Women in Ministry Survival Kit

This year for Christmas, my sister gave me the BEST gift: A “Women in Ministry Survival Kit.”

I’ve joked about these sorts of kits before in our Women in Youth Ministry Facebook group, as I’ve seen youth pastors “meme” starter packs before. However, like most youth pastor memes, they are very male-centered.

So, I created our own, using suggestions from our group!

I don’t think my sister knew any of this, but nonetheless, she put together a wonderful kit for me this Christmas, and I thought I’d share it with you!

In this kit (using my sister’s descriptions on the cards)

  • Leggings with POCKETS. To hold your stuff while you chase middle schoolers OR keep your sauce packets organized then you hit up T-Bell after a long day writing sermons
  • Setting Spray. To keep your makeup on your face and keep ya glowing through the pain of patriarchy. (bonus: the dewey finish will keep people wondering if you’re pregnant. Slap them if they ask)
  • Good lotion to keep your skin soft and smelling nice, when showers at retreats are far and few between.
  • Study Bible with SOCIAL JUSTICE-oriented commentary. Use it to remind the fundies that our God is an inclusive one.
  • A Dotted Bullet Journal. To plan sermons, retreats, revenge, confirmation, the demise of conservative evangelicalism, and maybe a period tracker too. Bonus: Men will see the Enneagram Type 8 sticker on the front and be too scared to touch it.
  • Wine (needs no reason). Pinot noir, caviar. Pinot noir, Mid-Sized car.

This kit was PERFECT for me, and I will use EVERY item (wearing those leggings now, hellooooooo). What would you include?


ABOUT HEATHER: Heather Lea Kenison is a middle school youth director in Indianapolis, serving with a talented team of staff and volunteer leaders. A newly-wed and one-eyed cat mom, Heather organizes and manages Women in Youth Ministry site and Facebook page. Heather is a devout follower of Jesus, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Youtube beauty gurus.

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