Women are inherently emotional creation, emotional in how we connect with others and respond to the situations we are in. Men work on a different level, entirely. It’s why you can meet for your women’s study group every week and wish you could meet more often; yet your husband might be content with meeting once a month to check in with the guys. It is for this reason, emotional connection, the Women’s Ministry Council has a heart for building up a broad view of Women’s Ministry.
Brunches are great, as they fulfil our need to connect personally with others. Yet, they often lack deep instruction. Bible Studies are a great way to find instruction and wisdom. Yet, they often have a changing of attendees that prevents real relationships from forming. Small Groups, of set members who change study materials, may create a community; but too often those community groups can close out new people who bring their own wisdom and value.
A Women’s Ministry that solely relies on monthly brunches is not going to a have a long term deep impact on the spiritual growth of women in their church.
A Women’s Ministry that solely relies on Bible Studies and Small Groups is not going to connect the women in corporate worship and instruction.
We must strike balance.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
~ Hebrews 10:23-25
The same can be said about how diverse our ministries are. A Women’s Ministry that sits in the safety of the programs and offerings it has always provided is going to continue bringing like minded women. However, it will be a near impossibility to diversify that ministry program to include a broader representation of your church or community.
During the last WMC meeting, one point that both Aimee Nelson and Jenny Andrews was made is our common identity. Before all things we are Christian women, daughters of the King. This is our common unity.
I can eat, drink, and remember how Christ changed my life… regardless of what food is on my plate or drink fills my cup. I can do this at a table in a local café, or the home of a new friend. To sit and break bread with a fellow believer sharing our testimonies with one another is a blessing beyond measure. Regardless of our skin color or backgrounds, we love the same God.
It can be difficult to facilitate change in a ministry where many area already accustomed to certain events. We cannot facilitate change if we do things the same way we have always done. Yet, if you change everything you may bring in new faces and your women already invested may leave, which doesn’t help bring people together either. Change is hard. However we can begin to implement change in smaller measures.
What if I invited a worship singer from a local African American church to sing for the worship portion of our brunch?
What if I went to a local, family owned, ethnic restaurant and catered in dinner for our next guest speaker?
What if our next speaker was born in another country?
What if our next keynote speaker at our retreat was a woman rescued from sex trafficking?
What if our next Bible Study was written by an African American author or a woman from another country?
What if we began a series of events where we brought in women from various ethnic churches in our community to learn more about who they are, what their ministry goals are, and how we can help?
You don’t have to dismantle and rebuild a ministry to bring change via a total overhaul. You can begin to take small steps, over time.
Eat, drink, and remember…
we are all precious in His sight.