Perhaps you have noticed that the women who attend your ministry events are the exact same women, consistently. New fresh faces are few and far between, the same familiar women show up to be served.
When it comes to Women’s Ministry events I have always believed that God brings who He knows should be there. An event is a success if there are two or two hundred women in attendance. However, sometimes there is a reason other women are not attending. It is a lesson we can learn from the church as well.
I believe that there are women who simply do not want to just attend a Women’s Ministry event, they want to be a part of it. Perhaps there hasn’t been an opening on your Women’s Ministry Team, or they may not be able to commit long term to the team but can commit from event to event. As Women’s Ministry leaders we can get caught up in SERVING our women that we forget about the women who are also called to serve. I believe for each woman of God, we are called to seasons of serving and seasons of being served.
When the Church staff realize they want people to be more connected to the Church, one of the most effective ways to make this happen is through providing multiple avenues where they can get involved. When we are involved in our Church, we become invested in our Church. When we are invested in our Church, we have ownership… and with ownership comes commitment.
There are women in your church right now that are just waiting for someone to ask for their help or expertise.
- The women who can sing or play an instrument, but can’t commit to the Worship Team.
- The women who love photography, and would find great pleasure in taking pictures at the WM events.
- The women who have a testimony to share, experience in a particular area they can teach others about.
- The women who have a heart for hospitality and would happily come in and help decorate, make centerpieces, or come up with cute favors.
- The women who are organized, gifted administrators, who would love to help you find a way to coordinate sign up sheets, manage ministry business.
- The women who love to write who would be thrilled to tackle writing devotions on the WM facebook page, or communicating information to the women in the church for you.
These are just a few examples of women who may be in your church. What I have learned is that when you can give women something to be responsible for, their attendance doesn’t just change for that particular event. Over time they become increasingly more involved, and it may lead to eventual leadership positions.
If a woman from your church approaches you with a specific idea, and it fits into the vision of the church, why not allow her to run with it? If she has a gift or talent, see if there is a way she can use it in the ministry. The more connected she is to the ministry, she is also more apt to invite her friends.