A question for you. Yes, you.

Yesterday, I spent a lovely day with my brilliant friend and her cute kids (and the post she wrote today is proof-positive of that). We hung out, and then I threw my kids at her and left for a meeting at the Tennessean. Then I raced back, hung out some more, and a bit more and then realized that I was probably beginning to grow moss and had better gather myself and my youngins and head out because I also had a meeting with the Minister of Adults at church.

Do I have a point, you ask?

Oh right, yes. I did say I have a question for you.

Brevity is so overrated…

My meeting with the Minister of Adults was about the women’s ministry at church. I am going to lead a women’s bible study during the day. Our church already offers women’s bible studies, but they are in the evenings. And seriously, evenings are so sacred around here, that I can’t imagine adding one more thing. Or my head justmightexplode. And I know that there are plenty of other moms that feel this way about needing a time with other moms while being able to soak up God’s Word. And not to mention the fact that cleaning up my exploded head would be one more mess on my already full to-do list. And who has time for that, anyway…

(Is there a limit to the number of times one can start a sentence with and? ‘Cause I think I just reached it…)

My question? (really it’s many questions):

* What does your church’s Women’s Ministry do that you feel is working in a positive way? Or what do you wish it would do to reach women and/or moms?

* What are the things that it does and/or offers to meet the needs of women (and specifically, moms)?

* What bible studies have you done that you would consider great women’s and/or mom studies? (I’m looking for something other than Beth Moore. I love her studies, but I’m looking for a variety of studies, and I know that hers are the obvious choice.)

Please post your answers or thoughts in comments (or email me; though, I’d love for your answers to be available to others who might be reading this and need the information.)

I’d really love to hear you thoughts and ideas.
*edited to add: the study will be held at the church, and childcare will be provided

(ps – if you are looking to expand your Valentine’s Day vocabulary, be sure to see post below)

Comments

  1. I think a daytime study is a great alternative – I’m like you. Giving up an evening (right now) just isn’t an option where we are in life. :) Our church has a 4 women’s studies – each has a different targeted group – working moms with smaller kids, working singles/working women with grown kids, moms with littles, moms with kids in school/non-homeschooled. I love that there really is a group to fit almost anyone in our church (no one should have an excuse!) :) Only one study has childcare (the one I go to) and all the women pitch in a few dollars each week to pay for it. (It’s more for toddlers on up – I keep the baby with me).

    As far as studies, we have actually steered away from Beth Moore in the last few years. Her studies are so video driven that our groups that meet in unconventional locations can’t do a video driven series. We have lately done several studies from Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) … right now we are working through Daniel. (Hard!!!) I think a book by Priscilla Shirer might be a good choice (I would love to do one of hers) or an Elizabeth George study. (My favorite of her’s is on the Proverbs 31 woman. Excellent!)

    I look forward to hearing how this goes. Yeah!

  2. Our women’s ministry just started offering a daytime bible study a few years ago. Up until then, I never attended one, because like you was not willing to give up 1 more night to something. I love attending the daytime one offered. It is stay at home moms and some of the older ladies, which is a great mix.

    Our women’s group has also done monthly get togethers (going out to eat, pottery place, etc) and last fall did a women’s retreat.

    As far as studies, I can’t be of much help, we have been doing the Beth Moore studies the last couple of years.

  3. Foo-say Ponts says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

    That is wonderful!

    Thanks for the mention. ~blushes~

  4. Not the Queen says:

    The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian is always a good book for a ladies study. If you want something that’s not necessarily geared towards women, then Devotional Classics is excellent!

    My church doesn’t have anything for women. Yet. We’re having a brain storming session this weekend.

  5. My church is going through Susan Hunt’s “By Design.” I think it’s pretty amazing.

  6. Megan@SortaCrunchy says:

    Lies Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss is really good. I haven’t done it, but I have heard DeMoss’s study on forgiveness (Choosing Forgiveness maybe?) is really good too.

  7. I agree with Megan. “Lies Women Believe” would be at the top of my list. Nancy DeMoss is a solid Bible teacher, and you can’t go wrong with her. Anything by Elizabeth George would be fabulous, too.

  8. Gray Matters says:

    Our bible study has a worship time before we break into our small groups. There is a group of women that sings and usually someone gives a quick little talk or their testimony. It just seems to put everyone in the right state of mind and gets you focused before class. It’s an older study, but Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow is an all-time favorite. It is broken into a 12-week study with great guiding questions for each chapter at the back of the book – might be a good choice for your first time out. A few of the chapter titles are: Content with Circumstances, Content to Be Me, Trusting God with the What Ifs, If Onlys, and the Whys. I have extra copies because I love giving this book away – please let me know if you would like to have a read – I would be happy to send one to you. Thanks

  9. Oh…I love Bible study. :)

    The Excellent Wife is awesome (and a painful slap upside the face!)

    Also, Kay Arthur’s Lord, Only You Can Change Me and Lord, I want to Know You More

    Precepts rocks…but I think you have to go through their training for that. (You could totally do that…you have SO much spare time!).

