Episode 433: When Should We Start Men’s and Women’s Ministries?

In Episode 433 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss men’s and women’s ministry within a church-planting context.

“What advice would you give to a church planter who is considering starting a men’s ministry and women’s ministry? Lots of time church planters face pressure to start a multitude of programs at once. Would you advise against that or encourage the church planter to start those ministries as an avenue of discipleship?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What ministries are important to focus on when starting a church plant
  • When to consider starting additional ministries

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Ask them, ‘When were you most discipled? What was that experience like for you?'” – @danielsangi
  • “Tell people you want to do it, but you need to build some other things and get them strong and then you will do it right.” – @edstetzer
  • “You start a church plant with a worship service, small groups, and a kids ministry, and then you ask what you need to add next.” – @edstetzer
  • “I want them in small groups where they are going to be encouraging one another and learning about their gifts and more.” – @edstetzer
  • “Start a men’s or women’s small group and cultivate that so it becomes your leadership team for a future men’s or women’s ministry.” – @danielsangi
  • “There’s no more important ministry in the church than small groups or kids ministry. They should be the focus until their is excess capacity to do other things.” – @edstetzer
  • “People in your church don’t generally have an understanding of what organizational energy looks like and how much it takes to get people in small groups.” – @edstetzer

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Published October 24, 2019

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