Keynote Speakers: Abby Hutto, Susan Hunt, and Ellen Dykas

There is a profound correlation between the inner life of a leader and the overall health of their leadership. Do we assess health by looking outward for signs of success, inward to creative ideas, or upward where we alone find True Life? The challenges of the last few years have left us keenly aware of our need for revitalization. We cannot give what we do not possess because life and leadership are all about overflow. Life and leadership that last are rooted in the Son.

Who Should Come?  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.

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Early registration cost is $310, by November 30 (does not include hotel cost)

Optional Welcome Luncheon for First Timers (and others) on Thursday at Noon – Cost is $18 – 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 (choose 2 different workshops)
  • Affinity Group Choices (Q&A, Elders’ Wives, Diversity, Writers, Faith & Arts, Foster Care & Adoption, Presbytery Women’s Ministry, Revitalizing Women’s Ministry, Paid Church Staff Women, International Women)
  • Medically-necessary Dietary Restrictions

Be sure to register for the hotel separately using the link. Hotel rooms must be reserved no later than February 8 (our room block ends that day and you will not receive the discounted room rate).

Do you have questions about Registration? Email Kathy Wargo at kwargo@pcanet.org or call 678-825-1132.

Atlanta Airport Marriott – 4711 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30337 – 404-766-7900

Hotel rooms are $129/night. All rooms have refrigerators.

Below you will find the reservation link your guests may use to make online reservations or call reservations at (1)-404-325-0000 until the cut-off date of February 8, 2022.

Here’s your reservation link to make reservations:

MAKING RESERVATIONS
A dedicated website is now available for your attendees to book their hotel rooms online. https://book.passkey.com/e/50235511

Schedule:

Thursday, February 24:

11 am-Noon – Registration and Bookstore Open

Noon-1:30 pm – Welcome Lunch for First Timers (and those who want a refresher)

2:00-3:15 pm – General Session – Abby Hutto – Vitality: Cultivating a Home (John 14)

  • During difficult times, we take comfort from the promise that Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven. We should joyfully anticipate that day, but how often do we meditate on the second half of that promise made in John 14? We will not be left as orphans while we wait—through the Holy Spirit, the Father and Son have made their home in us. Let’s explore what this means to us now—how this communion affords us deep, soul rest and the inner strength that comes from knowing that we belong to God.

3:45-5:15 pm – Regional Gatherings #1

5:30-8:00 pm – Dinner and General Session – Abby Hutto – Vitality: Cultivating a Garden (John 15)

  • What does it mean to abide in Jesus, the True Vine? Abiding goes against the grain of our culture which places ultimate value on our achievements. In a world that assigns worth based on what we produce, how do we slow down long enough to hear the call of the Vine and value the work of the Vinedresser? The garden that God longs to produce in us is full of joy, but it takes courage and commitment to leave behind the frantic and frenzied ways of the world to embrace the life of the Vine.

Friday, February 25:

Breakfast on your own

9:15-10:15 am – General Session – Abby Hutto – Vitality: Cultivating a Peaceful Presence (John 16)

  • In this world we will have trouble, but our struggle is not in vain. Like a woman in labor, we are called to fix our eyes on the prize at the end. As we consider our own anguish in light of the “Birth Travails of the Messiah”, we can truly take heart! The One who has overcome the world has said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” The Spirit helps us cultivate a peaceful soul in the presence of the Prince of Peace.

10:30-11:45 am – Workshop Session #1 (Choice of 6 workshops)

12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch and General Session – Susan Hunt – Building a Healthy Women’s Ministry

  • Is your women’s ministry Word-based and relationally-driven or task-driven? Are the leaders of your women’s ministry Word-based and relationally-driven or task-driven? When a women’s ministry is built on biblical principles, these principles nurture the inner life of the leaders. This helps build healthy relationships on the leadership team and equips them to be life-giving leaders who encourage and equip the women they serve. We will examine basic biblical principles of women’s ministry, discuss the application of these principles for your church, and discuss the implications for leaders. This will be a discussion format so bring your questions.

