An effective ministry to women is not always the most elaborate or time consuming. A dynamic women's ministry is one that builds effective disciples and equips them to strategically reach their community and generation with the love of Christ. Women are key to God's plan for evangelism and discipleship. Equipping leaders to meet these diversified and growing needs is vital to reaching and impacting the individual woman in our churches and communities.
Let's consider some of the basic building blocks needed to design a dynamic ministry to women.
What Kind of Leader Are You?
Effective ministry rises and falls with leadership. Do you feel called to this ministry? Are you excited about the possible opportunities for ministry? Have others recognized your leadership gifts and encouraged you to follow God's call? Are you anticipating ways that you can grow and connect with other leaders? If you can answer yes to the previous questions, then God has a place of leadership for you.
What Is Your Idea of Success?
Many believe success means the biggest or the busiest ministry. What is your idea of a successful ministry to women? What is the driving force or purpose behind the ministry? Is your ministry Biblically based? Perhaps the first place to start is to examine your purpose in light of Scripture.
When Jesus stated His purpose for coming to earth, He quoted from Isaiah 61: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (61:1-2, NIV). We see in this passage four key purposes.
- Care--bringing relief to an immediate problem
- Connection--helping people get right with God and one another
- Creation--of a new economic opportunity
- Communication--relating to the individual's needs and going to where the person is
What Is Your Overall Vision?
Plan a vision-setting and prayer retreat with your key leaders to seek God for His direction. Brainstorm and fine-tune the key purpose for your ministry. Write down the short- and long-term goals. Outline a strategy for putting these goals into action. Helen Keller once said, "The only thing worse than blindness is sight without vision."
How Big Can You Dream?
Your overall ministry's effectiveness does not begin and end with you. It is totally dependent on the largeness of your vision and your ability to inspire others to dream with you. Take advantage of leadership seminars, visit other vibrant women's ministries, talk to key women leaders, read good books, and gather resources from cutting-edge ministries.
After you have considered each of these basic building blocks for designing your ministry, you will be ready to develop a strategy for implementation.