Many of you are setting goals for your women’s ministry in the New Year, and I am interested in hearing about yours. As I have been asked to set some for 2015, I’ve been thinking more strategically.
Before I share my thoughts I am going to share a DISCLAIMER – My ideas as of late are nothing more than considerations; they aren’t even guidelines, so please take my should’s and other directives very lightly. This is food for thought – thoughts to consider as you strategize and add more leadership team members and ministry offerings.
1. Have 1 leadership team member for every 100 women in your church.
If you are the lone ranger of a women’s ministry at a church with 300 women, then needless to say you need a team. It can be done without one because I’ve done it before when we were in the beginning stages of implementing our women’s ministry, but it will be exhausting. I recommend that you have a women’s ministry leadership team made up of 1 woman for every 100 women attending your church. Perhaps you think that many women per leader is too many, but realize that women’s ministry does not have the same type of responsibilities as a deacon who works with a much smaller ratio.
In the workplace, it is recommended that a company has one human resources representative for every 100 employees whom they are dealing with at any given moment, day in and day out, so with women’s ministry, you can see how this is an acceptable number. It’s important to have a leadership team that is in proportion to your congregation.
Keep in mind, too, that your congregation members will utilize their small group and deacons for the more involved needs of counseling, assistance and illness/bereavement needs. Women’s Ministry is a compliment to the ministry of the church for enriching women’s lives. Our offering is for female specific ministry with the goal to lead our women into a deeper love relationship with God. Of course women’s ministry will be a part of the more involved needs, but that is not It’s primary function.
2. The demographics of your leadership team should match that of the community.
The women on your leadership team are the ones who give input to the direction of your women’s ministry, so in order to get well-rounded input you will need to hear from these women’s perspectives. When your leadership team well represents your community, you will better attract more women from your community, as well as, contribute to the overall plans of your church’s community outreach efforts.
When your leadership team represents your community, you will have the appropriate marital status, economic status and minority representation. You will be able retrieve this information by conducting an internet search of your church’s city. This has been helpful to me, if for nothing else but to learn more about the women in my town, and considering how we can reach them.
Let’s say you have 600 women in your congregation. In review of your local demographics, your church may be located in a town where there is 51% impoverished families and 30% of the population is Latino. A robust leadership team then would have 6 leadership team members, where 2 of them would be Latinas, and 3 of them represent the economic status of the 51%. If 25% of the households are single women then try to represent accordingly.
3. The participation and utilization of your women’s ministry should represent the demographics of your congregation.
When you look at your women’s ministry offerings, you will want to assess the women whom are engaging in those offerings. Don’t look for just a woman or two, but for a decent representation of women in your congregation who are engaged in such ministries. Do you see millennials, singles, minorities and senior adult women comfortably engaged?
4. A Robust Women’s Ministry Will Have Robust Offerings:
- An open door – Offer a small group/Sunday School class and gatherings where one of the goals is to invite women who do not attend church to join you.
- Biblical Worldview Perspective – Bible Study is a must, but also ask yourself where are the precepts of Titus 2:3-5 at play – the original women’s ministry.
- Opportunities to engage. Every robust women’s ministry will offer places for women to utilize their spiritual gifts in ministry projects and missions work.
- Discipleship – A robust women’s ministry will challenge women to become more disciplined in spiritual disciplines such as personal Bible study, prayer and obedience to God’s leading along with discovering the spiritual gifts.
Now, take everything I’ve just shared and prayerfully consider it when setting goals for your women’s ministry.
In the end, if our goals attract women from our community, engage the women in our church and disciple them according to the Holy Scriptures, it will be a robust women’s ministry.
Many blessings to you and your women’s ministry this year!
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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.