Have you considered utilizing covenants for your women’s ministry?
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The term “covenant” is a biblical term. It is very similar to a promise. One of the first and most memorable covenants is when God promised to never destroy the world again by flood, and left us the beauty of a rainbow as a sign. To me, a covenant is more serious than a promise, just like marriage is more serious than “going steady.”
I recently attended the Women’s Ministry Leader’s Forum sponsored by Lifeway, and in one of my sessions many of the leaders shared how they required their leadership teams to sign covenant agreements. Although, I have not required my core leadership team to sign a covenant, I do require all of the women who participate in our women’s involvement ministry to sign one.
Our women’s involvement ministry team is made up of eight teams of 4 to 6 women, so I believe that it is important that they recognize how important their positive participation is in that team. By signing a covenant, it helps convey the importance of this ministry, expectations of excellence and unity.
In the event that you are interested in using a covenant, here is the one I use below. Perhaps you can borrow some of its verbiage?
I, ____________________________________, am making a covenant to be an active, cheerful and dedicated team member in our women’s involvement ministry through the following actions:
- I will faithfully attend required meetings, by showing up prayed up and ready to add value
- I will faithfully participate on my team with a spirit of Excellence & Cooperation
- I will faithfully love and honor my other team members with kind and uplifting words and actions
- I will faithfully exercise my flexibility and patience in all circumstances
- I will faithfully rid my life of sin, that may interfere with my ability to minister and witness
- I will faithfully complete all tasks set before me and my team for the Glory of God!
Overwhelmingly, I heard other leaders say that they also added a statement about the participant’s husband being in agreement with her participation in the women’s ministry. So, you may want to consider this as well.
If you use a covenant, please share some of your verbiage in the comments section below, which will provide us with a robust database of usable covenant statements for future reference.
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.