Rhonda Kelley offered these suggestions for a ministry makeover:
1. Examine your ministry. Honestly identify strengths and weaknesses.
2. Cleanse your heart. Resolve any tension that needs to be dealt with personally or among your team.
3. Revitalize your purpose. Your ministry’s purpose should flow out of the purpose of your church.
4. Declutter your calendar. Cancel events necessary to take the pressure off the women and their families.
5. Care for your leadership. Provide personal encouragement, ministry training and prayer support for the ladies working on the team.
6. Strengthen ongoing programs. Make sure there is a gospel focus in your Bible studies and prayer groups throughout the year.
7. Refresh special events. Some repeat events need a new look or need to be redefined. Build on the past with a fresh look for the present and future.
8. Debut the ministry again. Host a kickoff event or ministry fair to reintroduce the ministry to the church.
9. Improve communication. Involve people with communication strengths to spread the word and be advocates for the ministry.
10. Connect women with other women. Help the ladies get to know other ladies in the church and community. Connect across the generations as well as across the aisles.
Rhonda Kelley is adjunct professor of women’s ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
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