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Women's Ministry Handbook
A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching, Teaching, and Training Women in the Local Church

Carol Porter and Mike Hamel
General Editors

Doing the Work of God Through the Ministry of Women

Scripture instructs women to minister to each other as well as the rest of the body of Christ. Women's Ministry Handbook is a practical, up-to-date resource designed to help the Christian woman of the '90s fulfill this biblical command.

Women today are better educated. More work outside the home than ever before. And the numbers of single women, single moms, and seniors continue to grow. The writers of Women's Ministry Handbook realize these changing trends and challenge churches to accommodate both scheduling and programming to better meet women's needs.

Women's Ministry Handbook begins with the "whys" of women's ministry, then thoroughly discusses spiritual as well as personal qualities of leadership, including spiritual gifts and temperament tests. In this section, you'll also learn about:

Conducting meetings Selecting priorities
Dealing with difficult people Managing time
Setting goals Staffing your ministries

In the book's later sections you'll receive valuable information on such vital functions as:

Organizing Bible studies

Handling prayer chains and a wide
Discipling others range of caregiving activities
Planning retreats
Coordinating special events
Ministering to women in pain
Reaching out to the community
Sharing the Gospel compellingly

A detailed table of contents at the front has been included to eliminate the "needle in the haystack" frustration inherent in so many books of this type.

If you are looking for a complete guide to organizing and implementing a women's ministry in your church, Women's Ministry Handbook is the one.


Women of all ages are looking for role models to help them better handle life's experiences. The young businesswoman needs input from the career woman on how to be a Christian in the marketplace. The mother who elects to stay at home with her children needs the reinforcement of like minded women. Empty nest women and seniors also need encouragement.

Women are specifically designed by God to meet the needs of women, and helping them achieve that objective is one of the chief aims of Women's Ministry Handbook.

Here is a resource full of both organizational and actual ministry tips, adaptable to churches of all sizes and denominations. Written for real women in the real world, it covers the waterfront of issues, from spiritual to relational.

We all need personal acceptance; growth is hard without it. Women's ministries can create a climate where acceptance does not have to be achieved, but is automatically granted. This book can help you make it happen.


CAROL PORTER serves as director of women's ministry at Valley Bible Church in San Ramon, California, and lives in nearby Pleasanton. She is also involved in a team ministry of counseling, teaching, and conference speaking with her husband Mark. Author of a monthly magazine column, "Between Us," which appears in Interest Magazine, Carol is the mother of two adult sons.

MIKE HAMEL is the director of the Resource Center at Interest Ministries. In addition to writing, editing, and marketing ministry tools for individuals and local churches, he is also active as a conference speaker and Bible teacher. Mike and his wife, Susan, have four children and live in Wheaton, Illinois.

Carol Porter
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