At this unusual time, it’s evident that how we can keep encouraging each other as women might look very different depending on our home and work situation, so here are some different suggestions for different situations….
If you currently find yourself with more time on your hands…
If you currently find yourself with more time on your hands and are looking to partner with others in a similar position to invest that time in growing in godliness so that you can “speak with wisdom” (Proverbs 31:26), please look here for some suggestions:
Women’s Ministry Course – Good Book Co
All women have a role to play in inspiring and encouraging other women in the local church and reaching out to their female friends. This short course helps equip women to encourage each other and how to make the most of every opportunity to point others to Christ.
There are 10 modules, covering topics such as teaching the Bible, one to ones, pastoral care, supporting single/married friends etc. The content is available from the Good Book Company as an e-book. Those interested in joining this course will individually work through a chapter a week, then meet online to discuss the key ideas and exercises.
Longer podcasts by/for women….
Ligonier ministries has made its online resources of teaching videos and training materials available for free. There are hundreds of topics to choose from (from “Angels” to “Worldviews in Conflict”). Following one or more of these would be a great way to stretch your thinking and grow in your love for Jesus. And if you wanted to encourage others (shoulder-to-shoulder?) to do the same, partnering up to discuss – why not post on the congregational Facebook page which module you’d like to take and invite others to join you?
Is a weekly podcast covering big doctrine (Legalism; Ordo Salutis; works; Holy Spirit; dispensationalism, etc) as well as a biblical discussion of big topics (feminism/patricarchy; anxiety; pregnancy, infant loss and infertility; work; money; singleness…etc). It’s incredibly refreshing to hear such weighty topics tackled by women (and some male guests!) in depth (40mins or more) and seek to present the reformed theological understanding of these.
Allie Beth Stuckey – who speaks incredibly quickly and doesn’t seem to pause for breath! breaks down the latest in (US) culture, news, theology & politics from a Christian, conservative perspective – but there is cross-over into the UK scene.
Recent episodes cover analysis and biblical review of a range of issues: e.g. from whether the gifts of speaking in tongues, prophesying and performing miracles are still available in the church today to a review of Netflix’s “Tiger King”….
If at the polar opposite,
you currently feel stretched to your emotional and physical limits
If at the polar opposite, you currently feel stretched to your emotional and physical limits and are struggling to find time in the day for personal refreshment from God’s word, here are a few links to short podcasts/playlists which (in addition to Richard’s midweek reflection) we hope will feed your soul in the midst of a busy day. The list will get updated – so send your recommendations if you find something helpful.
We’d love to hear what you are finding helpful so that we can add them here
Email us at Genevieve.firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendation