Women's Ministry with Teams

CTA Presents: Focus on Leadership

Women’s Ministry with Teams

Guest: Cyndee Ownbey, author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical and Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community; mentor to women’s ministry leaders through Women’s Ministry Toolbox

Introduction: Leading women’s ministry alone can be overwhelming, stressful, and lonely.

Summary:

  • Many women are worn out or stressed from leading ministry by themselves.
  • It’s tempting to be a team of one, to want to be in control.
  • Scripture points to working as a team.
    • 1 Corinthians references different parts of the body
    • A team of one is not God’s plan
    • When running solo, we are keeping other women from serving
  • Prayer is critical to success. Pray
    • To discover which roles need to be filled
    • For the team as a whole
    • For those women to be placed in your path
    • For each member you invite to serve
    • That each invited woman be in prayer herself before she accepts the position
  • Consider asking church staff for suggestions to help you find potential help outside your own acquaintances.
  • Foster healthy ministry teams:
    • Meet monthly for prayer, regardless of work load.
    • Send out an agenda ahead of time.
    • Develop relationships with members of the team.
    • Show your team you appreciate them.

Thought Starters:

  • What steps can you take to expand your women’s ministry team? Or to make it stronger?
  • Is your women’s ministry prepared to include new women you do not yet personally know?

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