About

Since 1989, the PCA has organized conferences specifically for women. Since 2006, CDM has coordinated several international women’s conferences. This year, however, the conference may be closer to home. Rather than one, larger gathering, 2016 Transformed Conference will be held by seven different churches across the country, and in Canada. CDM anticipates hosting 2,500 PCA women across the locations.

The purpose of the regional Transformed conferences is to provide an accessible (geographically, spiritually, financially, generationally, and ethnically) opportunity to encourage and equip all the women of the PCA. CDM’s goal is to utilize and build up women’s ministry leadership at the local and regional level.

Women of all ages are invited to join us as we seek to be Transformed through studying Romans 11:33-12:2 together.

Registration (deadline is February 17, 2017): $100 each

Registration for High School and College Students (deadline is February17, 2017): $50 each

Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 each

Registration includes lunch on Saturday.

When registering, you will choose two workshops to attend on Saturday. (They are different from the Trainings that are offered on Friday.)

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

Please note: We have reached full capacity in several Transformed locations and had a waiting list…so be sure to register early!

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Guthrie 

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She is currently doing graduate studies through Reformed Theological Seminary Global. Nancy offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of a child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

Additional Speakers

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Sharon W. Betters is Executive Director 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 life journey includes 47 years of marriage to her pastor husband, Chuck, parenting four children and embracing the joy of fourteen grandchildren. Sharon and Chuck are learning how to live with purpose in the afternoon of life as they transition into part time retirement.

Brook Breed

Brook Breed and her husband, Mark, live in Sebring, Florida and have 3 children and a granddaughter. She works as secretary at Covenant Pres., and at her husband’s law practice as bookkeeper. Brook has served on her local and Presbytery Women’s ministry teams and as PCA Florida Regional Advisor. She loves teaching Women’s Bible Study, helping and cooking for others, attending her favorite sporting events (Gators and Rays), and spending time with her family.

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CB Campano was born in Cuba, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Lakeland, FL. She is married to Frank and is Elizabeth’s mom. She has been on staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church as Congregational Care Coordinator for ten years, doing counseling, mercy ministry coordination, and women’s 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.

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Sherry Kendrick has served as the Children’s Director of Covenant Church of Naples in Naples, FL for six years.  She has a degree in elementary education from East Tennessee State University and 30 years of experience in children’s ministry as well as homeschooling, private school education and public school education. She loves children’s curriculums and tends to collect them. She is married to Mike and they have three grown children and one grandchild.

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Connie Miller has been married to Mike for 33 years and has three children. She was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years at USC. Then, she served alongside her husband while church planting in Jupiter, FL. Connie now serves with her husband at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC where she is involved with Titus II Ministries and Women’s Bible Studies. She is serving as a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer.

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B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. B.A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.

Workshops

Living With Purpose on Purpose in the Afternoon of Life – Sharon Betters

Better with age. 60 is the new 40 (does that mean 40 is the new 20?). Live fast, Run Hard, Dream Big. Gone are the days when grandmothers could put on a big flowered tent dress, sport a pin curl perm, clunky shoes, support hose rolled down below her knees and rock her way into the twilight zone. Inspiring statements, but how do we live life through this grid when with each season of life, we discover that no matter how we live, run or dream, much of life requires letting go: letting go of dreams, physical health, relationships, children, church families, and sometimes spouses. That rocking chair looks pretty good when each “letting go” leaves a ragged hole that can make or break us. Join us to talk about how to live with purpose, on purpose, in the afternoon of life.

Gospel Centered Parenting – Sherry Kendrick

Let’s face it…parenting is hard work…whether you are in the infant season or the taxi-driver season there are just those day to day needs to be met and challenges to face.  Parenting also has its sweet moments of joy in the children God has given us.  How can we parent day to day, joy to joy and keep the gospel at the forefront?  Let’s talk together about loving, training, disciplining and shepherding our children with a focus on how the gospel transforms them – and us!

Nurturing Gospel Friendships – Brook Breed

Gospel friendships are about mutually entering each others’ lives for the other’s good (not our own) and seeking to draw each other’s affection to Christ (things that are above). This means we seek to encourage not by throwing platitudes at them or speaking of God in superficial terms, but in reminding them who Christ is and of His promises. Being a gospel friend means ironing sharpening iron. That may mean you challenging a friend to see something from a more Christ centered perspective or a friend helping you see a ruling idol in your life. Can we handle a friend helping us see our sin? Can we be this type of friend to another? What about our willingness to go to her when something she said hurt you or for her to come to you when you’ve hurt her? By God’s grace we can because we value gospel friendship and being right relationally more than we are willing to let fear drive a wedge. I can only imagine how different our churches, marriages, families, neighborhoods and communities would look if these are the friendships we were about. We will have a panel discussion from women who will share their hearts and who excel at Gospel friendship with the women God places in their lives.

Walking Alongside the Suffering and Needy – 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, tragedy, betrayal, persecution, abuse, illness, disability, poverty. in short, troubles of all sorts accompany all of us to varying degrees on any given day. Sadly, for some, profound suffering is a constant companion with little expectation of relief this side of heaven. With the use of Scripture and case studies, this workshop will explore ways to compassionately and patiently walk with those who suffer. Moreover, we will focus on how to lovingly and wisely point the broken to the One who came to overcome the hardships inherent in this world.

Sarasota, Florida

Covenant Life Church
8490 McIntosh Road

 

Please note: As a courtesy, we will contract a block of rooms at hotels for the Transformed Conferences. However, because PCA/CDM could not enter into contracts with hotels and be financially responsible if all of the rooms were not reserved, we may not have enough rooms for all who need them and our cut-off date for releasing the rooms is 4-6 weeks prior to the Conference. Therefore, if the hotel rooms below are booked, please feel free to make reservations at other hotels in the area. Thanks for understanding!

Update on January 26: We have reserved a limited number of rooms and we have gotten word that they are filled. We have tried to get contracts at other hotels, but we were not able to find a hotel willing to give us a contract at this late date. Please do a Google search of hotels in the area to attempt to find rooms. We are sorry that there are no more rooms left.

Holiday Inn Express Venice

380 Commercial Court

Venice, FL 34292

941-584-6800

You can use this link to register, or call the hotel: Hotel Link

Please request “PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) CDM 2017 Transformed Conference” when making a reservation for the special rate of $159/night for a double/double room. Price includes complimentary continental breakfast, wifi, and self parking.

Someone let us know that there are rooms available at the Best Western for a slightly higher price.

FAQ

Are children allowed to attend? Is there childcare available?

We are asking that no children (excluding infants) attend the sessions. There will not be childcare at the church.

I can only attend on Saturday. Is there a reduced rate available?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have a reduced rate available for Saturday only.

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I would like to attend one of the training sessions on Friday, but I’m not able to attend the Conference. Is that possible?

Yes! You are welcome to attend one of the Training sessions without registering for the Conference. There is a place online to register for them as well. Men and women are welcome to attend.

How do I register for the pre-conference?

When you register for the conference, there will be the option to register for the pre-conference as well.

What is the refund policy for the Transformed Conferences?

All registrations are transferable without penalty, but they are not refundable.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes! You are able to transfer your registration. Transfers are the responsibility of the two parties involved. CDM is not responsible to arrange payment for transferred registration. Please email Kathy Wargo with updated information.

How do I change my workshop selections?

Once you choose your workshop, you will not be able to make changes to your registration. However, at the conference, you may attend the workshop of your choice, but we ask that you allow others who registered for that workshop to take their seats first.

What options are available for dining?

Places to eat close to Covenant Life Church—

 

Mad Moe’s: American grill on Rt. 41 in Osprey

 

Barefoot Grill: At the Sarasota Square Mall around the corner from the church. Barefoot Grill features affordable American fare with a fun ambiance.  Outdoor seating available.

 

Food Court at Sarasota Square Mall: The food court has lots of quick options including Chick-fil-A, pizza, various Asian restaurants, Burger King, Costco, etc.

 

Prime Steakhouse: This higher end steakhouse just opened recently in the Sarasota Square Mall.

 

Pub 32: This Irish pub and restaurant is about a mile from the church on Rt. 41.

 

Evie’s at Spanish Point: This covered outdoor restaurant sits right on the water with an incredibly beautiful view! Affordable with some seafood and regular American options.  A few miles south of the church on rt. 41 in Nokomis.

When should I make my hotel reservations?

We have contracts with each hotel, but our cut-off dates are well in advance of the conference so that CDM will not be responsible for any unreserved rooms. Be sure to make your reservations by August 31 at the Doubletree to get the group rate.

May I stay at a location other than the recommended hotel?

Because the Transformed Conference is being held at a local church, we are not committed to filling a certain number of hotel rooms with our contract. You are welcome to stay at someone’s home or at a different hotel. The rates we have contracted with the hotel are lower than typical rates.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel and from the hotel to the church?

It would be best to rent a car if flying because there is no mass transportation to the hotel or church.

