I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s giveaway includes 1 leader kit and 5 member books for Missional Motherhood, a new Bible study for women by Gloria Furman. (Our women’s ministry team at LifeWay helped with this blog.)
The landscapes of our churches are filled with moms. There are many moms of the traditional sense with children in their homes. However, there are other “moms” too. These women serve a mothering role in small groups or in one-to-one relationships, loving and mentoring ladies in formal and informal ways. While a few women in the mothering role may catch a brief glimpse of their influence, many of them have no idea of the eternal impact they are having.
For the mom with children at home, her world revolves around packing lunches, changing diapers, shuffling kids to practice, and so much more. Who has time to think about eternal ramifications in the midst of this whirlwind? For the woman who is leading other women in a small group, she is studying, praying, and influencing but wonders sometimes if she’s really making a difference. Both women need a moment to breathe, to rise above the daily tasks, and to see the impact they are having.
How can your church help equip and empower those who are “mothering” to be all God is calling them to be?
1. Foster community.
Provide moms with ways to develop community with other moms in your church. Community is key for moms as it provides a safe place for them to wrestle with parenting decisions or have adult conversation to discuss other topics. From small groups to organized play dates, moms need community.
2. Facilitate spiritual growth.
Encourage mothers to be in God’s Word daily, even if it is only a few minutes a day. Provide resources for moms to use, such as devotionals and Bible studies. As moms grow spiritually, those under their care will benefit.
3. Celebrate milestones.
Find ways in your church to celebrate milestones with moms and families. You can do this on a church-wide basis with major events like Mother’s Day, baby dedication, and graduation. But encourage age-group ministries and small groups to celebrate the small wins also.
4. Point to Christ.
Remind moms that God is to be their main focus and treasure. When kids are a mom’s ultimate treasure, the children are saddled with unrealistic expectations of delivering to mom what only God can provide—true joy. When moms find their identity in their children, no one wins.
Help moms not get lost in the mundane but see their role with new eyes. One powerful way to do that is through a new Bible study from LifeWay Women called Missional Motherhood.
Missional Motherhood is a new 6-session Bible study for women that will give them the opportunity to open their eyes and hearts to see that they are much more than just moms. Author Gloria Furman has crafted a Bible study that will help women see the grand plan of God and then specifically learn how they fit into that grand plan. Gloria will help women understand that God has filled the role of mothering with great purpose and meaning. Moms of every sort will see that in the midst of all those seemingly menial tasks, they are actually engaged in the high calling of making disciples who will push back the darkness and further the kingdom of God.
Each session of the Bible study begins with video teaching from Gloria, followed by a time of group interaction. There are four sections of personal study that provide women the opportunity to go deeper into the themes discussed on the video. This study is primarily designed for weekly small groups but could easily be used in a retreat setting, a one-to-one mentoring relationship, or for personal study.
Click here or fill out the form below before 11:59pm CT tonight, June 15th, 2016 to enter for one copy of a Missional Motherhood leader guide and five copies of the Missional Motherhood study guide.
For more information on Missional Motherhood, go to www.lifeway.com/missionalmotherhood.