Making Church A Safe Place – Debbe Mays
“I don’t want to be ‘that woman.’” “That woman” might be coming to her very first worship service or Bible study—or she might have been worshipping with you for 20 years. An affair, an abortion, substance abuse, addictions or an eating disorder can disturb our church community’s peace. Problem children, spouses, finances or health don’t fit “the formula.” In II Corinthians 5 the Apostle Paul passionately calls believers to stop judging by outward appearances. He also instructs them to implore, to plead with, others to be reconciled to God. How do his words help us build a safe home for the hurting?
From Garden to Glory: Understanding and Teaching the Meta narrative of the Bible – Courtney Doctor
Have you ever . . .
- wondered what Exodus has to do with Ephesians?
- wanted to study your Bible but didn’t know where to begin?
- thought of the Bible as nothing more than a set of rules to be followed?
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is an epic story of how our eternal God is on a grand mission to redeem and restore his rebellious and wayward children. But it is not a story meant to merely inform us. The story itself is meant to transform us and invite us to participate in this glorious redemption of all things! Join us as we look at how to better understand–and better teach–the Bible as the beautiful, cohesive story it was written to be.
Your Church Needs Praying Women! – Megan Hill
Women often work very hard in the local church. We visit, greet, teach, organize, mentor, cook, counsel, and host—sometimes all in the same week. Those contributions are important. But given our extensive to-do list, we can sometimes neglect the vital work that upholds everything else: prayer. When women pray together we admit our dependence on the One who builds his church, and we seek His blessing on our local body. In this session, we will consider the biblical priority of praying together for the work of the church, and we will discuss practical ways to encourage women to pray.
More Than Emotion-More Than a Notion: Overture 43…Now What? – Ronjanett Taylor and Becky Kiern
Last summer our 44th General Assembly overwhelmingly passed Overture 43. This document names both past and present sins of racial segregation and a failure “to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires.” Ronjanett and Becky met while attending the 44th GA. Their backgrounds, life experiences, and reflections on being present for this historic moment are different in some ways but they share a desire for us all to see the beauty and privilege of serving Christ and His bride, the Church TOGETHER. How can we as Women in Ministry help our church communities strive to engage with the broader family of God? With the denomination’s declaration to seek unity in mind, how can we connect our local church to its community? Let’s talk about it.
I’m a Presbyterian! … What does that mean?” – Stephen Estock
In today’s world, people sometimes see denominations as irrelevant and unhelpful. In this seminar, we will look at some of the unique characteristics of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and how our denomination is designed to assist local churches. We will explain common acronyms and try to help you understand the method that lies behind what can sometimes look like madness. The goal is to provide a safe place for you to bring your questions and lead you to a deeper appreciation of the connection between churches in the PCA.
Taking It Home: Women’s Ministry Models – Sherry Lanier
Leadership Training provides incredible information, tools, and resources. But then the questions come: ‘How does all of this work in the context of my church/plant/presbytery? How do I structure (organize, start, revitalize or develop) a women’s ministry in my local church?’ And then the big one: WHERE DO I START? In this workshop we will consider these questions and look at a number of women’s ministry models, some that work in large churches, small churches, church plants, and everything in between. With this topic there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach as each church and situation is unique so during this workshop we will look at the basic underlying principles of women’s ministries and consider various models for applying these principles in the context of women’s ministry in the local church.
The Privilege of Presbytery Ministry – Jane Anne Wilson
Challenging, frustrating, and confusing, or a blessing and a privilege? Presbytery ministry. Why do it? Just the label sounds boring. And we’re busy enough in our local churches, right? And yet, when a woman’s heart is captured, the whole family is impacted. Let’s unpack why we take on such a privilege, and look at how to stretch our life-giving muscles through the process of building a presbytery ministry that helps turn the hearts of women and their families toward Jesus. We will consider how to get started and how to keep going. You won’t go home empty-handed either! We will be rolling out our new and improved Presbytery Women’s Ministry Handbook!