    Tricia Goyer’s Generation NeXt Marriage or Generation NeXt Parenting

    Joanna Weaver’s Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World or Having a Mary Spirit. (I think there is a leader’s pack available for free on her website.)

    Oh, and this one isn’t really gender specific, but Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God workbook is so life-changing!

    I think MENTORING is the single most important function of women’s ministry…each of us as women should always have someone in our life that mentors us, and in turn we should be mentoring someone else. Community is where true change takes place. We’re able to cut loose a little, but also forced to grow a bit too.

  10. I would totally love to have a daytime Bible study for moms. The only daytime study offered at our church is for retired women. The only current offering for “younger” women is an evening prayer group.

    Gosh, you’re getting me fired up. We need something for sahms! But I promised myself I wouldn’t volunteer for anything new until after the little one turned a year old.

    My current favorite author is Stormie Omartian.

  11. Hi Karla,

    Our church has a wonderful women’s ministry, with a morning AND an evening edition, both held on Tuesdays.

    This past fall I led a small group in the morning based on the book, “How to Hear From God” by Joyce Meyer. It was WONDERFUL. We had time for worship and prayer and everyone really got a lot out of it, myself included.

    The current morning edition is just beginning Lisa Bevere’s DVD set called “Fight Like a Girl”.

    What really seems to help the moms in particular is offering a staffed nursery as well as a staffed home school room.

    After the A.M. edition is done, lots of the women head out together for lunch at a local McDonald’s where kids can play and moms can talk.

    FYI – The P.M. Edition is more geared for working women.

    Blessings!

  12. Every 3 months my church has a one-day women’s retreat. It’s usually from 9AM-3PM. It’s nothing fancy, it costs $10, and it’s bring your own lunch. Very low-key, and usually it’s just one of our own members who chooses a theme and leads us. There is lots of time built in for personal reflection and prayer, but has a good mix of community worship and sharing.

    I love those Saturdays and look forward to them very much. I find it’s much easier to get away for one day (6 hours) as opposed to an entire weekend or even a week-night. It has been such a bonding time for the women in our church too.

    Again, it’s super simple and low-key. It’s really more about hungering and thirsting after Jesus than being entertained by a great speaker/program. I love it, and God never fails to show up for us in big ways.

  13. My church has a great daytime women’s bible study… or so I’ve been told…
    I can’t attend because it’s at 9am, and I’m am still busy taking my kids to school at that time.
    So, my suggestion for yours would be to make it a little later in the morning… maybe 10am.
    My church also offers babysitting during the bible study, and of course I think that’s a GREAT idea… an hour with adults only… heaven. :)

  14. I didn’t have time at the moment to read all your comments, but I remember as a child my mother and her friends met at each others’ houses, once a week a different house, for Women’s Aglow. I was homeschooled at the time, so I babysat for them. It always seemed like a nice time.

  15. I love the head exploding, I absolutely know the feeling! :) I was going to say CHILDCARE CHILDCARE CHILDCARE, but then you edited to add. That’s really all I had to say. :) (My church had a daytime study that took a “break” half the year, and I DID NOT like that at all.)

  16. I haven’t read all the previous comments, but have you thought about doing a study on the book Captivating by Stasi Elridge (sp??) My best friend and I are going to work on this together, but our church recently offered it for women in an 8-week study. I have yet to read the book, but I hear it’s what every woman needs to know.

  17. Cynthia Heald’s “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” is one of my all time favorites. I’d do it over and over again. It leads some, but not too much. You still look up a lot of scripture, and it exposes you to a lot of classic writers I’d never heard of before.

    Day time is an excellent idea. I simply will NOT commit to an evening study…even when The Hub and I are going together, it almost seems too much for the evening hours. We’re just too taxed.

  18. Missy @ It's Almost Naptime says:

    My church has a Busy Moms’ Bible Study, and what that means is that there is no homework. You just come, and go thru the bible study there, and go. No pressure.

    I think there are pros and cons to this.

    The best women’s ministry I have ever been involved in is called Mommies & Mentors. It is for mothers of preschoolers, similar to MOPS, except that at each table is a mentor mom who really IS a mentor mom. She calls you weekly, etc. Mine is wonderful, her kids are my age, and she is a wealth of wisdom about many things. It is great to have someone to call when I can’t go to my mom.

    I think the lack of Titus 2 mentors is such a huge issue in the church today.

    Feel free to email me for more details on how it works.

  19. Sister Honey Bunch says:

    One of my sisters taught Lies Women Believe and she said it was phenomenal.

    I think it’s so important to have both day and evening studies. Where I’m from, it seems that most are held during the day which is hard for us working moms. I just found one that is in the evening (not at my church) and have been attending for 2 weeks now. LOVE IT!

  20. What about Captivating by John and Staci Eldridge? Also, love the book Classic Christianity by Bob George–not geared toward only women but everyone and really helps you know who you are in Christ and what Christ in me really means.

    Another one of my all time favorites is Running on Empty by Fil Anderson.

    Gosh, and if we mom’s don’t feel like we are running on empty sometimes!

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