Item description for Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry: Creative Plans and Programs That Really Work! by Diana Davis...
Overview Fresh Ideas for Women’s Ministry compiles the author’s enthusiastic knowledge of church organization to help others with creating and sustaining a vibrant, outward-focused ladies’ program. Part resource book, part planning tool, it all adds up to a proven plan that joyfully blends discipleship, missions, fellowship, and special events with an emphasis upon hands-on ministry.
Publishers Description Picture this: women of all ages arriving in droves to the church building, excited that their weekly ministry together is about to begin. Syndicated columnist and pastor's wife Diana Davis knows this can happen wherever the women's ministry program is purposeful, of top quality, and fresh. """" "Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry "compiles her enthusiastic knowledge of church organization to help others with creating and sustaining a vibrant, outward-focused ladies' program. Part resource book, part planning tool, it all adds up to a proven plan that joyfully blends discipleship, missions, fellowship, and special events with an emphasis upon hands-on ministry.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805447237 ISBN13 9780805447231
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More About Diana Davis
Diana Davis writes a syndicated column, Fresh Ideas, for several Christian publications and has written for dozens of other Christian venues. Her four published books are on subjects related to Christian leadership, and her newest book, Six Simple Steps, is for ministry wives. As a pastor's wife in Texas for most of her life, she loved helping other women find joy in serving God, and she's continued that goal through her writings.
She earned degrees from Dallas Baptist University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Steve, now live in Pensacola Florida.
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Good for a mid-size or larger church Sep 15, 2009
I found this book in our library. "Ah, just what I've been looking for," I said to myself. And it might have been if I belonged to a larger church than I do. To me a team consists of at least 3 people, but when I multiplied that by the several teams needed for each activity, I realized that my church simply isn't big enough to fit the structure suggested in this book. But I'll keep looking, because I KNOW there are books out there written for small churches like mine. I just have to find them!
Fresh ideas for women's ministry Sep 13, 2009
The book strikes me as more focused on "surface programming" rather than on real ministry. There are some good ideas but I don't find much that I can incorporate with our ladies.
Excellent book Aug 10, 2009
I'm very active in moms and womens ministry at my church. This book gave me some great ideas for publicity and helping the ladies in our group make stronger connections. Anyone who is trying to start a new womens ministry or refresh their old one should check this out.
Among the BEST Resource of Its Kind - Inspirational, Purposeful, Impactful Sep 4, 2008
I recently purchased several (>5) books on getting a women's ministry started or going again... and of all the books I purchased, THIS ONE is the one that provided me with the most inspiration and ideas. It truly contains "fresh ideas" and "creative plans"!
Using this book as my guide, I put together a five-month plan to radically upgrade our church's women's ministry, and presented that plan to our pastor. We've been a small congregation that started growing rapidly, so we need to take our current women's ministry to the next level and grow with our congregation -- their needs and our church's ministry needs. I'm in the process of implementing that plan with our pastor and the church staff -- all of whom were impressed with the concise, thorough plan. I told them that this book provided the inspiration, ideas, and templates.
As I read through the book, so much of it resonated with me -- so many of the ideas and tips gave voice and validation to my own hopes and plans for reviving our women's ministry. The easy-to-follow examples and templates for surveys, leadership position descriptions/duties, classes, ministry opportunities, and more helped me to quickly put it all together.
Throughout the book, the author emphasizes that women's ministries need to be more than social clubs. To truly be a WOMEN'S MINISTRY, it needs to be about ME, US (church and community), and HIM. A well-balanced women's ministry more than meets each woman's need for fellowship, it helps to cement life-long friendships, diversity, teamwork, and most of all, purpose -- taking our rightful place as the body of Christ to minister to one another, to our community, and to our world. And it's not as difficult as it sounds! The author has laid out sound biblical principles, spiritual advice (pray! get your pastor's buy-in immediately), and ideas on how to apply these ideas and plans to every church, whether building a new ministry or reviving an existing one -- for any size church!
The freshness is the plan Aug 22, 2008
Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry is positive, practical, helpful and well organized. What I liked best about the book was that it flowed or maybe "unfolded" would be a better word. In other words, a reader can get a step by step handle on organizing women's ministries. Too many books give too much information so the reader can't grasp the overall picture. In this book, they can. This would make a great first book to hand to someone who is beginning women's ministry, but it also had some good reminders for those who have been in women's ministry for awhile. The uniqueness of the book--and to me this is where the freshness comes in--was the weekly schedule Davis recommended for women's ministry: 9:30 fellowship classes, 10:30 coffee time, and 10:45 ministry teams. This results in a ministry that truly ministers instead of focusing inward.