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How to handle too many announcements

How to handle too many announcements

Runaway announcements seems to be a particular problem of running a women’s ministry. How do you handle it? What kind of limits should you put in place? After 25 years, in women’s ministry, here’s the policy I’ve found best.

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Making the most of registration forms

Making the most of registration forms

Registration is a chance to collect valuable information about your participants that can help you build small groups, evaluate the success of your program and plan for the future. Here are some questions you might want to include on your registration forms.

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Pearls of Wisdom: on dreams

Pearls of Wisdom: on dreams

About this series: Many years ago, we asked the matriarchs in our church to share “pearls of wisdom” they learned over the course of their walk with the Lord. We collected their stories in a booklet which we distributed through the women’s ministries. My copy of the booklet is now tattered and faded, and many of the women quoted are home with the Lord. To keep their words alive and honor their wisdom, I am sharing their pearls here before my booklet turns to dust. I hope these words inspire you to share a cup of tea with an older woman in your church and listen to her pearls of wisdom.

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Pearls of Wisdom: on loss

Pearls of Wisdom: on loss

Many years ago, we asked the matriarchs in our church to share “pearls of wisdom” they learned over the course of their walk with the Lord. We collected their stories in a booklet which we distributed through the women’s ministries. My copy of the booklet is now tattered and faded, and many of the women quoted are home with the Lord. To keep their words alive and honor their wisdom, I am sharing their pearls here before my booklet turns to dust. I hope these words inspire you to share a cup of tea with an older woman in your church and listen to her pearls of wisdom.

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Pearls of Wisdom: on parenting

Pearls of Wisdom: on parenting

Many years ago, we asked the matriarchs in our church to share “pearls of wisdom” they learned over the course of their walk with the Lord. We collected their stories in a booklet which we distributed through the women’s ministries. My copy of the booklet is now tattered and faded, and many of the women quoted are home with the Lord. To keep their words alive and honor their wisdom, I am sharing their pearls here before my booklet turns to dust. I hope these words inspire you to share a cup of tea with an older woman in your church and listen to her pearls of wisdom.

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Pearls of Wisdom: on family

Pearls of Wisdom: on family

About this series: Many years ago, we asked the matriarchs in our church to share "pearls of wisdom" they learned over the course of their walk with the Lord. We collected their stories in a booklet which we distributed through women's ministries.  My copy of the...

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Pearls of Wisdom: from our mothers

Pearls of Wisdom: from our mothers

Many years ago, we asked the matriarchs in our church to share “pearls of wisdom” they learned over the course of their walk with the Lord. We collected their stories in a booklet which we distributed through the women’s ministries. My copy of the booklet is now tattered and faded, and many of the women quoted are home with the Lord. To keep their words alive and honor their wisdom, I am sharing their pearls here before my booklet turns to dust. I hope these words inspire you to share a cup of tea with an older woman in your church and listen to her pearls of wisdom.

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Ministry Survey Example Questions

Ministry Survey Example Questions

As a ministry leader, you often do surveys. But what questions should ask? Which questions solicit the best input? After 30 years in ministry — and countless surveys! — these are the questions I’ve found most helpful.

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10 Tips for cleaning your closet

10 Tips for cleaning your closet

I finally tackled the task of cleaning my clothes closet.  In case you're also struggling with how to lighten your possessions, here are some of the criteria I used to decide what to keep and what to donate. I tossed clothes that met the following criteria: I bought...

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Have a Mary Christmas Luke 10:38-42

Have a Mary Christmas Luke 10:38-42

This December you can have a Mary Christmas or a Martha Christmas. In a Martha Christmas you are so frantic doing good things that you miss the best gift of all. In a Mary Christmas you recognize what is truly important and find the best gift of all.

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Today is the fleeting moment

Today is the fleeting moment

Have you ever seen those maps of the stars of the universe? The ones taken from space where there is no man-made light, so you can actually see the billions of stars? First, these photos impress you with the vastness of the universe and the number of stars is beyond...

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Flying through impostor syndrome

Flying through impostor syndrome

Three "random" events this week converged into one life lesson. 1) I listened to my pastor's last sermon. We met when I was a college freshman and he was an intern at our church.  Now he's retiring after 43 years as its pastor.  I don't think I was present for his...

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Discipleship Survey Sample

Discipleship Survey Sample

Most women’s ministries offer a discipleship program at some point.  While there is no “one size fits all” model for how to implement discipleship, here are some ideas to help you get started.

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3 Retreat Sample Schedules

3 Retreat Sample Schedules

Planning a retreat means managing lots of details from logistics to decorations. Often the schedule gets overlooked or slapped together at the last minute. As a speaker, here are some sample schedules that I’ve seen work well for weekend retreats.

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