From Christ Adams: This is part two of a four-part series by Shirley Moses. If you missed it, see part one. It will position you to join Shirley on this journey with God as we continue looking at how He grows an effective ministry of women working together, this time through networking.
By Shirley Moses
Social Media has taken us by storm. We connect through texts, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. While these may be quick and convenient methods of communication, experience has revealed that nothing can replace in-person communication among the women with whom we are working. For our purpose of growing in leadership with team building in mind, we look through our spiritual eyes into other women’s hearts, and that can best be done face-to-face.
Knowing other women in ministry can offer many benefits. You will build lasting friendships, gain new ideas, enjoy prayerful support, lessen feelings of discouragement and isolation, and enhance your overall ministry for reaching women. Networking with women in other ministries inevitably brings about individual spiritual growth and Kingdom growth, as it connects you with other women who have similar interests and goals.
I had served at my local church for about five years when God gave me the assignment of this next team mission. Once again God gave me His Word for the team: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body though many are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV).
The goal was, beyond a doubt, Kingdom growth. God filled my heart with the knowledge of how to bring groups of women together to grow His Kingdom through women’s ministry, and it stirred my spirit with excitement and joy to be called in this way.
This new team I formed was at the multi-church or associational level, and was made up of women’s ministry leaders from the nearly 40 churches within the area. In my denomination, the association is an entity whose purpose is to assist the local church within the county. Many denominations have similar organizations with like purposes called by other names.
The team was called Women’s Ministry Connection. And my goal was to build a network of women who were working with women’s ministry in the local churches. We built powerful relationships as God drew us together. Even after God moved me out of the position as leader of this group and on to a wider level of service, I maintained contact with many of the women who served with me on that team, and I can see clearly the impact the team had on our area churches. This type of team is extremely beneficial in growing women as leaders and nurturing team building skills in each of them. (For more about this structure, consult the chapter I wrote on the subject, Peer Networking in Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level.)
One essential thought on teams is this: Great teams start with a humble leader who is willing to bow her knee. No matter what size team you are called to lead, one thing you must do is start with a humble heart willing to pray, pray, pray! This is a must for anyone who feels she has been called to ministry. Everything hinges on your commitment to pray, and your obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV). What a promise! Yes, He knows just which women need to be on your team and just what your organizational chart should look like. He will call women around you to fulfill His plan. Has God led you to connect with those outside your church to develop a network of women’s leaders?
Join Shirley tomorrow for the next article in this series, Building Successful Teams Part 3: Women in Ministry.
Shirley Moses is an author, speaker, women’s ministry team advisor at Hagerman Baptist Church in Sherman, Texas, and founder of Beyond the Call Ministries. Formerly she served as the women’s Ministry consultant for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She also serves currently as a LifeWay Ministry Multiplier, helping train women’s ministry leaders across the country. Shirley contributed to LifeWay’s leadership book, Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level and is co-author of Heart Friends: Beginning and Maintaining a Small Accountability Group. Shirley has completed her Advanced Certificate of Women’s Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.