This is fourth in a series of posts from a meeting we recently we with a group of women’s ministry leaders and some young women/young women’s leaders together for dialogue. Read previous posts in this category first!
In regards to special events, we must re-think how and why we do them. Here are some comments from the young women in our group:
· We don’t really want events; we want worship experiences for women.
· Coffee shop style works great. (coffee, chat & chocolate is a great combination!)
· One had an event called Girl Friend Rendezvous to discuss real life issues.
· It was suggested to have leader retreats a couple of times a year to plan for young women’s activities.
· They aren’t really impressed necessarily with big name speakers as they are with more intimate access to the speakers you DO have. Many don’t just want to sit in a huge venue with lots of women unless they also can get more “up close and personal”.
· They love having men speak to women as well, sharing what is going on in the heads of the men.
· Worship is not really personality driven for them, but what draws is whether or not it’s authentic worship.
· The topic for the event is very important in making a decision whether or not to attend.
· They are looking from fresh teaching, not a “canned” message.
· They are also drawn in when the speaker or worship leader brings a missional element to the platform. I.E. human trafficking ministry, setting slaves free around the world, etc.
· They are looking for opportunities to “sit and share” instead of “sit and soak”.
Watch for more posts with excerpts from our meeting!