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Women’s Ministry Leadership Training Conference

February 22-24, 2018

Sticky Ministry:

Word-Based & Relationally-Driven Women’s Ministry

No doubt ministry can be sticky and difficult at times, but we are also going to consider how ministry that is deeply rooted in sound theology will adhere and stick to the lives of the women we serve as they live it out in the context of relationships.

Keynote Speakers: Kevin DeYoung, Susan Tyner, Paula Miles

Workshops: Choose from 18 different workshops plus affinity groups!

Intended Audience: Women’s Ministry Leaders, Bible Study Teachers, Presbytery Women’s Leaders, Directors of Women’s Ministry…really any women who encourage and equip other women.

Registration:

Registration deadlines are listed below…unless we fill up before those dates. We recommend that you register early.

Early Registration Deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018 – $275 (includes registration, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)

Registration Deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018 – $295 (includes registration, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)

Optional First Timer’s Luncheon on Thursday at 11:45 am – Cost is $15 – This is a great opportunity to have lunch prior to the beginning of Leadership Training as you find out what to expect at Leadership Training and hear tips for getting the most from your LT experience. Enjoy an informative (what DO all those acronyms mean?), high-energy, and personal introduction to LT, complete with give-aways! Plus, it’s a great place to meet people! Last year, it was exciting to see women interact as if they’d known each other for years, but they had just met the day before at the luncheon.

Before beginning the registration process, you will need the following information:

  • Are you attending for the first time?
  • Are you attending the luncheon for first timers? (If so, be sure to check pricing option that includes cost of the lunch.)
  • Workshop Choices (3 different workshops)
  • Affinity Group Choice
  • Medically necessary Dietary Restrictions

Registration Questions? Email Kathy Wargo at kwargo@pcanet.org or call 678-825-1132.

A limited number of partial registration scholarships are available. After contacting your church for possible scholarship opportunities, contact Kathy Wargo for a Scholarship Request Form.

Hotel:

Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta

590 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 – 404-877-9000

Rate: $110/night – Discounted group rates are offered at the conference hotel for $110/night (plus taxes). To make a reservation at the contract rate:

Call 1-855-646-8549 for a reservation at the Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta. Ask for Group Code TPC.

Conference registration does NOT include your hotel room. Hotel room reservations at the Crowne Plaza must be made before February 6; after that time our contracted rate will no longer be available.

Parking: $15/day. We are not able to provide free parking vouchers. You may want to consider taking Marta to the hotel or carpooling with others.

Please note: This year we have changed hotels from the previous few years (because it is being demolished due to airport expansion).

Schedule:

Thursday, February 22:

10 am – Noon – Registration and Bookstore Open

11:45 am-12:50 pm – Welcome Lunch for First Timers

1:00-2:30 pm – General Session with Kevin DeYoung

3:00-4:15 pm – Regional Gatherings

4:30-6:00 pm – Workshop Session #1

6:15-8:30 pm – Dinner and General Session with Kevin DeYoung

Friday, February 23:

Breakfast on your own

8:30-9:30 am – General Session with Susan Tyner

9:45-11:15 am – Workshop Session #2

11:15 am-12:15 pm – Regional Gatherings

12:15-1:30 pm – Lunch and RBI Love Gift Presentation

1:45-2:45 pm – Affinity Groups

2:45-4:30 pm – Break – Time to network and fellowship

4:30-6:00 pm – Workshop Session #3

6:15-8:00 pm – Dinner, Music and Special Program, followed by Dessert Buffet

Saturday, February 24:

Breakfast on your own

8:30-9:30 am – Regional Gatherings

9:45-11:30 am – General Session with Paula Miles

Keynote Speakers:

Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as board chairman for The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC’s DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He has authored several books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, Taking God At His Word, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, and Tabitha.

Susan Tyner is the Coordinator of Women’s Ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS.  She enjoys serving as the Mid-South Regional Advisor on the PCA Women’s Ministry Team as well as an Advisor to the RUF Permanent Committee. Susan and her husband, Lee, have five children. Stirring a pot of soup, dancing in her exercise class, and reading a book are her favorite things to do between the laundry and the dishes.

Paula Miles is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, and mother of Wimberly (and Charlie), Janie, Clary, and Judy. She grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Clemson University. Paula has experienced the joy of being both a full-time homemaker and a public school teacher. Studying and teaching God’s Word is her passion, as well as coming alongside women to encourage them to understand their unique design and fulfill their individual callings. Paula is on staff at Clemson Presbyterian as women’s ministry coordinator since 2014, is a conference speaker, and serves on the national women’s ministry team for the PCA as a women’s ministry trainer. She enjoys regular exercise, watching sporting events, and investing in the lives of her family.

