Today we’re tackling one of Women’s Ministry’s biggest questions.
Because there are so many scenarios to take into consideration, I’m going to break it down into a series of posts.
Even if you already have a team in place, hang in there with me and help other leaders by sharing your experiences.
So let’s start at the very beginning (as Julie Andrews would sing).
The size of your Women’s Ministry Team is going to be dependent on three things:
1. Church size – Most of the time a smaller church is going to have a smaller team and a larger church is going to have a larger team. Truth is there are only so many women in your church to go around. Keeping your team small in a large church is going to hurt your ministry in the long run.
2. Church Constitution/By-laws/Governing Rules – May determine not only the size and positions on your team but also how those women are selected and even how long they will serve on your team. One church I served in only allowed me to serve a 3-year term as Women’s Ministry Director and then I had to step down for a year. However, there were no such guidelines for the rest of the team.
3. Ministry Season – God may be growing your team or He may be doing some pruning and removing some women. The Pastoral staff may be putting a renewed emphasis on women’s ministry in your church or they may not be supportive.
My friend, Gina Duke, recommends having 1 woman on your team for every 100 women in your church. I think that’s a great goal for your team if your church attendance runs 300-1000. If you’re over 1000, you may want to max out your team at 10 and have smaller teams serving underneath your team members.
Even with that recommendation, know that your team size is going to be dependent on your specific situation.
The first time I served as a women’s ministry team director we had to start again from scratch. The role had been empty for about a year and a half. At first, there were three of us on the team, in a church that had about 800 members. By the time I had to step down three years later, we had grown to 7 team members.
Trust God’s timing and His provision.
Small teams can do big things.
Big teams do not guarantee big results and may be more difficult to manage.
No matter what the size of your team, there are some specific roles you’ll want women to fill. And that’s where we’re headed next!
Your turn to share: What factors play a role in the size of your team in your church?
Other posts in this series include:
What positions do you need to fill on your team?
Women’s Ministry Team Job Descriptions – Part 1
Women’s Ministry Team Job Descriptions – Part 2
How to Recruit Women’s Ministry Team Members
How to Ask Women to Serve on Your Leadership Team