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...]

Tip 15 – How to Stay on Schedule

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Tip 15 is all about staying on schedule. You can use this trick for your Bible study, Small group session, Women's Ministry Fellowship, speaking engagement, and Sunday school class. There is nothing worse than running out of time. Except maybe going over! It’s easy to get caught up in a discussion, a lesson point, or a story. You glance down at your watch and gasp! How did that much … [Read more...]

Tip 10 – Two Ways You Can Encourage Group Discussion

Welcome to my series on 31 Women's Ministry Tips! Tip 10 is all about encouraging group discussion. Women’s Ministry Team meetings, Bible studies, Sunday school, and small groups all face the challenge of engaging the participants. I’ve already shared with you one way to increase discussion in your groups in my post The One Thing Every Group Leader Needs to Learn. Today I’m sharing two more critical pieces of the conversation … [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...]

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...]