Women’s Ministry and October Baby

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How many of you have faced women in your ministry who have had an abortion or who have experienced some situation that caused much pain and bitterness? Forgiveness of self and others is not easy. We must seek ways to help women heal and to experience restored relationships between them and God and them and others. Did you get the opportunity to see the movie October Baby? If you missed it in the … [Read more...]

Women’s Leaders, Wherever YOU Are, Be All There!

Often I am all about getting the task done and miss many ministry opportunities. What if I really was ALL there? Shirley Moses, today’s guest blogger, is an author, speaker, and founder of Beyond the Call Ministries . Read her story of how she allowed God to help her be “all there” to serve Him in a unique and meaningful way!Every year we go with our good friends to the beach. … [Read more...]

Women’s Ministry Q/A #30: New Women’s Believers Facing Trials

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Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.     Today’s question: How do you move new Christians “off the fence” of unbelief when great trials strike immediately upon their conversions? The trials have … [Read more...]

Women’s Ministry Q/A #29: Getting Women to Share

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Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.      Today’s question: How do you get women to open up and share so that lay counselors can help? Most come to church and put on their “happy face”. One way we … [Read more...]

Women’s Ministry Q/A #27 Ideas for Helping Hurting Women

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.      Today’s question: What are some ideas for helping hurting women? Do you recommend support groups?Most of us, as women’s leaders are not trained counselors. … [Read more...]

Ministering to Women Dealing with Infertility

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As a leader this topic is dear to my heart, partially because the statistics of women dealing with this. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in an article dated 2002 here are the stats: Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to have children): 7.3  millionPercent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8%Number of married women … [Read more...]

Ministering to Women Struggling with Post Abortion Trauma

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Guest blogger, Dr. Deb Douglas, is the Minister to Women, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA . She wrote this article our of her own experience with women in her church who have had an abortion. Be sure to watch the web cast recordings of Surrendering the Secret Part 1 & 2 with Pat Layton as you reach out to these hurting women. Women with post-abortion trauma may already be in … [Read more...]

After Christmas, What’s Next for Ministering to Women?

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Did you notice during the holidays ministry needs surfacing in larger than normal numbers, especially in the lives of single women? But what do you do after the new year has begun to follow up on those needs. Linda Lesniewski challenges us to consider what plans we have in place to continue ministry  after the holidays.    I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways To Help Mothers Of Prodigal Children

In today's society, more and more families are experiencing painful situations with children who rebel against them, but the church is positioned to reach out to these families and show them the love of Christ during their ordeal. You and other women in your ministry can care for mothers of prodigal children in your church and community with 10 simple actions: 1. Pray.Be faithful in lifting … [Read more...]

Women’s Leaders: Don’t Put Your Stock in Your Pots

Dawn Stephens is the Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills, in Birmingham, Alabama  "I am thinking there is a story in this experience as I am helping a woman in a neighboring community dig through the remains of her home after the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011. She and her mother, niece and her … [Read more...]