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Unconventional

A practical guide to women's ministry in the local church

Sharon Dickens

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Unconventional

A practical guide to women's ministry in the local church

Sharon Dickens

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Discipling women is vital in every church. But it’s all very well knowing the theory — how do you actually get on and do it in practice?

Unconventional is an honest look at beginning and sustaining a vibrant women’s ministry that works. Author Sharon Dickens shares how she started a women’s ministry from scratch — with all the frustrations and joys along the way — enabling you to learn from her mistakes and benefit from her extensive experience.

"Sharon Dickens has used her wealth of experience and wisdom to write a well-needed book in the realm of Women's Ministry. There is an abundance of books which have explored the biblical principles behind complementarianism. However, finding books which help churches think through and implement healthy discipleship amongst their women are few and far between. Unconventional fills that gap. As well as being an invaluable resource for those beginning to think about Women's Ministry, Unconventional is an excellent tool for a well-established ministry that would benefit from a review. I would have loved a book like this when I started out in ministry and am excited to use some of the principles in my current role."

Rachel Sloan, Director of Women's Ministry, FIEC

 

  • Title

    Unconventional

  • Author(s)

    Sharon Dickens

  • ISBN

    9781914966750

  • Format

    Paperback

  • Publisher

    10Publishing

  • Audience

    Adults

  • Pages

    224

  • Published

    06/3/2023

Sharon Dickens

Sharon Dickens

Sharon Dickens is the Director of Women’s Ministry at 20schemes, a ministry of Niddrie Community Church.

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4.7 based on 3 reviews

Unconventional

Are you involved in women’s ministry? Are you a woman in church who is thinking about how to disciple other women? Are you a church leaders who wants to think about women’s ministry and se the women in your church discipled? Get this book, read that again, get this book! 

Sharon is a great writer, reading her books is like having a chat with her and learning from her experience of discipling women at Niddrie Community Church (in Edinburgh) and in her wider role as director of women’s ministry for 20Schemes. The thing I like most about this book is Sharon’s honesty, she speaks about times that she has failed and found hard and things that have hurt her too. This book is exactly what is says ‘A practical guide to women’s ministry in the local church’. I highly recommend this book to you! I loved it so much I finished it in an afternoon.

Alistair Chalmers

Unconventional

Drawing on her experience at Niddrie Community Church (NCC) and her encouragement of others working in the schemes (housing estates) of Scotland, Sharon explains how she started a women's ministry from scratch. Here then is a helpful “how to” guide that takes the Biblical principles of complementarian ministry and applies them to one of the hardest and most deprived areas of the UK. She shares both the joys and challenges of recruiting and equipping women to evangelise and disciple women, using their already established networks. What comes across is Sharon's desire to establish intentional and effective relationships that are accountable and committed to the ‘one-anothering’ outlined in the New Testament. She is honest about the hard decisions she needed to take (like closing down a programme that was meeting a need in the community but had no gospel-focus) and the relational mistakes she made - and learnt from - along the way. While I am not sure that what she has outlined will work in every ministry context (and the accountability questions she used could have been more Bible-driven), she is nevertheless clear about her overall aim - to present women mature in Christ. The foreword by Mez McConnell (pastor of NCC) is eye-opening and hugely encouraging. It made me wonder if one of the reasons why women's ministry has flourished there in recent years is because, under God, he is 100% behind it.

Carrie Sandom, Proclamation Trust

Unconventional

Finding books which help churches think through and implement healthy discipleship amongst their women are few and far between. Unconventional fills that gap as Sharon Dickens uses her wealth of experience and wisdom to write a much–needed book for the realm of women’s ministry. Through sharing the highs and lows of her time at Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Sharon lays out a plan that others can follow to see ministry amongst women flourish in their churches. I found it especially helpful how Sharon highlighted the need to know the gifts of the women in your church to ensure they are all being given an opportunity to use what God has given them in the best way. We often fall into the trap of using those who do everything. Unconventional challenged me to be careful not to overlook less obvious women. We want to be looking for ways to help women test their gifts and enable others to step out of their comfort zone. As well as being an invaluable resource for those beginning to think about women’s ministry, Unconventional is an excellent tool for a well–established ministry that would benefit from a review. I would have loved a book like this when I started out in ministry and I am excited to use some of the principles in my current role.

Rachel Sloan, FIEC

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