1:45-3:00 pm – Workshop Session #2 (Choice of 6 workshops)

3:00-3:30 pm – Break – Time to network and fellowship

3:30-4:45 pm – Regional Gatherings #2

5:00-6:00 pm – Optional Affinity Groups: Writers, Arts, Pastors’ & Elders’ Wives, Presbytery Women’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry Revitalization, Diversity, Foster Care and Adoption, Q&A Session, Paid Church Staff Women, International Women

6:15-8:15 pm – Dinner and Songs and Stories of Grief and Grace with Lori Sealy

Saturday, February 26:

Breakfast on your own

9:00-10:30 am –  General Session – Ellen Dykas – Vitality Deepens as You Fix Your Heart on Jesus (John 21)

  • Now what? As we close out our conference, we join Jesus and Peter walking on the beach. Jesus restores and commissions His disciple with powerful words and just like us, Peter is distracted and looks elsewhere! Intimacy with Christ is the key to a vibrant inner life that sustains us when ministry is tough and anchors us when we’re tempted to get distracted. Regardless of what you return to in the days ahead, the invitation is the same, “What is that to you? You, follow me!”

Keynote Speakers:

Abby Hutto is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Story Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio. Abby loves to study and teach God’s Word and delights in helping others experience and know their Heavenly Father better. Abby is married to Ken, and they have two teenage children, Hannah and Harry. Abby is also the author of God For Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son, (P&R Publishing). You can get more information about her book, check out her upcoming speaking events or read her blog at www.godforusministries.com


Susan Hunt
is the widow of retired PCA pastor Gene Hunt. Susan lives in Marietta, GA surrounded by their three children and their families. She is the former Coordinator of Women’s Ministries and the author of several books for women and children.

Ellen Dykas serves as the Director of Women’s  Ministry at Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality and gender. She has authored Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual & Relational Brokenness, Sexual Faithfulness: Gospel-Infused, Practical Discipleship for Women, and most recently, a 31-day devotional, Toxic Relationships: Taking Refuge in Christ. Ellen is a member of New Life Dresher PCA in Dresher, PA, and enjoys teaching God’s Word and spurring others on to know, love, and serve Jesus.

Lori Sealy

“Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come ….”  John Newton’s words are an apt description of Lori Sealy’s life. Conceived in adultery, nearly aborted, graciously adopted, and later abandoned by her adoptive parents, Lori traveled the road of atheism before being met by Christ’s mercy – and all of these things happened while she has borne the unrelenting albatross of autism. Most recently her beloved husband of 25 years (PCA church planter, Phillip Sealy) died of metastatic melanoma.

Having lived a life of trial upon trial, Lori has had a front row seat in the school of suffering for several decades. Thankfully, she has had a tender teacher in Jesus – the Man of Sorrows who is intimately acquainted with grief and overflowing with “amazing grace.” Her deepest desire as a songwriter, speaker, and worship leader is to make much of the Savior who has shown Himself sufficient in every scene of her story.

Lori and her two teenaged children have recently moved from the coast of Mississippi (where Phillip was planting Hope PCA in Ocean Springs) back to the mountains of Western North Carolina (returning to the last church Phillip planted – Redeemer PCA in Sylva). In spite of the “many dangers, toils, and snares”  that frowning providence has painfully placed upon their path, the Sealys are daily seeing examples of the certainty that “The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.”  Soli Deo Gloria!

For more information on Lori visit www.lorisealy.com.

Speakers:

Teri Anderson and her husband, Mark, are members of Spring Meadows PCA in Las Vegas, NV. They have two adult “kids,” a son-in-law, and enjoy their 5 year old granddaughter as often as possible! Teri taught high school English, Computer Technology, and Gifted Education before beginning her motherhood role and a resulting home-based Mary Kay Cosmetics business, becoming a “mompreneur“ before it was trendy! Currently, as an Independent Sales Director, she provides training and mentoring for women of all ages across the USA. In the volunteer world, she served several terms as a Women’s Advisor to the Board of Covenant College, and as an Alpha Omicron Pi VP and International Board member. Locally, Teri has served on the Women’s Ministry Team, and taught Sunday School and Bible Study. She has served as a PCA Women’s Ministry Trainer and retreat speaker since 2001.

Tasha Chapman is the wife of a NT professor, mother of two women who try to keep her tech-media savvy, and Professor of Educational Ministries at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Previously, she served in campus ministry and church children’s and women’s ministries. Her research interests include leadership, cross-cultural learning, and curriculum design. She co-authored The Politics of Ministry and Resilient Ministry, and contributed to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible. She enjoys serving internationally, hiking mountains, and eating ethnic foods, having never met a chili she didn’t like.

