The lessons haven’t always been fun or easy, but God has taught me so much in almost 20 years of ministering to women.
From my days as a “mommy group” leader to serving on three different women’s ministry teams in three different churches in three different cities, I’ve had many opportunities to learn from my mistakes and gain wisdom from my mentors.
I pray God will use these reflections to affirm and strengthen your leadership in women’s ministry.
Here are 9 things I’ve learned in 19 years of women’s ministry:
1. Women love interaction.
Women don’t just want to sit and listen, they want to actively participate. Consider including a hands-on service project, guided discussion group, and intentional icebreaker game to meet their needs. Resist the temptation to pack your schedule or agenda too tightly.
2. Circles are better than rows.
Women need to sit face to face to make connections and build relationships. Whenever possible, create circles and get your women out of rows. If you must sit in rows for a speaker’s teaching session, physically move the chairs into circles (as far apart as possible) or move into separate rooms for even greater confidentiality and deeper sharing.
3. Icebreaker games with purpose provide connection.
Carefully selected icebreaker games allow women to bond over shared experienced and preferences. Provide opportunities for your women to discover new things about one another. You’ll find bunches of great icebreaker games at Christian Camp Pro as well as on this page at Women’s Ministry Toolbox.
I pray it will be a blessing to you!
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Three years ago: Your Letter to Retreat Participants
Four years ago: The Golden (Door Prize) Ticket
Five years ago: What Your Speaker Needs to Know