Are you interested in connecting with other women who share your faith, interests, and everyday concerns?
A vibrant, self-sustaining women’s ministry will help you achieve this goal, can take many forms, and is a key component of any vital parish, says Elizabeth Tomlin, who for nearly a decade has launched and grown Catholic women’s ministries in the United States and abroad. In Joyful Momentum, Tomlin shows you how you also can start, expand, strengthen, or retool an existing women’s group or ministry in your own Catholic parish.
God can use even the most unlikely people to build up a successful women’s ministry, Elizabeth Tomlin says. “If someone had told college-aged me that I would someday lead a global women’s ministry, I would have said, ‘No way. I’m not smart enough. I don’t know enough. I’m too sinful. I’m not good enough.’” And yet, that is exactly what happened. Tomlin is a founding member of the Military Council of Catholic Women Worldwide, the women’s ministry organization of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA.
Whether you are interested in starting a spiritual book club or a group for moms with young children, retooling an existing ministry for moms who work outside their homes, or revitalizing a languishing prayer group or committee, you may feel underqualified and overwhelmed when first facing the challenges. Joyful Momentum provides the tools you need to get started, including “Momentum Builders” that will give you the confidence to do what needs to be done.
Tomlin shares her personal stories, spiritual insights, and practical tips to show how almost any group can create a spirited, sustainable outreach. With natural warmth, honesty, and self-deprecating humor, she makes a compelling case for the importance of women’s ministry in the life of a parish, and coaches you through all the details.
Used for personal formation or as a group study, this book conveys the important elements of women’s ministry—from a small book club to a larger undertaking that might include social media-based prayer supports, on-call childcare helpers, or multi-committee annual festivals or parishwide events.
This book will teach you:
- why spiritual friendships and pastoral connections are essential to the success of any women’s ministry;
- how to build a team dedicated to prayer, simple hospitality, faith-filled catechesis, humble service, and personal outreach; and
- tips for handling trickier aspects of team leadership, such as conflict resolution and long-term transitional planning.
Each chapter offers practical advice and inspirational stories to help you discover how to cultivate Christ-centered friendships; discern a call to women’s ministry in yourself and others; invest in prayerful preparation, biblical hospitality, and faith formation; develop a leadership team; and create a mentoring plan that will sustain the group over time.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth Tomlin is a Catholic author, general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and a catechist and director of stewardship for the Military Council of Catholic Women, where she also served as president, director of faith formation, and finance manager.
Tomlin earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 2002 from the College of William and Mary and her juris doctor from the George Mason University School of Law in 2010. She is a member of the New York State Bar, Catholic Bar Association, John Carroll Society, Catholic Women of the Chapel, and the Military Spouse JD Network.
Tomlin is a regular contributor to Salute, the magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and TheWell, the newsletter of the Military Council of Catholic Women. She has twice been a speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Congress and occasionally writes for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and CatholicMom.com.
She lives with her husband, Gregory, and their children in Washington.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a fantastic read for creating, building, and sustaining women's ministry groups. It builds on basic group development strategies, and uses anecdotal stories, Sacred Scripture, and saintly inspiration to empower, encourage, and inspire women to transform their parish communities through women's groups. This is a must-read for any woman who is just learning the ropes, but also highly encouraged for the seasoned ministry leaders, to ensure they feel motivated and encouraged to remain Christ-centered and women-centered. Certainly well-worth the investment, or the absolute perfect gift for a woman in your life who may be working within their parish.