Speakers:

Tara Barthel has served as a Christian mediator for over twenty years. She formerly worked as an attorney in Chicago, and then moved to Billings, Montana to work for Ken Sande as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Currently, Tara serves her family as a homemaker, while occasionally accepting Christian conciliation cases, church interventions, and speaking / writing invitations. Tara is the author of the peacemaking women’s video series Living the Gospel in Relationships and the ASL-translated women’s video series Becoming Who You Already Are, the co-author of the books Peacemaking Women and Redeeming Church Conflicts, and a contributing author to the PCA women’s blog enCourage. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois). Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master’s degree in Religion, Tara has been married to her husband, Fred, for over twenty years and they have two daughters and a very friendly Golden Retriever. To learn more about Tara, please visit her website: www.tarabarthel.com.

Ashley Belknap serves as the Director of Engaging Disability (the Special Needs Ministry of the PCA). A gifted communicator with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Ashley has the ability to tackle challenging issues with creative and practical ministry applications. She served for four years as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS, where she led a wide variety of ministry initiatives. As the mother of a son with autism, Ashley has a personal passion to see families touched by disability reached with the good news of the gospel. Ashley and her husband, John, have three children and reside in Brandon, MS.

Sharon W. Betters is Co-founder of MARKINC Ministries, an organization dedicated to producing resources that offer help and hope to hurting people. Sharon has authored several Bible study books, including Treasures of Encouragement and Treasures in Darkness, A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart.  Sharon’s pilgrimage includes 49 years of marriage to her pastor husband, Chuck, parenting four children and embracing the joy of fourteen grandchildren. You can connect with Sharon on her Treasures of Encouragement blog or subscribe to her online daily devotional at www.markinc.org.

CB Campano lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband, Frank, and daughter, Elizabeth.  She has been on staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church for 11 years as the Congregational Care Coordinator. CB’s responsibilities at Covenant include Biblical counseling, mercy ministry coordination, and women’s teaching and discipleship.  CB holds a Biblical Counseling Certificate issued by Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). In 2014, CB was appointed to the PCA Women’s Ministry national team as the Florida Regional Advisor.  

Melanie Cogdill has been a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. She is also managing editor of theChristian Research Journal, a bi-monthly Christian apologetics magazine specializing in in-depth research of religions, New Atheism, origins (design, theistic evolution, naturalism), aberrant Christian movements and teachings, ethical issues, general apologetics, and cultural apologetics (film, television, media, technology, and literature). Its goal is to equip the body of Christ in doctrine, discernment, defense of the Christian faith and discipleship. She lives in Charlotte, NC, and is married with two sons.

Donna Dobbs is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and has served as the Director of Christian Education in McComb, MS; Columbia, SC; and Jackson, MS, where she has served First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years.  During that time she has also worked as: a trainer for Christian Education and Publication; an Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University; a Lecturer at Reformed Theological  Seminary; an Adjunct Professor at Covenant Seminary; a consultant and advisor for Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company; a reviewer and editor for Crossway Publications.

Ellen Mary Dykas serves as Women’s Ministry Director for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel centered sexuality. Ellen received her MA Biblical Studies from Covenant Seminary in 1999, and served for many years in missions. She lives in Philadelphia and is a member of New Life Dresher PCA. She delights to teach God’s word and to disciple women towards intimacy with Christ and to equip them for lives of ministry. Ellen blogs for Harvest USA at www.harvestusa.org and has written numerous articles on relationships and sexuality. She co-wrote Harvest’s women’s workbook, Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokenness.

Maryanne Helms serves at East Cobb Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA, as the Women’s Bible Studies Coordinator. She has a passion for teaching and training women to think and live Biblically. She also enjoys writing, and has contributed to various ministry blogs, among them True Woman and enCourage.  Maryanne’s greatest joy is being wife to Pat, and Mom to her four children.  And when she has a spare moment or two, she is either trail-running, searching out new, local coffee shops, or re-arranging the furniture in her house – again.

Karen Hodge serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. Chris and Karen have two children, Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge, that round out “Team Hodge”. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory. Karen, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver.

