Does your women’s ministry team do a great job of creating excitement for events, but have difficulty managing the details involved in the planning process? Or, does your team work tirelessly on program details, such as table arrangements, food selections, and brochure designs, only to be discouraged by sporadic attendance or spotty interest? If either scenario sounds uncomfortably familiar, it is possible you lack diversity on your women’s ministry team.
We are all drawn to people who think like we do. But when you are assembling a team of women to organize and promote events, diversity is important. Be strategic as you select members for your team. Let’s consider some vital members that help bring balance and diversity to a women’s ministry team.
Vicky the Visionary helps other women visualize the great works God can accomplish through an event. Her inspirational communication style motivates the team to look beyond what has been done in the past to the realm of new, fresh ideas. Vicky is all about the “why” of an event and often acts as a cheerleader and encourager for others on the team.
Sarah the Strategizer has the God-given ability to take the vision God reveals to your team and break it down into a series of sequential, achievable steps. Working together with sisters-in-Christ to plan a God-honoring event is exciting, but that excitement can fade to complacency without a well thought-out plan. Sarah is goal oriented and helps provide the framework necessary to meet deadlines and put together a successful event.
Tammy the Team Builder has the supernatural ability to find and match up the right people with roles on a team and responsibilities related to an event. Tammy has a knack for identifying women’s gifts and talents, and seems to instinctively know how to assemble a team that can operate effectively as a mini-body of Christ.
Amy the Administrator is an organizer. She has the administrative gifting to organize people, processes, and resources associated with planning an event or program. Once she is mobilized and given clear perimeters and expectations, she will manage the details necessary to ensure the program runs smoothly.
As you pull together your next women’s ministry team (or teams), be careful not to restrict your recruiting efforts to women who think just like you do. Be strategic and keep these member-types in mind as you prayerfully assemble a diverse, dynamic team of women who will work together to plan God-honoring events for the women of your church and community.
Question: How do you strategically select team members? Share in the comments below!