Improving Spiritual Growth and Discipleship Among Your Ministry Team

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Improving Spiritual Growth and Discipleship Among Your Ministry Team

Written By Denise Matthews

Improving Spiritual Growth and Discipleship Among Your Ministry Team

To build a successful women’s ministry, spiritual formation, and discipleship among your team are vital components. Your team may have some impressive women who do great things, but your ministry may suffer if they lack spiritual focus. It is common for women in ministry to focus on serving others and neglect their own spiritual needs. As the ministry director or leader, it’s imperative to cultivate your team by providing them with spiritual grounding. Nurturing your team’s spiritual growth will not only help them stay focused but also enable them to serve others more effectively. Remember, a spiritually strong team is the backbone of a successful ministry.

Providing “one-on-one” accountability meetings is a powerful way to give your utmost attention and focus to your team members. It allows you to engage in private conversations, where they can express their thoughts, ideas, or concerns without any distractions. It is so important to provide a safe space where your team can share what’s happening in their lives and how they are relying on God in the midst of it.

By using these 10 straightforward questions and actions in a monthly meeting, you can easily stay on top of the spiritual formation and discipleship of your team members. These questions are designed to help you both track progress and stay focused on specific goals.

  1. What blessings have you received this month that you are grateful for, whether for God’s character or His actions? Take a moment to reflect on His goodness and let your heart overflow with gratitude.
  2. Create a list of things that you feel grateful for this month.
  3. How much time did you spend in prayer?
  4. How many days a week did you spend time in God’s Word and allow Him to speak to you through the Scriptures?
  5. What was it that you needed to hear? And more importantly, how did you respond to it?
  6. Take a moment to reflect on how you were victorious in following God’s guidance and how you were able to share it with others.
  7. Recall a time when you acted against God’s Word. What were the circumstances and excuses?
  8. How could you have relied on God’s Word more effectively? How have you reached out to others this month? Did you invite them to church or Bible study, do acts of kindness, or spend time with someone to minister to them?
  9. In what ways did you actively serve the Body of Christ this month?
  10. As we approach the upcoming month, I would look to offer my assistance in any way possible. Please let me know how I can be of service to you and how I can include you in my prayers. Feel free to share any specific requests or concerns you have, and I will make sure to keep them in mind as I pray for you.

Ministry directors and leaders should keep in mind that these questions are specifically designed to help their ministry team maintain their spiritual growth. It is so important that these questions be treated with careful consideration as they are confidential. As a leader, set an example by sharing your own experiences of vulnerability. This act of transparency with your team members is crucial in building trust and establishing strong relationships. This kind of spiritual formation and discipleship of your team demonstrates a mentoring model that is essential for their spiritual growth. As directors and leaders of women, we have a team that is watching and learning. We have been entrusted with a legacy of spiritual formation to hand down from one generation to the next. The writer of Hebrews put it this way, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 Ministering to women can be an incredibly fulfilling and enriching experience. When we work hand in hand with God’s guidance, purpose, and plan in mind, we can accomplish amazing feats for His Kingdom.

About the Author

Denise Matthews
Gateway Seminary

Denise Matthews is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Jeff Iorg at Gateway Seminary, a Pastor’s wife and ministry leader for over 20 years. Denise has also directed a mission organization in East Africa, ministering to orphans and women in prison for over a decade. Denise has 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys seeing women thrive in their calling. She loves working in the yard, spoiling her grandkids, and visiting candy and bakery shops in little towns.

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