The Team That Jesus Built

How to Develop, Equip, and Commission a Women’s Ministry Team

Building, remodeling, or refurbishing your ministry? This book is for you and your team members!

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 In The Team That Jesus Built, Janet Thompson shares from personal experience with team building Jesus-style. She is thorough in every area and phase of team development, providing useful tools for building, mentoring, coaching, and assessing your team. No matter where you are in your team-building process, The Team That Jesus Built provides a proven model that will help you and your team efficiently and effectively serve the ministry. –Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and The Four Elements of Success

Janet Thompson has a heart for the Lord and a heart for raising up women who have a heart for Him. She has given us many tools to mentor women and to grow together as women. As a leader herself, she has developed effective and multiplying teams.”—Chris Adams, senior lead women’s ministry specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

THERE ARE NUMEROUS THEORIES AND BOOKS written on leadership and team building, but from personal experience Janet learned that none surpass the example of Jesus and His team of disciples. Using the Gospel of Mark as the text, Janet will help you develop a team that is equipped to do the Lord’s work even when you are not around.

Through personal observations, step-by-step instructions, and simple how-to applications of Jesus’ leadership principles, The Team That Jesus Built equips laywomen—regardless of church location, denomination, or size—to cultivate leadership skills and create teams for the glory of God. The goal of every ministry leader!

Based on Janet’s experience building the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church, under the leadership of pastor Rick Warren (The Purpose-Driven Life), Janet mentors ministry leaders with tools, direction, guidance, and encouragement to build teams that equip leaders to build teams.

What Readers Are Saying:

What a great tool for those starting a ministry in search of much wisdom. The Team That Jesus Built answers your questions before you even think of them. I appreciate Janet’s honesty in sharing how she learned from her mistakes, and the depth of her encouraging words. She truly wants us all to be successful ministry leaders. This book has a wealth of information for those in any type of ministry men’s, women’s, or both. This is a handbook rich with details and inspiration; a must read!—Linda Jenner

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE for starting (or developing) a women’s ministry and other ministries as well. The ministry God led me to start involves men and women, but much of the principles and wisdom Thompson shares is applicable across the board. I am highly considering purchasing a book for each of my ministry leaders and reading other books she has written.—Ashley

I GOT YOUR NEW BOOK ABOUT TEAM BUILDING, The Team That Jesus Built, and I LOVED it.Pam Workman

YOUR BOOK ARRIVED IN THE MAIL TODAY. Besides the beautiful pink cover, I was attracted to the captivating title. I meant to just briefly look through it, but the introduction caught me and I haven’t put it down since. I love it. It’s been a real encouragement and motivation to me at a time when I feel dry as a leader and wondering if I want to direct my women’s ministry anymore!!! Great job on that book.

It’s been a long 20 years for me in women’s ministry and I feel “burnt out” because, like you said, I have not taken the time to adequately develop a team. But reading your book has not made me feel guilty about not developing a team, but rather has inspired me that it isn’t too late to do what Jesus did. More importantly, your book has brought me back to why I minister in the first place…to serve my Lord.

Thank you for a book that is already bringing me back to the feet of Jesus.—Darlene


Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter

Hope, Help, & Encouragement For Hurting Parents

What to do with a child who has walked away from the Lord, or is not living out her faith, or maybe is not a believer yet? Janet gives hope to parents of sons or daughters who have gone astray.

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How I wish Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter was available when my journey as a prodigal’s mom began! What a wealth of encouragement, reality checks, and practical help for hurting parents. Janet’s transparence brings hope in what often feels like a hopeless situation.—Chris Adams, senior lead women’s ministry specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources


Don’t wait until you have a prodigal situation; get this book now. Any parent will benefit from its strong combination of prayers, insights, and stories. If you have a prodigal daughter, you’ll find Janet Thompson’s book comforting and a reminder to keep praying confidently, expectantly, and with conviction. I recommend it.?—Brenda Nixon, parenting expert, speaker, and author of Parenting Power in the Early Years

MANY CHRISTIAN PARENTS THROW UP THEIR HANDS or suffer from guilt based parenting…neither of which helps the daughter. Based on Janet’s own testimony of praying for over six years for her former prodigal daughter, Kim, she offers hope to parents in what may seem like a hopeless situation.

Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter chronicles Janet’s realization that only God could bring back her daughter and the journey of praying daily for Kim’s salvation and God’s will to be done in her life. Their story, as told by Kim and Janet, of God’s redemption in both of their lives, along with the stories of many praying mother’s and former prodigal daughters, will give hope and encouragement to hurting parents of prodigal daughters. Janet also shares practical tips to help parents and families cope with the trauma of having a prodigal daughter or sibling.

