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As we gathered for another quarterly leadership meeting, there were new faces from local churches present. But there was something else present, the spirit of giving. The Women’s Ministry Council collected donations for the Church at Gate 5, which ministers to the workers at the South Florida Fair. We collected clothing, food, and toiletries that will be dispersed to the workers by the Church at Gate 5 team. These volunteers actually live in campers along side the fair workers throughout the length of the fair, serving their needs and sharing the gospel. What an exciting opportunity to bring our leaders together and serve others.
Our introductory speaker, Laura Masoner, shared with our leaders various ways that we can tangibly reach out in to the community. Some of the suggestions she shared included:
* Pick one night per month from your small group schedule to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, 0r volunteer with a local organization.
* Hold a collection drive with your small group, or Women’s Ministry throughout the year.
* Expand your meal ministry beyond people in your church and out to those in need in your community: neighbors, coworkers, extended family, etc.
* Lead a Bible Study, night of Hymns/Worship songs, etc at your local retirement facility.
We created a document full of local organizations that can use assistance, volunteers, collection drives, or groups that they can start within their church to assist their community.
CARENET, C.A.R.E., PROTECT THE HEART
Our guest speakers Sue and Pam, from our local Carenet Center, shared with the women the facts about how abortion affects our community. We were able to get a better understanding of the services they provide for women who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy. We learned about the statistics for our area, and were given information that we can take back and not only share with our Women’s Ministry but also our Pastors and church leaders. This information included the various ways Women’s Ministries can come along side the center. If you have a local pregnancy crisis center or group for unexpected moms in your community consider how you can:
* volunteer to stuff envelopes, clean up the office, provide meals for training events.
* collect donations of money, diapers, clothing, or other goods for the center or local moms.
* support their local fundraising events, purity events, walk for life events, etc.
* consider becoming a mentor mom, leading a study for moms to be, or share your testimony to other women who are in post abortive recovery.
Contact your local center and ask how you can help individually or collectively as a church.
ONE CHILD MATTERS
Curtis Wilson of One Child Matters shared some things with the leaders about One Child Matters, their child sponsorship programs, development centers, and mission trips. Something that Curtis shared, that was new information to many of us, was the impact women have in their homes in regards to the spending & giving toward child sponsorships and missions programs.
As women, mothers, and those whom the Lord has gifted compassion and love… these children cry out to a special place in our hearts. We want to be able to help them, and we don’t always know how. As a Women’s Ministries we can have an impact not just on the children through sponsorship, but relationally as we connect with them in person through mission trips to the centers that serve these children.
I’m very excited to share, as a follow up, that One Child Matters has made great connections and has begun building relationships with several local churches. This means Curtis will be coming back to our area again in the near future. Should you be interested in having Curtis connect with your church, reach out to WMC or One Child Matters directly.
OUR ATTENDANCE IS GROWING.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IS GROWING.
OUR MINISTRY IS GROWING.
2017 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR.
Women’s Ministry Road Trip by Gena McCown, Co-Founder
The kids at our churches gather for a weeklong VBS, or go off to a fun camp during summer breaks. Our youth groups go on missions trips, off to camps, and weekend Christian concerts held by big amusement parks. Dare I ask… what about us?
Yes, there are a lot of great Women’s Conferences that we can shuttle off to. We may have a two hour luncheon every other month too. But, have you ever gotten in the car with a group of women from your church and taken off on an adventure? On a non structured, registration not required, sleep in until 10am if you like… full of fun, food, and fellowship… adventure? Or, have you ever considered taking your Women’s Ministry on a women only mission trip to minister to women rescued from the sex trafficking industry?
Rent a cottage on the beach or in the mountains for a weeklong retreat with your women’s small group.
Have a sleepover when the men are away camping or hunting, and have a great time bonding with the leaders from your Women’s Ministry team.
This fall, rent a bus, take off to Washington D.C. and check out the new Museum of the Bible . Then, go sight seeing or visit museums. Eat good food. Shop. Laugh.
Plan a Women’s Ministry trip to the next Acquire the Fire, Night of Joy, or Hillsong Concert.
Organize a mission trip for the Women’s Ministry, either within the US or outside.
Buy group tickets to a Food Festival or even a local carnival/fair and eat funnel cake and get stuck at the top of the Ferris Wheel together.
The women we are serving are not targets or projects, but real women who desire to laugh until their sides hurt. They want to have memories to put in their scrapbooks, ticket stubs to collect, and moments to look forward to on their calendars where they can simply enjoy life with their sisters.
Do you have any fun or out of the box ideas that were successful in your Women’s Ministry? We’d love to hear about these ideas! Comment here, or consider writing a piece for our site on your event and how you coordinated it.
I’ve always loved the hands in group huddle. I believe what is most appealing about this type of encouragement is how no one person stands at the center. Hands from every direction reach into the center, combining together to create a woven tapestry of people working together to accomplish a task.
Our lives as Christians are not meant to be lived alone, in solitude. The Lord calls us into fellowship with our family of believers.
