General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Women's Ministries

101 Ideas for Women’s Ministries

Success in the church will come only when there are more ministries than programs. People don’t need more programs. They need ministries that will meet their needs where they are.

1.   Check the Women’s Ministries website http://wm.gc.adventist.org for ideas

2.   Buy a current Women’s Ministries devotional book

3.   Plan a “Working Mothers” seminar to help women who juggle home and career

4.   Be sure your church has a Women’s Ministries leader

5.   Encourage diversity on your Women’s Ministries committee—age, race, education, affluence, and marital—single/divorced

6.   Establish a mentoring program in your church

7.   Write a devotional for the Women’s Ministries devotional book

8.   Teach women how to have personal Bible study/devotions and to give a Bible study

9.   Know what skills the women in your church have to share

10. Start or empower someone to start a grief support group

11. Have a ministry for women in your community who have lost a baby—stillborn or by

       miscarriage

12. Take time to listen when someone is hurting

13. Begin a literacy or second language program in your community

14. Begin a women’s Bible study group

15. Mentor someone personally

16. Attend a woman’s retreat

17. Help with a woman’s retreat

18. Be sure the Women’s Emphasis Day is on the church calendar

19. Teach women to do breast self-examinations

20. Be sure all women in your church know their value in Jesus Christ

21. Know what the Church statements are in regards to women

22. Be sure the Women’s International Day of Prayer is on your church calendar

23. Invite a neighbor to a Women’s Ministries event

24. Make certain your pastor understands Women’s Ministries

25. Start a car mechanics class for women

26. Disciple a new believer

27. Have a prayer chain—help women know how to pray when they get a request

28. Have an intentional reclaiming program in your church such as Heart Call

29. Have an intentional program for young girls regarding sexual purity such as True Love Waits

30. Ask your Conference to include women on the platform for all meetings at camp meeting

31. Be sure your church Women’s Ministries leader is involved on the church board

32. Ask that the Conference and Union Women’s Ministries directors are active on Conference and Union committees

33. Urge your Conference/Union to fund Women’s Ministries as  other departments

34. Help your church’s Women’s Ministries to have a realistic budget and stick to it

35. Teach a Leadership Certification seminar

36. Help fund a mission project

37. Help your Women’s Ministries serve in a mission outreach

38. Receive and read the Women’s Ministries newsletter available to you

39. Attend at least one yearly leadership training seminar

40. Read at least one leadership book a year

41. Support the Women’s Ministries director over you

42. Tell a young woman about the scholarship program

43. Know your spiritual gifts and help other women know theirs too

44. Evaluate each program. Don’t get discouraged—learn from them

45. When your church elects officers and delegates, be sure women are included

46. When your Conference/Union or Division elects leaders, suggest women to be included

47. Make sure all women have opportunities to use their ministry gifts

48. Give opportunities for women to learn to speak in public

49. Help establish a women’s prayer group in your church or neighborhood

50. Help women to know the value of exercise and how to do it

51. Work closely with your pastor. Support him with your ministries

52. Fill out a data base form for the GC and invite other women in leadership to do so also

53. Educate your church board regarding all forms of abuse

54. Donate money to Women’s Ministries projects

55. Share the Women’s Ministries newsletters with your pastor, both those from your Division and Mosaic, from the GC

56. Offer 12 Things You’ll Want to Know about Women’s Ministries to your pastor and church board

57. Learn/teach parliamentary procedure

58. Give women opportunities to learn sound nutrition

59. Have a gynecologist talk to women about reproduction health

60. Help see that the women in your church have the opportunity to complete the Leadership Certification seminars

61. Have a retreat for teen-age girls

62. Have a stress reduction seminar/program

63. Have a gynecologist talk to women about menopause

64. Establish a Prayer and Loves Saves seminar series in your church

65. Start a women’s section in your church library

66. Plan and carry out a public evangelistic program

67. Prepare “Welcome Home Baby” gift baskets for new mothers in your community

68. Put the Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day on the church  calendar

69. Organize a girls’ night out

70. Sponsor something special for the singles in your church

71. Pray for your pastor’s spouse

72. Send a report to your Conference and/or Union papers about what Women’s Ministries in your church is doing

73. Acknowledge the unique accomplishments of young people in your church

74. Write a note of encouragement to someone

75. Spend time with a sick or shut-in member

76. Organize helping teams to assist elderly or shut-in members with difficult tasks like raking leaves or shoveling snow

77. Report to your Women’s Ministries Conference and/or Union leader what your church Women’s Ministries is accomplishing

78. Begin a women’s prayer group to pray for your church leadership

79. Read stories in the Bible of how Jesus appreciated women

80. Sponsor a project to raise money to donate to the GC Women’s Ministries Scholarship Fund

81. Support the Women’s Ministries activities in your church

82. Have a perpetual prayer box at your church that Women’s Ministries members pray over

83. Have an afternoon prayerwalk in the community with your Women’s Ministries team

84. Have a self-defense class at your church and invite the community women

85. Host a fellowship meal and brainstorming session and invite all women in your church

86. Make quiet-time play sets for young children to use during the church service

87. Read a book about a unique woman who has made special contributions to women in society, in the Christian world, or in the Adventist Church

88. Teach or request a seminar on financial management for women

89. Attend a Women’s Ministries seminar at camp meeting

90. Have abuse pamphlets available to your church members

91. Help your local women’s shelter

92. Adopt a “sister church” in another division

93. Thank your Conference/Union president for funding and supporting the Women’s Ministries director in your Conference

94. Get acquainted with a young girl in your church and tell her that she is special

95. Learn about the history of Women’s Ministries and share this with someone else

96. Suggest that your church have a class on organization and time management and attend it yourself

97. Volunteer to give a Bible study

98. Offer to help your pastor with visitation

99. Help the women in your church understand that Women’s Ministries is not about more programs, but is about every woman being involved in some type of ministry

100.  Pray for Women’s Ministries and its leaders around the world

101.  Share additional ideas with us at womensministries@gc.adventist.org and we will add to this list