How do I get started with a ministry to girls?
We are so excited that you are passionate about having a powerful and effective ministry to girls. With the support of your local church pastor and leadership, we encourage you to begin planning today! If you are starting a new ministry or revitalizing a current one, we have provided these easy steps to guide you as you are getting started!
Contact your Girls Ministries District Director. She is ready and willing to help you establish a healthy ministry to girls and
provide valuable support to assist you. Contact information can be found here.
Girls Ministries offers various formats and opportunities to meet the needs of every girl in your local church. Learn more about leading your ministry using our Girls Ministries Leader Training Guide. This guide provides an overview of ministry to girls as well as our structured club format. Train on your own or seek our local district group trainings available.
Decide your format option and obtain the curriculum, materials, and resources you need to begin Girls Ministries at your church. Utilize the various resources and formats that best meet the needs of your girls, church, and leaders!
First, determine your ministry format. Refer below to the "Format Options" section to consider the various format options you could choose from. Additionally, obtain materials for leaders and students. Many of the resources available provide a leader guide and student-based materials to empower the leader and equip the girls learning. For a full list of available resources, see the "Curriculum, Resources, and Materials" section below.
Begin to build a team of women who share your vision, passion, and desire to lead girls in their spiritual growth and development. It only takes one godly woman with a heart for girls to begin the process.
Prepare your leaders to lead effectively by providing them with the appropriate curriculum, materials and resource to review and become familiar with. This will give them a solid foundation for your ministry to launch. A trained leader is an equipped leader. Ask your District Director about district trainings, as they are the preferred method. However, if a district training isn't available during your timeframe, ask your district director if she would be willing to do a training at your church. Additionally, utilize a variety of training materials available. Order and download them by using the links below:
Ready, set, go! Select the day, time, and frequency of your meetings. Begin to promote your ministry to girls at your church, on social media, and in your community to invite girls to your group. The only thing there is left to do, is to get started!
There are a variety of options when it comes to format. You can also consider more than one format. For example, if you decide to meet as a small group, you can work in one unit or more as a weekend retreat in order to delve into that topic more.
Consider the following formats below for your clubs. These are just a few options:
- Small Group: Allows an opportunity to delve into one topic, related topics, or treat the group like a traditional club going through each unit's subtopics.
- Sunday School: This setting allows for study and optional charted achievement. This setting can work well when midweek options are not possible.
- Ministry Breakout Groups: Use the curriculum as a guide to open discussion and scriptural insight. Treat the activity page or journal work as optional.
- After-School Program: Practical and applicable to un-churched girls, or girls whose schedules work best after school.
- Home School Co-Op: This setting provides an opportunity to teach character-building and explore Christian education. This also allows home-schooled girls to enjoy time with other girls that girls in private or public school receive.
- One-on-One Mentoring: An established and defined discussion guide to open doors for mentoring and training.
- Weekend Retreats: Allows leaders to delve into specific topics and invite guest speakers, add fun features, and engage in discussion breakout groups.
Curriculum, Materials, and Resources
Girls Ministries offers flexible curriculum and resources that can be used in a variety of format options. These resources are tailored to girls in targeted age groups and offer leader guides to equip you to lead the girls in your church.
- For Preschool and Elementary club curriculum options, click here.
- For Teen Girl club curriculum options, click here.
Key components of all club curriculum include:
- Leader/Sponsor Guide: Club-specific guides for leaders to prepare their lessons. Lessons, teaching notes, and activity ideas are included.
- Activity Sheets: Activity sheets are for students to complete. They are based on each lesson and can be purchased as a complete binder set or individually, depending on the need of the group. These are specific to Preschool/Elementary students.
- Journals: Made with preteen and teen girls in mind, these interactive, discussion-based booklets hold 6 units each.
- Daybooks: Monthly Daybooks are for Elementary and Teen girls. Each day has a brief devotional for the girls along with a scripture verse to engage them in the word of God daily.
- Hot Topics: These devotional-based resources include a leader a student guide. They are designed to guide teens along their Christian journey with biblical teaching for today's culturally hot topics. Download the Hot Topics here.
- Event Packet: Every year, the national office provides a complete Nationwide Event planning packet with all the details you need to host a successful event. Click here for the current Nationwide Event packet.
- Coins for Kids Missions Resources: Coins for Kids is the Girls Ministries arm of BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge) and was developed to give girls the opportunity to further develop a heart of compassion through an emphasis on missions. Click here to learn more.
Interested in starting an Elementary Club? Click here to learn more!
Interested in starting a Teen Girl Club? Click here to learn more!