Women's Ministry Toolbox Podcast

Women's Ministry Toolbox Podcast

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.


June 19, 2024 3 mins

Here's a special podcast update for the summer of 2024.  I usually take a break during summer, but I’ve got some exciting news I couldn't wait to share!

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In this episode, Cyndee Ownbey wraps up this mini-series with some final "hot topics" and "hot takes" by sharing six unpopular opinions about women's ministry. 

Unpopular opinions discussed include:

  • Themes
  • Bible study books
  • Personality tests
  • Devotionals
  • Testimonies
  • And more!

Whether or not you agree with Cyndee's unpopular opinion, we pray you'll be encouraged to consider and reflect on...

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In this episode of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast, Carolyn Ramsey and Cyndee Ownbey delve into an insightful conversation about the highs and challenges of leading a women's ministry. Carolyn Ramsey shares her journey as a women's ministry leader at the First Baptist Church in Denison, Texas, where she passionately fosters spiritual growth and community among women. Tune in to discover how her ministry's t...

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Whether you find yourself naturally gravitating toward leadership or serving under someone else's direction, understanding the balance of control in ministry settings is crucial. In today's episode, we delve deep into the dynamics of leadership control and provide practical advice to both leaders and team members. 

Quote: "God has placed each woman on your team. Unless they've proven themselves to be un...

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It's time for another women's ministry leader interview. I'm excited to introduce you to Njiba Tirado. Njiba serves as the Women's Ministry Coordinator at her church in Virginia. 

Njiba shares her unique story into women's ministry despite not having a Christian upbringing and how her personal journey of transformation has shaped her leadership in a multi-campus church in Virginia.

Here's what ...

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Are you noticing a decline in attendance at your women's ministry events? Are you wondering why the seats are empty despite your efforts? You're not alone. Today, we're diving into the hot topic of why women aren't coming to your events. 

We'll explore not just the logistical challenges but also the spiritual barriers that might be at play. From the lack of a personal relationship with Christ to th...

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Are you a younger leader struggling to lead the older women in your church? Or perhaps, you're the older woman God has provided to encourage a younger leader.

In this week's episode, I'm sharing advice for both sides of the equation. Young leaders don't miss the tips I have for you to lead well. Older women, I hope you'll embrace the ideas for encouraging younger leaders. 

Whether you&apos...

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What is your women's ministry doing for Mother's Day? In this episode, I unpack several issues with traditional Mother's Day events and activities and share some solutions to consider as we seek to navigate this topic with sensitivity and grace.

You'll hear:

  • The surprising history of Mother's Day
  • A challenge to seek what's best for your church
  • A reminder that not all women are mother's
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If you've ever considered incorporating Bible games into your meetings, Bible studies, or events, this episode is a must-listen.  Cyndee shares her insights, including exceptions to her "No Bible Games" rule, and offers practical suggestions for effectively using Bible games to reinforce teaching and encourage engagement.

Perhaps you'll rethink the way you're using (or not using) Bible study games,...

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It's time for another women's ministry leader interview! In this episode, you'll hear from Renee Rowell, a women's ministry leader at Awaken Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Renee's story is a testament to the power of obedience and the beauty of a ministry rooted in God's word and prayer.

Renee shares about: 

  • Her journey from music and worship to leading a vibrant women's ministry....
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In this episode of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast, host Cyndee Ownbey delves into the nuanced topic of baby showers and bridal showers in the church. Through sharing 10 different ways churches manage these events and offering thoughtful questions, Cyndee provides guidance for women's ministry leaders to navigate this aspect of ministry with wisdom and sensitivity. 

She emphasizes the importance of consideri...

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What challenges are women's ministry leaders facing in 2024? In this episode of the Women's Ministry Toolbox podcast, we delve into navigating women's ministry in 2024. 

This episode is a bit different, as I'm sharing comments from other women's ministry leaders that I gathered from my Facebook group and Facebook page. Take a listen and see if you can relate to the challenges other leaders are faci...

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In today's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Joy Burrow, the Women's Ministry Director at Grace Covenant Church in North Carolina. Joy  takes us on a journey through her personal calling and how she found herself serving in women's ministry. We dive into a recent successful women's ministry retreat at The Cove, where Joy shares the amazing story of how prayer opened doors for their retreat when it see...

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In this episode of Women's Ministry Toolbox Podcast, we dive deep into the State of Women's Ministry. This recently-released survey by Lifeway polled 1001 female churchgoers and 842 women's ministry leaders on all things ministry-related. 

We'll take a look at what the survey says about:

  • What women want from women's ministry
  • The ages of women participating in women's ministry
  • What women'...
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I'm back with a new women's ministry leader interview today! I'm talking with Angela Voelker. Angela serves as the women's ministry team leader at her church in Maryland. 

We discuss:

  • How Angela recruits women for the women's ministry team
  • Angela's journey into women's ministry
  • Discipleship challenges in her church
  • Advice for new women's ministry leaders
  • Her favorite women's mini...
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Today, we're diving into a topic that many of us can relate to: ministry burnout. Whether you're currently experiencing burnout or want to be equipped to support others who are, this episode is for you.

We'll explore the signs of burnout, the root causes, and most importantly, practical tips to rediscover your joy and passion for women's ministry.

Don't miss my 7 tips to help you rediscov...

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Playing Christmas gift exchange games can be a fun tradition, but have you ever thought about the potential problems they can bring? Let's take a closer look at the concerns and explore some alternatives. 

Don't miss:

  • 4 Problems with Christmas Gift Exchange Games
  • Real-life Experiences from Other Women
  • 10 Alternatives to Dirty Santa Games

Be sure to listen all the way through, even if you disagree. You may fi...

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Is your secret sister program missing the mark? Let’s talk about the challenges, solutions, and alternatives for secret sister programs so we can truly build community, encourage one another, and grow in Christ together!

I’m continuing the series on hot topics and hot takes today with a hot take on secret sister programs.

Included in this episode:

  • 7 Challenges of a Secret Sister Program
  • 3 Questions to Assess You...
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In today's episode, we're diving into a hot topic that many women's ministry leaders face: how to encourage younger women to attend your women's ministry events. We all know the importance of having women of all ages in a vibrant and healthy ministry, but sometimes it can be a challenge to reach the younger generation.

Join me as we explore various strategies and practical tips for understanding what&a...

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In this week's podcast episode, How to Host a Women's Ministry Kick-off, I dive deep into the wonderful world of hosting an impactful women's ministry kickoff event. 

I discuss the importance of a kickoff event, offer insight into generating excitement, and share how you can build momentum right from the start! You'll hear my personal experiences with kick-off events. By the end of the podcast, you'll feel c...

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