The Enduring Community …

“Professing Christians are often—at best—confused about what the local church means for their spiritual growth; or they are—at worst—altogether frustrated with it. Even to the point of abandonment.”  The sobering reality is that Brian Habig wrote those words 15 years ago in his book Enduring Community: Embracing the Priority of the Church. Brian Habig, pastor of Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, will speak on this topic at LT 2017, focusing us on the beauty and privilege of serving Christ and His bride, the Church.

… Embracing the Priority of the Church

We invite you to join us February 23-25, 2017 for Leadership Training in Atlanta

Keynote Speakers: Brian Habig, Karen Hodge


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.


Workshops: Choose from 22 different workshops, which are listed under the Workshops tab.

  • When registering, you will be asked for your workshop choices as well as if you have any medically necessary dietary restrictions that the hotel needs to know about.
  • We hope you enjoy our secure online registration experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email Kathy Wargo, or call 678-825-1132.
  • Once you register, you will receive a receipt showing the amount paid.


Early Registration: by January 16, 2017

Registration deadline: February 6, 2017 (or sooner if we reach our full capacity)


Cost includes conference materials, lunch on Friday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, and access to download sessions and workshops (audio and printed handouts).

New this year! An optional lunch on Thursday for first-timers. The cost is $10 extra and you will receive great tips for making the most of Leadership Training!

  • $255 Early Registration (register by January 16) [$265 if attending the first-timer’s lunch]
  • $280 Registration (register January 17 to February 6) [$290 if attending the first-timer’s lunch]

Cost does NOT include the hotel; you must register for your hotel directly with the Sheraton. Be sure to mention PCA Leadership Training for special rate of $99/night plus taxes. Please note: As of February 1, the Sheraton is full. We were able to get a room block for attendees across the street at the Holiday Inn for the $99/night rate. Attendees may call the hotel directly at 404-487-5000 and reference the PCA 2017 CDM Women’s Leadership Training.

Please note: As of February 1, the Sheraton is full.

We were able to get a room block for attendees across the street at the Holiday inn for the $99/night rate. Attendees may call the hotel directly at 404-487-5000 and reference the PCA 2017 CDM Women’s Leadership Training.

Sheraton Atlanta Airport

1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta, GA 30337

Visit the website.

 Call 888-627-7046 or 800-325-3535


Be sure to mention “PCA 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference” for special rate of $99/night plus taxes.

Hotel room reservations at the Sheraton must be made before February 1; at that time our contracted rate will no longer be available.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration and Bookstore Open
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm First Timer’s Lunch in Solarium (Must sign up for this)

Lunch (see nearby restaurants here)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm General Session –  with Brian Habig
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Regional Time
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Workshop Session #1
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm General Session – with Brian Habig
7:30 am Breakfast Available outside Ballroom (pay on your own)
8:30 am – 9:30 am General Session – with Brian Habig
9:45 am – 10:45 am Workshop Session #2
11:10 am – 12:10 pm Workshop Session #3
12:20 pm – 1:40 pm Denominational Lunch
1:40 pm – 2:45 pm Dessert in Regional Groups
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Ideal for fellowship and networking
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Optional Affinity Gatherings
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner and Love Gift Program
8:00 pm

Dessert Buffet

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Regional time
9:45 am – 11:30 am

General Session – with Karen Hodge

Brian Habig helped plant, and now pastors, Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. Before that, he served for ten years as a campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship. Brian and his wife, Dana, have three children. No one in the family has ever run more than ten miles at one time.

Teri Anderson and her ruling elder husband, Mark, are members of Spring Meadows PCA in Las Vegas, NV. They have two adult “kids” and are brand new grandparents! Teri’s early work history includes managing a community pool and swimming program, teaching high school English, Computer Technology, and Gifted Education before beginning her motherhood role and a resulting home-based Mary Kay Cosmetics business. Currently, as an Independent Sales Director, she provides training and mentoring for women of all ages across the USA. In the volunteer world, she has served as a Women’s Advisor to the Board of Covenant College, and as an International Board member and VP to Alpha Omicron Pi.  In her local women’s ministry, Teri has held the offices of president, treasurer, and Bible Study leader. She has served as a PCA Women’s Ministry Trainer and retreat speaker since 2001, teaching the biblical concepts including those that she will be sharing during this event!