Susan Hunt is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, and they have 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former PCA Coordinator for Women’s Ministry and served as a consultant to CDM. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries as well as TRUE, the CDM discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls, and Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver. She has also authored several books for children, including Sammy and His Shepherd and My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms.

Sarah Ivill (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a Reformed author, wife, mom, Bible study teacher, and conference speaker who lives in Matthews, North Carolina and is a member of Christ Covenant Church. She is the author of Hebrews: His Hope, An Anchor for Our SoulsRevelation: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come; Judges & Ruth: There Is A Redeemer; 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude: Steadfast in the Faith; and The Covenantal Life: Appreciating the Beauty of Theology and Community (forthcoming). Visit her website at www.sarahivill.com.

Debbie Locke lives in Marietta, GA, where her husband, Tim, serves as senior pastor at East Cobb Presbyterian Church. In addition to being a busy mom of four, Debbie enjoys pursuing her passion for women’s ministry, which includes leading small groups, Bible studies, and speaking for retreats and women’s events. Debbie has an M.A. in Biblical Counseling, as well as a certificate in Biblical Counseling through CCEF at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. She serves as Regional Advisor to the Southeast.

Bethany Phillis is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor for the PCA Women’s Ministry.  At her local church, she volunteers with the youth group so that she can pursue her passion: ministering to the next generation.  By day, she is an English teacher at her alma mater.  By night, she loves snuggling with her cat, Boo.

Candace Robins is a graduate of Jackson State University. She has 12 years of experience in church music leadership. She has coordinated and facilitated numerous gospel music workshops designed to strengthen and broaden the worship styles of the body of Christ. She currently serves as Assistant Music director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  Candace is committed to the Gospel that gives purpose to gospel music. Multi- ethnic ministry is a growing passion that she shares with her husband, Symeon Robins, who serves as Music Director. She is the mother of 3.

Susan Shepherd has been a full-time staff member at Christ Covenant Church, Charlotte, NC, since 1991. She served 14 years as Director of Children’s Ministries and as Director of Women’s Ministries since 2004. Susan is passionate about leading women to Scripture, hoping to whet their appetite for personal study and reflection on God’s Word as a means of personal and cultural transformation. She and Charles have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Susan loves to bake, read, and exercise–though not exactly in that order! Susan is the author of Becoming Eve; visit her site at www.susanbshepherd.com.

Ronjanett Taylor  is the wife of ruling elder Bryant, mother of three, and GiGi to two little granddaughters. She has been a member of Redeemer Church PCA in Jackson, MS since its inception in 2004 and coordinates the Sister Cooks ministry. She currently serves as the At Large Advisor for Diversity on the PCA Women’s Ministry team.  The common thread running through all her ministry involvement is serving and connecting God’s people of many ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with joy through the Gospel. She works full time as state director for the America Reads – Mississippi AmeriCorps Program.

Kathy Wargo works part-time as CDM’s Event Coordinator and Assistant to Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Karen Hodge, working remotely from Delaware. She enjoys adventures of all kinds, including fun with her 4-year-old grandson.

Jane Anne Wilson – Jane Anne, wife to David and mother of four adult children, earned her nursing degree from University of Delaware and worked in pediatrics.  Growing up in the PCA provided the opportunity for a variety of ministry roles.  She presently serves on the women’s ministry leadership team at her church, and is the CDM Northeast Regional Advisor.  Cuddling her two grandbabies, long walks with her husband, and family reunions are her favorite blessings.

Workshops:

Workshop Session #1 – Thursday Afternoon

Women’s Ministry 101 (Susan Hunt)  An overview of CDM’s philosophy and resources for women’s ministry

  • Does a church need a women’s ministry?
  • What are biblical principles for developing a women’s ministry that disciples women to think biblically and live covenantally?
  • How do these principles transcend changes in leadership?
  • How do these principles cultivate a culture of covenant community in the church?
  • How do we develop a Titus 2 discipleship ministry that connects older and younger women?
  • How can we spiritually mother teen girls?

Emotional Wholeness: Displacing relational idols with Christ’s love (Ellen Dykas) – We all desire the security of feeling loved—and we all are tempted to find that security not in God our Creator but in unhealthy relationships with people around us. In what ways do we tend to practice idolatry with people (and our experiences with them) as the object of our worship? How do messy and enslaving relational patterns form? Most important, in Christ, how can we grow personally and help others out of unholy dependency on people, into women who live out 1 Pet 1:22: having a sincere and deep-hearted love for others that is free and whole?

