Saturday, October 15, 2011

15 mistakes I made while working w/men: Mistake #7

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24, HCSB.

7 - Birth things and grow them up

            In the church, there are so many things that need to be done and often the ministry to women can help by starting new ministries, growing them up, and sending them out for the whole church. Where I served, there was a lady who had a passion for prayer. She went to some prayer conferences, learned how to teach others, and began a prayer ministry. It wasn’t long before that ministry became church wide and came under a different staff person. We also had a lady who wanted to offer support groups for women. There were groups for codependency, balance, abused women, among others. These groups were reaching so many and the men wanted to be a part of them. We had grown the ministry to the point that it needed to come under the direction of the counseling pastor so that the whole church body could benefit.
            I meet many women’s ministry leaders who want to start ministry but want to keep them. They feel like just about everything should come under the women’s ministry team. I believe that the purpose of the ministry is to support the church and the needs as a whole. If the women’s team can see a need and fill it, that is wonderful. When the new ministry is ready to be sent out, then it needs to be released. Those we work with appreciate when we are serving the whole church and giving in ministry for the good of all.

Excerpts from Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church, Chapter Six, Serving with Men, by Jaye Martin.