Melanie Cogdill has been a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. Previously she served as South Coast Presbytery Women’s Ministry President. For the past 24 years she has worked as the Managing Editor for the Christian Research Journal, a bi-monthly magazine that specializes in in-depth research of cults and new religions, the occult (including the New Age movement), aberrant Christian movements and teachings, and general apologetics. Its goal is to equip the body of Christ in doctrine, discernment, defense of the Christian faith and discipleship. She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Dwayne, and two sons.


Donna Dobbs, having graduated from RTS Jackson with a Masters of Christian Education, is The Director of Women and Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. Donna has 35 years of experience in working with all ages in the local church. She has also served as: A trainer for Christian Education and Publications, 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, and a reviewer and editor for Crossway Publications.


Courtney Doctor and her husband Craig have four wonderful children and two amazing daughter-in-laws. Courtney received her MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry for the Kirk of the Hills, PCA in St. Louis, MO. She is a Bible teacher, a conference and retreat speaker, and the author of From Garden to Glory; a Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (CDM 2016). She serves as the vice-chairman of the board of directors for Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis as well as serving on the advisory board for Covenant College.

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Stephen Estock is Coordinator for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). A former USAF officer, he has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in Montgomery, AL and St. Louis, MO. Stephen has also been an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological and Covenant Theological Seminaries. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis on competency-based learning and leadership training. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and live in Atlanta, GA.

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Meg Flowers is a Southeastern nomad, claiming Jackson, Mississippi and now Birmingham, Alabama as home. She works part time for the Carraway Center for Teaching and Learning which specializes in the practical application of cognitive neuroscience to improve student learning. Meg also serves at a summer learning camp for middle school students in partnership with Urban Hope PCA church in Fairfield, Alabama. Previously she was the School Programs Coordinator for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she wrote curriculum, led student workshops, and taught professional development sessions for educators. She and her husband, Brian, are members of Oak Mountain PCA where Meg serves on the women’s leadership team. They love cheering for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Dallas Cowboys with their two sons, Grant (7) and Stuart (4). 

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Christina Fox is a graduate of Covenant College and received her Master’s in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She writes for a number of Christian ministries and is the editor of the PCA women’s ministry blog, enCourage. She is the author of A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament. Christina and her husband George have two boys, ages 9 and 12, whom she homeschools. After almost twenty years living near the Atlantic in S. Florida, they recently moved to the Atlanta area where they are enjoying learning about all things southern. They attend East Cobb PCA. You can find her sharing her faith journey at

Megan Hill is a PCA pastor’s daughter, a PCA pastor’s wife, and a mother of three. She lives in Massachusetts where she serves on the editorial board for Christianity Today and is a regular contributor to CT Women and The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches.

Lisa Hellier serves the PCA as a Bible study teacher and small group leader. For the past sixteen years, she has led, taught, and trained women to know, love, and serve God with all of their lives in her church, community Bible studies, retreats, and conferences. She joined the CDM Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer in 2015. Lisa is married to Jim and mom to three teenage sons, Nate, Matthew, and Samuel. They recently moved to Jackson, MS. Facebook: Lisa Hellier.

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.

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. She has also authored several books for children.

Abby Hutto is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Gahanna, Ohio. She also works for Parakaleo, a ministry that comes alongside women in ministry, as a Network Leader, Gospel Coach and Alongside Trainer. She 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 children, Hannah (12) and Harris (11). They live in Westerville, Ohio.

Becky Kiern lives and works in St. Louis, MO. Born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville, she moved from Knoxville, TN to St Louis in 2008 where she received her Master of Arts in Educational Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary. She has been on staff at South City Church for the past 7 years where she has served in the role of Director of Community Life and Women’s Ministry. South City Church is located in the ethnically and socio-economically diverse neighborhood of Shaw and for the past few years has been actively involved in racial reconciliation in the city of St. Louis. Becky has also been an RN in adult cardiology helping to fix broken hearts for the past 10 years. Above all, her favorite roles are that of friend, sister, and auntie.

Sherry Lanier has a passion for God’s Word, discipleship, and mentoring of young women. She and her husband, Steve, served on the staff of Youth for Christ for 23 years and she now meets on a weekly basis with a number of young women from her church, teaches a ladies’ Sunday School class, and teaches a weekly outreach Bible study for professional women. Sherry also serves with the PCA MNA Disaster Response Ministry. She formerly served as a Regional Advisor and is currently an Advisor to the CDM Committee.

