From Chris Adams: I am so very honored and humbled by Shirley’s final post in this four-part series (See parts one, two and three here.) My heart has swelled as I’ve watched her journey over these many years from church to association to state-level leadership and team building. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your heart and expertise with us on this journey!
By Shirley Moses
Most would think that the LifeWay Women’s Ministry Team is a prestigious team to serve on. Although this team reaches thousands of women, it is beyond a doubt composed of the most unassuming group of women I have ever served with. That can be traced back to the leadership of Chris Adams, and her heart for serving the Lord. I have been a member of her team for about 14 years, and I have learned much from her. One key element of her success is affording each team member the opportunity to teach what is the closest to her heart. In addition, we are blessed to have many wonderful resources from LifeWay to assist in our spiritual growth.
How do you maintain a successful national team ?
Set Challenging Goals
The goal of this team is serving churches in their mission of making disciples. To accomplish this LifeWay offers events, training, and printed resources for all ages. As I look back to the time when I first started on the team, I realize that back then I could keep up with everything written for women and study each one. Because of the increase in the number of materials available for women, I now have to pick and choose. That speaks of God’s blessing!
Value Training and Connection
The value of knowing about such a team lies in the fact that it’s a way to connect with all denominations through training and events. It will aid you in gaining fresh ideas for your women’s ministry, and encourage you by providing the opportunity to associate with like-minded women.
Seek God Continually
Finding a team like this to serve on can only be accomplished as you pray and ask God if it’s His plan for your life, and if it is, allow Him bring it about. I say this with humility knowing that each team I was privileged to lead or be part of, God brought my way. I did not have to make my own way. There are many teams like this in God’s Kingdom. Find your sweet spot and give it your very best. It may be on a team serving one church, a leadership team serving several churches, or a national ministry team.
Establish Open Communication
Keeping your team together and moving forward occurs as you give each member the time to express ideas. Every idea needs to be heard with an open mind. Of course, the understanding must be that as the leader, you will make the final decision. Be prepared and bring your best to each meeting. Pray much, play together, and remember to assure your team members that they are loved and appreciated.
Thank you for following me on this journey. Continue to be a faithful follower of Jesus, the One watching your every sacrifice. God may call you to any or all of these various levels of ministry. Not everyone will lead on the church level or national level, but God has each leader in mind as He calls you and allows you to serve Him wherever that might be.
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. A LifeWay Ministry Multiplier, Shirley is currently developing a women’s ministry leadership team of women who have a strong desire to disciple other women. If you are interested in joining this team, follow the instructions under “Contagious Connection” at Beyond the Call Ministries.
Tell us about your leadership team journey. What has God been teaching you along the way?