It's time to organize all those ideas you have been saving for women's ministry!

Building a Women's Ministry Workbook

Building Women's Leader Workbooks

Julia Bettencourt

Posted July 30, 2006

Do you have lots of ideas and pages that you've gathered up from the website and from other sources?  Get organized by making your own Women's Ministry Workbook. 

That's Workbook, not Notebook because you want it to be a "working book" and something you'll use and not just put on a shelf.

There are some things you may just want to save to a computer file but most of the women's ministry pages on this website are geared for you to use in planning meetings with your Women's Ministry staff and leaders

A Women's Ministry Workbook is a great way to keep hard copies of your information on hand and then you'll be able to carry your workbook back and forth to planning meetings and have everything you need with you in one place.

Note: Some of you may like just using regular file folders.  The label suggestions below may help you to get those files organized.

What you will need for your workbook.

  • A 3-Ring Binder.  At least a 2 inch size because you'll be placing a lot of pages in your Workbook.  It's something you'll want to grow over time so you'll want plenty of room for growth.  You may want to purchase a smaller 1 inch binder just for devotionals. I t's up to how much you make use of them.

  • Package of 3-Ring Dividers With Tabs. (You'll need to decide on how many sections you'll want.)

  • Package of 3-Ring Clear Page Sheet Protectors. (You usually can get Value packs at Walmart and Staples.)  They are the kind you slide a page through the top.

  • 3 Ring Hole Punch

  • Computer copy paper

Directions for your workbook.

Make the labels for your Tab Dividers. Here are some basic sections, but you may have something else you may need to add or some sections you won't need.  You may want to organize them your own way and lump some of the categories together.

  • Current.
    This section is for things you are currently working on, your ladies group's list of names and info, your ladies group prayer list, your current schedule, etc.

  • Icebreakers
    Games, Puzzles, Conversation Starters

  • Favors and Small Gifts.
    Ideas for Event Favors and Doorprizes

  • Basic WM Helps.
    Articles and Helps for WM in General such as organization, team building helps, etc.

  • Skits.
    Skit Ideas and Resources

  • Activities.
    Activity and Project Ideas for your group

  • Sister Programs.
    Secret Sister, Prayer Sister Helps and Ideas

  • Themes.
    Theme Ideas for Monthly Meetings and Special Events

  • Print Ready Pages.
    Ready Printable Copies of Handouts, etc.

  • Devotionals and Bible Studies.
    You may want to get a separate binder just for devotionals. It's up to how many you want to keep on hand.

  • Holidays.
    Special Ideas for Holiday Meetings and Events

  • Poetry and Sayings.
    Special Poems, Lists of Sayings on Various Topics, etc.

Print out your material.

Print what you want from the CLM website.  There are lots of downloads in pdf file format which are great for printing purposes, although you are welcome to print out any article from the website that you think would be helpful in your life and church womens ministry.

Pleae be sure to read through the Full User Policy before printing and using pages from the website. Thank you! 

Printing Tip: 

If you want to print out the devotionals or a page for your women's group as a handout, feel free to copy it into a text document first if you want to print it without all the website menuing, etc.  Just be sure to keep the copyright information in tact. 

Punch Holes to fit your binder.

Punch holes in your pages except for pages that are ready printable that you will be using for copy purposes.

Protect print ready pages.

Place ready printable pages such as pdf handouts into the page protector sheets so that they will stay clean and neat until you are ready to use them.

Add material and ideas you already have.

Add in any ideas you already have on hand such as your own game ideas, your own devotionals, poems, etc 

Do you have any poems, ideas, or things for your Workbook on scraps of paper?  Perhaps carrying them in your bible or stuffed in a drawer?  Now's the time to type them up and make them useful.

Design your workbook to fit your needs.

Have a section you know you'll use constantly more than the others?  Use a different color of computer paper just for that section or place it in the front of your book.

Make a cover page for your workbook.

Make a cover for your Women's Ministry Workbook.  If you get a 3-Ring Binder with the clear slip in cover slot on the front, a cover page is easy to add.  (There is a free printable cover page below this article!)

One benefit for purchasing a binder with a slip-cover on the front is that it is a good place to keep your current to do list.

Copyright ©2006 Julia Bettencourt

Permission given to print this material for personal and local church use with copyright information and website url in tact.  No reprinting of this material online in any way.  Please share the page url instead.  See the Terms of Use for more information.

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Women's Ministry Workbook Free Cover

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