Debbe Mays holds a master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in conflict management. She holds certificates from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has received training from Peacemaker Ministries and the South Carolina Bar Association Family Court Mediation program. Debbe has been a guest lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC, on the topics of Christian conciliation and managing conflict in congregations and volunteers at the Upstate Mediation Center in Greenville. Debbe and Rod have been married 41 years, are the parents of one daughter Meg (Michael) and grandparents to three-year-old Mays.

Paula Miles is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, and mother of Wimberly, 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.

Chandra Oliver currently serves as a member-at-large to military spouses on the women’s ministry team for the PCA. Attending her first Leadership Training in 2005, Chandra helped implement women’s ministry in her local church, later serving with PresWIC for North Texas Presbytery, and then as a Regional Advisor for women’s ministry. Chandra’s husband Matthew is a teaching elder in the PCA, and they reside at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO.

Bethany Phillis is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor for the PCA Women’s Ministry. She has served as a Presbytery Women’s Ministry team member and local church women’s ministry team member, as well as a youth leader in her local churches. She has a particular heart for mentoring the next generation. This is reflected in her profession: a high school English teacher.

Tami Resch and her husband, Steve, have co-labored in three church plants since 1991 currently serving Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Columbus, OH. As Associate Director and co-founder of Parakaleo, Tami helps church planting spouses take the hope of the gospel to their own hearts and to the hearts of others. She is the co-author of Beyond Duct Tape: Holding the Heart Together in a Life of Ministry. The daughter and sister of professional football coaches, Tami has become one herself, coaching women through life and ministry. She created the Alongside Coach Training, providing women with tools and skills for bringing gospel dynamics into one-on-one conversations. Tami is a member of Steeler Nation. Additional fanaticisms include organizing closets, drawers, and homes. She is an R.N. (retired nurse), a retired home school mom, and the sometimes tired but never retired mother of three and grandma, “Jami,” to Sawyer. /

Susan Shepherd has been a full-time staff member at Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, NC since 1991. She served 14 years as Director of Children’s Ministries. Since 2004, Susan has been the Director of Women’s Ministries. She 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.

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.

Susan Tyner serves as the Mid-South Regional Advisor for Women’s Ministries. While earning her B.A. at Ole Miss, she began leading Bible studies for high school and college girls.   Later, she and her husband Lee began a family that would eventually include five children (now 25, 23, 21, 18, and 14). During those years, Susan enjoyed teaching Bible studies, speaking at retreats, and helping establish women’s ministries in local church plants.  She now works on staff as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS.

Jane Anne Wilson, wife to David and mother of four adult children, earned her nursing degree from University of Delaware and worked in pediatrics. She grew up in the PCA and has served in 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.  She enjoys long walks and family reunions.

If you are interested in volunteering at LT, please email Kathy Wargo.  We need volunteers to help with the following:


  • Photographer

Responsibilities: Take pictures throughout the conference and submit them to us on Saturday.

  • Workshop Hostess

Responsibilities: Check in with Kathy at the registration area, and then arrive at the workshop room 15 minutes early to be available in case the speaker needs anything. (You would be the hostess in a workshop that you have chosen.)

  • Record a Workshop

Responsibilities: Check in with Kathy at the registration area to learn how to operate the recorder; you will arrive at the workshop room 15 minutes early and record the workshop. Following the workshop you will return the recorder to the registration area.  (They are very easy to operate.) You would be recording in a workshop that you had chosen.

  • Greeter (Thursday AM)

Responsibilities – Be available to greet women in the lobby when they arrive and direct them to the registration area upstairs.

Women’s Ministry 101 – Susan Hunt

Recommended for first-timers. An overview of CDMs philosophy and resources for women’s ministry.

  • Why is a women’s ministry important in a local church?
  • Are there biblical principles for developing and sustaining a women’s ministry?
  • How do these principles give consistency and continuity even when leadership changes.
  • How does a biblically-principled approach to women’s ministry cultivate a culture of covenant community in the church?
  • How do we develop a Titus 2 discipleship ministry?
  • Can we have a Titus 2 ministry if we don’t have a diversity of ages in our church?
  • How can we spiritually mother girls in our church?

Gospel Group Dynamics – Abby Hutto

How do we weave the Gospel into our group dynamics and small group discussions? How do we deal graciously with difficult group members? How do we respond with dignity and respect when someone reveals a shameful or painful experience? We all desire to lead others to Christ, but often feel we lack the ability to respond well in the moment. Join us as we learn together how to grow in our competence and confidence in leading Gospel saturated small groups.

Same Sex Attraction in the Church – Melanie Cogdill

The church is not always comfortable talking about sexuality in a culture saturated with sexuality. In this seminar you will learn to be equipped with understanding what God intended for sexuality and learn to have a clear apologetic for biblical sexuality that goes beyond the “Just don’t do it” mentality for single women. In addition, rapid fire answers to cover questions about LGBTQ issues, bathroom bills, sexting and more.

A Leader Among Men – Susan Shepherd

Being a women’s ministry leader in the context of our PCA heritage is not always easy. In particular, serving a largely male dominated staff and leadership in a way that glorifies God, builds up the Body, and honors our uniquely feminine personhood can be challenging…but not impossible! God’s plan for womanhood extends to our relationship with our brothers in leadership. This seminar will explore basic principles of what it means to be uniquely feminine as a leader with men in the Body of Christ.

“Not Just Idle Words”: Preparing a Bible Study – Paula Miles and Susan Tyner

“These are not just idle words for you – they are your life.” Deuteronomy 32:47. As Bible study leaders, we long to be life-givers to the women who attend our Bible studies. Preparing effectively is often the most difficult task for a leader. How do I spiritually prepare my own heart to be a vessel used by God to teach others? How do I practically create a lesson that encourages and equips women and helps instill in them a passion for God’s Word?

“But It’s Just A _____”: Becoming Thoughtful Consumers of Culture – Bethany Phillis

“But it’s just a (fill-in-the-blank: song, movie, story, TV show).” While it’s only intended for entertainment, there’s no doubt that it has an impact on our hearts and minds. Stories and songs are powerful, and we need to be cautious that we don’t conform to the thinking of the world through media. We must be transformed into thoughtful consumers of culture. Come learn about how to view media through a Biblical lens; it may be helpful in thinking about how to relate to the next generation.

Hold That Thought… – Meg Flowers 

As women who teach and lead, do you ever wonder if what you’re trying to communicate actually “sticks?” Join us as we discuss the beauty of God’s design for how the brain learns and try out practical ways we can engage others as we seek to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” 

Southern Presbyterians & Race – Brian Habig

Last year’s PCA General Assembly prompted a lot of discussion about race. Specifically, a much-discussed (and approved) Overture called for our denomination to own and repent of sins of some Presbyterian forebears. Since you may or may not be familiar with this history, this seminar will seek to provide some initial background. The goal is not to shame Southern Presbyterians who went before us, nor to pretend that they didn’t have blind spots (as do we!). Hopefully, this will help us understand our roots as we strive to grow into a church for all sorts of people. (The presentation will include visual material as well.)

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!

Life-giving Leaders – Susan Hunt

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. Proverbs 14:1

  • What is the calling and character of a life-giving leader?
  • What is the purpose and power of a life-giving women’s ministry?
  • How does the Titus 2 discipleship principle intersect with everything a women’s ministry does?
  • How do we recognize and develop the gifts and graces of other women?
  • How do we build a leadership team?
  • How does a leadership team cultivate a culture of covenant community? 

Using Your Gift of Writing to Build Up the Church – Christina Fox

Do you enjoy writing? Do you enjoy encouraging, instructing, or enlightening others through words you’ve strung together? This workshop is for all writers, aspiring and experienced alike. Come be encouraged to use your gifts for the strengthening and building up of Christ’s church. There will also be a question and answer time on the practical aspects of writing as well as some book giveaways.

Gospel Friendships & Titus 2 – Teri Anderson

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.” (CS Lewis) “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But, woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.(Ecc 4:9-10) What makes a good friend? What makes a friendship Gospel-centric? This workshop will explore both the “why” and the “how” of the “something” that elevates a friendship to one which fulfills what we label the Titus 2 call to discipleship. Bring both your questions and your ideas to share during out time together! 

“How did you…?” and “How do I…?”  Breathing Life into the Various Contexts of Women’s Ministry – Chandra Oliver

Come join a panel discussion and a time of Q&A with other women. The panel is intentionally diverse reflecting the many different contexts in which women’s ministry strengthens the church. We will hear from these women while having an opportunity to pose specific questions to our panelists. Ultimately we will be encouraged and reminded that the Gospel unites and informs our ministries as we seek to apply its Truth to the particular contexts in which we serve.

Coming Alongside – Tami Resch

Together we will:

  • Look at gospel truths that lead us to humbly and confidently enter conversations with women (even on topics of which we are inexperienced).
  • Learn practical skills and tools to facilitate conversations with a direction toward Jesus.
  • Explore how to invite women to see themselves, see their situations, and see their Savior through a biblical, gospel lens that they might walk forward in faith.

I’m Not Bossy, It’s Leadership Skills, I Tell You–Leadership! – Lisa Hellier

Strong women who are gifted to teach, lead, and instruct wonder about where they fit, how they may serve, and even if ministry in the complementarian context of the PCA will be satisfying. Have these skills been mistakenly given to a population with no place to use them? Come and see how God’s wisdom in creation has its expression for your service through the lens of the covenant. Scripture clearly speaks to God’s good plan for a woman’s fruitful ministry. Come and be encouraged as to how your God given talents can be rightly used for His glory without fear or frustration.

How Can I Choose Good Bible Studies? – Donna Dobbs

“There are so many Bible studies for women that are on the market.  I’m not a theologian, and I don’t have time to read everything out there.  How can I know what’s good?” This is the question every women’s ministry has to answer, not just once, but again and again, year after year. Many of us don’t have the training or resources to guide us in the selection process, but there are some simple, and some more complex, answers that can help you choose a good Bible study. This seminar is for the novice as well as the practiced women’s ministry leader or Bible study teacher in the local church. We’ll talk about what to look for in evaluating the content and style of studies as well as where to find some online resources that can help you with this important decision.

Downloadable Recordings – As you look through the list of workshops, are you having trouble deciding which one to attend? Don’t worry! As part of your conference fee, you will have access to downloadable recordings of the workshops (barring any glitches in recording them).

Coffee – You commented…we listened! One of the most-mentioned comments from Leadership Training evaluations was that women wanted more access to coffee! The hotel has agreed to set up a cash coffee station outside the ballroom, and you will be able to purchase coffee and snacks. The Starbucks in the lobby will still be open for the fancier coffees, but hopefully this will help with avoiding long lines.

Meal Options – For those who arrive early, there is a restaurant in the hotel, a Ruby Tuesdays across the street, and a Hyatt Place with a nice 24/7 Gallery Menu located across the street. If you are flying, you may want to get something at the airport before taking the shuttle to the hotel for further food options. Often women bring their own breakfast eat-on-the-go items.

Temperature of the Ballroom and Workshop Rooms – For some reason, it is very difficult to get the perfect temperature in a hotel setting. It is often extremely cold, and we will try to work with the hotel in order to regulate it better. However, it does continue to be an issue each year…so please dress in layers (but hopefully you won’t need mittens!).

What to Expect – We have a full schedule, so if you were interested in seeing Atlanta, you would need to arrive early or stay later because there will not be time in the schedule to explore.

Luggage – If you arrive and the hotel does not have a room available for you yet, you may store your luggage in the hotel’s locked storage facility (but do not leave it unattended in the lobby if that facility is full). You may bring your luggage upstairs to our registration area and place it in the ballroom or a locked room that we will have as designated for luggage storage.

Parking – Our contract with the hotel states that you will have complimentary self-parking.

PCA Bookstore – Tim Schirm, our bookstore manager, will be setting up the PCA Bookstore with lots of book options!

Hotel Amenities – Most of the hotel rooms at the Sheraton do NOT have microwaves or refrigerators in them.

WiFi – The hotel provides free WiFi in the lobby and in the hotel rooms, but not in the main ballroom and break-out rooms. It is very expensive to obtain WiFi for these spaces because the hotel charges a large fee, so it will not be available (other than for use by our bookstore).

When You Arrive – You may check into the hotel registration desk and then go up the stairs (or take the elevator) to our registration area on the second floor.

Water Bottle – Many women find it helpful to bring a water bottle with them that can be filled at the water stations.

Denominational Lunch – We will have a denomination lunch, where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the agencies and committees of the denomination. Your region will pray for and encourage one of the agencies or committees throughout the coming year, so you will have a prayer time with that agency leader during dessert after the lunch.

Lunch for First Timers

On Thursday at noon, we are offering a light lunch (additional $10 charge for lunch) for first timers who would like know what to expect at Leadership Training in what promises to be a high-energy, informative time (you’ll even learn what some the acronyms mean), and complete with give-aways!

Affinity Groups

We are going to offer optional Affinity Groups on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. You will have the opportunity to choose a group when you register. Affinity groups will be offered for:

  • Pastors’ Wives

  • Ruling Elders’ Wives

  • Writers

  • Those trying to revitalize a women’s ministry

  • Those needing specific Prayer