Why Churches Need Women’s Ministry

God created humans with an innate need for community. Churches can meet this need for women, through offering women’s ministry. Therefore, women’s ministry is vital to the local church!

Here are just a few reasons why I believe women’s ministry is vital
• women are hungry for true, meaningful connection in today’s culture where social media leaves women wanting
• women are strong influences in raising children, in their marriages, in the community, in the marketplace, in their churches and in the world, and therefore, women need good theology
• women need other women to do life with, throughout all stages of life
• more than half the church is women, and the majority of church volunteers are women, so women need to have a good understanding of God’s word
• women have the influence to make or break a church.
“A healthy women’s ministry in the local church is a key part of vibrant church life. For many reasons, when Women’s ministry is going well, it is a significant influence to the health of the entire church.” ~ Gerry Teichrob, Director of Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry

If my reasons for women’s ministry don’t convince you, perhaps these will

Women’s ministry deepens theology, cultivates inter-generational friendships, grows ministry
Daniel Montgomery lead pastor of Sojourn Church in an article called “Does Your Church Need a Women’s Ministry?” describes some of the reasons his church offers formal women’s ministry. “We want to intentionally meet women who want deeper theological reflection where they are. It won’t just happen. Women’s ministry also allows us to directly address the challenges of cultivating friendships across generations—whether someone is mentoring or being poured into. In addition, if you look at any renewal movement in history, women were at the helm. We want to empower and free women to do that kind of ministry.”

Women’s ministry models biblical community
“Some say women are more effective ministering to women because they are natural nurturers. Others say it’s because they tend to be more relational. The Bible does not attribute the results to nurturing or to relationship skills but simply evidences the structure of a biblical community. God designed women to help each other.” Taken from Why Women Need Each Other

Women’s ministry helps women to come to Christ and grow in Christ
“Like most forms of ministry, women’s ministry is Jesus-centred. It’s all about helping other women to come to Christ and grow in Christ. It’s about encouraging people to understand the gospel, respond to the gospel and apply the gospel to every aspect of life. And that happens when women engage with God through his Word and prayer, in the community of the local church.” taken from What is women’s ministry/ Helen Thorne – Director of Training and Mentoring – London City Mission

Because the bible instructs older women to train younger women
“These older ladies were to be ‘teachers of what is good’. This is not literal teaching as we understand it today, but more of an encouragement and a ‘fanning of the flame’; the picture is of one gently blowing a fire to encourage it to burn. It is mentoring in its purest form. This ‘teaching’ is not primarily academic, possibly not even doctrinal, though it must always be doctrinally correct. The emphasis is on encouragement, the idea of, ‘Yes, you are doing well in mothering your children. Keep up the good work.’ Because young women need encouragement. Because young women need to see a godly life in the flesh.” Nell Sunukjian from Why Every Church Will Always Need a WM Part 1

If your church does not currently have women’s ministry, may I encourage you to start women’s ministry this year? Please check out my “First Steps – Building Vibrant Ministry” workshop designed to help churches build or rebuild women’s ministry.

Also see “Why Women’s Ministry Matters”

How to Write a Vision Statement

My blog called “Vision vs. Mission and Why it Matters to You as a Leader or Individual” addresses the difference between a vision and mission statement. For those of you who missed it, here’s a recap.

In simple terms, a vision statement is where you want to go in the future and should stretch your organization or ministry beyond what it is currently.

A mission statement is a description of what the organization does, and the reason for its existence.

Simply put,a vision statement is the where you want to go, and a mission statement is how you are going to get there.

The bible talks about importance of vision in Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

Aren’t you glad we have God’s word, the bible, to show us God’s mission and vision for us as Christ followers. The bible teaches us how to live (mission), and where we are going if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour (vision).

While both vision and mission statements must include space for the Holy Spirit to work, ministries and churches must have a clear understanding of why they exist, the importance of where they exist, what they are called to do, and how they will carry out this calling.

How to Write a Vision Statement for Your Ministry

Vision starts with team

Gather a ministry team. Ministry is not a one person show. Ministry requires a team, and a variety of spiritual gifts, for effective ministry to be built. Build the team with individuals who have a heart for the people group this team will serve.

Vision starts through prayer

We cannot begin to know the true needs of people. We may think we know, but we must rely on the power, insight and strength of the Holy Spirit, as only He truly knows the hearts of people.

  • Cover congregants in prayer, by name if possible
  • Pray for God to prepare you for the role you may play on the team
  • Pray for the humility required to lead well
  • Pray for wisdom for next steps
  • Pray for the church leadership team
  • Pray for current teams to be open to new ideas and vision\

Vision starts by working under the church’s vision statement

  • All church ministries must work under the church’s vision statement
  • All church ministries must align with the church’s vision statement
  • Ensure that your church’s vision statement is visible, as your team works on its individual vision statement

Vision starts with a brainstorm

  • With the church’s vision statement is in front of you, brainstorm keywords that describe where the team would like to see this ministry go, and how it will get there
  • Brainstorm projected outcomes the team would like to see in the lives of those who will benefit from this ministry
  • Think about discipleship, and what it means to be a disciple of Christ, and how this ministry may help facilitate this discipleship process

Vision starts with prioritizing key words

  • Make a column for vision statement keywords, and another for mission statement keywords
  • Place keywords under the appropriate column
    • do these describe where the ministry is going (vision)?
    • do these describe how the ministry will get there (mission)?
  • Once columns are completed, begin to form phrases that encapsulate these key thoughts

Vision starts by wordsmithing key phrases into a concise sentence

Note: The team and congregants should be able to memorize your vision statement.

