ORGANIZING A RADIANT LIFE MINISTRY
Radiant Life classes were organized in 1975 to teach ladies on subjects pertaining to their needs and to inspire them to reach the potential that God intended for them when He created them.
Paul instructs Titus to teach the older women to be in good behavior as becometh holiness so that they (speaking about the women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands and children, to be discreet, chaste, and all the other things that help make a virtuous woman. You can be young numerically, but aged “spiritually”. There is a real need for examples in word and deed. The Bible says that Priscilla and Aquilla taught Apollos the way of God more perfectly. Phillip’s daughters prophesied and that can mean to foretell or teach.
There are other instances in the Bible where women were used of God to teach and minister to others. Deborah was a prime example of the need for godly women with good advice, teaching and counseling. Joel 2:28 and 29 includes women in the latter day prophesy. It says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh and your sons and DAUGHTERS shall prophesy,… and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Yes, women can humbly do their part to influence others to be Christ-like and to further the Kingdom of God.
We have had women who have visited Radiant Life classes and stayed through the course and gone on to receive the Holy Ghost. Numerous testimonies have been given how it has helped them on the four areas of their life: spiritually, physically, socially, and mentally. We put emphasis on Luke 2:52 which says that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
The Radiant Life program is an eight-week course wherein new subjects are introduced that are of current interest to our ladies. We try to be flexible and follow the leadings of the Spirit of God.
The following is a basic outline on how to organize.
1. Pick the day and time for your meeting.
2. Select your teachers. We offer Bible-related classes, craft classes, nutritional classes, home decorating and others.
3. Organize a refreshment committee under the direction of the ladies auxiliary leader.
a. There are refreshments served each week with tablecloths on the tables, candles, and an attractive food arrangement. Expenses come from the registration fund.
b. We have a potluck every few weeks to stimulate interest, which is very successful.
4. Appoint a secretary. Her duties are to:
a. Collect registration fees from each lady.
b. Collect baby sitting money. She is also responsible for paying the baby sitter.
5. Appoint a welcome committee. Duties are to be there early and greet new ones, creating a friendly atmosphere.
6. Prayer Captain. Is completely in charge of the prayer time. She can give a short devotional and pray for requests and then have the ladies share answered prayers.
7. Sing-a-long Leader. She will be responsible for the time of singing and worship and will create a spirit of unity.
8. Promotional Committee
a. Make all signs and distribute in community and church.
b. Make welcome badges and be there to pin them on.
You will need to meet with the key workers to define goals and answer questions.
Another important area that needs to be organized is the children. You will need to advertise for a competent baby sitter. She will have to be paid, but it is a must to have one. This is a time when the ladies need to be free of their children to participate, relax, and learn.
The burden for conducting the program is there every week, but it is rewarding to see the ladies growing in the knowledge of the Word, deepening friendships, and bringing new ones to the classes.
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