Does it seem as if the same women serve over and over again? How can you get more women involved? Try these practical ideas to add new women to your team.
5 Tips To Add More Women To Your Leadership Team
1. Allow for a wide variety of service opportunities. A few might commit to serving on your women’s ministry team or leading a women’s group for a full year, but also create ways for women to serve for shorter terms. Co-leading a four-week study, decorating for a Girls Night Out, shopping for a retreat, preparing baked goods for a fundraiser—all of these are great ways for someone to get involved without a gigantic commitment. Serving short-term allows women to test whether or not women’s ministry is a good fit for them, and allows you to observe women’s habits and skills to determine if they’re a good fit for women’s ministry.
2. Be willing to stretch. We get stuck in routines that limit the women we come in contact with. Sit in a different place in your worship center, or attend a different worship service. Step outside your comfort zone to meet women where they are.
3. Partner with other ministry teams. Share your needs. Be on the lookout for each other, identifying women’s passions and skills and connecting them into the ministries they’re most gifted for. You might selfishly want to involve new women in your ministry, but remember…it’s not about your ministry; it’s about the entire community of Christians. Work with others to build the most healthy and effective community possible.
4. Be realistic. Let women know what’s expected. Don’t forget to tell them they’ll need to attend a few meetings, give women reminder calls every month or regularly submit bulletin and newsletter information. Eliminate surprises with clear, honest expectations.
5. Be patient. As a leader, you probably like all roles and responsibilities to be filled, but we can learn a lot through periods of waiting. Better to wait and have a great fit on your team than to force someone into a poorly-fit role and then struggle with how to cope with the resulting issues.
Have you tried any of these suggestions? Tell us about it! Or add another tip to share in the comments, below. Thanks for reading!