Dear LWML Leaders,
Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Understanding Our Mission Statement — “To Assist Each Woman”
Sometimes we need to be reminded of ways to reach out to women in our congregations, to pique their interest, and to encourage their involvement in LWML.
Here are just a few ways to “Assist Each Woman” as our mission statement challenges us:
1. Try to get all the women in your congregation involved in Bible study. Encourage participation in Sunday morning Bible class and other Bible studies offered at your church. Invite them to your meetings when Bible study is the main focus. Bible study often leads to Christian maturity and service.
2. Personally invite the new and inactive women in your congregation to an LWML activity. Assign “mentors” from your group so that no one feels uncomfortable attending a gathering for the first time. Ensure the "mentors" sit with those they invite and introduce them to the members of your group.
3. Assume every woman in the congregation wants to be involved in Christian service. Do not pre-judge interests or time available. Even women who work outside the home or young mothers can be part of a prayer chain, make phone calls, write emails, post on Facebook or Twitter, and contribute mites. They can do these things even if they are not able to attend meetings.
4. Plan a gathering once or twice a year with a special theme and at a different time than usual. Try a Saturday brunch, a Lenten prayer service, an evening picnic with vespers in the summer, or host a special speaker. Plan programs that meet a variety of interests.
5. Plan frequent receptions to welcome women into your congregation. Informally share information about LWML and service opportunities. Leave time for visiting and use name tags to help newcomers become acquainted.
6. Be an example of service to the women, just as Christ is our example. For instance, offering meals, babysitting, running errands, and housecleaning to new mothers and those who cannot do so.
Ideas from LWML Resource, Gaining, Training, Maintaining Women of the LWML, Original article by Christine Steele, 1988.
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee
LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory