This week, I’m starting a new series called Making Women’s Ministry Missional and my first post is up over at Missional Women.
Here’s what you can expect from this series:
–How to cast a discipleship vision
–Avoiding the danger of an event-based ministry model
–How to transition out of an event-based ministry
–How to keep your women’s ministry discipleship-focused
One of the most important first steps you can take in making women’s ministry missional is understanding and conquering apathy.
Recently, I asked a group of women’s ministry leaders: “What is the biggest obstacle you face in women’s ministry?”
They repeatedly cited apathy as a key problem in cultivating disciple makers; the women in their church don’t care to invest in a discipling relationship – neither as disciple nor discipler.
A 2015 Barna study revealed women are unplugging from church at an unprecedented rate. The study found that about four in 10 women have not attended church in the past six months. For various reasons, more than half of the women surveyed said attending church wasn’t a priority to them.
It seems discipleship is being chased down the drain by the competing demands placed on women, and many churches are pulling the plug altogether.
If you are striving to see your women’s ministry become discipleship-focused, click to see some ideas for conquering apathy.