Event Planning 101: Sticking With It, Sticking Out, and Sticky Situations (Kathy Wargo) – You’re in charge of an event, and you’re wondering where to begin. How can I get organized to stick with the planning? How can I communicate and publicize the event so that it sticks out? What happens when things don’t go as planned and I end up in a sticky situation? We will discuss practical tools for planning and advertising, as we are encouraged to stick with it!

A Pilgrimage Fueled by Hope (Sharon Betters)  Until the early 1900’s most women didn’t experience menopause! Yea, right? But wait, their life expectancy was 30 – 40 years of age. Today our life expectancy is 78.88 years. Wow! Many of us have been given a “second life.” How will you treat this gift? If you’re still in the first half of life, what can you do now to prepare yourself to live intentionally and with purpose, no matter how tough the going gets? For those living in the second half of that second life (like me), is it too late to make a difference, to finish well? What if we hit that second life and we’re just plain tired and weary of pouring into the lives of others with little return? How do we regroup, refocus and reenergize when the journey is painful, filled with ruts and despair? In my life pilgrimage, I depend on women ahead of me to reach back, grab my hand and say, “This is the way.” I’m holding tightly to their hands and reaching out my hand for yours. No matter how painful and disappointing life and ministry can be, there is a way forward, fueled by hope.

Training and Sustaining Leadership in the Church: Leaders That Stick (Donna Dobbs)  None of us sits around with nothing to do.  Myriads of people and things are constantly clamoring for our attention, and we’re driven to distraction trying to accomplish all that we want to do and be involved in.  In these hectic times how on earth can you get people to commit to leadership positions in the church–positions that require their time on a regular basis and over a long period of time?  Join us as we discuss strategies and compare notes on developing leaders and teachers for women’s ministry in the local church.

Bearing All Things (Susan Shepherd)  Women make up more than half the demographic of almost every church, no matter how large or small the congregation.  In our particular denomination, however, few women serve in positions of leadership and/or pastoral care. The result of that discrepancy is, often, women who are silently suffering, struggling, grieving or stressed.  They are intimidated or insecure about asking a pastor for help and, often, they just don’t want to bother anyone.  What would it look like to be in a church where women know that they can ask for help and they feel safe and secure reaching out?  How is it even possible to meet all the needs?  Let’s take a few minutes to consider some ideas for being strategic in our care for the women in our church under the shepherding oversight of our pastors and elders.  With some thoughtful planning and the power of the Gospel, we can bear all things together so that our women are well cared for, families are strengthened and the Church can thrive.

Workshop Session #2 – Friday Morning

Titus 2 for the 21st Century: Theology, community and gospel driven friendships (Melanie Cogdill)  Why should your church have a Titus 2 Ministry? What are its benefits? How do you set one up? This seminar will look at the theological reasons for a Titus 2 Ministry as well as practical ideas of different ministry models and Q&A session to get all your questions answered about starting as well as maintaining a Titus 2 Ministry.

Small Group Bible Study: A Practical Discussion (Debbie Locke and Maryanne Helms) – Facilitating effective small group Bible study can be sticky!  Countless questions arise while planning.  “How do we define and maintain specific goals for our small group?” “How do we select study materials that suit the dynamics of our group?” “How do we maintain accountability to the session and leadership of our church?” and “How do we emphasize profitable study of the Word without neglecting the interpersonal needs of group members?”  “Who do we choose to lead the group, and why?” Join us as we discuss answers to these questions and more in this interactive and practical workshop.

Understanding the Transgender Struggle and Ministry to Transgender-affirming people (Ellen Dykas) – There’s barely a day that goes by during which there isn’t a news story regarding gender related issues and struggles. Transgenderism and ‘gender-bending’ are a part of the daily media frenzy. This workshop will help you understand a biblical perspective on the transgender struggle, and how to offer the gospel to strugglers and family members.

Our Stickiest, Murkiest Relational Quagmires (Tara Barthel)  How do we adhere to God’s Word in our most difficult relationships? Do our covenantal vows require us to “stick close” to everyone? What about when inter-generational differences, personality clashes, and social media mishaps make it so much easier to simply run away? Do we ever get to push back and defend ourselves when the relationships involve addiction, physical and emotional abuse, and huge violations of trust? In this workshop, we are going deep into the murkiest of relational quagmires with the hope (and confidence!) that God’s Word is sufficient to guide us.

