One of our breakout leaders from the 2013 Women's Forum was Laura Chapman, Connections Minister at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, TN. She was on a panel with several other single women to discuss how we minister to the single women in our church. Here are some helpful thoughts she has for us as women’s ministry leaders: I’m convinced that walking into a church solo is one of the … [Read more...]

This post is part of a series as we recap the 2013 Women’s Forum. Esther Burroughs, Director of Esther Burroughs Ministries…Treasures of the Heart, was one of our speakers at the forum this year and continues to pour into women, seeking to mentor the next generation in life and ministry. The word of God says clearly in many places, that we are to bless the generations.  “ This will be written … [Read more...]

As we continue this series taken from breakout sessions at the 2013 Women's Forum, consider the focus of your women’s ministry. Is it events, fellowship or is it making disciples?  Consider that question as you read this post from guest blogger, speaker and conference leader Karen Alexander-Doyel.   “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and … [Read more...]

Once again I was inspired by a post on Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog to consider how it might apply to women’s ministry.  Any time I see the word busy, I identify!  And I believe our churches do as well. Dr. Rainer gives us seven reasons to consider puttng a women’s ministry on a diet. Read his post first, then let’s look at each of his seven reasons. Excessive activities can actually preclude … [Read more...]

Sometimes our church culture changes and as women’s ministry leaders we struggle to figure out how to minister to women in a new paradigm.  Such was the case for a leader who sought out the wisdom of women’s ministry leader Sheila West, founder of Real Living Ministries. She shares great points to consider regarding how to minister to women in a church that filters its ministry through small … [Read more...]

This is the final post in our 6 part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2 Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. Today Ashley Chesnut concludes this series as she talks about spiritual parents. As we discussed stages of spiritual growth in our most recent women’s small group leader training, one of the ladies asked whether or not you have to be a spiritual parent to lead a small group. … [Read more...]

This is part 5 in our 6 part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Today Ashley Chesnut moves her discussion on to the young adult stage of spiritual maturity. One college girl whom I'm discipling leads a small group of girls in her sorority, and every time we meet, this leader has a barrage of questions for me. Recently, her questions included everything … [Read more...]

This is Part 4 in our 6-part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Today’s Ashley Chesnut discusses the spiritual children stage. I previously worked as a nanny, and I distinctly remember a time when the whole family was sick except for the youngest who was 3 at that point. With 2 sick kids and both parents ill, Charlie* didn't think he was getting enough … [Read more...]

This is Part 3 in our 6-part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1 and Part 2. Today’s post by Ashley Chesnut focuses on spiritual newborns. How would you describe a newborn? Dependent? Cute? Curious? Ignorant? Apply what you generally know about newborns to spiritual infants. Spiritual newborns are... Characterized by ignorance and dependence Often zealous about the … [Read more...]

We have an event coming up called Between Us, and we keep getting asked the question, “What’s that?” and “Who’s that for?” Well, let me clarify… it’s a conference just for ministers’ wives! If your husband serves in ministry, this conference is for you. I feel a little crazy calling it a conference because it’s so much more than that, but we’ll just call it a conference for now. If you’re not a … [Read more...]