If you have ever called another woman’s ministry leader, talked to at least one at a conference, emailed someone a few programs, or been told what your women church groups are doing at an associational event, you have just networked!
Networking enables Christian women to make meaningful relationships through which they will see what’s happening in other churches and denominations. Together, they will search for help and answers to needs in their congregations and communities.
Here are five benefits of networking with other leaders and starting a women’s ministry.
1. Networking is an approach to bringing women together for encouragement and support.
During the first networking meeting, we allowed time for every woman to precise concerns. I was amazed at their honesty. The experience opened my eyes to non-public struggles and in ministering to other women. They shared concerns for family and church, wanted direction for starting a women’s ministry, and expressed excitement at having this women’s ministry themes the ministry offered. Yes, women need encouragement. As you open your heart to those women, you’ll form meaningful relationships.
2. Networking may be a way for ladies to spot and use their spiritual gifts.
Many women either don’t know their gifts or don’t use their skills within the body of Christ. Paul expounds spiritual gifts are “for the training of the saints within the work of ministry, to make up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). At each women’s church group meeting, we encouraged the ladies to assist other women within their churches to discover their gifts and explore ways to use them in the church. The goal of networking meetings was to involve them as possible in leadership. Coming together for fellowship alone won’t end in successful networking. Each woman must ask themselves, “What am I willing to do to make a difference?”
3. Networking may be thanked for helping women mature in their faith.
God’s Word is at the guts of networking. We should originate with God’s Word. Studying its works of service helps mature women in their faith. Networking encourages maturity in teaching by providing an inspiring mentoring relationship. Mentoring friendships promote growth. A mentor may be a tutor, coach, or counselor.
The thought is experienced persons help the less experienced. Paul labored to “present each man whole in Christ” (Col. 1:28-29, NASB). As women network, they will mentor one another.
4. Networking may be a place to exchange information and concepts.
It was critical to get a woman in every church in my association who could funnel information to her congregation. This included details about subsequent networking meetings. She would encourage the ladies in her church to participate. We established a database with all women’s addresses, e-mail, telephone numbers, to supply several avenues to send and receive help and concepts. When God gathers His women, borders expand, dreams become a reality, and ministry occurs.
5. Networking is a chance to spot the requirements in our communities.
Fun activities for women church groups. If we are to succeed around the ministry, to our women and their families, we must first identify their needs. Jesus identified needs and met them. Many organizations are glad to volunteer time and knowledge. Peruse your phone book or search online for organizations that connect best with the ladies in your area.