With each passing day, it seems apparent that it may be many weeks, if not months, before we can gather together again in large groups.
As women’s ministry leaders, we have an opportunity to transition our ministries online to continue to build relationships, offer support, and point women to Christ.
I’m praying every women’s ministry leader and women’s ministry team will rise to the challenge.
I’m here to help you in any way that I can.
What does online or virtual women’s ministry look like during a time of crisis?
I recommend your team virtually connect with your women in these three ways.
While I hope and pray your church has already set up a system for you to connect with your women via email, I know that may not be the case. You may need to set up an email list service such as Mailchimp or Mailer Lite. You’ll find more information, if you need it, in the post Women’s Ministry Email List Service Options.
Try to send out at least one email every week, two if you can manage. Send encouraging words, helpful resource links, and information about what you’re offering online until you can meet in person again. Ask if they need anything.
2. Social Media
If you don’t already have a closed Facebook group for your women’s ministry, I suggest you create one as soon as possible. Send your women an email with a link for them to join. Closed groups prevent the general public from seeing the conversations inside your group. You can find out more about How to Use Facebook Groups in Women’s Ministry here.
If you need tips for creating social media graphics check out this post.
3. Video Conferencing
There are several free video conferencing platforms available for you to use if your church doesn’t have another resource available to you. You can find a list of options in this post.
Video conferencing is great for Bible study and small groups, but it’s also great for large groups! Most platforms allow up to 100 participants; even in a large church, it’s unlikely you’ll max out. If you’re in a megachurch, you may need to schedule two Zooms to accommodate everyone – start with one and go from there. You’ll find help for hosting a virtual Bible study here.
Consider these video event ideas:
- Host a Coffee & Conversation weekly meeting where women can hang out together via video. Grab a few of the Isolation Icebreaker Questions to keep the conversation moving.
- Assemble a panel of experts to share on a topic. Invite a few of your senior saints to answer questions or share about their faith.
- Host an online conference – you’re welcome to use the Prayer Warrior Boot Camp Kit for Groups or READ Bible Study for Groups materials on my site (email participants the workbooks).
- If you have women in your church who have a speaking ministry, ask if they’d be willing to share one of their speaking sessions, and then lead a discussion.
Women’s ministry leaders from around the world are sharing ideas and tips for staying connected online in the Women’s Ministry Toolbox Community Facebook Group. We’d love for you to join us! Be sure to answer the membership questions so I can quickly let you in.
While there are undoubtedly many additional ways you can connect with your women virtually, I recommend this is where you start. It’s better to do a few things and do them well.
You may also want to read:
Virtual Women’s Ministry Resources
How to Host a Virtual Bible Study
How to Use Facebook Groups for Women’s Ministry
How to Support Your Women When You Can’t Meet Together
Isolation Icebreaker Questions
How to Create a Women’s Ministry Social Media Plan
How to Create Social Media Graphics
Tips for Creating Live and Recorded Video
Women’s Ministry Email List Service Options