Mentoring & Ministering to Women, Part 1 by Gena McCown
This Saturday, twenty five women’s ministry leaders attended a special training event on Mentoring and Ministering to women. Author Gloria Furman once defined “Women’s Ministry” as any act of ministering to the needs of women. Each church is comprised of women with a variety of needs, and areas where we can serve, leaving no two ministries identical. Yet, the methodology is the same. We are women who are rooted in scripture, dedicated to prayer, faithfully living out our calling to build a Women’s Ministry that is gospel centered and disciple making.
Later this week, in Part 2 of this series, we are going to recap some of the speakers points and talk a little more in depth about mentoring and discipling of women. However, today I would like to share our gratitude with the supporters who walk alongside of the work we are doing here in S. Florida. We couldn’t do this without their support and prayers. If you attended, we’d love for you to give some social media love. If you didn’t get to attend, check out these great resources!
First, we’d like to thank NavPress for their donation of “The Gentle Art of Discipling Women” by Dana Yeakley. Discipleship needs to be an intentional focus for Women’s Ministry, and each our leaders in attendance received a copy to share with her ministry team.
When discipling women, it is great to have a reference resource to help navigate through questions we may not have all the answers for. FaithWords donated a copy of “ABC’s of Christianity” by Terdema Ussery for each Women’s Ministry Leader in attendance.
If you are looking for a straightforward structured system for discipline, check out Multiplication Ministries mentoring curriculum, “One to One Discipling for Women”. They also have a version for men. Our speaker, Jenny Andrews, spoke on her experiences with the materials and how they have incorporated them into their church. (We’ll cover this a bit more in part 2). Ten ministry leaders brought home a copy of “One to One Discipling for Women”.
For those look for a less structured mentoring program, you may want to look at “Organic Mentoring” by Sue Edwards and Barbara Neumann. Eight of our ministry leaders received a copy of this book at our event, but all of our women can read the first three chapters on our Facebook page. Thanks Kregel Publications!
Quite often when we talk about mentoring, we think of the scriptures in Titus 2. Crossway Publishers donated two copies of “Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women” by Susan Hunt. Crossway also sent a sample chapter of “Parenting” by Paul David Tripp for each woman in attendance. Mentoring and discipling isn’t just limited to those who attend our Women’s Ministry events, but most importantly our own children.
Finally, we were able to connect our Women’s Ministry Leaders to a great ministry “Embrace Grace”. This ministry reaches out to our unexpected mothers to be, giving them encouragement, support, and most of all Jesus! We already have one local church who has started an “Embrace Grace” group, and Lord knows we could use more in our area and throughout the country. Each leader went home with a complete information pack on how they could bring Embrace Grace to their church and community.
Thank you so much for your generosity, prayers, and support.