True Woman 2014 – Thursday, October 9 —
I got up very early on Wednesday, October 8th to drive from the farmhouse out to pick up my daughter-in-love, as she was staying at my daddy’s house. We loaded everything into the car and quickly got on the road for the long drive. Matthew (my grandson) handled the drive really well, but was d.o.n.e. with being in the car when we got to Indianapolis. We got set up in our hotel room and got some sleep.
On Thursday morning, we got up and enjoyed a breakfast at the hotel before meandering outside to get our bearings and find the convention center in time for the “True Woman ’14 Leadership Pre-Event”.
As I said in yesterday’s post, women’s ministry is one of my great passions. I’m not anything special in our church as far as women’s ministry. I’ve spoken at a couple of our ladies retreats. But, I want to grow our vision as women in the church and to be faithful to the legacy the Lord wants us to leave on the younger women.
I was indeed blessed by this gathering of other women with like-minded hearts. You can find a lot of details about what an effective ministry and ministry leader looks like by looking in I Thessalonians chapters 1 and 2.
When we arrived, the room was beautifully filled with ladies, and tables filled with treats. We were treated to a tasty boxed lunch (can you say chocolate?!?) and several free gifts.
We learned about the new leaders page on the Revive website. We learned about their new Ambassador program. We were also encouraged in the Lord and challenged to pray for one another and for our women’s ministry. There were some great encouragements given.
Nancy opened the session with some timely admonition and encouragement. As women who minister to other women, we don’t need to tell people what they want to hear. We need to tell them what they NEED to hear. Ministry is hard work. Serving others is hard work and often a sacrifice. Meet people and minister to them where they are… not where you expect them to be.
The goal in ministry isn’t to get more “likes” on twitter, followers on facebook, or comments on Instagram. The goal is to please God!
Most importantly, our ladies need God’s Word, not ours.
A few important reminders for ministry leaders:
– Plan down time both before and after big events or high/peak needs ministry seasons. Your family needs this and YOU need this.
– When the programs are more important than the people you are ministering to, something is off and you need to get back to the basics.
– Glorify the Lord and don’t compare! You aren’t Revive Our Hearts, Billy Graham, or another large name ministry. You are exactly who God has called you to be. Walk in that anointing and don’t try to be someone else.
– II Sam. 5 – Inquire of the Lord FIRST!
We were given a presentation by Scott Lindsey (@logos) on the capabilities of the Logos Bible Software to aid in our study.
We closed this session with prayer for one another and for our ministries.
Next up, I’ll give you a peek at the opening night of True Woman ’14.
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