Disability Ministry in the Women’s Ministry Context: How to Enfold, Teach, and Assimilate Ladies with Disabilities into Women’s Programs and Bible Studies (Ashley Belknap) – Young adulthood is typically an exciting time in life and involves a lot of unique “firsts” – college, first jobs, getting married, buying homes, and having babies are common mile markers.  Women’s ministry often picks up these young adults at some point during these transitions. For young ladies with disabilities, this often isn’t the case. Graduation from high school often means a loss of vital routines, purpose, and friends. Family members resume all-day care and become the facilitators for almost all social and spiritual growth. Here’s where it gets sticky: ladies with disabilities of all ages may seem like they don’t fit into your women’s ministry—and chances are, they won’t unless we work at making them a vital part. Women’s ministry programs, Bible studies, and service opportunities are wonderful avenues for fellowship, new skills, learning, and belonging…but how do we actually make that work?  Join us in this seminar as we discuss how to enfold ladies with disabilities in ways that allow them to continually grow in Christ and that enable lasting relationships to develop.

The Covenantal Life: Appreciating the Beauty of Theology and Community (Sarah Ivill)  We are living in time when we have traded in a God-centered theology for a man-centered one, exchanged books for the Bible, exalted heroes of the faith more than the Hero of the faith, exchanged God’s promises and freedom for man’s promises and enslavement, and forgotten the doctrines of grace, thinking we are pretty good people who can earn God’s favor, that there are many ways to heaven, that God’s grace is license to sin, and that we are capable of preserving our destinies. A key solution to this problem is a return to a robust knowledge of Covenant theology, which in turn should lead us to a rich engagement with the covenant community.

Workshop Session #3 – Friday Afternoon

Life-Giving Leadership Sticks Out! (Karen Hodge and Susan Hunt) – The challenges of leadership for women in the church can often be life-taking.  Perhaps it is because you feel ill-equipped or overwhelmed. This is an interactive workshop filled with gospel-centered strategies and solutions that will prayerfully breathe new life into His bride the Church.

I’ll Stick by You (CB Campano)  “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.”  Such is life in this fallen world. Loss, grief, betrayal, abuse, illness, depression, chronic pain, poverty, moral failure, addiction~ in short, troubles of all sorts accompany all of us to varying degrees on any given day. A great treasure in life is to have brothers and sisters in Christ who you know will stick by you in the darkest moments of life. Perhaps, an even greater treasure is to be enabled by God’s grace to be that friend who sticks closer than a sister even in the midst of ongoing hardship. This workshop will explore ways to compassionately, patiently and wisely walk alongside people in your life who suffer acutely or chronically, always with the goal of pointing them to the One who has come to redeem the “troubles” inherent in this broken world. We will also discuss how to discern the difference between helping and enabling, a very sticky issue that often derails genuine attempts to walk alongside the suffering and the needy.

Fostering Cross-Generational Conversations about Sticky Issues (Bethany Phillis) – Environmentalism. Feminism. Social justice. Racial reconciliation. The next generation is talking about these issues in radical and challenging ways. Are you prepared to enter this dialogue? Join me as we look to scripture to help our conversations become unstuck as we talk about these sticky issues.

Is Anybody Out There?  Let’s Stick Together! (Jane Anne Wilson) – Lonely, uncertain, discouraged, and wishing for some companionship in your ministry role?  How can we collaborate, connect, and unite with others who are also committed to Word-driven and relationally-based ministry? Covenant theology assumes local bodies are knit together by our common bond in Christ.  Are we accessing all the blessings available to us through the beautiful diversity of our local presbytery?  Come join the conversation, share ideas, be spurred on, and discover the whys and hows of sticking together for God’s glory!

United in Praise and Sacrifice (Ronjanett Taylor and Candace Robins)  Music can be used to draw on and appreciate diversity.  At times, however, the idea of a music style different than what we are accustomed to can turn making a joyful noise into what feels like a sacrifice of praise.  Did you know that it’s possible to acknowledge our preferences while embracing a new expression at the same time?  There is some sacrifice involved, but it bears witness to the superior sacrifice of Christ to make us one.  Join us for a melodious and meaningful session that will explore Hebrews 13 for ways to extend our ministry efforts through music, reflecting true praise and sacrifice bound together to produce unity.

The Healthy Heart (Sarah Ivill) We place a lot of emphasis on sound doctrine in teaching Bible study, and rightly so, but teaching from a sound heart is just as important. It’s possible to teach the right doctrine with the wrong motivation and aim. Join us as we learn to connect the dots between the head and the heart in ministry so that our teaching, by God’s grace, has a lasting impact on those around us by being God-oriented, Scripture-saturated, gospel-motivated, and prayer-concentrated.

