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5 Things We’ll Talk About At Our Next Board Meeting

Believe it or not, this is the time of year I start thinking about planning our calendar for next year in women’s ministries. Our board meets every other month, and I want to begin praying and thinking about it together, and give them time to think and pray further individually, before we come back together in November and finalize it.

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A few pieces of the conversation we will have:

  • We’ll Pray. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. We will ask God to show us what to address this year, how to use this unique opportunity to minister in His name.
  • We’ll discuss our church’s overall mission – Reproducing Faithful Followers of Christ. How are we making disciples? Each idea gets filtered through this. Does your church have a mission or vision statement? Keep it in the conversation.
  • We’ll keep our church’s core values in view  – Gospel, Truth, Prayer, Maturity, Relationships, Ministry, Outreach, Stewardship. How is this ministry called to address those in the upcoming year?  Where can we enter in and teach and encourage women in light of these core values? One thing I am going to suggest is a workshop teaching women how to study the Bible on their own, introducing them to a variety of resources. (Truth).   If your church doesn’t have core values, the above list is a pretty good one to use as you plan.  You don’t need (nor should you try) to hit every one each year.  Just pray about it, asking God what area has been neglected or should be addressed.
  • We’ll under-plan. There are so many great ways to serve both the church and the community that we don’t need to plan things just to have things to do.  Women are busy, and what we do must be meaningful.  We want to consider what will be happening in the whole church, then deciding what to offer for women’s ministries. We usually under-plan, in that we plan less, and leave white space on the calendar for things that may come up next year.
  • We’ll evaluate our fall event.  For the past several years we have had an event in the Fall that features a woman from our church telling a story of what God has done in a specific situation in her life, and what she has learned about God from that.  I think it is encouraging to see God at work among us.  The vulnerability the speaker shows also promotes an authentic openness for us all.  Each year, however, we evaluate if this should continue another year or not.  There can be no sacred cows.

There will be so many good ideas, and processing them through prayer and these points will help us to stay on mission with our church.  As we discuss, general themes often emerge, and we find that God brings us to some specific ways we can encourage and mature women.

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Ideas to Jumpstart Prayer, from Revive Our Hearts

It is so important to cultivate prayer in our ministries, and this article as several ideas for that.  The first point, pray now, is something I am trying to do more of in my life.

My experience has been that many believers aren’t opposed to prayer, but they don’t really feel effective while doing it. The contexts feel boring, they don’t have time, or they just don’t know what to say. So here are a few ideas to jumpstart prayer in your church or ministry.

 

Managing the Overwhelming Prayer List, also from Revive Our Hearts

We long to be leaders who are true to our promise to pray. Our hope is that when we commit to intercede for someone, then it’s equally true we’ll follow through. Without a system for prayer I’m guilty of forgetting, so I offer an adaptable method to organize your prayer life.

This is a simple idea for a prayer system.  I have used PrayerMate, this is kind of a paper version of that.

 

4 Questions To Answer Every Time You Schedule a Meeting, Selma Wilson

Meetings are one of the most strategic decisions you will make as a leader. Meetings can be a driving force for developing people, advancing opportunities, and solving challenges effectively. They can reinforce mission, values, and operational milestones serving to guard alignment and anchor a culture. Meetings can also become a waste of time and an organizational drain rather than an organizational accelerator.

Well, the quote says it all.  If you are in charge of planning  meetings for your women’s ministry, this is worth the quick read.