It’s hard to believe that 2019 is about to come to a close! Our church just concluded our annual Women’s Conference and it’s already time to start planning for the New Year. Planning is a crucial step for any ministry. How do you plan an entire year of ministry events? Let me walk you through our process from the previous year….
1. Listen to the Spirit
It was October 2018 when I was invited to a friend’s wedding. I was able to find a babysitter for all 6 of my kids – thankfully, and my husband and I went to the wedding to enjoy the evening. It was during the ceremony, as I watched the bride and groom say their vows that I suddenly had a thought drop into my head: “What will it be like when we ‘marry’ Jesus?”
I mean, the church is referred to as The Bride, right? Revelation speaks about our reunion with Jesus as being a Wedding Feast. And that’s when I realized that the Holy Spirit was leading me to study this topic.
Not every thought or Bible study is meant for the corporate body. Sometimes, God just shows you things that would benefit you. So, how do we know the difference? We pray. I prayed about this idea and decided to bring it to my ministry team.
3. Pitch the Idea to Your Team
We have an entire Women’s Ministry team that works collectively. Yes, someone is there to make the final say, but we try to pray about different events and make decisions together.
When I pitched this idea to our ministry team, everyone thought it was a great idea. Since no one had any opposition, we saw this as confirmation from God. Once we had our main idea, it was time to start planning the details.
4. Decide Your Theme
We decided to focus on 2 verses for the entire year:
- Revelation 19:7, ” Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb and his bride has prepared herself.”
- Isaiah 62:5, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”
When looking at the Revelation verse, it says, “the Bride has prepared herself.” This naturally led to the question, “How do we, as the church and as individuals, prepare for the coming of Jesus?” We also wanted to focus on the fact that God rejoices over us and has already chosen us. We came up with the theme: “Preparing the Bride of Christ: Finding Joy in the Covenant.”
5. Plan…But Allow Room for the Spirit to Move as Needed
Our women’s ministry meets once a month. We planned each meeting to incorporate the theme of Preparing the Bride of Christ. We met in January to launch the vision for the women of our church and every month held a teaching to bring us closer to our ultimate goal: A Women’s Renewal at the end of the year where we renewed our vows in Christ.
Did everything go smoothly all year long according to our plan? No. There were some hiccups along the way – but ultimately, we concluded with an all day event full of fun, teaching, and fellowship.
It was almost one year from when God gave me the vision to the completion of our study. I learned so much all year and the women of our church were blessed.
When we listen to the Spirit for guidance, he will give us the exact teachings the women of our church need to hear. He will equip you with the speakers, the planning, and the organization to do exactly what he calls you to do. All we have to do is listen, pray, and plan.
I’ll be posting a video of our final teaching and be giving you more details of what we did at our Renewal in my next few posts!
If you need any assistance planning, forming, or organizing your event, Contact Me! I’d love to help brainstorm and give you practical tips on how to make your Women’s Ministry year a great one!