Season: 8 Episode: 117
Women’s ministry seems to be trending toward feel-good messages and addressing felt needs while neglecting theology. More and more women are looking to learn the truths of their faith but find their women’s ministry isn’t filling the need. Cyndee Ownbey has some insight into why that is and what leaders must do to turn this around. The result will be a thriving ministry that meets the spiritual, relational, and emotional needs of their women.
“Women’s ministry needs more theology and less meology.”
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Cyndee Ownbey serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website, podcast, and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox. She is the best-selling author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Pulling from over twenty years of experience ministering to women, Cyndee shares tried-and-true women’s ministry tips and ideas that equip leaders to cultivate a Christ-focused community.
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What caused you to write Rethinking Women’s Ministry?
Moreover, what are some common mistakes you see in women’s ministry?
Know your audience
Fail to seek the Lord’s direction: we go to Google before we go to God
Create a mission statement
Rely on bible study books instead of studying the Bible
God uses places of frustration to move us into action
Ran differently than other programs in the church (volunteer role or pastors wife, team members don’t divide the roles).
As a result, what do you see women are most hungry for in their spiritual lives?
Biblical truth: know where God said it and why He said it, not only what they said.
Consequently, if you could sit down with women’s ministry leaders, what’s the top 3 things you would advise them on?
Make everything a matter of prayer: there’s a difference between asking God to bless something after you’ve made the plans and seeking God to help us make the plans.
Seek out a trusted mentor not on your team
Don’t operate in a silo. We are part of the church.
Finally, how do you assess a healthy women’s ministry?
Women’s ministry health assessment: 7 areas of ministry
- Spiritual growth: discipleship
- Reputation of ministry in the church
- Leadership: how are we developing new leaders or old ones serve year after year
4. Volunteers. Do women want to serve.
5. Turnout. What do your numbers tell you? Are they showing up to studies too? Also, more than attracting women, look at the whole picture
7. Outreach. How does the ministry include women outside of the church? Inner focused or outside focused?
6. In conclusion, how does your ministry specifically help women in ministry?