Cathe Cleveland is a former homeschool mom who is now learning what it means to be the parent of two adult married children and live as an empty nester with her husband Paul. Most recently she has experienced the joy of becoming a grandmother. Multiple sclerosis keeps her home most of the time where she works on learning how to build and design the website, books, and online courses for Boundary Stone, their curriculum business. She formerly worked at Reformed Seminary the first year it was in Orlando, and as a computer network administration trainer. She has served the PCA at the presbytery level and at the local level as a volunteer Coordinator of Women’s Ministry. She has served as a Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. She and Paul live in Birmingham, AL and are members of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Melanie Cogdill is the general editor of Beyond the Roles: A Biblical Foundation for Women and Ministry (CDM, 2019). She on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a Trainer and serves as an advisor to CDM’s Permanent Committee. In addition, she is the managing editor of the award-winning Christian Research Journal and the host of its weekly podcast Postmodern Realities (available on Apple podcasts). She is a member of The Pelican Project (thepelicanproject.com/members/). She is the wife to Dwayne and has a 24-year-old son and daughter-in-law, and an 18-year-old high school senior. She is a member of Christ Covenant Church in North Carolina where she lives with her family. She is also a very big fan of modern board games and likes to be a board game concierge for anyone needing suggestions for board games to play with family and friends.  

Rachel Craddock is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, a Kappa Delta, and a first-grade teacher at heart. She currently serves on the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a Regional Advisor to women in Mid America. She is the author of Slowly Unraveled (CDM, January 2019), a contributor to Hinged: Vitally Connected to Christ and His Church (CDM, January 2020), and looking forward to a forthcoming Bible study on the names of God—jointly written with her husband—to be published by CDM in early 2022. Rachel enjoys speaking and teaching at events and women’s retreats—her heart is to encourage and equip leaders while weaving in the importance of the gospel in everyday life. Rachel is married to Michael (PCA Teaching Elder); together they have four children: Ezra, Asher, Caleb, and Lydia Jane.

Christina Fox received her Master’s in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her passion is to help women see how the gospel intersects with their daily lives, bringing light and life to the darkness of life in a fallen world. She is a retreat speaker, writer, and author of multiple books, including A Holy Fear: Trading Lesser Fears for the Fear of the LordTell God How You Feel: Helping Kids with Hard Emotions, and the forthcoming Like Our Father: How God Parents Us and Why That Matters for our Parenting. She serves on the national team as Regional Advisor to the Southeast and is the editor of the enCourage blog. She and her husband have two teenage sons and attend East Cobb PCA in Marietta, GA where she helps coordinate women’s ministries and is at work developing a counseling ministry to women in crisis. You can find her at www.christinafox.com.

Vanessa and Marcus Hawkins by David Russell Photography

Vanessa K. Hawkins (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta.  She is a Bible teacher and conference speaker who is currently pursuing her DMin in Cultural Apologetics and Communication at Covenant Theological Seminary.  She serves as Diversity Advisor for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry and co-hosts a podcast called Something To Talk About where she and a few Bible teacher friends talk gospel application for current issues.  She is honored to be the wife of her third grade friend Marcus, and together they are the parents of three daughters. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter and wherever you enjoy podcasts.

Meaghan May is grateful for the gospel and loves inviting women to live in light of the good news of the steadfast love of God in their current season. She currently serves on the PCA’s Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a Regional Advisor to women in the Northeast. She is also a trainer with Parakaleo and leads the local network with the Potomac Presbytery. She has been in ministry for two decades: serving in children’s ministry, youth ministry, special needs ministry, women’s ministry, conference planning, retreat speaking, coaching, and church planting.

Meaghan and her husband Reverend Paul May moved to Ashburn, VA to plant their second church out of McLean Presbyterian Church six years ago. They have five children  who remind her what a gift it is to be part of God’s family. Over the past nineteen years of their marriage they have also lived in Florida, South Dakota, and Kansas. Meaghan loves to invest in the lives of women, listen to podcasts, hike with her family, read books, laugh, go on road trips, and experiment with new recipes.


Paula Miles 
is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, mother of Wimberly Johnson (married to Charlie), Janie Gotfredson (married to Duncan), Clary, and Judy, and grandmother to Miles Johnson. She grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Clemson University. Paula has experienced the joy of being both a full-time homemaker and 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 PCA’s Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a trainer. She enjoys regular exercise, a good cup of coffee, watching sporting events, and investing in the lives of her family and friends.

