Hosting a Christian women's ministry meeting will bring ladies with a variety of minds and talents together to communicate ideas, support each other and celebrate Christ. Your women's ministry may have many projects and goals, but, with proper planning, you can guide the women in your group through a productive and organised ministry meeting.
Start With Prayer
An opening prayer leads the meeting in the right direction. Ask God to bless the time you have together, to help the leader lead the group and to open up each woman's mind to the messages that will be presented as well as anything else appropriate you wish to pray about.
Break the Ice
Choose a game or craft to get things started. Julia Bettencourt, author of the Creative Ladies Ministry website (juliabettencourt.com), says these activities can help ease tensions, grab the ladies' attention or bring the group together as "bond-building" tools. Some examples of icebreakers are skits, question-and-answer games, getting-to-know-you activities and relay games.
Pull Them to Purpose
Normally a women's ministry meeting centres around a Biblical devotion or study. You can follow a study from a book or come up with your own. Present the study at a slow pace so every woman can digest the material. Always allow time for questions and comments.
The business portion of the meeting can include sign-ups for upcoming events as well as brainstorming new studies, activities and outreach programs. Bettencourt recommends planning no more than three months ahead so you have the option to re-evaluate, plan and adjust to changes within your ministry.
Conclude With Prayer
This is a good opportunity to share prayer requests, both concerns and praises, with one another. You can have someone lead the prayer or take turns going around the room, allowing each woman to present her own short prayer.
The end of the meeting is a good time to serve some refreshments and socialise. Plan who will be providing snacks ahead of time, and have paper products and coffee on hand. If many women are attending, you may need help cleaning up afterward.