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Leaders, my interview with pastor's wife and women's ministry leader Jerijo Cox is packed with encouragement and tips!Jerijo serves at a larger church in South Carolina.  You'll hear about their women's ministry mission statement, team structure, and how God led her into women's ministry.   Don't miss our detailed discussion about their mentoring program and how waiting on God's perfect timing yielded an abundant harvest!Be sure you share this interview with your other team members so they can be encouraged and inspired too!Links from show:Icebreaker Games Masterlist on Women's Ministry Toolbox WebsiteWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Related links:Where have all the mentors gone?Mentoring Resources and ProgramsWhat’s the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Dividing Women into GroupsCreating a Schedule for Discipleship, Small Group, and Bible Study MeetingsSelecting Discipleship, Mentoring, and Bible Study Materials Women's Ministry Toolbox Resources: Sign Up for My Email List Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group Women’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Our discipleship series continues today with a discussion on coordinating childcare. I’ve got a few ideas to help you with common childcare struggles including recruiting help and paying for childcare.  Is there going to be childcare? It’s a question I wish we could always answer with a resounding “yes!” However, if you’ve ever been tasked with coordinating childcare for your women’s Bible study or women’s ministry events, you know just how much work is required behind the scenes to provide childcare.Maybe you’ve encountered some of these childcare issues:Not enough volunteers (or paid staff) to cover every event.Most of your volunteers are women, so when they serve they miss the event.Your budget limits the number of times you can offer childcare.There aren’t enough trained workers (with background checks) to serve at all of your events.Offering childcare can be complicated, but it’s a necessity for many of the women in your church - without it, they may not be able to attend your Bible study or event.Listen in or read the show notes for solutions to your childcare struggles.Links in show:Women's Ministry Event Planning CourseWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Related links:6 Questions Your Women Will Have About the First Day of Bible StudyDiscussion Group Guidelines for Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupBible Study Facilitator TrainingHow to Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderHow to Launch Your Next Bible Study SessionTips to Increase Your Women’s Bible Study AttendanceCollecting and Sharing Prayer Requests in Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Sign Up for My Email ListWebsite Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Today we’re continuing our discipleship series with some helpful tips on collecting and sharing prayer requests in your discipleship, Bible study, or small group. Many leaders have a love/hate relationship with prayer requests. We want to pray for the women in our group and love the way God uses prayer requests to knit our hearts together, but sometimes prayer requests lead to gossip or oversharing. Maybe you’ve struggled to balance your Bible study discussion with a time for prayer requests. Maybe your group has a lot of needs or maybe you’ve got a group member or two that shares a lot of details with each prayer request.Help is here! I’ve participated in and led numerous Bible studies over the years and have picked up some tips along the way that I hope will help...Quote: What's shared in Bible study, stays in Bible study.Scripture: Ephesians 6:18 NIV, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."Links in the show:Discussion Group Guidelines for Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupBible Study Facilitator TrainingRelated resources:6 Questions Your Women Will Have About the First Day of Bible StudyHow to Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderHow to Launch Your Next Bible Study SessionTips to Increase Your Women’s Bible Study AttendanceHow to Start a Prayer GroupWomen's Ministry Prayer ResourcesPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
What are the benefits of Bible study homework?Our discipleship series continues today as we tackle tough questions about Bible study homework. Is it really necessary? How much is too much? How can we encourage women to complete their Bible study homework? Don't miss my 5 tips for encouraging women to complete their Bible study homework!Quote:  "Offer Bible studies that include homework that is meaningful and manageable. Women will lose patience over fill-in-the-blank homework or homework where the author hands the answer to them on a silver platter. Homework should be challenging, but not so challenging, that women who are new to studying God’s Word cannot answer any of the questions."Link to show notes: The Benefits of Bible Study HomeworkLinks from show:READ Bible Study for GroupsOrdinary Moments. Extraordinary God. 7 Week Study (affiliate link)Resource Review: Ordinary Moments. Extraordinary God.Women's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityRelated links:Teaching Women to Read the BibleThree Keys to Consistent Bible StudyHow to Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderWhy I’m Tired of Bible Study BooksHow to Launch Your Next Bible Study SessionTips to Increase Your Women’s Bible Study AttendanceBible Study Facilitator TrainingWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Are you wondering what to offer your women during the summer months? I share all the details for six Women’s Ministry Summer Discipleship Solutions in this podcast episode. You're certain to find an idea that is right for the women in your church!Don't miss the details of our summer classes. They were a huge hit with our women last summer!Featured idea: If your Bible studies are focused on books of the Bible, a summer book club provides the opportunity for women to read a Bible study book. Links in the show:Should your women’s ministry take a summer sabbatical?How to Host a Summer Book ClubDiscipleship and DiscernmentSelecting Discipleship, Mentoring, and Bible Study MaterialsFellowship Idea: Guess who’s coming to dinner!30 Summer Fellowship IdeasWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community Related links:Childcare Solutions for Women’s MinistrySummer Icebreaker: Who here?Summer: Would You Rather QuestionsWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Does your discussion group easily get off track? Do you have group members that sometimes mention divisive topics?Creating a solid set of discussion group guidelines will focus your group and discussion.There’s no need to start from scratch – I’m sharing my recommended discussion group guidelines in this podcast episode. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.Links from show:Bible Study Facilitator CourseWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Related links:Great Small Group Leaders and Bible Study FacilitatorsEverything a Bible Study Leader Needs to KnowDividing Women into GroupsCreating a Schedule for Discipleship, Small Group, and Bible Study MeetingsSelecting Discipleship, Mentoring, and Bible Study MaterialsWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Today we’re tackling a hot-button topic – dividing women into groups for Bible study, retreats, and women’s ministry events. I’ll take you step-by-step through the process I’ve used as well as share some ideas for working through any resistance.If your team is strongly against dividing women into groups, I want to ask you to please listen with an open mind through this podcast episode. You may discover another perspective worth considering.As a women’s ministry leader, you’ll have many opportunities to divide your women into groups.Whether it’s for Bible study or a women’s ministry event, relationships blossom when women are seated in circles and not rows. If left to select their own seats, women are most likely to sit with people they already know. Their table may be filled with other women in the same season of life, around the same age, or even from the same small group. It can be awkward and uncomfortable to sit with people we don’t know well or don’t know at all. But what if we’re missing out by always sitting with the same people?Quote: "If you’re on one of the many women’s ministry teams that’s been praying for a ministry that is truly multi-generational, assigning women to groups will help your women experience the blessings of sitting at a table with older and younger women." Listen in or read the transcript here for my process on dividing women into groups.Links from the show:READ Bible StudyWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Table number holders (affiliate)Related links:Great Small Group Leaders and Bible Study FacilitatorsEverything a Bible Study Leader Needs to KnowWomen's Ministry Event Planning CourseBible Study Facilitator CourseWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
In this week's leadership interview, I'm speaking with Michelle Radcliff, a women's ministry leader in Alabama.Don't miss what Michelle shares about their WINGS (Women in God's Service) program. You may want to do something similar in your church!I pray you'll find this conversation encouraging and helpful.Links from show:Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (affiliate link) Women's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Women's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
As I’ve spent time wrestling with the Lord about what to share and how to share on this topic, I came across these four words “developing a discerning heart.” My goal in this podcast episode is for us to continue to develop discerning hearts. As mentors, Bible study leaders, and disciplers we have a responsibility to encourage the development of a discerning heart in those God has placed in our path. I share my discernment process and advice for gracefully and prayerfully sharing concerns we may have with others.Please note: You may want to pop your earbuds in for this episode. We’re not going to camp there, but I will share a little bit of content that you may not wish to explain to children who may be listening.Quote: "Even when I’m fairly confident about my opinion, I ask the Lord to show me if I’m wrong. Though I can have some strong opinions, I’m not an expert on all topics. I don’t always get it right." Cyndee Ownbey Please click to view the transcript.Links in show:Selecting Bible Study, Mentoring, and Discipleship MaterialsPhylicia Masonheimer Podcast and Blog PostShanda Fulbright Podcast and Blog PostWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Our series on discipleship continues with a look at where have all the mentors gone.We discuss 3 reasons women are hesitant to serve as mentors. I also offer solutions for removing those barriers to mentoring. Be sure to catch my two mentoring resource recommendations at the end of the show!Quote: "Mentees rarely expect a mentor to have all the answers. They expect mentors to point them to the One that has all the answers – God." (Cyndee Ownbey) Links in show:Mentoring Resources and ProgramsREAD Bible Study for GroupsPrayer Warrior Boot Camp for GroupsEP 28: What’s the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Women's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Women's Ministry MakeoverGrowing Together by Melissa Kruger (affiliate link)Flourish Mentoring Journal (affiliate link)Related links:Selecting Discipleship, Bible Study, and Mentoring MaterialsPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
The new year is a perfect time to reflect on God’s faithfulness in your ministry!The questions I share in this episode will guide your team through the process of looking back and moving forward in ministry.Quote: "Specific reflection questions encourage specific recollections. Details are more helpful than generalizations as we seek to move our ministry forward."The transcript is available here.Links from show:Women's Ministry Toolbox WebsiteWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook GroupPinterestWomen's Ministry Makeover WaitlistDiscovering God's Plan for Your Ministry Training IntroCrafting a Solid Mission StatementPost Event Evaluation Forms (Free Printable)Everything You Need to Know About Women’s Ministry SurveysHow to Select Your Women’s Ministry ThemeWomen’s Ministry Makeover TrainingPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
