10 Ideas for Ministry Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is Ministry Appreciation Month? I’ll admit, it’s not one I have marked on my calendar, but I should. Thank goodness it’s not too late to show some appreciation! Who is God asking you to encourage this month? Pastor Associate Pastor Music Director Children’s Minister Student/Youth Pastor Church Secretary Church Treasurer Deacon/Deaconess or Elder Women’s Ministry Team Publications … [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...]

9 Secrets to Making Guests Feel Welcome

Two nights ago I had the privilege of passing out small candy canes as folks were approaching our church doors to attend a special Christmas production. My task was to make our guests feel welcome. I was surprised by the number of folks who were thrilled to receive a little candy cane! Some responded as if they hadn’t had a candy cane in years and were so excited to indulge in a special treat. Others welcomed the breath mint. A few … [Read more...]

Is there going to be childcare?

“Is there going to be childcare?” It’s a question I wish I could always answer with a resounding. “YES!” But the truth is in all three churches I’ve served we've had to limit our childcare offerings. Can you relate to these childcare issues? Not enough volunteers (or paid staff) to cover every event. Most of your volunteers are women, so when they serve they miss the event. Your budget limits the number of times you can offer … [Read more...]

Tip 26 – Women’s Ministry Information Form (Free Printable)

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Two of the biggest requests I had from readers via my survey in September 2014 were: Forms Ideas for recruiting volunteers This Women’s Ministry Information Card is a form you can use to collect information on your women as well as recruit volunteers. Collecting names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses can help you build a database. Use those addresses for … [Read more...]

Tip 13 – Volunteer Visibililty

Welcome to 31 days of Women's Ministry Tips! Tip 13 is all about making sure the women at your event can easily identify your volunteers. Your volunteers need to be visible. Women: Will have questions that need to be answered. Where’s the bathroom? May need a pen, Band-Aid, program, etc. Will get lost or turned around and need directions. Can fall ill and need a place to rest  - and in rare cases medical attention. Need … [Read more...]

Fellowship Food Fix

Food costs can quickly sink your Women’s Ministry budget for an event. I know a team that grew tired of making food for every event so they decided to add a line to their budget. They budgeted around $125 for food from Sam’s Club. Which is okay. Except this was for a gathering of only about 25 women. Ya’all that’s at least $5 per person for snacks. For most of our budgets that's too much... My heart sinks thinking about how … [Read more...]

Double-Duty Door Prize Slips

Chances are you’re giving out door prizes at almost every Women’s Ministry event. Don’t miss the opportunity to collect some much needed information from your women! Use your door prize slips to: Gather email addresses for your Women’s Ministry email list. Collect volunteers for various teams/committees. Build your database by collecting physical addresses. Solicit responses to a question your team has for your … [Read more...]

Minty Thank You (Free Printable)

  Everyone appreciates a little acknowledgement and appreciation for their commitment and hard work. I’ve seen several mint-themed thank you ideas floating around on Pinterest and thought I’d put my own spin on a free printable for you! :) I’ve got two versions for you – one with a Bible verse and one without. There are 6 tags per page. Click on the link and it will open up a PDF for you to print. Option 1: commit MINT … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Thank You Notes

Nothing replaces a handwritten thank you note! Recipients not only feel appreciated, but they will remember they were not forgotten and are more likely to volunteer again in the future. These 10 tips will help ensure you're ready to write and send your next thank you note. 10 Tips for Thank You Notes Stock up on inexpensive cards Enlist your team to help write and send them out Include postage in your budget Send them … [Read more...]