- - She started a women's ministry outreach
- - They meet every week
- - She starts with an opener (which she plans)
- - Then she gives them a special message for women out of the Bible (which she prepares from scratch)
- - Next, they do something creative like make key holders, paper craft, decoupage etc. (which she organizes)
- - She also gives them copies of some of the things they discuss to take home, including a study on a new woman of the week from the Bible (all of which she puts together)
- - After the crafting time they have some snacks (which she makes)
- - Thereafter, everyone goes home.
- 1) Write down a list of everything you are currently doing for your women's ministry.
- 2) On a new piece of paper, make three columns.
- 3) On the left side, write down everything that needs to be done by you personally.
- 4) In the middle section, write down everything that could be done by a trusted and trained volunteer (including leading a prayer group, making visits, etc)
- 5) On the right side, write down everything that could be done by anyone (including bringing/serving refreshments, putting together the crafts, etc).
I believe in a gentle, "3-strikes-your-out" policy. If she forgets or doesn't do her task once, simply remind her and express your true sadness that her area of responsibility was left undone. If twice, repeat the above, also gently thank her for her willingness while helping her to see that the work of that ministry are vital. (If she rises to the task, she will be grateful for the words of encouragement; if not, she will understand your next step.) If she fails you a third time, after you have spoken kindly to her, offered her assistance, and explained the importance of her role, then you must carefully and prayerfully let her know that you will need to find someone else to coordinate that ministry. If she is very sad about this, ask if she might be retained as a helper, for the times she can attend.
Once some volunteers are recruited, have a special meeting for the gals whose positions fall into the middle section of your chart, followed by a meeting for all of your new women's ministry volunteers. Treat these women with extra honor for their labor of love. They will be your Aaron and Hur, holding you up during times of exhaustion. Then, hold regular meetings with your volunteer leaders in order that you may be able to encourage them in their responsibilities. By doing so, you will soon see who is in "the right spot" and whose gifts may require a change of job.
Marnie Swedberg is the Women's Ministry Leadership Mentor via her online hub athttp://www.marnie.com, where you will find many free and low-fee resources, connections and training opportunities to help you reach your full personal and ministry potential in Christ.