I grew up in a small country Baptist church in Robertson County, Tennessee. This was the main church I attended until I was 30 something. One of my favorite things in both Wednesday night prayer time and the Sunday morning end of service time, was hearing testimonials.
Can I get a witness???
I have always loved hearing people testify! I think it so powerful!
Even when I attend conferences for women’s ministry leaders, I find that I learn the most from other leaders’ stories than I do from the breakout sessions leaders. There is something to be said for sharing our own personal stories that encourages others along the way. Have you ever noticed how powerful testimonials for services and products are? They can have the same effect at church!
When I got married, I moved my membership to a larger church with my husband. Sadly I realized that we just don’t have the same opportunities to testify at a larger church like we do in smaller ones; what a shame.
When making my year-end assessment last year, I noticed how we Christians don’t always experience or exemplify God’s power in our lives like the Bible records of the New Testament church. And, I think I have realized why—we don’t testify enough.
We don’t share all the good things God has been doing in our lives. We don’t give praise reports to those we have enlisted to pray for certain needs. We don’t publicly commit to hang on to God when we are going through a battle or worrisome season in our lives.
We have decided that testifying is too raw and real, and sometimes TMI (too much information), so we have opted for a more quietly dignified tone in the church. As such, we have just about “dignified” ourselves into a slow death that has left the body of Christ weak and discouraged.
God’s Word says,
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NASB
As women’s ministry leaders, we must create ways for women to testify! This is how believers overcome life’s troubles!!!
Here are some of the ideas I have incorporated and am prayerfully considering:
- Before prayer, ask women to share praise reports and updates to previous prayers with the expectation that they will say something
- Host an “open mic” night for women to prepare a testimony in advance. Schedule them to go one at a time
- Sponsor a faith-booking or prayer journaling workshop, creating a comfortable setting for women to show what God has done in their lives
- When hosting mini events, periodically have one of your senior adult women come talk about her past struggles and how God led her through them. Topics could include the Depression, losing a spouse or child, or suffering and recovering from a long illness.
- Encourage women to write down their spiritual heritage and then share them with the group
Be as creative as you like, but just get women sharing how the Good News has impacted their lives! If we could do just this one thing effectively, I believe it would revive our women and attract more people to Jesus. Now, can I get an Amen???
” And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24
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