Years ago, my Pastor made a point to our congregation on what kind of impact he wanted our church to make on our community. He said that if our doors had to shut today, he would want our community to miss us tomorrow. There are churches and ministries that open and close all of the time, but how often does their absence go noticed? Does the community even notice they are gone?
Just last year, a friend and her family began to faithfully respond to the call toward International Missions. They gathered a group of local friends together to organize a fundraising event. A location was picked, local businesses rented booth space or sponsored the food and games areas. They reached out to the local churches and asked if their worship band would be willing to donate time, playing just a set of music during the day. In exchange the church could set up a tent and hand out information about their church to people from the community who passed through. What an amazing opportunity to 1) support missions work, 2) network with other churches, and 3) introduce themselves to the people in the community who may not have a church home.
ONE church responded. One out of HUNDREDS. I was shocked. You’ll be happy to know The Women’s Ministry Council was there.
So, let me turn the question on to your ministry… how does your ministry present itself to the community? Are you interested in serving your church only? Or would you be willing to step out into the community and support another ministry, that is not your own? What holds you back?
When a local church hosts a simulcast event for a well known speaker, why are we not carpooling our women to these events? Or, at minimum, promoting it to our women? Are we afraid to lose our women to another church? Is our calendar too full, not providing enough room for divine appointments to come along our way? When the community needs us, are we too busy to step out and say… “Here we are, how can we help?”
Women’s Ministry is an amazing opportunity to not only serve the women in our own churches, but other churches and the community at large. Big churches can come along side small churches, welcoming them into our Women’s Ministry events. We can make space for the churches who lack the space. Churches that have been blessed with resources, like Women’s Bible Studies, can share resources with those who lack. Small ministries can band together, serving long side each other and sharing the load. All of us, ministries of any size, can work together in serving our community.
- What if all of our women’s ministries grouped up for a Habitat For Humanity building project?
- What if all of our women’s ministries alternated weeks, providing meals to Molly’s House in Stuart?
- What if all of our ministries came together to make blessing bags for the homeless?
- What if all of our ministries fellowshipped together at local park, praying for our county?