Some of you are new at this whole women’s ministry thing. Others of you have been around for a while.
But no matter who you are or where you are, there are always new things to learn and take in. Hopefully, these five things will help you as you lead women in your context.
Be flexible. Something will go wrong! It’s inevitable, but the more that you can be flexible, the more it will serve you well in the long run.
Give your ministry away. The more that it’s “your” ministry, the less room you’ve left for other women and for God to do what only He can do through the ministry. Empower other women to truly feel like they’re invested and a part of what’s going on, and give away as much as you can! If a ministry is built on you as a leader, there’s a really good chance it’ll fall apart if you ever leave.
Surround yourself with a team. Let’s just face it, you’re not perfect. You don’t have it all figured out, and you’re not the best at everything. That’s why you need an incredible team around you! Surround yourself with women from other generations, demographics, talents, and abilities. I’m great at organizing and planning, but I’m terrible at the creative aspects of events. I try to surround myself with someone who can think creatively and run with a great idea!
Think about the women who aren’t just like you. It’s easy to think of ideas and plan for women who are in the same chapter of life you’re in. Make sure you take the time to consider how to minister to those who are in other life stages and whose schedules are different than yours. If you don’t know what that looks like, ask around! Get women in other life stages and situations to help.
Bring it back to the Gospel. If your aim and goal isn’t to bring women to a saving, deeper knowledge of Jesus, may I ask the question, “What are you doing?” As you lead Bible studies, plan events, counsel women, and meet needs, it all comes back to Jesus and the Gospel. Without him, we’ve got nothing. Keep him at the center, and it will keep your ministry centered. After all, it’s all about him.
This list definitely isn’t exhaustive, but hopefully it’s a start. What would you add to this list to share with other women’s ministry leaders?