This week you'll hear from Linda Totman, a women's ministry leader in Kansas. This interview is packed with ideas you'll want to prayerfully consider including hosting a women's night of worship, a women's night of service, and a women's night of prayer.You'll be encouraged by Linda's journey into women's ministry and how God is using the  women's ministry in their church to make a big impact in their community.Links in show (affiliate links follow):Bible Study Facilitator TrainingBuilding an Effective Women's Ministry (Note: Published 2005) Women's Ministry Toolbox WebsiteRethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources: Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Do you struggle to balance your discussion time with fellowship and prayer? It can be challenging to get to everything you need to do during your small group time.In this week's podcast, I'm sharing 3 keys to creating a schedule for your group meetings.I know how hard it can be to create a balance small group session, so I'm including 4 sample schedules.  You can find them in the show notes here. Quote:  I always want women to have time to share what the Holy Spirit revealed to them during the week. Hearing how God spoke to them through His Word is priceless! Links in show:How to Select Icebreaker Games that Build RelationshipsBible Study Facilitator TrainingRelated posts:Selecting Discipleship, Bible Study, or Discipleship MaterialsWhat’s the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Defining DiscipleshipGreat Discipleship, Bible Study, and Small Group LeadersThe Power of Personal TestimoniesPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Do you want your volunteers to know that you appreciate them? Check out these great volunteer appreciation gift ideas and tips on showering your volunteers with a little extra love.In this episode I share:4 Things to Consider When Giving Gifts8 Volunteer Gift Ideas3 Homemade Gift IdeasWhether you plan to show your appreciation at Christmas or another time of year, you'll find these ideas will help you create a volunteer appreciation plan that your volunteers will truly appreciate!Links from the show:CTA, Inc. (affiliate link)Women’s Ministry Toolbox Facebook Page The Gift of No Dishes (Christmas version)The Gift of No Dishes (Valentine version)Christmas PotpourriComfy & Cozy Inspirational GiftRelated links:10 Tips for Thank You NotesMust-Read Leadership BooksPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Today we’ll be talking about Great Discipleship, Bible Study, and Small Group Leaders.We’ll look at:What makes a great group leaderHow to find great group leadersOptions for training group leadersThis episode is packed with information that will help you find and build a great group of leaders.Quote: We want to make sure every woman we place in the role of group leader has a proven track record of being a godly woman. Not perfect, but a woman who has exhibited wise decision-making and spiritual maturity.Links from the show:Bible Study Facilitator TrainingWomen’s Ministry Toolbox Facebook Page Related posts:Selecting Discipleship, Bible Study, or Discipleship MaterialsWhat’s the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Defining DiscipleshipHow To Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Every leadership interview is unique and packed with ideas - this episode is no different!Robin Gerke is a women's ministry leader in Oregon. She shares:How their team is structuredWhat her pastor calls her role (you'll love it!)How she reaches out and connects with the women in her churchAdvice for new women's ministry leadersAnd much more!Be sure you listen all the way until the end - there are gems scattered throughout!Please note leadership interviews are not transcribed.Purchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
In this episode, we'll be talking about selecting discipleship, mentoring, and Bible study materials.Who should make that decision? What does that person need to consider when making their materials selection?I share my experience serving on a Bible Study Review Team. You'll also find a list of practical and theological questions to use when making your materials selection.Links from the show:Bible Study Facilitator TrainingHow to Select a Bible Study for Your GroupRelated posts:What’s the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Defining DiscipleshipMentoring Programs and ResourcesHow to Be a Great Bible Study LeaderBible Study Books: Reviews and RecommendationsPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
In today's episode, we'll be talking about discipleship, mentoring, and Bible study groups. How are they the same, and how are they different?Even if your church has a robust discipleship program in place, women's ministry can add support, value, and information. Don't miss the 6 questions you'll want to ask your discipleship and Bible study attendees!Quote: It isn't a matter of should we disciple or mentor, but how do we disciple or mentor the women God has placed in our church.Link to Transcript:What's the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?Links from the show:Episode 27: Defining DiscipleshipBible Study Facilitator TrainingWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Purchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
How would you define discipleship?The first in a series on discipleship, this podcast episode looks at what the Bible says about discipleship and offers several definitions of discipleship to consider.You'll find links to all of the sources and verses cited in the podcast transcript available here. Quote:  "Titus 2 discipleship includes practical training and real life. The discipleship training that your church offers may not include practical training or an emphasis on doing life together. This is an area where we may be able to provide additional resources to strengthen the discipleship efforts in our church."Links from the show:Scriptural Support for Women's MinistryDisciple HerWomen’s Ministry Toolbox Facebook Page Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community Women's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
Now that we've wrapped up our series on women's ministry basics, I'm introducing you to our next topic series - discipleship!Get a sneak-peek into some of the topics we'll be covering.If you've got questions on discipleship you want me to answer, be sure to email me (cyndee@womensministrytoolbox.comm) or connect with me on social media.Don't miss the special announcement I share about the podcast schedule.Links in show:Women's Ministry Toolbox WebsiteSocial Media Post (God, Family, Ministry)Purchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook Group
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