The ladies who serve on your local PWOC Board do it because they have a heart for the Lord and for ministering to others. They give generously and selflessly of their time and resources for their PWOC sisters and their families. It’s truly a work of love.
In return for all they do, how can we show them our support and gratitude?
5 Things Your PWOC Board Needs From You
First and most importantly, pray for them.
The call to leadership comes with much responsibility. Your board needs your heartfelt prayers more than anything else. Pray for each gal individually and for her family. Pray also for the Board as a whole for peace and unity among the members, and for godly wisdom with each and every decision they make for the PWOC Body.
Secondly, season your words and actions with grace.
We are all human, including the ladies who serve on your Board, so mistakes and misunderstandings are bound to happen. When they do, speak words of grace and show abundant love and forgiveness. Remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12). Show the same grace and mercy that you would like shown to you in the same situation.
Additionally, respect their need for personal space.
Serving the PWOC Body takes time, hard work, and dedication. Self-care, adequate rest, and time with the Lord are all essential to avoid burnout. Even Jesus would withdraw from the crowds for a while for the purpose of prayer (see Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 3:21, 5:16, 6:12, and 9:28-29).
Remember, too, that they have their own families who need their time and attention. Your PWOC Board is wearing a lot of different hats, so when you call, text, or email, be patient if they don’t respond right away. You are important to them, they will get back to you as soon as they are able.
Let your PWOC Board know how much you appreciate them!
Write a note of encouragement, stop them in the hallway to say thanks, and let them overhear you praising their hard work to others. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11a). Let me tell you from my own personal experience that just a few words of encouragement can really brighten someone’s day and give a much-needed boost to keep going.
Last, but certainly not least, be willing to volunteer.
Facilitate a Bible study, help out in childcare, serve on the hospitality team, greet a newcomer and befriend her. There are dozens of ways to get involved and make a difference- Your PWOC needs YOU! There’s a saying that goes “many hands make light work,” and this is definitely true for ministry. Everyone has a call to be part of the work the Lord is doing and He will bless you for it. “God…will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10)
Are you a PWOC Board member, past or present? What would you add to the list?