What’s behind that women’s ministry tablescape you, or your team, have worked so hard to put together? I am going to share some eye-catching women’s ministry tablescape backdrops and also speak about the heart-felt ministry behind the tablescape.
According to Wiktionary, a TABLESCAPE is “An artistic arrangement of articles on a table.”
A women’s ministry tablescape is a fun, interesting and unique way to showcase your ministry or church event. Women love to “ooh” and “awww” over them. Before some of you roll your eyes, you must know that a well-done ministry tablescape can draw awareness, volunteers and attendees to your ministry and/or event.
Depending on where you will be setting up your women’s ministry tablescape, a backdrop may be needed. This is typically the case if you do not have a wall behind your table display. I am going to share some nice backdrops with you today. But more than that, I also want to talk about what is really going on behind one of my church’s ministries’ tablescapes – there’s more behind the pretty table cloth and “arrangement of articles” than you may realize. There are actually 3 things:
1) The message
2) The volunteers
3) The recipients
Every robust ministry will center their message on Jesus. Sometimes people can get so caught up in a ministry that they lose sight of why it exist. If your ministry is not effectively communicating the message of Jesus, you should rethink it. If no one is growing in their faith or coming to Jesus, you need to rethink what you are doing. If God is not confirming and showing you why that ministry should continue on, then you just may need to quit it.
Volunteers are key to any ministry; however it is time to rethink volunteerism. Aren’t you tired of looking for and begging people to join in??? If I hear one more speaker at a women’s ministry leadership conference say, “You need to look for women who…” or “You need to find you some women who…” I just might scream (well, not really, but I might roll my eyes…a little). The most effective and thriving ministries are able to communicate their ministry’s vision, demonstrate how God is working through it, and provide enough structure to facilitate smart, creative and entrepreneurial women’s ideas while they utilize their spiritual gifts. And if along the way they are able to clarify their God-given passion in missions or ministry then that is a wonderful bonus! Praise God! When you have the kind of ministry and communication that I just described, women will be drawn to it, and they will be excited!
The recipients of our ministries are the reason we often build a ministry. We see people with needs, and we want to serve them. They’ve captured our heart, mind and imagination for these schemes and exploits in ministry that we use to serve them. We must not only form attractive ministries, but also develop ways our ministry can clearly share the whole gospel message so the recipient can makee a decision about Jesus. Too often, we dumb down-if you will, the Good News message by making statements which are too vague, abbreviated or too non-offensive-proofed to make a difference in a person’s life. We have become so content with “planting and watering seed” that we have excused ourselves from effectively sharing all of the most life-changing/life-giving truth known to mankind when opportunity presents itself. Begin to think how your ministry can do a better job of sharing all of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Remember, most ministries and initiatives exist to open the door for the gospel message, so don’t be content to only crack it open.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
My church’s Clothes Closet ministry came to be organically. It was not church-commissioned. It was not led by church staff. It was not even expected. At first, some doubted that it was even needed; our town already had a Christian organization where people could get donated clothing at a very low price. It all started with a few women in our Senior Adult Sunday School class who saw a need and had an idea. They started collecting clothes and stored them in a closet; hence, the name “Clothes Closet”, then it expanded to several rooms in our church’s basement. Next, they were using empty units of a storage building which belonged to some other church members. We have more clothes donated to this ministry than we know what to do.
Our local schools call us daily with requests for clean underwear, coats, socks and shoes. It has been a great way to minister to our community. We have some who come to the church when in need to pick out free clothing. Still, we had tons of clothes and were quickly running out of places to put them. That is when someone came up with a cool idea! We needed more people to take these clothes home, right? So, some of our smart, creative and entrepreneurial folks thought to load them into a small box truck and drive them to the neighborhoods that might have the most needs. The reports were amazing! The families flooded the area of the truck to get some free clothes. People who would never grace the doors of our church crowded the truck of free clothes!
But we didn’t stop there – some of the ladies working the clothes-closet-turned-clothes-truck identified specific families with special needs. During our Women’s Involvement Ministry meeting, the outreach team decided to present a Valentine Gift Bag to a military wife. What a blessing for that team, as well as that family. That team of women came back fired up over having the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with her. Come to find out, there is even more to that family’s story, and we believe we are equal to the task to help them in a more significant way.
Here are some ideas for backdrops to your women’s ministry tablescape:
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Gina Duke is the Director of Women’s Ministry at her church where she has implemented a Women’s Involvement Ministry, called “Joppa”. This project is one of the ministry’s “Idea Starters”. Gina is an organizational leader imparting biblical and practical solutions for authentic Christian Living. She is the founder and president of Churchtown Ministries, and author of “Organizing Your Prayer Closet” (Abingdon Press). For more posts like these, go to GinaDuke.com or follow her board, “Joppa” on Pinterest – Gina Duke/Churchtown Ministries. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @TheGinaDuke