Affinity Groups

Sticky Questions & Situations Affinity Group (Paula Miles, Lisa Hellier, Teri Anderson) – Bring your stickiest women’s ministry questions and situations for a time to rejoice that God is Sovereign and also be resourced by some of our seasoned Women’s Ministry Trainers.

Writers Affinity Group (Tara Barthel and Sarah Ivill) – “Using Writing in Your Ministry to Women” Do you love to write? Join us as we discuss together ways to use writing in ministry to women. Bring your questions and ideas and leave encouraged to use your gift for the Body of Christ.

Engaging Disability With The Gospel Affinity Group (Ashley Belknap) – Join us for a gospel-centered discussion about disability ministry that will be tailored toward practical “next” steps forward for your church.  We will cover the following topics with discussion and then Q&A: 1) how to discern what next steps your church should take, 2) unique challenges for women’s ministries engaging in disability ministry, 3) how to approach discipleship for women with disabilities, and 4) how to grow your women’s ministry in a healthy way so that ladies with disabilities are embraced and enfolded.  Bring all of your questions to the table – we will make sure they get answered!

Calling ALL Pastors’ Wives Affinity Group (Debbie Locke, Connie Miller) – Come be challenged and encouraged as pastors’ wives Debbie Locke (Regional Advisor, Southeast) and Connie Miller (PCA WM Trainer) facilitate time together to discuss the role of partnering as “one-flesh” in marriage and ministry.  Enjoy table-talk discussion as we hear from one another the joys and sometimes “stickiness” of this unique position within the local church.

Ruling Elders’ Wives Affinity Group (Renee Mathis, Kathy Stair, Marcie Tuten) – As the wife of an elder, you already know your life has its share of sticky situations. We want to encourage you that you aren’t alone! Join us for a time of mutual encouragement as we look to the truths of God’s Word as our guide for getting “unstuck.”

Chaplains’ Wives Affinity Group (Chandra Oliver) – Are you a chaplain’s wife or a military spouse? Or do you have a heart to come alongside these women? Join us for an encouraging conversation about how we can be life-givers to these families who give so much to God and country.

Diversity Affinity Group (Ronjanett Taylor, Melanie Cogdill) – Do you attend a multi and cross-cultural church? Do you have questions about race and women’s ministry? Do you have a heart for diversity in women’s ministry and are wanting to be more involved in encouraging women of color to be more involved in PCA women’s ministries? This affinity group time is designed to be a free-flowing conversation of ideas and issues for women who minister to women in a multi-cultural church or are involved or want to be involved in outreach to women in diverse communities that are near their church.

Director of Women’s Ministry Affinity Group (Jen Stegmann, Susan Shepherd, Susan Tyner) – This affinity group is designed for women who are paid women’s ministry staff (either part time or full time) in the local church. Our time will be sprinkled with connections, resourcing and lots of laughter.

Lunch for First Timers:

On Thursday at 11:45 am, we are offering lunch (additional $15) for first-timers!  Find out what to expect at Leadership Training and hear tips for getting the most from your LT experience. Enjoy an informative (what DO all those acronyms mean?), high-energy, and personal introduction to LT, complete with give-aways! Plus, it’s a great place to meet people. Last year, it was exciting to see women interact as if they’d known each other for years, but they had just met the day before at the luncheon.

Sticky Stories, Songs, and Sweet Treats

This year’s Leadership Training offers a special evening of fellowship, sweet treats, and music. But, the best part of this evening will be an amazing panel of distinguished sisters in Christ who have labored in our denomination and even more alongside women in their local ministry context as life-givers. We are blessed to have them share words of wisdom (and a few laughs for sure) that we all can learn from and relate to; and we will get to know them a little better.  Please join us on Friday, February 23rd from 6:15–8:15 pm as Sharon Betters, Donna Dobbs, Susan Hunt, Susan Shepherd, Joan Nabors, Shirley Plummer, and Sandra Smith share their hearts and experiences dealing with sticky situations in ministry.  The panel will be moderated by Karen Hodge and Ronjanett Taylor. This is a special treat for everyone attending.

