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designing a women s ministry part one

Designing a Women’s MinistryPart One

Jean Marrapodi

Director of Christian Education

Providence Assembly of God

  • To understand why women’s ministry is important
  • To develop a philosophy of women’s ministry
    • Core Values
    • Purpose Statement
    • Vision Statement
    • Priorities
  • To understand why a ministry team is needed
our biblical mandate

OurBiblical Mandate

Why Women’s Ministry?

why women s ministry
Why Women’s Ministry?

We are a chosen people with a job to do

Exodus 19:3-6

Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: `You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."

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Why Women’s Ministry?

We are a chosen people with a job to do

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Revelation 1:5b-6

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and prieststo serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

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Why Women’s Ministry?

We are a chosen people with a job to do

Exodus 19:3-6

my treasured possessiona kingdom of priests a holy nation

to speak to the Israelites

1 Peter 2:9

chosen peoplea royal priesthooda holy nationa people belonging to God

that you may declare the praises of him

Revelation 1:5b-6

a kingdompriests

to serve his God and Father

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Why Women’s Ministry?
  • God’s Initiative
    • Chosen people, “you are mine”
  • Our Calling
    • Royal Priesthood
      • Wholly consecrated to Him
      • We serve God and represent Him before the people
      • We serve others and represent them before God
why women s ministry continued
Why Women’s Ministry? continued
  • Our character
    • Holy Nation
  • Our identity
    • A people belonging to God
  • Our privilege
    • to declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
we are to glorify god
We are to glorify God
  • Individually
  • Corporately
we are co workers with god
We are Co-Workers with God!

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers

discussion question
Discussion Question

How would you describe a successful ministry?

successful ministry
Successful Ministry
  • Faithful to God’s commands/priorities
    • Honors God’s Word
  • Focuses on prayer
    • Dependence upon God
    • Listening to His direction
  • Ministry is initiated by the Father
    • Not by us
  • One that can say “yes” to the Lord and “no” to people
philosophy of ministry

Philosophy of Ministry

Who are we?

What are we about?

four components of the philosophy
Four Components of the Philosophy
  • Core Values
  • Mission/Purpose Statement
  • Vision Statement
  • Priorities
define core values what
Define Core Values — What
  • The ministry’s heartbeat
  • Biblically grounded
  • Unchanging
  • Not goals, aspirations or strategies
  • Primarily to excite, inspire & attractleadership
define core values how
Define Core Values—How
  • 3-5 categories
  • Present tense
  • Stated in the positive
  • Generate energy, discussion and group interest
core values vision new england women s ministry
Core Values—Vision New EnglandWomen’s Ministry
  • We value the Word of God as the foundation of all life and ministry
  • We value the local church
  • We value women as created in the image of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ and gifted by the Spirit of God
  • We value holy living expressed in purity, integrity and virtue
  • We value learning through partnership and mentoring relationships
  • We value the diverse expressions of the body of Christ
  • We value the extension of God’s Kingdom in the church and into the community and wider world

Acknowledging our prayerful dependence upon the Lord:

discussion time
Discussion Time

Share 5 positive characteristics about your women’s ministry or church

develop a mission purpose statement why
Develop a Mission/Purpose Statement—Why
  • Succinctly explains why we exist
  • Should inspire, excite, guide, & endure
  • Continually pursued, never fully achieved
  • Broad in scope
  • Easy to memorize so that it’s transferable
without a mission purpose statement
Without a Mission/Purpose Statement…
  • The emphasis will be upon activity rather than effectiveness
  • It is impossible to do any realevaluation
  • It is easy to do what is popular rather than what is really needed
  • You can’t have a senseofunity within the leadership
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Without a Mission/Purpose Statement…
  • You’ll risk being carriedalong with rapid, unexpected changes
  • It will be difficult to attractinterest in your overall program
  • You’ll risk losingleadership
  • You can’t planahead effectively

Adapted from Growing a Healthy Church

mission statement vne women s ministries leadership training
Mission StatementVNE Women’s Ministries Leadership Training

Our passion is to develop

women in servant leadership

for the equipping of God’s

Church and the enlarging of

His Kingdom.

the vision statement
The Vision Statement
  • Comprehensive description of a future condition that you want to create.
  • Clear enough so that if you saw it, you would recognize it.
vision statement vne women s ministries
Vision StatementVNE Women’s Ministries

Our vision is to realize a healthy, flourishing women’s ministry in every New England community and to strengthen and expand the network of Christian women leaders

vision statement vne leadership track
Vision Statement: VNE Leadership Track

We envision women who are committed to serving the Lord:

  • Continually connected to Him
  • Confident in His call
  • Compassionately reaching out to others
  • Courageous in adversity
  • Consistently bearing fruit

Taken from our theme vs. Ps. 1:1-3

providence assembly of god
Providence Assembly of God

Our mission:





Our vision:





determining priorities how where
Determining PrioritiesHow & Where

Determine your priorities by:

  • Prayerfully identifying the specific areas in which you believe God desires to impact your ministry
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Determining PrioritiesHow & Where

Define your priorities by:

  • Narrowing your focus to 3-6 key areas
  • Using one or two word titles
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Determining PrioritiesHow & Where

Describe your priorities by:

  • Using a one sentence description of the condition we believe God wants us to establish and develop.
  • Using one or two descriptive statements per area.
communicate the philosophy
Communicate the Philosophy
  • Discuss and review with leadership team frequently
  • Verbalize it to others, making it clear
  • Monitor response
  • Repeat it often, enthusiastically, and creatively
the ministry team

The Ministry Team

Who’ll join us?

  • Start with prayer
    • Ask God for others
  • Watch to see what God is doing
  • Wait on God—may take time
  • Approach other godly women
  • Start with prayer
    • Ask God for others
  • Watch to see what God is doing
  • Wait on God—may take time
  • Approach other godly women
teams build ministries effectively
Teams Build Ministries Effectively
  • Assemble the team
  • Develop the team


assemble the team
Assemble the team
  • Diversity of gifts
  • Singleness of purpose
  • Oneness in spirit
create a team




Cross Section



Own agenda

Work alone

Not a team player

Not teachable

Not loyal

Too busy to serve

Create a Team

Look for:

Avoid those who:

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Discussion Question

How would you describe a godly leader?

servant leadership
Servant Leadership
  • Prayerful
  • Prompt, complete obedience
  • Shows God’s concern for people
  • Desire to win the lost
  • Life characterized by fruit of the Spirit
  • No hidden agenda
  • Demonstrates heart for God
  • Spends time with God
  • Seeks to glorify God in every area of life
  • Growing in the knowledge of God
  • Ministry is a delight, not duty
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Assemble the team
  • F-A-T
    • Faithful
    • Available
    • Teachable
new leaders should expect
New leaders should expect:
  • Freedom to discover/express their gifts
  • Attitude of respect & trust
  • Specific clear guidelines
  • Teaching how to do their job
  • Mentoring relationship, if needed
  • Ongoing guidance and direction
  • Continual support and encouragement
build the team
Build the Team

Encourage team members to develop relationships of influence

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Build the Team

Communicate with integrity & prayerfulness

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Build the Team

Get the “big picture”

Ensure your team has caught the vision and understands it.

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Build the Team
  • Cast the vision together (ownership)

I will make you fishers of men

(and women!)

consider administrative details













Sept - Dec






Feb - May









Mary &Martha

3 TimesPer Year

The LoveConnection




Care &Share




















Oct - April


2-3 Times

Per Year



2-3 TimesPer Year

Consider Administrative Details

From Immanuel Baptist Church, Chelmsford, MA

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Build the Team

Evaluate to stimulate the process

recap what have we learned
Recap: What have we learned
  • Why Women’s Ministry?
  • Developing a philosophy of Women’s Ministry
    • Core Values
    • Purpose Statement
    • Vision Statement
    • Priorities
  • Creating a team to lead Women’s Ministry
what s next
What’s Next

And to be covered in Designing a Women’s Ministry, Part Two:

  • Assessing needs of your women
  • Developing a program and plan
  • Publicizing your ministry
  • Draft your own philosophy of ministry for your women’s ministry program. Include
    • core values
    • mission/purpose statement
    • vision statement
    • list of your priorities.
  • Write a 2 page paper about the process.
  • What did you discover about your church and your ministry and the needs of your women as you thought about this?
  • What are the three priorities, challenges or dreams that God has been speaking to you concerning your church or ministry?
  • Who is the first person you need to talk with? (Pastor, husband, WM Director, church board, etc)
  • How will you communicate this vision to one other person or team?
  • What do you perceive to be the challenges facing you to implement these step?
  • Write out a prayer concerning these issues. Acknowledge that you are depending on God and His power to guide and direct your steps.