Women’s ministry. We think Bible studies, big events, projects, and fun times for women building relationships with other women. But that’s not all there is to women’s ministry. There’s another crucial component: evangelism. Yes, we share Christ in all that we do, but are we being intentional about introducing women to Christ?
Just like we have a tendency to think that anyone with gray hair is a Christian, we do the same thing with moms. It is tempting to put characteristics on women just because of their status. The reality is that being a mom does not make one a Christian. How can we as women’s ministry leaders reach out to women who don’t have a relationship with Christ?
Here are a few ideas for making evangelism a priority in your life and ministry:
- Be intentional. Share the gospel at every opportunity—at events, in Bible studies, over coffee—and then keep sharing!
- Be prayerful.
- Pray for opportunities to share Christ.
- Pray for the hearts of moms to be ready to hear about Jesus!
- Encourage other women to pray for moms who do not know Jesus. When women pray consistently, their eyes will be opened to moms who need Jesus in their lives.
- Be bold.
- Talk about Jesus. Everywhere you go!
- Approach moms when you encounter them. I noticed moms of preschoolers hanging out at a local restaurant, so I began going on a regular basis in order to chat with the moms about Jesus. It takes boldness to approach a mom we do not know, but her eternity is worth the uncomfortable feeling we may experience.
- Be compassionate.
- Reach out to moms in need. By meeting the practical needs of moms, trust is built, and Jesus can be shared.
- Reach out to moms around the world. Think about a women’s mission trip to reach children and their moms!
- Be present.
- Take time to listen to moms share their stories. Women love sharing their stories! Opportunities to share Jesus can be heard through listening intently.
- Slow down enough to hear the desperate cries for Jesus all around us!
- Be relational.
- Build relationships with moms so they can see Jesus in us.
- Equip other women.
- Teach women how to share Christ.
- Encourage women to attend evangelism training.
- And simply keep sharing Christ Most women are afraid of sharing—either they feel unqualified or unequipped. By teaching a simple way to share, those fears are removed.
Moms need Jesus. When a mom comes to salvation, her whole family is changed! We can make a difference in the world when we become bold in sharing the gospel with moms. It’s time to go and tell!
Dr. Deb Douglas is the minister to women at First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA and a LifeWay Ministry Multiplier. Her passion is encouraging and equipping women to serve. She is also a freelance writer and contributed to Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level, Revised & Expanded. She is the wife of Paul, mom of Jared and Katie, mother-in-law to Emily and Jacob, and grandmother to Caroline and Lincoln.