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Offering hope and inspiration for women’s ministry leaders and team members of all stages (from new to seasoned) serving in their local church community. Episodes will feature women’s ministry tips and resources on topics including discipleship, Bible study, mentoring, event planning, fellowship, leadership, volunteers, prayer, and icebreaker games. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of women’s ministry, and we’ll learn from seasoned women’s ministry leaders. Together we’ll fill our ministry t ...
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Are you a younger leader struggling to lead the older women in your church? Or perhaps, you're the older woman God has provided to encourage a younger leader. In this week's episode, I'm sharing advice for both sides of the equation. Young leaders don't miss the tips I have for you to lead well. Older women, I hope you'll embrace the ideas for enco…
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What is your women's ministry doing for Mother's Day? In this episode, I unpack several issues with traditional Mother's Day events and activities and share some solutions to consider as we seek to navigate this topic with sensitivity and grace. You'll hear: The surprising history of Mother's Day A challenge to seek what's best for your church A re…
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If you've ever considered incorporating Bible games into your meetings, Bible studies, or events, this episode is a must-listen. Cyndee shares her insights, including exceptions to her "No Bible Games" rule, and offers practical suggestions for effectively using Bible games to reinforce teaching and encourage engagement. Perhaps you'll rethink the …
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It's time for another women's ministry leader interview! In this episode, you'll hear from Renee Rowell, a women's ministry leader at Awaken Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Renee's story is a testament to the power of obedience and the beauty of a ministry rooted in God's word and prayer. Renee shares about: Her journey from music and worship t…
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In this episode of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast, host Cyndee Ownbey delves into the nuanced topic of baby showers and bridal showers in the church. Through sharing 10 different ways churches manage these events and offering thoughtful questions, Cyndee provides guidance for women's ministry leaders to navigate this aspect of ministry with w…
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What challenges are women's ministry leaders facing in 2024? In this episode of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast, we delve into navigating women's ministry in 2024. This episode is a bit different, as I'm sharing comments from other women's ministry leaders that I gathered from my Facebook group and Facebook page. Take a listen and see if you c…
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In today's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Joy Burrow, the Women's Ministry Director at Grace Covenant Church in North Carolina. Joy takes us on a journey through her personal calling and how she found herself serving in women's ministry. We dive into a recent successful women's ministry retreat at The Cove, where Joy shares the amazin…
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In this episode of Women's Ministry Toolbox Podcast, we dive deep into the State of Women's Ministry. This recently-released survey by Lifeway polled 1001 female churchgoers and 842 women's ministry leaders on all things ministry-related. We'll take a look at what the survey says about: What women want from women's ministry The ages of women partic…
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I'm back with a new women's ministry leader interview today! I'm talking with Angela Voelker. Angela serves as the women's ministry team leader at her church in Maryland. We discuss: How Angela recruits women for the women's ministry team Angela's journey into women's ministry Discipleship challenges in her church Advice for new women's ministry le…
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Today, we're diving into a topic that many of us can relate to: ministry burnout. Whether you're currently experiencing burnout or want to be equipped to support others who are, this episode is for you. We'll explore the signs of burnout, the root causes, and most importantly, practical tips to rediscover your joy and passion for women's ministry. …
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Playing Christmas gift exchange games can be a fun tradition, but have you ever thought about the potential problems they can bring? Let's take a closer look at the concerns and explore some alternatives. Don't miss: 4 Problems with Christmas Gift Exchange Games Real-life Experiences from Other Women 10 Alternatives to Dirty Santa Games Be sure to …
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Is your secret sister program missing the mark? Let’s talk about the challenges, solutions, and alternatives for secret sister programs so we can truly build community, encourage one another, and grow in Christ together! I’m continuing the series on hot topics and hot takes today with a hot take on secret sister programs. Included in this episode: …
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In today's episode, we're diving into a hot topic that many women's ministry leaders face: how to encourage younger women to attend your women's ministry events. We all know the importance of having women of all ages in a vibrant and healthy ministry, but sometimes it can be a challenge to reach the younger generation. Join me as we explore various…
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In this week's podcast episode, How to Host a Women's Ministry Kick-off, I dive deep into the wonderful world of hosting an impactful women's ministry kickoff event. I discuss the importance of a kickoff event, offer insight into generating excitement, and share how you can build momentum right from the start! You'll hear my personal experiences wi…
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Please note taking a summer sabbatical. This is a replay of episode 42, The Benefits of Bible Study Homework. What are the benefits of Bible study homework? Our discipleship series continues today as we tackle tough questions about Bible study homework. Is it really necessary? How much is too much? How can we encourage women to complete their Bible…
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Please note I'm on a summer sabbatical. Please enjoy this replay of How to Know If Your Women's Ministry Needs a Makeover. Does your women’s ministry need a makeover? I share 7 signs your women's ministry may be in need of a refresh. Maybe you know your women's ministry is in need of a makeover, but you don't know what steps to take next. My four-p…
