Sound advice and support for why a church—and the women in it—need a separate ministry for women!
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Guest: Cyndee Ownbey, author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Cyndee serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox.
Introduction: Wondering if your church needs a separate women’s ministry program? Here is sound advice and support for why a church—and the women in it—need one!
Why does a church need a women’s ministry?
- Impacts lives of participants
- Make friends
- Grow spiritually
- Serve alongside other women
- Builds community
- What does Scripture say?
- Titus 2:3–5—intergenerational teaching
- Acts 2:42—Bible study, fellowship, prayer
- Matthew 28:19–20—making disciples
- Adds opportunities outside of the typical church options
- Offers options for a variety of personality types
- Not in competition with other ministries
- Different groups serve different purposes
- Benefit a variety of people and meet the needs of many
- Can provide conversations that connect the Bible with real life
- Address different needs and experiences
How to proceed in adding a women’s ministry program?
- Pray, pray, pray
- Share desire with church staff
- Share specific info or data, if necessary
- Be persistent and patient
- Have courage and faith that God will provide
- Not just fellowship, fun, and service—must be founded on the Word of God
- Women’s Ministry Toolbox and Women’s Ministry Toolbox Facebook group
- Cyndee’s podcast and blog post: Scriptural Support for Women’s Ministry