Posted on: 9 May 2016
Is your women's ministry equipped to handle the challenges of the modern woman? Ministering to the unique needs of women has always been an important part of the Christian church. However, women today have unique challenges that were not present years ago.
Knowing what women need is the key to drawing women to the Christian church and ministry. How can your church meet the needs of the modern-day woman?
Listen to them
Before each meeting of your women's ministry, prepare a list of questions that will get the women engaged in meaningful conversation. Ask them about their families, work, and what they enjoy doing in their free time. While these questions may not be about church and the Bible, they will lay the foundation for relationships to develop within the group.
Asking for prayer requests is a good way to offer prayer support and learn more about the struggles the women are experiencing. This gives you an opportunity to follow up later in the week with a phone call or a card letting them know you care.
Teach, don't preach
Nobody likes to be told what to do. Be real and don't be afraid to show your own faults. If you don't show your vulnerable side, it will be nearly impossible for the women to feel comfortable with you.
Use examples of your own past failures and share how you were able to overcome them with your faith. Always use a teaching approach rather than a preaching approach. Be honest and open about your present fears and worries.
Use the words of the following scripture as the foundation for your women's ministry:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up others according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4: 29)
Many women today face challenging circumstances, such as divorce, abuse, depression, and addictions. Their self-esteem may be shattered because of the past abuse of a parent or the wounding words of an ex-spouse.
Women need to feel as if they matter, and they crave affirmation. Look for the good in each woman and focus on her good points. Everyone has something to give back to the ministry. Highlight each woman's unique gifts and talents. Get them involved.
Offer a helping hand
What are the greatest needs of the women in your group? Be attentive to the needs of each woman in your group and find ways to meet those needs. Enlist the help of others in the church
Line up a babysitter so a single mom can have a day off to go shopping or relax at home. Teach a newly married woman how to cook or use coupons to save money at the grocery store. Offer to help an elderly lady with yard work or house cleaning tasks. Accompany a fearful woman to a doctor's appointment or for testing.
If the women's ministry in your church is based on outdated ideas, it's probably time for an update. Knowing what women today need will help you establish a dynamic women's ministry that will meet the needs of all the women in your Christian church.Share