Here are a few examples of concise vision statements
“To make and deploy mature and equipped followers of Christ for the sake of Family, Community and Global transformation.” Perimeter Church (Johns Creek, GA):

“To create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.” Glide (San Francisco, CA):

It may take several team meetings to get the vision and mission statements right. Take the time to get the statements as clear as possible.

Finally, take the vision statement and mission statement to the Pastor or Elder Team (dependent on your church structure) for their approval before the statements are taken public.

Remember that following church leadership covering, is so important. All ministries of the church are to work together as one body. For this to happen, there must be good communication and accountability.

I can Help! My First Steps – Building Vibrant Ministry Workshop addresses how to build a ministry, how to build a team, dealing with conflict and event planning from projected outcomes. For more information on this and other topics I offer please go to www. definingpurpose.ca

Also see “Vision vs. Mission and Why it Matters to You as a Leader or an Individual”

Vision vs. Mission and Why it Matters to Leaders and Individuals

What’s the Difference Between a Vision Statement and a Mission Statement?

In simple terms, a vision statement is where you want to go in the future. It should stretch your organization or ministry beyond what it is today.

A mission statement is a description of what the organization does, and the reason for its existence.

Here are 2 Mission Statements of Well-Known Companies (the “why” this company exists)

“To give ordinary folk the chance to buy the same thing as rich people.” (Wal-Mart Mission Statement)

“Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.” (Amazon.com Mission Statement)

If a Church is Not a Business, Why Does it Need Vision and Mission Statements?

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” 

While both vision and mission statements must include space for the Holy Spirit to work, ministries and churches must have a clear understanding of why they exist, the importance of where they exist, what they are called to do, and how they will carry out this calling.

Churches who don’t have a clear vision and mission are prone to:

  • making bad decisions
  • hiring staff who aren’t a good fit
  • dealing with the same issues year after year with no productive change
  • losing congregants who are frustrated by the lack of vision and direction
  • low giving because people don’t trust money is being used wisely

I wonder how many people leave churches due to problems that could be avoided if the vision and mission are being upheld.

Why Should Mission and Vision Matter to Church Individuals?

  • Because individuals make up the church, and are called to live out the great commission, and to be the hands and feet of Christ, within their churches and communities
  • Because each individual of the church is called to use his/her spiritual gifts to serve the church, and to fulfill his/her calling to Christ
  • Because members of the church are to be watchdogs, to hold leaders accountable, for decisions made within the church. Congregants must be aware of the mission and vision of the church, and to question leaders, if they seem to be going off track, in upholding the church mission and vision.

Why Should Mission and Vision Matter to Church Leaders?

  • Because leaders are responsible to teach, and equip the congregation, to carry out the mission and vision, and the great commission
  • Because all ministries within the church, should line up with the mission and vision of the church
  • Because leaders are called to protect the unity of the church. Divisions arise when the vision and mission is not upheld, or is interpreted differently than intended.

Make it Personal

  • Know your church’s vision and mission statements
  • Evaluate yourself on how you are doing your part, to live out the mission statement
  • If you are not living the mission statement, step up your game, get involved, be a proactive member of your church
  • Know your spiritual gifts, and use them within your church, to help carry out the mission

I can Help!

My Gifted for Purpose Workshop addresses spiritual gifts, calling, and how God can use us as individuals, to make a difference for Him, in our churches, communities, and the world. Contact me to find out more information about booking a Gifted for Purpose Workshop for your church.

Also see “How to Write a Vision Statement”

5 Lies Leaders Believe When Trying to Lead Alone

Ideally, good leaders should always be working themselves out of a job by mentoring other leaders in what they do and how they do it. In this model a ministry or organization will be able to continue even if the leader must step away. Sometimes, inexperienced leaders don’t want to train others for a variety of reasons and the result can be an immature ministry, or a ministry overly controlled by one person.

I have spent some time in self evaluation to determine why I have been hesitant in the past too share my leadership responsibilities, or to mentor other leaders.

Here are 5 common lies leaders believe when trying to lead alone:

1. I should do it all myself because no one really wants to help me.

I have come to realize that any leader who takes on too much will either burn out, or come to resent the people she serves.

2. I can do the job better myself.

While many leaders are capable in many areas, no one person is good at everything. It is better to delegate tasks to others more capable in that area.

3. I should keep saying yes.

The truth is when we step in to do something we shouldn’t, we may be enabling someone else to say no, who should be saying yes. Sometimes it is best to leave unfilled holes undone, until someone else decides to step up. I’ve discovered that leaders who do too much are setting ministry up to fail, if they need to step down.

4. If I admit I need help I will be seen as weak, and lose the respect of others.

My favorite leaders are those who are authentic, not those pretending to be perfect. Those who come across as perfect, often repel others, because no one feels they can measure up to a perfect person. On the other hand, leaders who are real, and admit their weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, tend to attract people.

I have come to believe that it takes strength and courage to ask for help.

5. I have to keep leading even though I know my time is done.

When God asks you to step down from leading listen. If you try to keep leading after your expiry date, you will likely do more damage than good.

See also “The Importance of Leading Through Team”

Avoiding Ministry Burnout – Webinar

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