunday School class/Small Group

2. Introduction – Connect her with other women in a similar season of life or with similar aged-children. Please do not introduce her to the whole group – she may never come back! Make these introductions 1-on-1. Be purposeful. Don’t abandon her either. Stay and help keep the conversation going.

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3. Intentional Follow-up – Don’t leave her hanging. Call and check in with her. Ask her how she enjoyed the event. Invite her to something else. Find out what she needs/is looking for and help her to find it.

Admittedly, there is a fine line between pushy and welcoming.

  • You don’t need to call repeatedly, but if she leaves you a message, call her back. Please.
  • You don’t need to issue an invitation to every church or Women’s Ministry event, but do hold her hand through a couple until she gets to know a few other folks.

It’s your turn to share! What do you do to make sure new women at your events feel welcome?