Is God calling your team to rethink your women’s ministry?
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Whether you’re in need of a few small tweaks or an overhaul, my new book, Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community will guide you through a prayerful assessment of what’s working well and what’s not.
Part 1 – Shifting Target Audience
Who Are We Trying to Reach?
Impact of Social Media and the Internet
Community and Cliques
Part 2 – Rethinking the Women’s Ministry Framework
Rethinking Bible Studies
Rethinking Testimonies and Devotionals
Rethinking Mentoring and Discipleship
Rethinking Service Opportunities and Missions Projects
Rethinking Your Calendar
Rethinking Women’s Ministry Events
Part 3 – Making Changes and Managing Sacred Cows
Rethinking Women’s Ministry examines the heart and the how of women’s ministry in today’s culture.
It’s filled with practical tips and tools that your team can put to use immediately.
Below you’ll find the Introduction to Rethinking Women’s Ministry. I pray it will give you a sense of how the book may benefit you and your team.
“Why aren’t women coming to women’s ministry events?”
It’s the heart cry I hear on a weekly basis from women’s ministry leaders.
Leaders long to know what they can do to encourage women to show up.
Some know they need to make changes, but they aren’t sure what those changes should be.
Other leaders are frustrated with team members who won’t budge because “this is the way we’ve always done it.”
The face of women’s ministry is changing, and many women’s ministry teams – perhaps even your own – have struggled to adapt.
Twenty years ago God called me to join Him in this journey to minister to women. Much of what worked really well twenty years ago doesn’t garner the same robust results now.
Rethinking Women’s Ministry is designed to help women’s ministry leaders and team members examine what is working well in their church ministry and what isn’t.
We’ll start by looking at how things have changed over the years.
What’s really different?
What new challenges must we tackle?
Then we’ll move on to the heart of the matter – identifying areas where change is needed.
Do you need to rethink your team structure, Bible studies, or discipleship approach?
Does your event framework, outreach, or publicity need to be refreshed?
As God highlights areas that need rethinking, you’ll be able to form an action plan that will enable your ministry to reach more women more effectively and create a community that flourishes.
You’ll also hear what women really think about women’s ministry events and activities as I share statistics and comments gathered from 1,140 women in an online survey. Some of their comments even surprised me!
Like me, you may be anxious to get started – there are women to reach! Before we jump knee deep into the need for rethinking women’s ministry, we need to agree upon a definition.
What is women’s ministry?
I posed this question to women’s ministry leaders in our Women’s Ministry Toolbox Community group on Facebook. Here’s how they defined women’s ministry:
“A privilege assigned by our almighty God to grow in faith together.”
“A ministry that serves the spiritual (discipleship, teaching, training), emotional (mentoring, encouraging, fellowship, counseling), and physical (comforting, provision, helping) needs of women.”
“We, as the leaders, minister, encourage, equip, build confidence, and support the women of our church who then go out, reach other women, and bring them back to the church where the process starts over again.”
“Women ministering to women in the context of the church, in alignment with the vision of the church, in submission to the leadership of the church. The ministry exists to equip, connect, comfort, and grow women and help them live out their mission as necessary and essential partners in fulfilling the great commission.”
“To help women grow in their relationship with God and with others.”
“Amazing. Complicated. Fulfilling. Exhausting. Peaceful. Dramatic. Crazy. But worthwhile.”
Search the Scriptures all you want, but you won’t find a formal organization of a ministry for women.
But God doesn’t leave us without some guidelines. We are told in Titus 2:3-5 that the older women are to teach the younger women. We are also told in Acts 2:42 that the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer” (CSB). In Matthew 28:19, we are instructed to go and make disciples (all of us). There are additional “one anothers” scattered throughout Scripture: love one another (John 13:14), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), tell one another about God (Psalm 145:4), carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
We can say with confidence that biblical instruction, older women teaching younger women, discipleship, fellowship, and prayer should happen! Service, love, encouragement, sharing the gospel, and carrying burdens round out our responsibilities to one another.
I’ve boiled it down to this: women’s ministry is an arm of the church that intentionally provides biblically sound encouragement and spiritually driven growth opportunities for all women.
You may have a different definition. You may even have a purpose statement for your women’s ministry that serves as a guideline for everything you do. If you don’t have a working definition of a women’s ministry for your team, may I suggest that you spend time creating one? You’re welcome to use mine or tweak it a bit to make it your own. Seek input from your pastoral staff so they can hold your team accountable.
Here’s the thing – we can’t hit a target if we don’t know what we’re aiming for. Let’s get started!
Ready to read more? Rethinking Women’s Ministry is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon or ask your favorite bookstore or retailer to order it. Consider purchasing a copy for each one of your team members!
See what leaders are saying about Rethinking Women’s Ministry here!