How To Start A Women in Leadership Project/Group
Do you have a desire to start a Women in Leadership program at your church, in your section, or in your district for women who want to learn more about being in leadership and working in the church? I hope so! I have designed a program plan to help you get started.
Step 1: Talk to your pastor about starting this ministry. If you are beginning and don’t know exactly how to get it started, consider bringing in a woman in leadership consultant for a weekend who can help you start the program. Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a consultant, and can help you get your ministry started.
- Think about your vision for the women in your church.
- Pray for the women in your congregation.
- Be looking for women who are gifted in leadership, and are already active in ministry areas in the church.
- Look for young women who are not active in leadership, but who you think might have potential to be leaders.
Step 2: Pick a weekend, and work with your consultant to plan out your specific mini-conference/training seminar. When I come to a district or church, I usually plan out an outline for the weekend and see if this will work with the vision for the specific church. Here are some options I have done at different conferences.
Session 1: An Introduction to Women in Leadership. This session is usually directed at teaching specific content related to understanding the issues women in leadership face. The content of this session comes from the Women in Leadership Small Group Series written by Rev. Crystal Schmalz. The format of this session is lecture style.
Session 2: Identify Your Dreams and Callings. This session is directed at helping young women think about how they can practically identify their dreams and callings. The format of this session is interactive, and uses small group work to help the participants. I often use case studies, or dream exercises to help women think outside of the box for their calling and ministry.
Session 3: Commissioning Service. This session is aimed at allowing the Holy Spirit to move and work in weekend by bringing about supernatural callings to each participant. The format of this session is Pentecostal service style, and Crystal preaches a commissioning service, and calls for the young women to come to the altar and be anointed with oil and sent out to do what God is calling them to do. It isn’t surprising for the spiritual gifts to operate in this service: word of prophecy, word of wisdom, healing, etc.
One-On-One Coaching With the Local leader: I want to help be a resource for the leader in the local church who wants to start a Women in Leadership program. I provide prayer support, and email notes of encouragement to help the leader. It isn’t an easy task to start this type of program, but it is needed!
Step 3: Think about what you want your Women in Leadership program to look like in your church. It might be a Sunday school class on Sunday mornings, it might be a small group during the week, it might be a monthly meeting, or it might be a quarterly retreat. You have to think about what is best for your church, and the resources you have to make this happen. Be in prayer about these decisions, and talk with the leaders in your life to see what is best for your church. The above agenda of sessions can be used as a kickoff mini-conference to help you get your ministry started.
Step 4: Have Faith and Build! When I organized my first conference for women in leadership, I was scared out of my mind! I didn’t know what to expect, and I was fearful of failure. I remember one evening I awoke in the middle of the night with anxiety, because I was afraid no one would come to the conference and it would be a failure. God spoke to me and said “Build it, and they will come.” God gave me a word of faith that evening, and ever since then I have been building different elements of women in leadership projects, and God has given the increase. If God has given you a passion and a desire to help women get started in their ministry, then God will fulfill it!
Personal Story and Testimony: A few years ago I did a session for the young women of the Michigan district at their holiday youth convention. To my knowledge this was the first women in ministry session done for young women in the Michigan district. I wasn’t sure how many women would attend, but I knew God had a plan to give life to dreams and callings in this meeting. When the session began, several young women came into the room. More than fifty young women came, and we talked about Biblical examples of women in leadership in the Bible, different ways women can be involved in their local communities, and then we prayed. This was the first time I felt a call to do a commissioning service and prayer service for young women. Many of these young women were teenagers, and I wondered if they thought they were too young to fulfill the call of God. But, guess what? God can use anyone, no matter their age. I asked these young women to write down their dreams, and what they wanted to do for God. As an act of faith and worship I called them to bring their dreams forward and pray for them. These young women wanted to be missionaries, teachers, preachers, song leaders, church workers, lawyers, doctors, mothers, start Bible studies in their schools, be small group leaders, do one on one Bible studies, and more! These young women had dreams, and big dreams God had given to them. We prayed, and the power of the Holy Spirit fell. It was awesome! Over the past five years God has opened doors for me to organize a panel discussion session at General Conference, organize Fulfilling the Call Conference, organize The Deborah Project Conference in MO, participate in Women in Ministry sessions at UGST, start Women of Vision Leadership Facebook page and blog (cmschmalz.blogspot.com), and dream with many women all over the world about women in leadership. I want to help you get started and bring this type of ministry to your local church, section, and district. If you are interested in having me come as a consultant, and help you get your ministry started please email me, Rev. Crystal Schmalz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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