Category Archives: Women In Ministry

GA Women’s Resources activities feature discipleship, connection opportunities


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Speakers for the Women’s Resource Council gatherings include (from left), Sharon Beekmann, Mary Brown, Lana Roberts, Jacqueline Smith, Brent Stenberg, Leila Todd, and Karen Walls. 

The EPC Women’s Resource Council is hosting a variety of gatherings at the 38th General Assembly, June 19-22 at Hope Church in Cordova, Tenn.

“Connecting with the Marginalized” is the theme for the annual “TESS Talks” dinner on Wednesday, June 20. Speakers are Sharon Beekmann, Women’s Resource Council Chair; Jacqueline Smith, wife of Hope Church Senior Pastor Rufus Smith; and Karen Walls, Director of Hope Church’s Special Needs Ministry. Beekmann will discuss sexual abuse and harassment; Smith will examine Impacting Public Schools for Christ; and Walls’ topic is “Welcoming and Including People with Disabilities into the Family of God.” Each speaker’s 10-minute presentation will be followed by a 20-minute round-table discussion.

Modeled after the popular “Ted Talks,” TESS (Teaching, Encouragement, and Spiritual Sustenance) Talks offer practical discussions on topics of interest for women across the EPC.

“TESS Talks provide sisters in Christ the opportunity to consider and discuss topics that are relevant to churches today,” Beekmann said. “Plus, we have fun!”

Networking Lunches offer opportunities for fellowship and enrichment around a variety of relevant topics.

In “Connecting with God for Life” on Wednesday, Sharon Henderson will discuss growing in Christ as well as in spiritual disciplines. She is the wife of David Henderson, Pastor of Covenant EPC in West Lafayette, Ind.

On Thursday, Lana Roberts will host the annual lunch gathering for women Teaching Elders and candidates to connect, encourage, and pray for one another. Roberts has served on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, Calif., for more than 10 years and is a member of the EPC Women’s Resource Council.

Also on Thursday, Brent Stenberg and Leila Todd of the Christian Psychological Center in Memphis will host a Networking Lunch for ministry spouses. In their topic, “Opportunities and Challenges,” Stenberg and Todd will focus on the unique challenges ministry spouses face, and on building resilience in order to thrive in the midst of the God-given opportunities and stressors of ministry life. All ministry spouses—male or female—are invited to attend.

On Thursday evening, the Women’s Ministry Dinner will feature Mary Brown as she discusses “Disciple Making: One Woman at a Time.” She will explore Jesus’ method of making disciples, including practical steps in disciple-making that beginners and mature Christians alike can use. Brown leads the Soul Healing Ministry, Women’s Ministry, support groups, and discipleship groups for Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City and is a member of the EPC Women’s Resource Council.

“Mary’s passion for making disciples is contagious,” Beekmann said. “She will inspire us to proclaim the gospel and bring people into the body of Christ.”

For more information about the 38th General Assembly, including registration, daily schedules, and more, see www.epc.org/ga2018. For details about the ministries of the EPC Women’s Resource Council, see www.epc.org.org/thewell including an informational video featuring Mary Brown offering helpful tips and encouragement on mentoring new disciples of Christ.

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General Assembly Networking Lunches offer more than mid-day meal


2017GAbannerRegOnlineNetworking Lunches at the EPC 37th General Assembly provide opportunity for connecting with others with similar ministry interests on June 21-23 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Sacramento. For more information, including descriptions and meeting locations, see www.epc.org/ga2017networkinglunches

Wednesday, June 21

  • Church Planting (hosted by the EPC Church Planting Team)
  • For the Church, For the Generations (hosted by Reformed Youth Ministries)
  • How to Build a Contagious Church Culture (hosted by Vanderbloemen Search Group)
  • How to Make Progress on Leadership Challenges (hosted by PastorServe)
  • Joy Together in Ministry and Mission (hosted by Serge)
  • Jump-Starting Church Revitalization (hosted by the EPC GO Center)
  • Presbyterians Pro-Life (hosted by Presbyterians Pro-Life)
  • What Is the Westminster Confession? (hosted by the Westminster Society)
  • Who Is My Neighbor? (hosted by the EPC Women’s Resource Council)
  • World Outreach Global Worker Meet-and-Greet (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • Young Ministers in the EPC (hosted by the EPC Young Ministers Network)

