This is one FANTASTIC womens ministry 2024 Opportunity
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This is one FANTASTIC womens ministry 2024 Opportunity

I’m a little late in the year, but let’s think about womens ministry 2024! First, let me say I’m so sorry I’ve not posted in a month. November 2023, my mom stepped into heaven. It has been incredibly devastating for me. Really. As a result, I have been focused on healing, adjusting, and, well… crying. Seriously, my intention is not to bring you down here but to introduce a women’s ministry opportunity I had never thought of before. Here it is: in all my years involved in women’s ministry activities, I’ve never considered how a women’s ministry could support women as they grieve while building bonds of sisterhood and friendship. Have you thought of that before? Frankly, the “we don’t grieve as those without hope” comments are ok, but I don’t think we, as churches and ministries, can do more to help people work through their grief.

Besides, for most women, losing a mother is incredibly significant. I completely understand not everyone had an awesome mother like mine, but for those who did, I think womens ministry 2024 can be a safe place to discuss the pain and challenges associated with loss – especially those losses that particularly affect us as women.

Handling grief can be an incredibly challenging and overwhelming experience, and the women in your women’s ministry may resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms in an attempt to navigate their emotions.

None of these will be new to you, but some unhealthy ways to handle grief include:

  1. Isolation and Withdrawal: Some individuals may isolate themselves from others and completely withdraw from social interactions as a way to avoid confronting their emotions. While seeking solitude for reflection can be healthy, I’m told prolonged isolation can worsen feelings of loneliness and exacerbate the grieving process.

    I’m struggling with this one right now. Thankfully, I have friends who won’t let me isolate too much. A strong womens ministry 2024 could create a rotation to check on the grieving sister to ensure she isn’t as alone as she may feel.

  2. Substance Abuse: Turning to alcohol, drugs, or other substances as a means of numbing emotional pain is a common but harmful coping mechanism.

    Substance abuse not only fails to address the underlying grief but can also lead to additional physical, mental, and emotional health problems. One of the best ways a women’s ministry can influence a woman at risk is to hold them accountable and follow step one. Do not let them isolate.

  3. Denial and Avoidance: Denying the reality of loss and avoiding facing grief altogether is another unhealthy coping strategy. Suppressing emotions and refusing to acknowledge the pain can hinder the healing process and prolong unresolved grief.

    As a women’s ministry, consider having a list of Christian counselors to which you can refer women. Contact those counselors and ask their permission to include them in your women’s ministry resource list. Get all the payment details and insurance information beforehand so the grieving sister doesn’t have to worry about those details.

  4. Escapist Behaviors: Engaging in escapist behaviors such as excessive spending, overeating, or engaging in risky behaviors can provide temporary distractions from grief but ultimately fail to address the root cause of emotional pain.

    This is another one I struggled with. My Christian counselor has been a good resource to help me. But, the truth is, as long as one can afford it, shopping can be a little helpful and bring a little joy into one’s life. Don’t you think so?

    Another blessing is to send gifts. I can’t tell you how many gifts I got during my grieving season, and it helped me sooooo much. It made me smile, and it was really a daylifter.

I can’t say it enough. It’s important for women experiencing grief to seek healthy coping mechanisms and support from loved ones, Christian counselors, or Christian support groups. Professional help may genuinely be necessary for those struggling to manage their grief in a healthy manner.

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Appoint a specific person to find out about condolences.

I believe that in 2024, the focus of women’s ministry should be on carefully planning ways to support women’s needs that go beyond just spending time together, crafts, and building friendships. That’s how to make your women’s ministry 2024 plans relevant.

Practical Tip: if your church often shares news of people who are grieving, consider having a volunteer from the women’s group take note of these messages. Extract the names of the ladies. This way, the women’s ministry can offer support to ladies going through a grief season.

Another option is if your church has a designated person who handles condolences, like a church secretary, ask if she can send you a list of the bereaved. Then, your team can filter the women in the church or ministry and reach out to them.

The point is to build systems in the womens ministry in 2024 where you can reach out to grieving women. Maybe you guys can send them a card? Or maybe you can

I hope I sold you on the idea of brainstorming ways your women’s ministry can support Christian women during their grief season. You can all provide invaluable support to a grieving sister by offering love, compassion, and practical assistance during her time of need.

As you continue to think about your womens ministry 2024, please allow me to share some ways Christian sisters can support a grieving sister:

  1. Prayer and Spiritual Support: Offer to pray with and for the grieving sister, lifting her up to God for comfort and healing. Share Scripture verses that offer hope and encouragement during difficult times, reminding her of God’s presence and faithfulness.

  2. Presence and Listening Ear: Be present with the grieving sister, offering a listening ear without judgment or interruption. Allow her to express her feelings, memories, and concerns without feeling rushed or dismissed. Simply being there to listen and empathize can provide immense comfort. I would say the best advice I could give you is to just listen.

    Sister, so many people say things they THINK are helpful, but they are indeed hurtful. It’s better to be quiet than to sound like an idiot saying something foolish. For example, a grieving person knows their loved one is in a better place, but that is not always what they need to hear.

  3. Practical Assistance: Offer practical assistance to lighten her load during the grieving process. This could include helping with household chores, preparing meals, running errands (like picking up kids from school), or providing childcare, allowing her to focus on her emotional needs without the added stress of daily responsibilities.