Connie Miller just celebrated 42 years of marriage to her college sweetheart, Mike, who is the Global Missions Pastor at Christ  Covenant Church in Mathews,  North Carolina.  Serving alongside her husband with his various roles has been a real joy as she has worn several ministry hats as a church planter’s wife, hospitality coordinator, worship leader, Children’s Sunday School and women’s Bible study teacher. They have 3 adult children, two daughters, Mary Sha and Cate and one son, Mike who is married to Megan. She and Mike love being “Nonnie and Pops” to their two adorable grand boys, Bo (4) and Grisham (2). Connie serves as a National trainer for the PCA Women’s ministry and The International Women’s Ministry Advisor. She has a passion for discipling women and equipping them to think biblically and live covenantally. She and Mike enjoy traveling, hiking, biking and kayaking.

Carrie Mills has been married to PCA Pastor Brad Mills for the past 22 years. After graduating seminary, her family moved back to their hometown where they planted Grace Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. Here they have been serving these past nine years. She is the mother of four beautiful children ranging in ages 18-11 years old. This summer the family took a trip to the East coast to drop off her oldest at Grove City College. She is actively homeschooling the three others children, as well as directs the Challenge 2 class for Classical Conversations. Carrie serves as CDM’s West Coast Regional Advisor.

Married to a PCA Army Chaplain, Chandra Oliver travels the globe following her soldier husband. Recently, they moved from Washington to North Carolina – driving an RV for 4,000 miles was a lengthy and beautiful drive, filled with opportunities to visit many friends along the way – sweet “gifts” of military life. Loving a good challenge, Chandra enjoys studying the unique context of each military assignment to see where or how the Life-Giving truths of Biblical Womanhood can be shared in an ever-changing community. Prior to the military, Chandra served in women’s ministry in local church plants and PresWIC in the North Texas Presbytery. Currently, Chandra serves on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer and Advisor-At-Large for Chaplain and Military Wives.


Shea Patrick
 is a former Alabama lawyer, now SAHM living in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She and her pastor-husband currently have five children, including two adopted from foster care.  Shea serves on the National Women’s team for the PCA as the Regional Advisor for the Mid-Atlantic. She loves her church, Trinity Presbyterian, and serves with the kids, music, missions, and women’s ministry. She was a contributor to “Hinged: Vitally Connected to Christ and His Church” (CDM, January 2020).

 

Robin Stevens serves on the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a Regional Advisor. She and Mark her husband of almost 20 years, are parents to Sam, Katie, Nathan, Lucy, and Betsy. Robin lives in Bay St Louis, MS where she enjoys running, sewing, and taking drives down the beach.

Lisa Tarplee is wife to Adam and mother to Andrew and Matthew. A graduate from Belhaven University, she is most thankful of BU as the place where her love for the Lord was ignited. Currently she volunteers in her church’s women’s ministry and loves teaching and discipling women. A creative at heart, Lisa enjoys painting with wax (encaustic) and growing as an artist who reflects God’s grace through her work. Lisa serves on the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a Regional Advisor.

Marcie Tuten is a wife to Chris and a mom to three little ladies.  She lives in Atlanta, GA where she likes to drink coffee, read, and spend time with her family. Marcie serves on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer.

Jamie Williams currently serves on the PCA’s National Women’s Ministry team as the women’s Regional Advisor to Florida. Jamie formerly served for 11 years on Spruce Creek Presbyterian’s (PCA) Women’s Ministry Team as Discipleship team leader and then for 5 years as their Director of Women’s Ministry. In addition, she served as Coordinator to Central Florida Presbytery’s Women’s Ministry (PWM) for 3 years. Jamie has taught women’s Bible studies, Sunday school and VBS. In addition, she has facilitated Titus 2 groups, discipled Middle School and High School girls, coordinated and led women’s ministry events, and has participated as a speaker at women’s ministry conferences and retreats.

Jamie’s passion is to help women know the deep and abiding love of Christ through His Word by teaching them to think Biblically and live Covenantally. As women, being created in the image of God with the distinct purpose of our helper design, this is where our greatest joy will be found.

Jamie lives in Port Orange, FL with love of her life, her husband Gabriel who she has been married to for 20 years. They are members of Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church, PCA where Gabriel serves as a Ruling Elder. Together they have four children (Brandon, Kimmy, Courtney, and Elijah) and are Gigi and Grandpa to two grandchildren (Evan and Nora). In her spare time, you will find Jamie relaxing on the beach or poolside with a good book, spoiling her Golden Retriever, Scout, or connecting with family and friends over a meal and conversation.