Leadership is not meant to be lonely either. Jesus had his twelve. The apostles traveled in groups, sometimes with one another or at minimum among their supporters. They relied on one another to discuss the matters of faith. When a lot of mixed messages were being sent out, they convened at the Council of Jerusalem in order to set things straight.
I would dig even deeper to point out that the twelve who followed Jesus were not mirrors of Christ, nor each other. Each person had a different history and story to tell. They had different personalities and roles to play in the every day work of the ministry. We too, as leaders, need people who fulfill different roles in our inner circle.
We need a mentor, and we need someone we can teach. We need an encourage, as much as we need the skeptic in our lives. We need someone with wisdom and discernment, as well as someone who has the gift of prayer. We need those who will walk along side us, willing to disagree with us, willing to discuss difficult matters with us.
And, as we build our Women’s Ministry teams… we should seek these same types of people to fulfill those roles. We can’t have a team made up only those who encourage. We need people who have passion for teaching and hospitality. We need people who heed the call to pray for the church, the ministry, and the community. Women who are fiscally gifted as just as important as they are good stewards with the ministry budget.
Over the next few weeks we are going to explore some of the roles of our leadership teams. What is the role? Why is it important? What does the Bible say about it? And, how do we find a person to fill that role?
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This month, across the country and in many parts of the word, mothers of presechoolers are gathering at local churches for fellowship, support, encouragement, resources, and relationships. An exciting facet is that Jesus is always invited too.
When my husband and I relocated to a new city, over an hour away, we didn’t know a single person here. At that time we had an 8 year old and a 4 year old… however within just a few months I found out our third was on the way. We were still trying to find a church home, our neighborhood didn’t have any other families with young children, and I was so very alone. My first thoughts were: “I need to find a MOPS group”.
I was already familiar with MOPS from my previous city and I knew that finding a local group would be a great way for me to meet people in my community that were in the same stage of life. I also knew that MOPS groups were made up of women from various churches, which gave me an opportunity to be a part of a group while we were still searching for our home church. For me, MOPS was a way to plug into community.
Over the last 17 years, I have watched women come to MOPS for many reasons. What I also saw was how much MOPS became an avenue that led women and their families into the church. MOPS Moms would sign their kids up for VBS. The next year they were signing up as VBS volunteers. They would trickle into family or kids events at the church, and then you would begin to see them at church on Sunday mornings.
There were some moms who ended up staying in our MOPS group, but their families would attend a church closer to their home. Some would even start MOPS groups in their new church home. MOPS is a blessing to both the mothers who are served and the churches in which they become part of the community.
Many communities, like our own, have MOPS groups with waiting lists because they’ve reached maximum capacity. MOPS is one of those ministries, that in my opinion, you simply can’t have enough of. Staring a MOPS group is an easy process that begins with the desire to serve our mothers with preschool aged children.
If you are interested in starting up a MOPS group in your church and community, visit their website or speak with another local MOPS leader.
On a Saturday morning, when your women’s ministry gathers to serve… who are you serving? Is it the women of your church? Their friends, family, and coworkers whom they invited to share in the day. Or, are your tables filled with unfamiliar faces? Faces that wear the marks of pain, struggle, loneliness, and longing for something they can’t put their finger on.
On a Saturday morning, when your women’s ministry gathers to serve… where are you serving? In the comfort of your sanctuary, singing praise music, taking an offering, listening to a speaker? Are you in the banquet area of your church, detailed centerpieces, a spread of homemade foods to feed an army, watching a bible study video, and having table discussions? Or, are you out being the hands and the feet to those who are living on the streets, struggling to pay their bills, pulling weeds, painting houses, reading to the blind, shopping for the invalid, and serving the “least of these”?
Let me assure you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with serving the women of our church. The women in our churches need encouragement, accountability, opportunities for growth, mentorship, and in their times of need we have a responsibility to minister to those needs. However, this can not be the extent of how we serve our community. We need to be willing to step out of our comfort zones and church walls.
When we serve the community, we serve like Christ. When we serve those who are overlooked or outcasts, we serve like Christ. When we serve others who serve, we serve like Christ. Look to your community and ask yourself… if I was looking for Christ, where would I find him? Who would He be talking to, who would He be serving. Then go, and serve. I guarantee that He is serving along side you… as you serve the body, He touches their spirit.
What are some tangible ideas for serving your community?
These are just a few ideas on what you can do in your community to let them know they are seen, known, and cared for. Just close your eyes and pray… “Lord, give me your eyes to see the needs. Give me courage to step out of my comfort zone in order to serve those whom you love. Point me in the direction in which you want me to go. Here I am Lord, send me. Amen.”
It’s back to school season! Women’s Ministry groups around the country are full of mothers who are navigating the waters of back to school.
Some are watching their children enter their school years for the first time, tear soaked tissues in hand.
Others are wrapping their heads around new teachers, dress codes, schedules, and shopping.
Then there are those who have their hands on a whole box of tissues as their children enter their senior years or head off to college.
How can we minister to our mothers?