Sharon W. Betters is Co-founder of MARKINC Ministries, an organization dedicated to producing resources that offer help and hope to hurting people. Sharon has authored several Bible study books, including Treasures of Encouragement and Treasures in Darkness, A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart. Sharon’s pilgrimage includes 49 years of marriage to her pastor husband, Chuck, parenting four children and embracing the joy of fourteen grandchildren. You can connect with Sharon on her Treasures of Encouragement blog or subscribe to her online daily devotional at www.markinc.org.


Donna Dobbs is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and has served as the Director of Christian Education in McComb, MS; Columbia, SC; and Jackson, MS, where she has served First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years.  During that time she has also worked as: a trainer for Christian Education and Publication; an Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University; a Lecturer at Reformed Theological  Seminary; an Adjunct Professor at Covenant Seminary; a consultant and advisor for Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company; a reviewer and editor for Crossway Publications.

Susan Hunt is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, and they have 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former PCA Coordinator for Women’s Ministry and served as a consultant to CDM. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries as well as TRUE, the CDM discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls, and Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver. She has also authored several books for children, including Sammy and His Shepherd and My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms.


Joan
Nabors and Randy Nabors both grew up in the same housing project in Newark, NJ and came to Christ through the ministry of Calvary Gospel Church. In God’s mercy they both attended and graduated from Covenant College. In 1973 they moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. Joan worked as a social worker in St. Louis and in Tennessee. Randy served as the lead pastor of New City Chattanooga from 1976 until he stepped down and became the Pastor Emeritus in 2012. Randy and Joan now work with the New City Network where they coach and mentor pastors and spouses who are planting churches that have the same distinctive as New City Chattanooga.  It was and is a congregation committed to the African American and poor communities. It is a cross cultural ministry, attempting to live out the Gospel especially in reconciliation and justice. ​ Randy and Joan have four grown children and ten grandchildren. They continue to live in Chattanooga and worship at New City.


Shirley Plummer
came to acknowledge Jesus as her Lord and Savior in November 1981 and began attending Reston Presbyterian Church with her ex-husband who she remarried in May 1982. She has been actively involved in five different PCA churches over her 35 years of ministry, often serving as the church bookkeeper. She and her husband, teaching elder Wy, reside in the Chattanooga area and attend New City Fellowship Church. Her ministry consists of coming along side younger women as they maneuver through life stages in the Lord.

 

Susan Shepherd has been a full-time staff member at Christ Covenant Church, Charlotte, NC, since 1991. She served 14 years as Director of Children’s Ministries and as Director of Women’s Ministries since 2004. Susan is passionate about leading women to Scripture, hoping to whet their appetite for personal study and reflection on God’s Word as a means of personal and cultural transformation. She and Charles have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Susan loves to bake, read, and exercise–though not exactly in that order! Susan is the author of Becoming Eve; visit her site at www.susanbshepherd.com.

Sandra Smith came to know Jesus as the teenage daughter of Caribbean immigrants, living in the inner city of Philadelphia. Sandra is the wife of Kevin, the senior pastor of New City Fellowship church in Chattanooga, TN. She and Kevin have been married for 30 years and have been blessed with four daughters; Tesia, Bethany, Chara, and Joanna. The Smiths have served Christ together in ministry for 26 years within the PCA in Washington, D.C., Miami, and currently in Chattanooga, TN. Most of those contexts have involved the ministry of Jesus and His love to people of various racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. Christ is precious to Sandra and her desire is to know Him more intimately and to be instrumental in making Christ known by others.

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FAQs to Print:

Here is some information that will be very helpful for you to print ahead of time so that you have this information for traveling!

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta (cpatlantamidtown.com), 590 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Directions: See the next tab for directions. Traffic in Atlanta is heavy…allow plenty of time!

Where do I park? The hotel parking garage is on Spring Street, which is ONE WAY. It is across from the hotel, on the right hand side of the road. (Be careful…there is also a parking garage under the hotel, but you need to use the one on the right hand side of Spring Street.) Once in the parking garage, you will take the elevator to the 7th level for the walkway across to the hotel.

How much is parking? Parking is $15/day with NO in/out privileges. (Once you park your car, you won’t want to leave for a short time and return because you will have to pay $15 each time you leave.) There are NO coupons for reduced parking. (In past years, those who have come commuted from home were able to receive a special rate; however, that is NOT available from this hotel.) We recommend carpooling.

Do I need to rent a car if I’m flying? No! Marta is very easy to access.

