Below you’ll find the transcript for the trailer episode for the Discipleship series from the Women’s Ministry Toolbox Podcast.
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Trailer: Discipleship Series Introduction
Hi, I’m Cyndee Ownbey, the host of the Women’s Ministry Toolbox Podcast. I’m the author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry, and I serve on the women’s ministry team in my local church. In this podcast, I’ll be sharing the lesson I’ve learned in over 20 years of ministering to women. If you’re a woman serving on the women’s ministry team or as a Bible study or small group leader in your local church, this podcast is for you! Together, we’ll learn to build a flourishing, Christ-focused community.
Over the last 26 podcast episodes and blog posts (see the list here), we’ve unpacked the foundational elements of women’s ministry. It’s been an incredible journey, but there’s so much more I want to discuss.
I hope you’ll go deeper with me as we switch gears to focus on discipleship in this next series of podcast episodes.
Our focus on discipleship will be extensive, and it will include mentoring and Bible study.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics we’ll touch on:
- How to Train Bible Study Leaders
- Organic vs. Structured Mentoring
- How to Select the Best Bible study for Your Group
- What to Do About Childcare
- Should you give Bible study homework?
- How to Create Great Discussion Group Guidelines
- How to Handle Prayer Requests
- And so much more!
That’s just a small sample of the things that we’ll be talking about.
I’ll continue to break down everything into bite-sized pieces, with episodes lasting about 15 minutes.
I also hope to regularly scatter in interviews with women’s ministry leaders again. So many of you have told me how helpful it is to hear from other women in the church.
There is one big change I want to draw your attention to.
The podcast will be switching from a weekly schedule to an every-other-week schedule.
To be honest, it takes a lot of time to create, record, edit, transcribe, and then create a blog post of every episode every single week. I need a little more margin in my life so I can continue to create new resources for you, serve in my local church or the women’s ministry team, and best prepare for speaking engagements.
The pace I’ve been working at since the beginning of the pandemic is just not sustainable any longer. I’ve been seeking how God would have to be moved forward. As I step into this next year, I feel confident that this change will allow me to serve you better and my husband better.
Our nest may be officially empty now that our youngest has moved out and entered his senior year of college, but I’m finding my to-do lists haven’t gotten any shorter!
Last week I shared a post on social media as a reminder to myself and you that we’ve got to get the order right. God, first family, second ministry. I’m putting that principle into practice.
I can’t wait to discuss all things discipleship with you!
I want to be sure to address any discipleship questions that you have in these upcoming episodes, so please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or you can shoot me a direct message via social media.
I’ll be back in two weeks.
That’s right, two weeks instead of one, with our first blog post and podcast episode (same content, two formats) in the discipleship series.
We’ll start by defining discipleship, mentoring, and Bible study. We’ll look at how they’re different and how they overlap.
In the meantime, I encourage you to go back and listen to any past episodes of the podcast you may have missed.
You’ll also find hundreds of posts on the Women’s Ministry Toolbox website here. There are tips, resources, icebreaker games, book reviews, and so much more. All available for free for you.
Thank you for listening to this episode of the Women’s Ministry Toolbox Podcast. Please make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss any future episodes. May the grace of God carry you through difficult ministry seasons, may He direct your steps as you seek to make Him known, and may your love for the LORD be apparent to every woman you serve.