I am always thankful for those who serve alongside me. When they accomplish a task or pitch in when the going gets tough, I’m always certain to say thank you at the moment. But, I think it is also important to recognize these women in a more tangible way.
Thanksgiving is coming up and then we will be in the full swing of Christmas. Chances are you are having some sort of women’s event with either a Thanksgiving or Christmas theme, what a perfect time to publically recognize the women who have spent the year working hard to serve the women of the church. A small trinket, devotion book, or even a small denomination gift cards is always appreciated.
There are other ways you can show the women you serve with that you appreciate them and recognize their efforts. You may not even realize how much it means to them to receive some of these ideas. Prayerfully consider how you can make a point to show appreciation all year long.
- Order your team members official name tags w/ their position (if applicable) to wear at events.
- If ministry budget allots, pay for your team members rooms or registrations for women’s conferences. If funds are limited, see if you can pay for a room upgrade or a special gift basket to be left in their room upon arrival.
- Take the women out to a special brunch for fellowship and bonding, no business! You can do this all at one time with the entire team, or one woman at a time to get to know her better.
- Give small gifts that are personalized to each woman’s personality/gifts letting her know that you see who she is versus getting every one on the team duplicate gifts.
- Register the team for a special leadership conference, or even hire a speaker to come in and invest in their leadership skills. Or, plan your own leadership retreat.
- Plan a spa retreat day, mani pedi day, or craft day for the team.
- Write a letter to each team member sharing how much she means to you and has blessed the team with her gifts.
- Remember her birthday or the anniversary of her serving on the team, and celebrate it with a card or flowers.
- If you have an area where you display Women’s Ministry event information, make sure to include a list of who the team members are.
- Pray for the women specifically, and let them know you have prayed for them by dropping a card in the mail.
- Make sure to schedule periods of rest for the team, especially have taxing events. Giving the gift of rest recognizes how hard they worked, as well as your appreciation for a job well done.