Two years ago, I began serving as the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Broken Arrow. It was my first time to serve in a church role, so my direct supervisor, Todd Parr, encouraged me to connect with other women serving in church ministry. He felt it would be good to network with some women’s ministry leaders and to learn how they run their ministry. He didn’t want me to copy the ladies, or bring their programs to FBCBA. He made it clear he wanted me to observe, learn and network. As I spent time with three amazing leaders in Dallas (Debbie Stuart, Simone Monroe, and Chrissie Dunham), here’s what I learned…
Women’s Ministry is not about programs, it’s about principles
The common denominator for these women was they followed this outline:
- They prayed first and sought the Lord to give them direction.
- God revealed a need in their church/community
- They asked other women in their church to partner with them to meet that need.
- Defined the resources they needed to help them meet the need.
- They did it with the blessing of their leadership.
Communities are different and so are churches. I know a church that has an apartment complex filled with refugees just across the highway from them. I know another church that is near a college campus. We don’t need to copy each other, but to seek God in knowing what He wants for the women at our church and in our communities. In doing so, we can be fruitful, not just successful! It is all about bearing fruit and we don’t bear fruit imitating someone else, we bear fruit when we first connect with Jesus and do the task He’s given us to do. Jesus said…
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8)