Editors’ note: 

This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is sponsored by Lifeway, publisher of Christine Hoover’s new Bible study, Seek First the Kingdom: God’s Invitation to Life and Joy in the Book of Matthew. Learn more at lifeway.com/seekfirst.

The Gospel Coalition hosted a panel discussion at the 2018 Women’s Conference with Colleen McFadden, Jen Wilkin, Courtney Doctor, and Danielle Anderson titled “Shaping Women’s Ministry in the Local Church: A Practical Discussion.” They framed women’s ministry as holistic, in order to address all the needs of every woman—heart, soul, mind, and strength. Throughout the conversation, they touched on practical considerations necessary for building a healthy women’s ministry in the context of a church. Many of these necessities aren’t unique to women’s ministry per se, but they are certainly unique in their application—including developing a vision, receiving support from pastors, avoiding the ministry silo, developing leaders, telling great stories, and more.