A note from Chris Adams: Today’s post is written by Kara Kemp, the women’s ministry training intern at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn., assisting me and Mary Margaret Collingsworth in our work this summer. She has headed back to Texas after completing her internship and we miss her already!
By Kara Kemp
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
The Day is drawing near and there is much to be accomplished! In order to fulfill our mission, we must get connected with those around us who are running towards the same goal. An isolated leader can easily become overwhelmed or distracted. A new song by Tenth Avenue North reminds us, “No man is an island; let your guard down.” Surrounding ourselves with godly women allows for mutual encouragement and growth of the sweetest kind. Here are some tips to get started:
1. Look around you!
Think of two or three women in your church that you would like to get to know better and make it a priority to reach out to these people within the next few weeks. An acquaintance down the pew could end up becoming a good friend.
2. Invest in others.
It can be tempting to use time at the coffee shop to air out your dirty laundry. It’s good to have someone to talk to, but it’s also good for you to listen. Mutually encouraging relationships are exactly that, mutually encouraging. Consider what you might have to offer friends with crazy lives of their own.
3. Be intentional with a follow-up.
Take the time to affirm a new friendship after you hit it off at lunch. This could be a handwritten letter of encouragement or a simple text or e-mail. This lets your friend know that there is an open line of communication between you.
4. Play match-maker!
As you get to know people better and learn their passions and characteristics, start matching them up with others who may be similar. In this way, you are not only increasing your personal community, but helping others do the same. Helping develop these relationships in your women’s ministry will stimulate both personal and corporate growth. And don’t let age or life-stage hinder your match-making. We all need each other.
5. Look outside of your church.
Become aware of other women’s ministry leaders in your local area. You may have to contact some pastors and ask a few questions, but it is worth it to find women that have the same unique mindset as you. These friendships will allow you to share the joys and struggles of ministry.
Kara Kemp served as a women’s ministry training intern at LifeWay in Nashville, Tenn., this summer. She is assisted Chris Adams and Mary Margaret Collingsworth prepare for events such as YOU Lead and the Women’s Leadership Forum. Kara has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Dallas Baptist University, and now teaches Bible and coaches volleyball at the high school level. She enjoys coffee, running, and traveling to new places.