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Collected From Around The Web 9.10.16


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.

The Swedish Bible Study Method

Two years ago a friend and I decided to lead a  and we decided we didn’t want to use any curriculum. Just us and our Bibles.  We chose 1 Peter and wanted something to help guide our discussion and add some consistency to our meetings.  We landed on the Swedish Bible Method, a series of Bible study questions I had learned about years. My co-leaders husband was already using it in his Bible study, and was really enjoying it and learning a lot.

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The Swedish Method is a simple way to focus on Scripture either alone or in a group.  The questions are appropriate for anyone at any stage in their faith.

At each meeting, we spent a few minutes catching up with each other.  Then, after prayer, one of us would read the passage we would be discussing aloud.  After that, we spent about 5-7 minutes in. complete. silence. We used this time to each personally reflect on the questions at hand, and record our answers.  I expected this to be an uncomfortable time, but it ended up being sooo relaxing and life giving.  After a hectic day it was sometimes the sweetest part of the evening, those 5 minutes.

We then began discussing our thoughts on the questions.  There are three main questions, each with a symbol.  Here they are from Matthias Media:

Swedish Method

These questions led to some really interesting conversations.  For more information, and for a template of the questions, head on over to The Swedish Method/Matthias Media


Collected From Around The Web 9.9.16


How to Comfort the Grieving: Click the “Like” Button

This is an interesting perspective on using facebook to enter another’s sorrow…

… those who might never talk in person about their grief will sometimes write about it on a blog or Facebook page. They are more comfortable sharing it that way and perhaps more comfortable receiving expressions of caring that way too.


5 Steps to Meditating on Your Bible

Not long ago, I asked my pastor about the difference between meditation and prayer, as the two can be hard to distinguish. He replied, “In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer, we speak to him. What he says to us prompts what we say to him.”

To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in Scripture and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture fuels meditation, and meditation fuels prayer.

But what exactly does meditation look like? The Psalms give at least five steps for meditating on God’s Word. We meditate to focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.


Genesis – Free Course

I just signed up so I haven’t had a chance to look this over, but I am excited to.  It is a free online course on the book of Genesis from Dallas Theological Seminary:

Genesis is taught by Dr. James Allman, DTS professor of Old Testament Studies. We believe that the whole Bible, as Paul says in Timothy, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. That’s why we’ve made this course, Genesis, free for the first time.


Collected From Around The Web 9.2.16



100 Questions To Fuel Mentoring Relationships

From Revive our Hearts:

I noticed that Revive Our Hearts often interviews older women who share priceless wisdom with thousands of women around the world.

How do they glean such gold from these godly women? I wondered.

That’s when it dawned on me—they ask great questions.


Being There: How To Love Those Who Are Hurting

This just released and is already in my Amazon shopping cart.  Dave Furman has a chronic illness himself, and the book gets rave reviews from no less than Joni Erickson Tada. I can’t wait to read it.


5 Ways To Help Young Leaders Succeed 

It is true though if you recruit someone who has never led – or never led at the capacity you are seeking them to do – there will be some learning curves. And, part of your job as a leader will be not only to recruit them, but to help them succeed.

A Framework for Choosing Bible Studies for Your Church


Planning for women in your church can be daunting.  So many people, so many options.  I have found it really helpful to start with a framework and then, after prayer, plug in appropriate studies.

The church I serve at can usually support several studies just for women, on top of our mentoring ministry and the parachurch that meets in our town.  In looking at what those studies we will offer should be, I try to include several types, which create my framework:


  • A foundational study.  This one teaches basic truths.  It can be joined anytime during the semester, and has little or no homework.  It is a great study for someone new to our church, or new to the faith.  I always want one study that is easy to jump into mid-stream for those who start attending church in the middle of a semester, and this is it.
  • A deep Bible study.  This is a more challenging class, with homework.  Often it is video based, a la Beth Moore. This class provides daily homework, which many women love. This one isn’t easy to jump into mid-semester. I prefer if this one actually walks through a book of the Bible.
  • A topical class.  This class is focused on a pertinent topic. I choose these based on what I am hearing a lot about from women in our class.  If a teacher mentions to me that several women in her class are struggling with depression, the next semester we may offer a class that focuses on that.  Other issues we have addressed are dealing with anxiety, suffering, self-discipline, discernment – you get the picture.  These are chosen based on what people are telling me they are seeing in our women, or what women are asking to have addressed.


What about you? How do you plan the studies you will offer? What are some of your favorite resources?