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I'm on summer sabbatical. Please enjoy this replay of episode 48, Things to Consider When Planning a Women's Ministry Christmas Event. Before you plan your women's ministry Christmas event, be sure to consider these two key questions: Should you host a Christmas event? What’s the purpose of your Christmas event? The answer may not be as obvious as …
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Faith-focused fellowships can impact your women in big ways! In today's episode, I share sharing my faith and women's ministry stories. Don't miss: How my church attendance wasn't a marker of my faith How one song changed everything How God moved me from Children's to Moms to Women's Ministry I pray hearing my stories will encourage you to offer fa…
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In today's podcast episode, I'm discussing the importance of Christian fellowship for women's spiritual growth. Listen in as I read chapter 2 and chapter 6 of my book, Rethinking Fellowship: A Handbook for Hosting Meaningful Women's Ministry Events. Don't miss the startling stats about biblical worldview - you may be shocked to know how few women i…
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What should fellowship look like for women's ministry? What makes Christian fellowship different? In today's podcast episode I'm reading from chapter 1 of my book, Rethinking Fellowship: A Handbook for Hosting Meaningful Women's Ministry Events. No matter what type of women's ministry gathering you host, you'll be encouraged and challenged as we ex…
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You're going to love hearing Sharon Hawkin's story. Sharon is a women's ministry team leader in Pickens, South Carolina. We talk about how: They structure their women's ministry team God called her into women's ministry Mentoring and discipleship work hand-in-hand in their church They created a special Christmas Paint Night The recent loss of her 2…
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How has women's ministry changed over the last 10 years? Today I'm reflecting on the evolution of women's ministry and the need for expansion. Part 1: We travel back in time 10 years to look at the changes in women's ministry. Part 2: I share a challenge to extend your ministry reach to two specific groups of women. Amazon wishlist link: https://a.…
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You're invited to celebrate 10 years of Women's Ministry Toolbox! In this episode, I'll be sharing the history of Women's Ministry Toolbox. Why did I launch this resource? Why is the toolbox red? How has God grown the site beyond a blog? As with any celebration, there are gifts! Listen in to find out about the special discount I'm offering on Women…
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Today’s a very special podcast episode! I’m sharing a recap of the Anchored Women’s Ministry Leader Conference that I hosted on March 3-4, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina at my home church. Even if you weren't able to attend the Anchored Conference, you'll find ideas and tips that you can use at your next women's ministry event or retreat. Don't mi…
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Can social media make you a better leader? Yes, it can! In this podcast episode, I'm sharing the 6 ways I use social media to be a better women's ministry leader. 6 Ways I Use Social Media to Be a Better Women’s Ministry Leader I regularly “friend” the women in our church. I use social media for research. I remember that others see me as an influen…
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Today we’re getting super practical! I’m sharing my process for using a closed Facebook group and Instagram to build community and encourage spiritual growth between women's ministry meetings. I'm sharing: Our Facebook group description Our Facebook group rules Ideas for what to post Tips on how to post Account access tips The reality of the algori…
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Are you using social media for your women’s ministry program? Discover how you can use social media to support the mission of your women's ministry program. You can increase your reach and build relationships with your women between physical meetings. Included in this podcast episode: 5 Ways Social Media Can Support the Mission of Your Women’s Mini…
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Do you have a favorite tech tool for women’s ministry? I’m sharing a list of my favorite tech tools in this podcast episode! You’ll discover resources for: Organization Communication Publicity Event implementation This episode is packed with recommended resources. You'll find links for all the resources in the show notes here - https://womensminist…
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As we’ve finally emerged from the covid years, I’m seeing and sensing some shifts in women’s ministry. Today I’m sharing 8 Women’s Ministry Trends and Predictions for 2023, including mentoring and discipleship, teams, and a focus on the Word. I pray they’ll be a confirmation if they are things your team is already doing and encouragement if they ar…
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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 24. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry. Need fresh inspiration for praying for your women’s ministry? In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about: Praying for events Praying at your events Praying for your women Prayin…
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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 21. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry. Today, we will be talking about the differences between devotionals and testimonies, why we should share our personal testimonies, and how to share them. Many leaders use the wo…
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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 50. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry. Need some help navigating Christmas gifts and Christmas icebreaker games? I’m sharing my best advice in this podcast episode! Women’s Ministry Christmas gift giving generally fa…
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The end of the year lends itself to taking time to reflect on the successes, challenges, and disappointments of the last ministry year. It benefits the entire team when we celebrate our successes and make note of areas of improvement. Listen to this episode for tips and ideas on how to lead your team through the process of ministry reflection and r…
