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 24, 2023 15 mins

What should fellowship look like for women's ministry? What makes Christian fellowship different? In today's podcast episode I'm reading from chapter 1 of my book, Rethinking Fellowship: A Handbook for Hosting Meaningful Women's Ministry Events.

No matter what type of women's ministry gathering you host, you'll be encouraged and challenged as we examine "What is fellowship?".

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You're going to love hearing Sharon Hawkin's story. Sharon is a women's ministry team leader in Pickens, South Carolina.

 We talk about how: 

  • They structure their women's ministry team
  • God called her into women's ministry
  • Mentoring and discipleship work hand-in-hand in their church
  • They created a special Christmas Paint Night
  • The recent loss of her 21-year-old son impacted her faith and ministry


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How has women's ministry changed over the last 10 years? Today I'm reflecting on the evolution of women's ministry and the need for expansion.

Part 1: We travel back in time 10 years to look at the changes in women's ministry.
Part 2: I share a challenge to extend your ministry reach to two specific groups of women.

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You're invited to celebrate 10 years of Women's Ministry Toolbox! In this episode, I'll be sharing the history of Women's Ministry Toolbox. 

  • Why did I launch this resource?
  • Why is the toolbox red? 
  • How has God grown the site beyond a blog?

As with any celebration, there are gifts!

Listen in to find out about the special discount I'm offering on Women's Ministry Toolbox resources and the ...

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Today’s a very special podcast episode! I’m sharing a recap of the Anchored Women’s Ministry Leader Conference that I hosted on March 3-4, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina at my home church. 

Even if you weren't able to attend the Anchored Conference, you'll find ideas and tips that you can use at your next women's ministry event or retreat. 

Don't miss the details I share about:

  • Table discus...
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Can social media make you a better leader? Yes, it can! In this podcast episode, I'm sharing the 6 ways I use social media to be a better women's ministry leader.

6 Ways I Use Social Media to Be a Better Women’s Ministry Leader

  1. I regularly “friend” the women in our church.
  2. I use social media for research.
  3. I remember that others see me as an influencer.
  4. I strive to be a good role model.
  5. I use social media for inspiration.
  6. I r...
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Today we’re getting super practical! I’m sharing my process for using a closed Facebook group and Instagram to build community and encourage spiritual growth between women's ministry meetings. 

I'm sharing:

  • Our Facebook group description
  • Our Facebook group rules
  • Ideas for what to post
  • Tips on how to post
  • Account access tips
  • The reality of the algorithm

If you're struggling with what to post and how to post...

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Are you using social media for your women’s ministry program? Discover how you can use social media to support the mission of your women's ministry program. You can increase your reach and build relationships with your women between physical meetings.

Included in this podcast episode:

  • 5 Ways Social Media Can Support the Mission of Your Women’s Ministry
  • How to decide which social media platform to use
  • Which is better ...
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January 25, 2023 15 mins

Do you have a favorite tech tool for women’s ministry?

I’m sharing a list of my favorite tech tools in this podcast episode! 

You’ll discover resources for:

  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Publicity
  • Event implementation

This episode is packed with recommended resources.

You'll find links for all the resources in the show notes here - https://womensministrytoolbox.com/tech-tools-for-womens-ministry/.<...

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As we’ve finally emerged from the covid years, I’m seeing and sensing some shifts in women’s ministry.

Today I’m sharing 8 Women’s Ministry Trends and Predictions for 2023, including mentoring and discipleship, teams, and a focus on the Word. 

I pray they’ll be a confirmation if they are things your team is already doing and encouragement if they are things you’ve been thinking of doing. And maybe some things I share will provide the...

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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 24. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry.

Need fresh inspiration for praying for your women’s ministry? 

In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about:

  • Praying for events
  • Praying at your events
  • Praying for your women
  • Praying with your women 

This episode is packed with prayer ideas an...

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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 21. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry.

Today, we will be talking about the differences between devotionals and testimonies, why we should share our personal testimonies, and how to share them.

Many leaders use the words devotional and testimony interchangeably, but I think...

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Please note: This episode is a replay of EP 50. I'm taking a break for the holidays. When I return in January, we'll be discussing technology and social media for ministry.

Need some help navigating Christmas gifts and Christmas icebreaker games?

I’m sharing my best advice in this podcast episode!

Women’s Ministry Christmas gift giving generally falls into three categories:

  1. Gifts for Your Tea...
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The end of the year lends itself to taking time to reflect on the successes, challenges, and disappointments of the last ministry year.

It benefits the entire team when we celebrate our successes and make note of areas of improvement.

Listen to this episode for tips and ideas on how to lead your team through the process of ministry reflection and resolution.

Don't miss the three suggested reflectio...

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I'm excited to share another leader interview with you all this week!

You're going to love getting to know women's ministry leader Barb Hartt. Barb serves in a smaller church in Alaska.

She shares:

  • Their team's mission statement
  • How their blanket their women in prayer
  • Her journey into women's ministry
  • Details about the workshops they offer
  • Advice for new women's ministry leaders
  • Tips fo...
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Training your women’s ministry team is incredibly beneficial.

In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about what types of training you should consider for your women’s ministry team and the 5 great benefits of women’s ministry training.

Show notes: https://womensministrytoolbox.com/5-great-benefits-of-womens-ministry-training/

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3 Secrets to Building Better Teams and Stronger Leaders - htt...

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Are you thinking of planning a women’s ministry team retreat

This episode is packed with tips and ideas including:

  • When
  • Where
  • How

To plan a women’s ministry team retreat.

I’m a big fan of monthly women’s ministry team meetings, however, monthly meetings don’t usually offer enough time for long-term planning and deeper team building.

In this episode, you'll learn how to strategically plan a tea...

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I’m sharing my 3 secrets to building better leaders and stronger women’s ministry teams. 

I recently had the opportunity to connect with someone I served with on the women’s ministry team at a previous church. 

As we were catching up and swapping stories, I admitted that during part of the time that we served together on the women’s ministry team I was miserable. Though I love women’s ministry and loved the women in that church, I dr...

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It's time for another women's ministry leader interview!

Today I'm talking with Kristi Bomar, a women's ministry leader serving in a smaller Texas church.

Kristi shares how God led her to serve in women's ministry, a role she wasn't expecting. Maybe you can relate to her initial reluctance.

Don't miss the unbelievable story Kristi shares about how she booked the speaker ...

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Need some help navigating Christmas gifts and Christmas icebreaker games?

I’m sharing my best advice in this podcast episode!

Women’s Ministry Christmas gift giving generally falls into three categories:

  1. Gifts for Your Team
  2. Gifts for Your Women
  3. Gifts for church staff and pastor’s wives

Listen to the episode for ideas and tips for giving gifts to these three groups.

The second half of this episode foc...

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