Workshop Sessions (Choose 2 workshops):

Leadership in the Key of D (Tasha Chapman)

What is uniquely challenging about ministry leadership? What are some practices to prevent burn out and strengthen our wellbeing? There is a tune that can help us pursue healthy, sustainable ministry leadership. The beat is foundational to the rhythms of gathering people, organizing events, and leading Bible studies. The music is jazz, requiring lots of practice playing the basic melody before we launch into the needed improvisation. Come rehearse this in the key of D major (a key of victory and rejoicing, so we will need to keep our sense of humor with us): discernment, disappointment, discipline, and differentiation.

Words of Life: Becoming a Word-Based Woman (Paula Miles)

A Word-based woman not only knows God’s Word but she also loves it. She believes it is true, places herself under it, and is changed by it. It is from the overflow of her own heart that her mouth speaks. We cannot faithfully and effectively teach God’s Word, formally or informally, without personally feasting on it ourselves. These are not just idle words for us—they are our life (Deut. 32:47). Do you believe that God’s Word has the power to do what God intends for it to do? “His word will not return to Him empty but will accomplish that which He purposes, and will succeed in the thing for which He sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). We must expect the Word to do its work, first in our own lives and then in the lives of the women He brings to us.

Team Vitality – Effective Team Building (Vanessa Hawkins)

How is it possible for people with different personalities, opinions and ideas to move forward together with one mind and one vision? By the Spirit of the Lord and with good team building strategy! Come explore helpful principles and techniques for building a team who loves the Lord, who loves each other and is united in mission and vision.

Cultivating a Community and Culture of Mutual Growth (Chandra Oliver and Marcie Tuten)

“We all love the idea of community and organic discipleship – but as leaders, sometimes we get ‘stumped’ on how to implement an intentional strategy to facilitate these outcomes.  During our time together we will address foundational principles and creative applications.  Discussing how a healthy community nourishes growth from the youngest to the oldest woman in the church – regardless of age, stage, or season of life.  This will be an interactive workshop – so be ready to think and dream about the opportunities unique to your women’s ministry context.”

Wisdom for our Hearts, as We Care for Broken Hearts (Ellen Dykas)

Ministry can be tough and wearying in this broken and painful world. Women are hurting, needy, and looking to you to make things better. There are dangers and joys of being poured out into the lives of others and so we need to practice wise watchfulness over various areas of our lives. This workshop will unpack how to cultivate discernment over your rhythm of life and ministry with the hope to encourage you to be steadfast, and healthy, for the long haul.

Writers – Calling all writers! Join writer and author Christina Fox to talk about all things writing. Be encouraged in the craft, make connections with other writers, and learn ways to develop and grow as a wordsmith. And be sure to bring your writing questions for a time of Q&A.

Faith and Arts – Vital connections for the creative heart. Come meet other creatives! Together we will explore vital truths and practices that engage our hearts through creativity. Vitally connected to Him and to others, we grow personally, creatively, and communally as we create.

The P’s and Q’s of Presbytery Women’s Ministry – What is Presbytery Women’s Ministry? How can Presbytery Women’s Ministry come alongside you as a leader in your local church? Join Robin Stevens, Rachel Craddock, and other leaders in Presbytery Women’s Ministry to discover the P’s (purpose, principles, process) and Q’s (quarry of CDM resources and questions for discussion) of Presbytery Women’s Ministry.

Q&A with WM Trainers – Do you have questions about women’s ministry strategies or leadership structures? We invite you to bring your questions to engage with some of our Women’s Ministry Trainers who have over 100 years of collective Women’s Ministry wisdom and experience.

Paid Church Staff Women – If you are a church staff woman who is PAID (full-time or part-time) who works primarily to equip or care for adult women (such as women’s ministry, small groups, care, and counseling, etc.), we invite you to attend this affinity group. We want to provide a safe place for you to gather for encouragement as we understand that there are unique dynamics and needs for women who serve as a church staff member.

Foster Care and Adoption – Come be encouraged by time in fellowship and prayer with those who are foster or adoptive parents/grandparents, those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, and people who volunteer or work for agencies and ministries that support foster care and adoption.

