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25 Most Popular Icebreakers

25 Most Popular Icebreakers

Over my years as Women’s Ministry Director, I collected a lot of ice breakers. After all you can’t use the same 4 ice breakers at the same ministry events year after year. But when ones are best? According to research, these are the 25 most popular.

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Ken Elzinga welcomes UVA parents

Ken Elzinga welcomes UVA parents

It has become a tradition for Professor Ken Elzinga give a welcome address to new University of Virginia students and their parents during Move-In Day Lunches at the Center for Christian Study. Here is 2020 his message to parents of incoming students.

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What is an egalitarian?

What is an egalitarian?

The views regarding women in authority in the church can be generalized into 3 basic positions: hard complementarian (most restrictive), soft complementarian (less restrictive), and egalitarian (least restrictive). This is a summary of the egalitarian position.

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Leader Evaluation Sample

Leader Evaluation Sample

When you recruit feedback from your students at the end of a Bible study year, don’t forget to solicit feedback from your leaders.   If you are blessed to have dedicated leadership returning year after year, you may want to keep it short.  Here’s an example we’ve used at Wednesday in the Word.  This example survey is geared to a Bible study with a large group, small groups and homework. Customize it to fit your programs.

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Small Group Welcome Survey Example

Small Group Welcome Survey Example

Learning some basic information when new small groups start can save misunderstanding later. Asking participants to answer a few basic questions the first day can help leaders structure the time to better meet the needs of a group. Here’s an example “Small Group Welcome” survey.

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Ministry Preparation Checklist

Ministry Preparation Checklist

July is the time to start preparing for your fall Bible study. Are you overwhelmed by the details or don’t know where to start? Assuming your study starts in September, here’s my summer ministry preparation checklist.

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Women’s Ministry Evaluation Sample

Women’s Ministry Evaluation Sample

It’s always helpful to get feedback from your students at the end of a Bible study year. But evaluations can be a problem. If they are too short, your leaders don’t gain any useful information. If they are too long, few students will not fill them out. Here’s an example we’ve used at Wednesday in the Word that seems to find the right balance.

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Basic Retreat Planning

Basic Retreat Planning

Church women’s retreats offer one of the best opportunities of the church for women to step away from their daily responsibilities, rest and connect with other women in the church and spend some concentrated time learning more about the Lord. While retreats require a lot of planning, they are worth it in the long run.

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