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I'm excited to share another leader interview with you all this week! You're going to love getting to know women's ministry leader Barb Hartt. Barb serves in a smaller church in Alaska. She shares: Their team's mission statement How their blanket their women in prayer Her journey into women's ministry Details about the workshops they offer Advice f…
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Training your women’s ministry team is incredibly beneficial. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about what types of training you should consider for your women’s ministry team and the 5 great benefits of women’s ministry training. Show notes: https://womensministrytoolbox.com/5-great-benefits-of-womens-ministry-training/ Links in show: 3 Secrets …
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Are you thinking of planning a women’s ministry team retreat? This episode is packed with tips and ideas including: When Where How To plan a women’s ministry team retreat. I’m a big fan of monthly women’s ministry team meetings, however, monthly meetings don’t usually offer enough time for long-term planning and deeper team building. In this episod…
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I’m sharing my 3 secrets to building better leaders and stronger women’s ministry teams. I recently had the opportunity to connect with someone I served with on the women’s ministry team at a previous church. As we were catching up and swapping stories, I admitted that during part of the time that we served together on the women’s ministry team I w…
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It's time for another women's ministry leader interview! Today I'm talking with Kristi Bomar, a women's ministry leader serving in a smaller Texas church. Kristi shares how God led her to serve in women's ministry, a role she wasn't expecting. Maybe you can relate to her initial reluctance. Don't miss the unbelievable story Kristi shares about how …
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Need some help navigating Christmas gifts and Christmas icebreaker games? I’m sharing my best advice in this podcast episode! Women’s Ministry Christmas gift giving generally falls into three categories: Gifts for Your Team Gifts for Your Women Gifts for church staff and pastor’s wives Listen to the episode for ideas and tips for giving gifts to th…
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Need some help planning your women's ministry Christmas event? This episode is packed with creative Christmas event ideas for your women's ministry. There’s a good chance your women’s ministry team does the same type of Christmas event year and after year. Maybe you host a dinner with hostesses decorating the tables, maybe you play games and eat a …
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Before you plan your women's ministry Christmas event, be sure to consider these two key questions: Should you host a Christmas event? What’s the purpose of your Christmas event? The answer may not be as obvious as you think! In this podcast episode, we walk through whether or not you should host a Christmas event and ways to ensure your team prior…
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What does the Bible say about women's ministry? In this episode, we examine the biblical basis for women's ministry. Highlights: Three scripture passages that support women’s ministry Why small groups aren’t a replacement for women’s ministry The importance of a solid women’s ministry foundation The foundation of our women's ministry must be God's …
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While I'm on a summer sabbatical, I'm replaying the two most popular episodes of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast. If you don't have a women's ministry mission statement or your mission statement needs a bit of work, you'll want to listen to Crafting a Women's Ministry Mission Statement. I answer these three questions about ministry mission sta…
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Today we’re continuing our discipleship series by talking about caring for your Bible study, discipleship, and small group members. Small groups should be a place where group members find comfort and feel cared for. My favorite small groups have felt like family. They cared for my spiritual, physical, and emotional health. They’ve sent us texts whe…
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Today we’re continuing our discipleship series by talking about supporting group leaders. Bible study, discipleship, and small groups need strong, committed, loving leaders. As leaders, we need to do everything we can to make certain our group leaders feel supported and loved. What does that look like? In this episode I share, Four Key Support Syst…
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Leaders, my interview with pastor's wife and women's ministry leader Jerijo Cox is packed with encouragement and tips! Jerijo serves at a larger church in South Carolina. You'll hear about their women's ministry mission statement, team structure, and how God led her into women's ministry. Don't miss our detailed discussion about their mentoring pro…
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Our discipleship series continues today with a discussion on coordinating childcare. I’ve got a few ideas to help you with common childcare struggles including recruiting help and paying for childcare. Is there going to be childcare? It’s a question I wish we could always answer with a resounding “yes!” However, if you’ve ever been tasked with coor…
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Today we’re continuing our discipleship series with some helpful tips on collecting and sharing prayer requests in your discipleship, Bible study, or small group. Many leaders have a love/hate relationship with prayer requests. We want to pray for the women in our group and love the way God uses prayer requests to knit our hearts together, but some…
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What are the benefits of Bible study homework? Our discipleship series continues today as we tackle tough questions about Bible study homework. Is it really necessary? How much is too much? How can we encourage women to complete their Bible study homework? Don't miss my 5 tips for encouraging women to complete their Bible study homework! Quote: "Of…
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Are you wondering what to offer your women during the summer months? I share all the details for six Women’s Ministry Summer Discipleship Solutions in this podcast episode. You're certain to find an idea that is right for the women in your church! Don't miss the details of our summer classes. They were a huge hit with our women last summer! Feature…
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