Elders’ Wives – Join other PCA Elder’s Wives for a casual gathering that will allow for encouragement, discussion, and reflection as we spur one another on in our current contexts.

Diversity – Am I Asking the Right Question? – If you’ve ever asked the question: ‘What should I do?’ with regard to building ethnic diversity, perhaps there is another question to ask: “How well do I see?” In this time together we will consider factors that impact our ability to engage well across cultural difference.

Revitalizing Women’s Ministry – Why do we do Women’s Ministry? What is the foundation of your Women’s Ministry? During our time together in the Revitalizing Women’s Ministry Affinity Group, we will discuss the foundation and framework for thinking biblically about leadership and leading covenantally.

International Women

LT Premium Classes offered in March/April 2022

You will have an opportunity to sign up for these classes after LT. There will be a charge of $15/class.

The Vitality and Heartbeat of a Peacemaking Leader (Connie Miller)

Even in the healthiest context and best of circumstances in a women’s ministry, there can exist differences of opinion, misunderstandings, or even disputes that can often turn into unresolved or unverbalized conflicts. Does the vitality of your leadership model cultivate peace and unity among those around you? To understand the “theology” of what it means to be a peacemaker and embrace the biblical means of utilizing practical tools, encouraging and promoting reconciliation into broken relationships is a vital role for every Christian leader. This workshop will express a compassionate message for those who have a desire to glorify God in the way conflict is managed and stewarded. Perhaps our time together can help better challenge and equip you to address conflict in a biblical manner that will help foster a culture of peace in your sphere of influence whether in the home, the church, or marketplace.

Fruitful Small Group Facilitation (Cathe Cleveland and Teri Anderson)

Fruitful Small Group Facilitation is designed for Bible study teachers and small group leaders. This interactive training is designed to give you hands-on experience with principles and tools for building Word-based women’s Bible study groups that intentionally foster deep covenant relationships. We will cover both facilitation and participation roles of small group leaders so you will be able to create meaningful group discussion and train additional small group leaders.

Written Communication: From Conception to Completion (Christina Fox)

Love to write? Join Christina Fox for a webinar on taking an idea and shaping it into a piece ready for people to read. Whether you write blog posts, ministry newsletters, articles, and more, Christina will provide practical tools and insights for communicating well. Come prepared to ask questions about the writing process and learn how to use your gifts to encourage and equip the church.

WM 101: Starting from Scratch (Marcie Tuten)

Establishing a Word based and relationally driven women’s ministry can feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, the best way to do this is often not as difficult as we might think. Starting from scratch (or even starting over after a long break) means getting back to the basics to remind ourselves why we do what we do. This workshop is designed to give you a strong theological foundation on which to build a unique women’s ministry that will work in your local context alongside the mission of your church.

Titus 2 and You (Melanie Cogdill)

“Ok Boomer” was a popular meme for the last couple of years as younger iGen tech savvy kids rolled their eyes at older generations. In a culture that values youth and teen social media influencers over experience, even in churches generations can be separated from one another. The Bible calls us to a radically different, counter-cultural way of relating to other generations. The Apostle Paul in the Book of Titus teaches the church why God has called His people to be not only in generational relationships but in gender-specific friendships that are to bless the entire church community. This seminar gives you the biblical basis for why your women’s ministry needs to proactively encourage Titus 2 friendships among the women in your church.  We will also spend in-depth time with one another sharing ideas and discussing this topic together. This is an interactive seminar designed to equip your women’s ministry leaders with the biblical basis for and tools for a Titus 2 Ministry.

Lunch for First Timers:

On Thursday at 12:00 noon, we are offering a welcome lunch (additional $18). It is specifically designed for first timers (but others can attend). 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.

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: 

Directions: Traffic in Atlanta is heavy…allow plenty of time!

How much is parking? Parking is discounted at $12/day.

How do I get to the hotel from the airport if I’m flying? There is a free shuttle from the airport.

Are there refrigerators in the rooms? Yes, there are refrigerators in each room (no microwaves).

Is breakfast included at the hotel? No, breakfast is NOT included. There is a restaurant and a Starbucks. You may want to bring breakfast bars or something to fix in your room.

Where should I eat lunch on Thursday? If you are not attending the welcome lunch, there is a restaurant at the hotel.

Can I fly in to Atlanta on Thursday morning? Yes, if your flight arrives by 1:00, you should be able to arrive at the hotel in time for the first session.

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