PODCAST

Women's Ministry Toolbox Podcast

Cyndee Ownbey

Offering hope and inspiration for women’s ministry leaders and team members of all stages (from new to seasoned) serving in their local church community. Episodes will feature women’s ministry tips and resources on topics including discipleship, Bible study, mentoring, event planning, fellowship, leadership, volunteers, prayer, and icebreaker games. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of women’s ministry, and we’ll learn from seasoned women’s ministry leaders. Together we’ll fill our ministry toolboxes with tools to build a flourishing, Christ-focused women’s ministry. Hosted by Cyndee Ownbey, the founder of Women’s Ministry Toolbox and the author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry. Cyndee has served in six women’s ministry programs over the last twenty years. She currently serves on the women’s ministry team in her local church.

EP 45: Women's Ministry Leader Interview with Jerijo CoxEP 44: Coordinating Childcare for Your Bible Study and Women's Ministry Events
Our discipleship series continues today with a discussion on coordinating childcare. I’ve got a few ideas to help you with common childcare struggles including recruiting help and paying for childcare.  Is there going to be childcare? It’s a question I wish we could always answer with a resounding “yes!” However, if you’ve ever been tasked with coordinating childcare for your women’s Bible study or women’s ministry events, you know just how much work is required behind the scenes to provide childcare.Maybe you’ve encountered some of these childcare issues:Not enough volunteers (or paid staff) to cover every event.Most of your volunteers are women, so when they serve they miss the event.Your budget limits the number of times you can offer childcare.There aren’t enough trained workers (with background checks) to serve at all of your events.Offering childcare can be complicated, but it’s a necessity for many of the women in your church - without it, they may not be able to attend your Bible study or event.Listen in or read the show notes for solutions to your childcare struggles.Links in show:Women's Ministry Event Planning CourseWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Related links:6 Questions Your Women Will Have About the First Day of Bible StudyDiscussion Group Guidelines for Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupBible Study Facilitator TrainingHow to Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderHow to Launch Your Next Bible Study SessionTips to Increase Your Women’s Bible Study AttendanceCollecting and Sharing Prayer Requests in Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Sign Up for My Email ListWebsite Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
May 4 2022
8 mins
EP 43: Collecting and Sharing Prayer Requests in Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small Group
Today we’re continuing our discipleship series with some helpful tips on collecting and sharing prayer requests in your discipleship, Bible study, or small group. Many leaders have a love/hate relationship with prayer requests. We want to pray for the women in our group and love the way God uses prayer requests to knit our hearts together, but sometimes prayer requests lead to gossip or oversharing. Maybe you’ve struggled to balance your Bible study discussion with a time for prayer requests. Maybe your group has a lot of needs or maybe you’ve got a group member or two that shares a lot of details with each prayer request.Help is here! I’ve participated in and led numerous Bible studies over the years and have picked up some tips along the way that I hope will help...Quote: What's shared in Bible study, stays in Bible study.Scripture: Ephesians 6:18 NIV, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."Links in the show:Discussion Group Guidelines for Your Discipleship, Bible Study, or Small GroupBible Study Facilitator TrainingRelated resources:6 Questions Your Women Will Have About the First Day of Bible StudyHow to Be a Great Bible Study or Small Group LeaderHow to Launch Your Next Bible Study SessionTips to Increase Your Women’s Bible Study AttendanceHow to Start a Prayer GroupWomen's Ministry Prayer ResourcesPurchase Cyndee's book: Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing CommunityWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Apr 20 2022
8 mins
EP 42: The Benefits of Bible Study Homework
Apr 6 2022
14 mins
Ep 41: Women's Ministry Summer Discipleship SolutionsEP 40: Discussion Group Guidelines for Women's Ministry Bible Studies and Discipleship GroupsEP 39: Dividing Women into Groups for Bible Study and Women's Ministry Events
Today we’re tackling a hot-button topic – dividing women into groups for Bible study, retreats, and women’s ministry events. I’ll take you step-by-step through the process I’ve used as well as share some ideas for working through any resistance.If your team is strongly against dividing women into groups, I want to ask you to please listen with an open mind through this podcast episode. You may discover another perspective worth considering.As a women’s ministry leader, you’ll have many opportunities to divide your women into groups.Whether it’s for Bible study or a women’s ministry event, relationships blossom when women are seated in circles and not rows. If left to select their own seats, women are most likely to sit with people they already know. Their table may be filled with other women in the same season of life, around the same age, or even from the same small group. It can be awkward and uncomfortable to sit with people we don’t know well or don’t know at all. But what if we’re missing out by always sitting with the same people?Quote: "If you’re on one of the many women’s ministry teams that’s been praying for a ministry that is truly multi-generational, assigning women to groups will help your women experience the blessings of sitting at a table with older and younger women." Listen in or read the transcript here for my process on dividing women into groups.Links from the show:READ Bible StudyWomen's Ministry Toolbox Facebook Group Table number holders (affiliate)Related links:Great Small Group Leaders and Bible Study FacilitatorsEverything a Bible Study Leader Needs to KnowWomen's Ministry Event Planning CourseBible Study Facilitator CourseWomen's Ministry Toolbox Resources:Website Online Store Online Training Facebook Page Facebook GroupWomen’s Ministry Essentials on Amazon
Feb 23 2022
14 mins
EP 38: Women's Ministry Leadership Interview with Michelle RadcliffEP 37: Discipleship and Discernment in Women's MinistryEP 36: Women's Ministry: Where have all the mentors gone?EP 35: Looking Back and Moving Forward in Women's MinistryEP 34: Women's Ministry Leadership Interview with Linda TotmanEP 33: Creating a Schedule for Discipleship, Small Group, and Bible Study Meetings for Women's MinistryEP 32: Women's Ministry Volunteer Appreciation: Great Gifts and GuidanceEP 31: Great Women's Ministry Discipleship, Bible Study, and Small Group LeadersEp 30: Women's Ministry Leadership Interview with Robin GerkeEP 29: Selecting Discipleship, Mentoring, and Bible Study Materials for Your Women's MinistryEP 28: What's the difference between discipleship, Bible studies, and mentoring?EP 27: Defining Discipleship in Women's MinistryTrailer: Women's Ministry Discipleship Series Intro