    My church’s staff was amazing! So were many church members. They sent food, gifts, and cards. It was such a comfort. Further, it was such a blessing not thinking about dinner.

  4. Emotional Support: Validate the grieving sister’s feelings and emotions, acknowledging the pain and sorrow she is experiencing. Offer a shoulder to cry on, a comforting hug or a gentle touch to convey your love and support. Avoid minimizing her grief or offering unsolicited advice; instead, express your empathy and understanding.

  5. Encouragement and Hope: Provide words of encouragement and hope to uplift the grieving sister’s spirit. Remind her of God’s love and sovereignty, reassuring her that she is not alone in her journey through grief. Share stories of God’s faithfulness and how He has brought healing and restoration to others who have experienced loss.

  6. Support Group or Counseling: I already hit on this one, but it bears repeating. Encourage the grieving sister to seek additional support from a professional counselor or support group if needed. Offer to accompany her to counseling sessions or support group meetings, providing emotional support and encouragement along the way.

  7. Continued Presence: Continue to support the grieving sister in the weeks and months following the loss, as the grieving process is ongoing. Recovering from grief is not a speedy process.

    Check in with her regularly, offering your presence, prayers, and practical assistance as needed. Let her know that you are there for her whenever she needs someone to lean on.

What’s missing from this list? Please feel free to add your ideas below!

Launch a Women’s Ministry GriefShare

Have you heard of GriefShare?

GriefShare is a Christian-based grief network hosted in many churches. I don’t know enough about it, but I think it could be a great idea to host a GriefShare just for women through your women’s ministry. Full disclosure: I tried to attend GriefShare, but the church that hosted it had weak administrative processes. It was a nightmare. They were confused and disorganized, so I opted out.

Our church has one, but I needed a little distance and anonymity, so I didn’t join. Being a pastor’s wife means lots of eyes are on you, and that can be harrowing when I’m so broken.

Also, many of the people knew my mom, and I just wanted a safe place to heal. I didn’t want to risk hearing stories about her and how wonderful she was. I knew that. But hearing it weekly might have been painful.

However, I will say that their emails are amazing! They send weekly emails that guide you through the grief process. They are so encouraging and allow you to reflect and heal little by little.

Practical Tip: a helpful idea for the women’s ministry could be to assign someone to partner with each lady who is grieving. The “partner” can sign up to receive weekly emails too. This gives the grieving sister a chance to talk about the ideas in the emails and have someone to listen and provide support.

As I ponder this further, I recognize the potential for women’s ministries to act as a beacon of hope and strength for just about every life experience women encounter.

Your womens ministry 2024 is not just about creating a bunch of events. It’s about crafting an environment where spiritual growth is nurtured, and life issues like grief and loss are addressed. These are all part of life. Why shouldn’t your women’s ministry be a place where practical wisdom can dispensed? 

Consider revisiting your strategic plan and thinking about what’s missing in your ministry service to women. Grief is a subject I’ve never really seen a woman’s ministry deal with. As a person who has been in women’s ministry for years, I’m ashamed of that. But we are all growing.

I hope I inspired you to think about how you can bless grieving women through your women’s ministry. Let’s review what I’ve talked about.

From offering prayer and spiritual support to providing practical assistance with chores or meals, I’ve mentioned that every little bit helps a woman in the throes of grief. Plus, just being there to listen without judgment can mean the world to someone who’s grieving.

Don’t forget I mentioned GriefShare! Remember, it is a Christian-based grief network that many churches host. Why can’t you host one just for ladies?

Overall, I stated that I believe women’s ministry in 2024 should be more than just a series of events. It should be a place where women can find hope, strength, and practical wisdom to navigate life’s challenges, including grief and loss.

I think I’ve re-capped everything.

Anyway, here’s to women’s ministry 2024—a place where the teachings of Christ intersect with everyday struggles, empowering women to overcome with the support of their sisters in faith. Let’s make it happen! 🌟

Let’s go, and please keep me in your prayers.

8 thoughts on “This is one FANTASTIC womens ministry 2024 Opportunity

  1. Hi Teri, I am so sorry, about your Mom. God got you girl, he is your everything you need and more. Your mom is happy, she is with her savior. I lost my mom in 2028, and I do understand your hurt, but I don’t know how you are feeling, and if you want to cry, you cry, don’t let know one tell you to be strong, that was your mother. Crying is good for you. Thank you for sharing your ideals. I don’t know you Teri, but I Love in Jesus name. Praying for peace and strength. Remember Because He Live, we can face tomorrow.

  2. Our church started with GriefShare last year. I facilitated the 13-week program and all participants found it to be very helpful. We will continue to offer this program as needed.

    Thank you for sharing. Your blog is very informative. May God continue to cover your on this journey you are on.

  3. This year 2024we added a grief class to our conference which is coming up ion March 23 it was hard to find someone to teach the class, with much prayer God came through.Our prayer is to group in meeting the spiritual needs of the women. God has laid so many topic on our hearts.

    Thanks for your blog it helps out so much praying your strength in the Lord Jesus..

      1. Hi Teri, thanks for being obedient to your call, your efforts are not in vain. God’s guiding you in a very clear direction to help empower numerous women to lead, launch, grow, assist in women’s ministries locally, i
        nternationally and globally.

        I’m extremely inspired for this encounter. May God bless you beyond measure.

        With sincere gratitude,
        Rena Maldonado

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