Wise Words from a Women’s Ministry Pioneer

Perky. Passionate. Professional. Practical-minded.

These words describe Chris Adams, a women’s ministry pioneer at Lifeway. After forty plus years in ministry, this pint-sized visionary is stepping down, and her influence will be greatly missed. Whether you recognize it or not, your women’s ministry has likely been touched through her books, blogs, and conferences that have been shaping leaders and ministries for decades. Here at Revive Our Hearts, we celebrate her legacy!

Ministry has come full circle for our colleague. Chris was serving in a local church when modern women’s ministry was organized and growing in her denomination, and once again, she is fully investing her energies and experience into the Body of Christ. Her zeal for training leaders and teaching women to walk in faith hasn’t waned one iota.

Chris sets the bar for all women’s leaders as she moves into “retirement.”

I am certainly not leaving ministry. I’m just starting a new season of ministry. It will look different, but I am so very excited about continuing to serve where He leads.

As she passes the baton, I asked Chris to share her wisdom with the rest of us serving day-in and day-out on the frontlines. Lean close, sisters, and take note of her wise words.

Wise Words from a Pioneer

What do you wish you'd known in the early years of ministry? ​
There will be very difficult days and seasons, but those will be the best seasons for going deeper with the Lord. And in every season I am to be poured into by those further along spiritually than I am. I need to be bringing along those not as far along spiritually as I am. This is to be a way of life.

What changes have you seen in women’s ministry over the last forty years?
We have moved from event-focused ministry to Word-focused ministry. We've also gone from sitting and learning to being out there doing the work of ministry. Young women today do not want to just sit and learn; they want to learn and apply what they are learning to everyday life.

What’s the best advice you’ve received in ministry? ​ ​ ​
Love the Lord more than any work for Him. Seek Him first, then let the ministry flow out of your own personal walk with Him. Also, be sensitive to where He is leading you. Ask for courage when the assignment is bigger than you (and it should be so you depend on Him and not your own strength). Don't beat down doors to force them open; be patient with God's timing.​

What is the future of women's ministry from your perspective? ​
As long as there are women, there will be women's ministry. We have a mandate as women to pour into other women. Women are by nature nurturers so it's natural, but it's also obedience to God's commands. Even though women’s ministry will look different in each generation, it will exist as long as the church exists.

After talking with Chris, I came away with the deep impression that as long as she has breath, she will serve the Lord with conviction, humility, and contagious joy. It always has—and always will be—about Him. May our lives and ministries point women to Jesus with equal devotion.

From your ministry experience, what wisdom would you share with up-and-coming leaders?

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About the Author

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett served as a Director of Women’s Ministries for a dozen years prior to joining Revive Our Hearts in Women’s Ministry Initiatives. She is also the content manager of the Revive Our Hearts' Leader Connection blog and editor of two ebooks: Women’s Ministry Leader Survival Guide and 10 Truths to Set Leaders Free.

The Lord captured Leslie’s heart for biblical womanhood and revival at the national True Woman conference in 2008. Since then, she’s been spreading the message of how a woman’s femininity adorns the gospel wherever God sends her. Spend a few moments with Leslie, and you’ll catch her passion for the Word, prayer, revival and discipleship. She and her husband Mac live in the S.C. Lowcountry where she loves drinking sweet tea and encouraging women to treasure Christ above all.

Contact Leslie at LBennett@ReviveOurHearts.com