Growing and Sustaining Vibrant Women’s Groups
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Pub Date 07 Feb 2020
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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.
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, a founding member of the Military Council of Catholic Women Worldwide, the women’s ministry organization of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, 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.
A Note From the Publisher
“I highly recommend this thorough and well-written guide!”
Codirector of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference
Coauthor of The Friendship Project
“Joyful Momentum should be required reading for every women’s ministry team: not only for its practical tips but because going through it together will help to form the kind of team and ministry that bears lasting fruit.”
Codeveloper and founding editor of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study
Author of Becoming Women of the Word
“Whether you are building from the ground up or are part of an established group looking to take your ministry to the next level, you'll learn from Elizabeth Tomlin's personal experience in establishing and leading ministries around the country. Trust her as a guide and joyful companion to creating the greatest gift you can give yourself and your parish!”
Lisa M. Hendey
Founder of CatholicMom.com
“A perfect blend of tangible examples, faith-filled wisdom, and organizational insight. Elizabeth Tomlin has developed a foundational resource for reviving and sustaining women’s ministry. Every parish needs this book.”
Founder and director of FemCatholic
“Christian friendship is a gift that no woman should be without. In Joyful Momentum, Elizabeth Tomlin gives us an avenue for making that possible, offering practical and concrete examples of how friendship can be nurtured through the development of women's ministries that reach out to those who are hungry for a deeper connection with their sisters.”
Associate professor of Homiletics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology
Author of Redeeming Conflict
“Joyful Momentum is the go-to handbook for today’s Catholic women’s ministries. Through heartfelt and inspiring anecdotes, she shows the reader how to discern the call to women’s ministry and offers the fundamental how-tos of building it. Essential foundational elements and unsurpassed practices are underscored as abundant encouragement is woven throughout to help you to discover your feminine genius; to know, love, and serve God through women’s ministry. Tomlin also shows how to keep a joyful momentum, avoid discouragement, competition, and conflict. I highly recommend this book!”
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
EWTN host and author of Rooted in Love