Building Your Women's Ministry in a Small Church
- Friday, July 28, 2006
Women’s ministry seeks to transform women into mature, productive, joyful daughters of the King. For a woman to be transformed, she must have opportunities to see how God can use her. She must know her gifts and step out in faith expecting God to work through her. When she does, she experiences profound pleasure and usually surprise.
The feelings we experience when God works through us to teach and minister to women can’t be described — only experienced. God wants every believer to know that joy! God expects leaders to offer multiple opportunities for women to serve.
Offer multiple levels of opportunity in any size ministry
1. Entry-level opportunities
In churches of all sizes, new believers and newcomers need entry-level opportunities to serve. These jobs will not sink your ministry if neglected. They don’t require training, maturity, or expertise. Divide your ministry tasks in such a way that even new believers and women without experience can participate.
Why? These positions offer women a chance to show you who they are and what they can do. They are nurtured by trained coordinators who will shepherd and instruct them so that they will enjoy themselves and grow from their experience. And from these entry-level opportunities will bubble up women with leadership gifts. Women will emerge who are diligent, punctual, gifted, and personable. You will identify those who work well with others, those you can count on, and those who love people. One day, these women will lead the ministry. One day, one of them will sit where you sit.
2.”Middle Management” Positions
Once you have identified a woman who works well on a team and has the attitudes and gifts for overseeing others, give her a chance. For example, if you chair an event, let her be your registration coordinator. Find a woman with computer expertise and the gift of administration. Let her register women and oversee making nametags. See how well she delegates. She might replace the coordinator next year.
3. Major Leadership Roles
The coordinator oversees the major facets of your ministry. She usually emerges by serving first at the entry and support levels. She may be young in years but is spiritually mature, well grounded, and shows promise. She works well in a team and is passionate about her ministry. She knows that her work is more than accomplishing a task, putting on an event, or serving in a support capacity.
To transform women of all generations, we must embrace them one by one. You don’t have enough arms or enough time to do that alone.
Refusing to work with others is often a sign that you fear losing control. Women’s ministry is messy. It has been compared to herding cats! You may fear the conflict that might erupt when women work together. Maybe you’ve had a negative experience in the past and it is coloring your perspective. Maybe you think you can do it better yourself. But transforming women requires multiple arms, hearts, and minds — and it’s a lot more fun!
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