Is there an official social media hashtag?

Is there an official social media hashtag?

Yes! Please tag any social media posts related to the conference (i.e. photos, quotes, updates, etc.) with #PCAtransformed. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and follow the event on twitter.

Are there things to do in the area?

What to do in the Sarasota Area…

 

Beaches—

 

Siesta Beach: Located on Siesta Key, Siesta Beach’s reputation as the #1 beach in the USA is well deserved. But take note: finding a parking spot at Siesta Beach on a weekend in March may be challenging. Here are some still nice alternatives in case you find yourself driving endlessly around the parking lot…

 

Turtle Beach: At the south end of Siesta Key. Follow Midnight Pass Road to the left when you come over the bridge onto Siesta Key. Turtle Beach is about 2 miles down on the right.

 

Nokomis Beach: About 10 minutes south of Covenant Life Church. Head south on US41. Turn right on Albee Rd and follow that over the bridge onto Casey Key. The beach parking lot is straight ahead. Also, if you’re looking for a beautiful scenic drive, follow Casey Key Road north along the length of Casey Key and you will see beautiful homes and gorgeous gulf views.

 

Venice Beach: Located on Venice Island, this beach has plenty of parking and it is also a short walk from downtown Venice.

 

Lido Beach: This beautiful beach is a little farther north, just west of downtown Sarasota, and right next to famed St. Armand’s Circle. Lido present a unique opportunity to enjoy the beach and then explore the shops and restaurants right there.

 

**all the beaches are free and have free parking**

 

Other places of interest—

 

Manatee Viewing Center: Apollo Beach, FL.  The beginning of March is a great opportunity to see the manatees as they gather in the warm waters around the power plant. The viewing center is free and a nice hour or 2 stop on your way or your way home along I-75 (about 45 minutes north of Sarasota).

 

St. Armand’s Circle: Located on Lido Key, this is a fun area with lots of shops and restaurants near downtown Sarasota and right next to Lido Beach.

 

Downtown Venice: There are lots of shops and restaurants along Venice Ave.  There are some beautiful parks and fountains and it is a about a mile walk to Venice Beach.

I would like to stay in the area for worship on Sunday. What time does worship begin?

Covenant Life Church has Sunday worship services at 9 am and 11:15 am.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Main Conference Schedule

 

Friday, March 3: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 4, 9 am to 2:30 pm

(Saturday includes 2 workshop sessions and lunch)

 

Keynote Speaker – Nancy Guthrie

Session 1: I Need a Change in What Captivates Me (Romans 11:33-36) – Friday evening

Session 2: I Need a Change in What Motivates Me (Romans 12:1) – Saturday morning

Session 3: I Need a Change in What Shapes Me (Romans 12:2) – Saturday afternoon

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pre-Conference Optional Trainings

12-2 pm

Taste of Parakaleo 

Come learn practical, visual tools to enhance your “gospel lens” and help you creatively take the truth to your own heart and to the hearts of others. Parakaleo trains, supports and encourages all women in ministry, especially those in church planting. Parakaleo creates relational space for women to engage a robust gospel and see their own stories and stresses in light of God’s bigger story of redemption. Registration for this event can be found at: www.parakaleo.us/transformed-conference

 

2-5 pm

Women’s Ministry Training – Connie Miller

“Thinking Biblically and Living Covenantally”

Our Women’s Ministry Training is designed to give you a framework to think biblically about who God is and who He is calling you as a woman to be in the context of the home, church or workplace. Some of the topics covered are covenant, church, womanhood, and kingdom discipleship. You will also discover practical tools and engaging ideas for cultivating ministry among women. This training is open to all women, but we strongly encourage women’s ministry leaders/teams, Bible study leaders and other leadership women to attend. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

 

Children’s Ministry Training – B.A. Snider

“Can you really teach kids deep biblical truths?”

From the littlest preschoolers to your elementary students, discover how to help kids grasp God’s amazing story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Learn how God wired our children to grasp spiritual truth as they grow physically and mentally. Get practical tips to partner with parents in helping to raise their children to know Jesus. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

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YOU ARE INVITED!

PCA/CDM Children’s Ministry and Covenant Life PCA will be hosting a dinner Friday evening 5:30-6:45pm before the main conference begins. Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Sherry Kendrick, CDM Children’s Ministry Team Member and other area Children’s Directors will be leading a Q&A panel focused on Creating a Church-wide Vision for Ministry to Children. Come with your questions ready! Cost $12/person. Please register for the dinner online.