5 Ministry Ideas For Empty Nesters
Empty nester definition: a woman without daily responsibilities for the care children or youth in the home; a woman who has the time availability to invest her talents, gifts and resources into the lives of others
1. Friendship Building
Relationship building is in the blood of most women, but with all we have to do for our spouse, children, work, church, community and at home, most of us don’t have the time to make new friends.
Once children are no longer at home, the lack of female friendships can be a bit tough. More women than you may think are actually lonely and crave friendship.
An intentional effort to help women develop friendships can be a jewel of a ministry. If you have lifelong friends or make friends easily, perhaps this might be a ministry that fits into your calling.
2. Mentor Younger Women
Young women need mentoring now just as they always have needed it. Whether it’s how to dress for work, invest, buy real estate, or dating savvy, knowing the what’s and why’s of being a growing young woman in Christ can be key to her overall development into a godly wife, mother and professional.
Enjoy the company of young women and want to teach, minister or mentor? Consider starting this ministry. It may change a woman’s life.
3. Tutor Children
In almost every neighborhood, teachers and schools have a need for extra hands to help with the encouragement and development of its young students. Areas with high percentages of single mother households often have the greatest need.
Children could be tutored on the premises of the church, or a group of volunteers could be coordinated and work in after school programs.
4. Summer School Lunches
It’s always surprising, but a fact nevertheless, of the number of children who go hungry during the summers. There are many children who depend on the school meal programs for the daily meals.
Perhaps organizing volunteers to make breakfasts or lunch for needy children during the summer is a possible area of ministry. All you need is a heart for kids and a team of women who can help you.
5.Young Adult Encouragement
It’s an unfortunate fact that many Christian young men and women struggle with their faith during college. Some give in to activities due to peer pressure, and others can have their faith opposed by their professors.
It is critical to pray for your young adults who are away from parents, friends and faith family. There is no greater human force than the power of prayer. This power is in your hands and can be used to protect young adult students in your church or neighborhood.
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