I don’t know about you, but I just love that fall is right around the corner. It’s still pretty hot here, but I know that golden leaves, pumpkins and a cool breeze will be coming soon! In fall, we also start back-to-school season. For a lot of women, this can be a pretty hectic time! If you have kids, sports and school start back up. For most companies, people are returning from a slew of vacations and that means projects start to pick up speed again.
So I’m sure we can all agree, fall can be busy! So what can you do with your women’s ministry to be supportive, yet mindful of women’s busy schedules?
Here are a couple of ideas:
Offer varieties in your activities. Try planning a one-day event, or even one evening. For those that can’t spare one night per week for a full Bible study right now, offering different options for them to attend makes it easier for them to find one that works for them. Remember, you don’t need every woman to attend every event. Offering options is a good thing!
Use social media! Awhile back we wrote about how social media can be used in your women’s ministry. Try using it to keep everyone communicating! You can start a discussion on a topic, ask women (in a private group, if you like) to say what they’d like prayer for. Take time to talk to the women in your group & see how you can best support them!
Be supportive and listen. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but the tone you set as the leader can change the dynamic in your women’s group. Be sure to listen to women and if you just see them on a Sunday, take the time to pray for them. And, listen for any ways you can practically support each other as well! Coffee breaks can be just the ticket for a woman on the go. Starbucks anyone?
Emily Thompson is on the leadership team for her church, Hope Boulder, located in Boulder, CO. Emily loves music, reading and all things Disney!