Verses she shared:
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Why is women's ministry important?
The needed input from each other: women can just as easily destroy the church as they could be the life and heartbeat of the church.
They process information differently than men do.
Women need community.
Who are the women we minister to?
"Fringe" women- those who tend to be loners
Should start at 4-6 year old girls- every woman
Ask the question: Who are the women and are they being served?
Remember that you need to be ministered to as well: have a garbage can outside the church.
What exactly is it?
Support-type groups: MOPS, divorced, widowed
Social times: pizza parties with the young girls
How do we start/run a women's ministry?
Three key questions to ask: What do you have time for? (Where are you at in your life?) What do you have a passion for? What are you skilled with (Spiritual gifts, personality types)
Evaluate from the outside whether or not the current ministry is working, why they are doing that ministry, and what they need in the ministry.
- Look at what it takes to start the ministry.
- Pray: Is this what You want? Is this for me?
- Meet with the people in charge: pastor, current leaders, etc.
- Develop solutions for needs before starting ministry
- Make sure the right person is in the leadership role to avoid burn out.
- Don't allow slander or gossip to ruin the ministry.
- Deal with conflict directly.
- Talk one-on-one first
- Third party-someone that is truly neutral, if necessary
- Agree to disagree
- Work on forgiveness
- Pray for the other person
You don't know where God is going to call you next. Start by asking "fringe" people to do small tasks. They might rise to be your future leaders.
Overall lesson for the night: Be expectant for what God is going to do.