A Note from Chris Adams: Maybe you are a new year resolution maker. I am not, but I am one to look ahead into the year and pray for God to take me deeper in some particular areas of my life. He usually shows me a direction early in the year that He will be leading me toward in my walk with Him. When it comes to ministry, perhaps we need to make a commitment to find greater ways to minister to moms. Read this article by Dr. Deb Douglas, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA as she gives us some great things to consider as we reach out to moms in 2016!
Lose weight? Be more diligent in investing in people? Study more? Slow down and enjoy life? What’s it to be this year? When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, mine usually get thrown out before the greens and peas (a Southern tradition for New Year’s Day dinner) are eaten.
This year, instead of resolutions, let’s make commitments to redesign how we minister to moms. Let’s think of the new year as a time to make a fresh beginning in transforming the lives of moms.
Start with some basic commitments:
- Stick to the Word. No fluff. Focus on discipling moms.
- Build in time for women to relate on a level deeper than just, “Hey! How are you?”
- Intently. Carefully. Willingly. With focused attention to hear the hearts of moms.
- Be honest. Share stories, struggles, and successes in order to encourage, inspire, and help moms.
- Trash it. Trash everything that we do just because we’ve always done it or because someone else is doing it! Come up with new creative ways to bring moms together.
- Invest in moms of all sorts. Single moms. Moms in challenging situations. Deployed moms. Grandmothers raising their grandchildren. Moms of children with special needs. Older moms. Moms of multiples.
- Take up a challenge to meet with one new mom a week for coffee. Discover her story, listen to her struggles, and encourage her. Use what’s learned to design new ways to minister to moms this year.
Start the year with a mom resolution. When we invest in moms, we invest in the lives of families. Have a marvelous mom’s new year!
Dr. Deb Douglas has served in women’s ministry for over 37 years. Now she spends her time working with Purchased Ministry, a ministry to women in the sex trade industry. Deb is also the Director of Biblical Counseling at First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA. She was the first to graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary with a Masters degree focusing on women’s ministry and has earned a Doctor of Education in Ministry degree from NOBTS. She is “Pearl” to 3 sweet grand babies, “Mom” to Jared Douglas and Katie Chavis, and wife/sweetheart to Paul Douglas.