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.


May 18, 2022 38 min

Leaders, my interview with pastor's wife and women's ministry leader Jerijo Cox is packed with encouragement and tips!

Jerijo serves at a larger church in South Carolina.  You'll hear about their women's ministry mission statement, team structure, and how God led her into women's ministry.   

Don't miss our detailed discussion about their mentoring program and how waiting on God's perfect timing yielded an...

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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...

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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 balanc...

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What are the benefits of Bible study homework?

Our discipleship series continues today as we tackle tough questions about Bible study homework. 

  • Is it really necessary? 
  • How much is too much? 
  • How can we encourage women to complete their Bible study homework? 
  • Don't miss my 5 tips for encouraging women to complete their Bible study homework!

    Quote:  "Offer Bible studies that include homework that is meaningful and manageable. Wom...

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    Are you wondering what to offer your women during the summer months?

    I share all the details for six Women’s Ministry Summer Discipleship Solutions in this podcast episode. You're certain to find an idea that is right for the women in your church!

    Don't miss the details of our summer classes. They were a huge hit with our women last summer!

    Featured idea: If your Bible studies are focused on books of the Bible, a summer book ...

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    Does your discussion group easily get off track?

    Do you have group members that sometimes mention divisive topics?

    Creating a solid set of discussion group guidelines will focus your group and discussion.

    There’s no need to start from scratch – I’m sharing my recommended discussion group guidelines in this podcast episode.

    Click here to view the transcript for this episode.

    Links from show:
    Bible Study Facilitator Course
    Women's Min...

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    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 con...

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    In this week's leadership interview, I'm speaking with Michelle Radcliff, a women's ministry leader in Alabama.

    Don't miss what Michelle shares about their WINGS (Women in God's Service) program. You may want to do something similar in your church!

    I pray you'll find this conversation encouraging and helpful.

    Links from show:
    Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishin...

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    As I’ve spent time wrestling with the Lord about what to share and how to share on this topic, I came across these four words “developing a discerning heart.”

    My goal in this podcast episode is for us to continue to develop discerning hearts.

    As mentors, Bible study leaders, and disciplers we have a responsibility to encourage the development of a discerning heart in those God has placed in our path.

    I share my discernment process ...

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    Our series on discipleship continues with a look at where have all the mentors gone.

    We discuss 3 reasons women are hesitant to serve as mentors. I also offer solutions for removing those barriers to mentoring.
    Be sure to catch my two mentoring resource recommendations at the end of the show!

    Quote: "Mentees rarely expect a mentor to have all the answers. They expect mentors to point them to the One that has all the answers – God...

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    The new year is a perfect time to reflect on God’s faithfulness in your ministry!

    The questions I share in this episode will guide your team through the process of looking back and moving forward in ministry.

    Quote: "Specific reflection questions encourage specific recollections. Details are more helpful than generalizations as we seek to move our ministry forward."

    The transcript is available here.

    Links from show:
    Women's ...

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    This week you'll hear from Linda Totman, a women's ministry leader in Kansas.

    This interview is packed with ideas you'll want to prayerfully consider including hosting a women's night of worship, a women's night of service, and a women's night of prayer.

    You'll be encouraged by Linda's journey into women's ministry and how God is using the
     women's ministry in their church to make a big impact...

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    Do you struggle to balance your discussion time with fellowship and prayer? It can be challenging to get to everything you need to do during your small group time.

    In this week's podcast, I'm sharing 3 keys to creating a schedule for your group meetings.

    I know how hard it can be to create a balance small group session, so I'm including 4 sample schedules.  You can find them in the show notes here.

    Quote:  I always want w...

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    Do you want your volunteers to know that you appreciate them? 

    Check out these great volunteer appreciation gift ideas and tips on showering your volunteers with a little extra love.

    In this episode I share:

  • 4 Things to Consider When Giving Gifts
  • 8 Volunteer Gift Ideas
  • 3 Homemade Gift Ideas
  • Whether you plan to show your appreciation at Christmas or another time of year, you'll find these ideas will help you create a volunteer appreci...

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    Today we’ll be talking about Great Discipleship, Bible Study, and Small Group Leaders.

    We’ll look at:

  • What makes a great group leader
  • How to find great group leaders
  • Options for training group leaders
  • This episode is packed with information that will help you find and build a great group of leaders.

    Quote: We want to make sure every woman we place in the role of group leader has a proven track record of being a godly woman. Not perfect, ...

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    Every leadership interview is unique and packed with ideas - this episode is no different!

    Robin Gerke is a women's ministry leader in Oregon. 

    She shares:

  • How their team is structured
  • What her pastor calls her role (you'll love it!)
  • How she reaches out and connects with the women in her church
  • Advice for new women's ministry leaders
  • And much more!
  • Be sure you listen all the way until the end - there are gems scattered througho...

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    In this episode, we'll be talking about selecting discipleship, mentoring, and Bible study materials.

    Who should make that decision? What does that person need to consider when making their materials selection?

    I share my experience serving on a Bible Study Review Team. 

    You'll also find a list of practical and theological questions to use when making your materials selection.

    Links from the show:
    Bible Study Facilitator Trainin...

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    In today's episode, we'll be talking about discipleship, mentoring, and Bible study groups.

    How are they the same, and how are they different?

    Even if your church has a robust discipleship program in place, women's ministry can add support, value, and information.

    Don't miss the 6 questions you'll want to ask your discipleship and Bible study attendees!

    Quote: It isn't a matter of should we disciple or mentor,...

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    How would you define discipleship?

    The first in a series on discipleship, this podcast episode looks at what the Bible says about discipleship and offers several definitions of discipleship to consider.

    You'll find links to all of the sources and verses cited in the podcast transcript available here.

    Quote:  "Titus 2 discipleship includes practical training and real life. The discipleship training that your church offers may ...

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    Now that we've wrapped up our series on women's ministry basics, I'm introducing you to our next topic series - discipleship!

    Get a sneak-peek into some of the topics we'll be covering.

    If you've got questions on discipleship you want me to answer, be sure to email me (cyndee@womensministrytoolbox.comm) or connect with me on social media.

    Don't miss the special announcement I share about the podcast schedul...

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