Why does women’s ministry matter, and how can it play a role in discipling women within the church? And what are some of the challenges leaders face when implementing discipleship programs? 

Intentional Discipleship and Mentoring Women's Ministry

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In our last episode of the Discipleship Series, Holly talks with our guest Cyndee Ownbey about intentional discipleship and mentoring within women’s ministry. Cyndee shares her own leadership journey and how she ended up leading Women’s Ministry Toolbox. She provides valuable insights into women’s ministry, discipleship, and mentoring. 

Whether you are a women’s ministry leader or not, you don’t want to miss this conversation, as it impacts all women in the body of Christ.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Cyndee’s Leadership Journey [5:02]
  • Why Women’s Ministry is Vital to the Church [10:23]
  • Shifts within Women’s Ministry [17:33]
  • Developing Disciples within Women’s Ministry [18:15]
    • Getting women involved in discipleship
    • 3 key things women should learn
  • Discipleship vs. Mentoring [23:28]
    • Difference between discipleship and mentoring
    • Practical ways to pair people up
  • Unique Challenges to Discipleship in Our Current Time [30:30]
    • Convincing women that discipleship is important
    • Importance of engaging different stages effectively
  • Starting a Discipleship Process In Your Church [39:00]
  • Developing Leaders Within Your Ministry [42:56]
  • Leaders are Learners [44:25]

Key Quotes from the Episode:

  • “When we share our stories, that lets other women know, ‘I’m not alone in this.’”
  • “Women need each other. There are ways that we can support each other that men just can’t.”
  • “When our women are in the word and they know the word, we are all better for it.”
  • “Do we need to provide respite or do we need to provide hope for women? Or is it both?”
  • “We need to teach women how to read God’s word for themselves.”
  • “I think one of our unique challenges is honestly convincing women that it [discipleship] is important.”
  • “When you’ve got women in different ages and stages that are meeting together it is just beautiful.”
  • “We’ve got a lot of women who have for years have been relying on their pastor, their favorite bible study author, or their favorite book to teach God’s word to them and aren’t digging into God’s word on their own.”
  • “If we would all take the time to equip our women and teach them how to study God’s word, imagine how that could transform the church.”
  • “Once they learn how to do it they are going to teach other people how to do it and that’s what discipleship is.”


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Connect with Cyndee Ownbey:

Cyndee Ownbey is the author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. She serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox. Pulling from over twenty years of experience ministering to women, Cyndee shares tried-and-true women’s ministry tips and ideas that equip leaders to cultivate a Christ-focused community. Cyndee enjoys training women’s ministry leaders and teaching at women’s events and conferences whenever the opportunity allows. 

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