Each chapter has discussion question designed for use as a family or support group, and Janet encourages families to pray and receive support together. There is also space to journal and cry out to the Lord at the end of each chapter. The Appendix includes “Forty Days of Praying Scripture for Your Daughter” and a Prayer & Praise Journal.

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I’ve been enjoying your book so much and it has helped me identify areas needing work in my life as I pray for my son. He was addicted to drugs and is now in recovery, but I still use his past to “haunt” him and me. Thank you for pointing me to the Lord for my strength and wisdom! I really appreciate that you have opened your heart, your life, and that your daughter Kim has also shared her heart in order to give others hope!—Stephanie, a praying mother

THIS BOOK HAS INSPIRED ME TREMENDOUSLY in a walk that sometimes seems more than I can bear. I ordered this book when I had reached a point that felt as if my prayers would never be answered. I read the first chapter within minutes of receiving the book so that I could get through the rest of that day.

My hope is renewed that regardless of my daughter’s ultimate decision, that God identifies with my pain, He wants to heal my heart and He will take care of me no matter how things turn out. I have prayed many of the referenced prayers/journal entries, not only for the sake of my daughter, but also for me.

 Thank you, Janet for having written this book, even if it were only for me. Any person facing an estranged relationship with their daughter will be encouraged as they read the loving words written in this book.—S. Tallas 

IN THE PROCESS OF OUR ADOPTIVE DAUGHTER RUNNING AWAY FROM OUR HOME 2 YEARS AGO, I ordered 5 books on prodigals that I randomly selected from the CBD website. Yours was one of the books. It was the one that helped me the most as a mother and helped to give me a glimmer of hope, where before I wasn’t sure one existed.

 The truths in the book spoke loudly to me in my grief. I felt someone understood what me and my husband were going through. It felt as though the Holy Spirit was reaching from the pages and telling me to look up to receive the comfort that I so desperately needed.

 The book helped give focus to my prayers. After a long 9 months, God miraculously worked to bring our daughter home. She will turn 21 in 2 months, is working, in school and is the mom to our first precious 1 year old grandson. Thanks for writing this book and sharing your struggles to help others. God Bless your ministry.—Lou Ann


I have just finished your book about prodigal daughters. God has been so faithful during this entire nightmare/ordeal!! I have not seen my daughter in nearly two years. We have been e-mailing over the last couple of months. Your book has helped me do with renewed vigor what God has directed me to do: Pray for her and just love her.—Linda, a praying mother

YOUR BOOK IS HELPING ME THROUGH THIS ordeal by teaching me to turn my focus back towards God and taking my thoughts off what Satan tries to get me to focus on.—A Praying Mom


Janet, I met you at the Leadership Conference in October 2013 in Springfield, IL. I bought “Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter” which touched me to tears. I have a son who’s wife just left him. He is not a believer, (YET!) Your book has been extremely helpful and comforting. Your book has helped me greatly with my son, especially now that he is so broken and lost since his wife left him. Your book would be a Godsend to anyone who has found themselves or a loved one in a time of uncertainty. You give so many practical and applicable tips and prayers that are extremely helpful. Your words breathed such encouragement, comfort, understanding and compassion at a time when most of us don’t know which way to move. You have been an authentic blessing during this difficult time. Thank you for your gifts of wisdom and discernment. I am grateful for a heart that ever so gently, reaches out to those who find themselves between the hurt and the hope. Blessings to you, Alice

Thank you so much for writing Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter and sharing your experiences. I have received so much comfort and support from you by way of this book. I cannot tell you what your book has meant to me over the past three months. I read portions out of it nearly every day and am clinging to your words. It has been a constant encouragement to me during these very dark days.—Linda, a praying mother

I’M READING YOUR BOOK Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter and praying, praying, praying!—Becky

 Praying For Our Granddaughters

 Yes, I will pray preventively through your book and claim God’s protection on my precious granddaughter. It’s a GRAND idea. Thank you for that suggestion.—A Praying Grandma


Dear Janet, A friend of mine put me in touch with you when my daughter had been very sick mentally and emotionally for 35 years. My friend told me about your book, Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, and I started reading and praying. I want to share with you that God performed a glorious miracle in my daughter’s heart and life. She is doing wonderfully! God gave her a dream job and renewed her in spirit and mind. It’s such a joy to see her and spend time with her! She keeps telling me, “Mom your helping me, taking me in, saved my life.”

SO MANY TIMES, I’D CRY OUT TO GOD and plead with Him to give me strength. He did, as He always does. Thank you SO much for your interest, counsel, and your book. —A Praying Mother, Grand Rapids, MI