How do I take Marta? Marta is easy and recommended! From the airport, purchase a Marta card ($2.50 each way plus $1 for a card) and take the Red or Gold line to the North Avenue stop. It is 19 minutes from the airport. Once you get off Marta, the hotel is 1 block from the Station. For those driving and want to avoid driving downtown, you might want to park at a Marta station and take a train downtown. Please see the Marta website for suggested locations.

Are there microwaves or refrigerators in the rooms? No; however, if you need one for special needs, you can request one from the hotel.

Is breakfast included at the hotel? No, breakfast is NOT included. There is a breakfast buffet as well as the opportunity to eat from a menu. There is a Dunkin Donuts across the street, as well as a food court inside the Bank of America building across the street.

Where should I eat lunch on Thursday? If you are not attending the lunch for first timers, there are several places to eat within walking distance of the hotel. The Varsity restaurant (an Atlanta landmark) is across the street, as well as a food court inside the Bank of America building across the street.

Can I fly in to Atlanta on Thursday morning? Yes, if your flight arrives by 10:30, you should be able to get on Marta and arrive at the Crowne Plaza in time for the first session.

Driving Directions from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport

  • Follow signs for I-74N/I-20/I-85 North/Atlanta and merge onto I-85 North/I-75 North
  • Take exit 249D toward US-19/US-29 N/ West Peachtree Street
  • Proceed through the light onto Linden Avenue NW
  • Turn Left on West Peachtree Street NW
  • Turn Left on North Avenue NW
  • The hotel will be on your left
  • The parking garage is on the opposite side of the hotel, on the right side of Spring Street

Driving Directions from the North

  • Get on US-19 S and drive along GA-400S and I-85 S
  • Take exit 249D from I-85 S
  • Turn left on US-278 E/US-29 N/US-78 E/ North Avenue NW
  • Turn right on Spring Street for parking garage on the right

Driving Directions from the East

  • Get on I-285 S
  • Take exit 46 to merge onto I-20 W toward Ralph D Abernathy Fwy/Atlanta
  • Take exit 57 to merge onto I-75 N/I-85 N toward Chattanooga
  • Take exit 249D toward US-19/US-29 N/West Peachtree St
  • Merge onto Linden Ave NW
  • Turn left onto West Peachtree St NW
  • Turn Left on North Avenue NW
  • The hotel will be on your left
  • The parking garage is on the opposite side of the hotel, on the right side of Spring Street

Driving Directions from the West

  • Get on I-20 E to Atlanta
  • Take exit 57 toward Chattanooga/Greenville
  • Merge onto I-75 N/I-85 N
  • Take exit 249D toward US-19/US-29 N/ West Peachtree St
  • Merge onto Linden Ave NW
  • Turn left onto West Peachtree St NW
  • Turn Left on North Avenue NW
  • The hotel will be on your left
  • The parking garage is on the opposite side of the hotel, on the right side of Spring Street

Driving Directions from the South

  • Get on I-75 N
  • Take exit 249D toward US-19/US-29 N/West Peachtree St
  • Merge onto Linden Ave NW
  • Turn left on to West Peachtree St NW
  • Turn Left on North Avenue NW
  • The hotel will be on your left
  • The parking garage is on the other side of the hotel, on the right side of Spring Street

Why should I come?

Here is a letter to pastors from one of our Regional Advisors:

Dear Pastor,

Our pastor came to me recently and asked, “How can we get the rest of the church to be as healthy as women’s ministry?”  He is seeing fruit from how our church leadership invested in our women over the past five years.  Our Session sent four different women each year to the Leadership Training that our denomination offers to our local churches through the Committee on Discipleship Ministries.  What a difference this investment has made in our church!

Please consider if there is a way for your leadership to contribute to the spiritual health of your church by making this kind of investment in your women. Would you take a look at the website to see what Leadership Training 2018, “Sticky Ministry:  Word-Based and Relationally-Driven Women’s Ministry,” might have to offer your women?

https://pcacdm.org/lt-2018/

As the Regional Advisor for the Northeast, I am happy to talk more with you or your women about the Leadership Training, or any other items related to women’s ministry.

In response to my pastor’s question, I asked him, “How can women’s ministry better serve our church?” Our mission is to “maintain and grow a biblical strategy for encouraging and equipping women to share their gifts and graces for the mutual good as part of their covenantal privilege and responsibility.”  Our desire is to grow servant hearts that glorify God by serving His church.

May all of our churches invest in our women “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior!”

I hope to hear from you.

By His Grace,

Jane Anne Wilson, Northeast Regional Advisor

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