Thursday, June 22

  • Building a Culture of Generosity (hosted by the EPC Foundation)
  • Conflict Management: What Seminary Never Taught You (hosted by Pastor-In-Residence Ministries)
  • EPC Benefits “Lunch and Learn: Retirement Plan Changes” (hosted by EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.)
  • International Theological Education Network (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • Reaching Millennials (hosted by the EPC GO Center)
  • Reaching the Next Generation of College Students for Christ (hosted by the Coalition for Christian Outreach)
  • Understanding Gender Dysphoria and the Transgender Experience (hosted by OnebyOne)
  • Who Will Lead After You? A Guide to Effective Succession Planning (hosted by Vanderbloemen Search Group)
  • Women Teaching Elders and Candidates (hosted by the EPC Office of the General Assembly)
  • World Outreach Needs Business Professionals (hosted by EPC World Outreach)

Friday, June 23

  • Clerks of Session (hosted by the EPC Presbytery of the Pacific)
  • Coaching Church Revitalization (hosted by the EPC GO Center)
  • Come to The Well: Women’s Ministries Resources (hosted by the EPC Women’s Resource Council)
  • Engaging Muslim Communities for Christ Through Literacy (hosted by Literacy and Evangelism International)
  • EPC Benefits “Lunch and Learn: Retirement Plan Changes” (hosted by EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.)
  • Growing Your Church Through Small Groups (hosted by Hope Church, Richmond, Va.)
  • How to Lead Your Team to Fulfill Your Church’s Vision (hosted by Vanderbloemen Search Group)
  • Leaders of Small Churches (hosted by the EPC Z–4:10 Network)
  • Sending Our EPC Sons and Daughters (hosted by EPC World Outreach)

Women In Ministry “Faith Focus” offering to benefit World Outreach Family Gathering programming


Every year, EPC’s Women In Ministry has a mission project funded through the generous gifts of our churches and some women’s groups. The project for 2014 has been to fund the special programming for 57 women global workers and 8 college women who gathered at the Family Gathering in Budapest, Hungary, in June. Funding over and above the program expenses is providing limited grants to EPC missionaries who apply to work in a holistic ministry to heal, restore, and redirect the lives of women who have been oppressed in the communities in which they serve. Click here to give online, or make checks payable to EPC Women In Ministry and send to:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Attention: Set Free Project (033)
17197 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567
Livonia, MI  48152

The Faith Focus for 2015 will be designated for Women of Hope International, which serves women in Sierra Leone who have been marginalized due to disability. Recently, Women of Hope International has been educating these women about the Ebola virus.

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WHAT BIBLE STUDIES HAVE BEEN A GOOD GROWTH TOOL FOR YOU?

Let us know what the best Bible studies you have used in groups at your church to challenge your women? We would like to make a list of these for churches looking for challenging studies. Please send title and author to Barbara.Roberts@epc.org by June 15.

GA REGISTRATION FOR WOMEN’S EVENTS

Please register before June 1 when fees double!!! We have events for connection and for growth:

  • Professional leaders: Wednesday night Dinner Reception 5:30-6:45 p.m.
  • Ministry Wives: Thursday Luncheon 11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • All Women: REALation Reception Thursday 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • All Women: TESS Talks on Generations/Models of Ministry and Glue: Holding it All Together 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. with lunch

Please click here to view and register: http://www.epc.org

Three Points to Remember from Women In Ministry


Read more information of the events listed below online at epcwomeninministry.org:

1.  REGISTER NOW FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOMEN IN MINISTRY EVENTS  

  • Wednesday, June 18:

EPC WOMEN LEADERS’ DINNER RECEPTION – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

  • Thursday, June 19:

MINISTRY WIVES LUNCH – 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

WOMEN’S REALation RECEPTION – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!

  • Friday, June 20:

WOMEN’S TESS TALKS AND LUNCH 10:30 am- 1:15 pm

2.  CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL FOCUS FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES AT THE JULY 2014 FAMILY GATHERING

World Outreach missionaries and missionary families are to gather in Budapest in July 2014.  57 missionary women will be present.

See description and video of 2014 Faith Focus project at epcwomeninministry.org.

3.  CONSIDER REAL TRAINING MANUAL OR EVENT FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Order a copy of the REAL Training manual and consider using it with your leadership team.  You can also request a REAL Training Event for your church and presbytery.

See description of REAL 2.0 online at epcwomeninministry.org.

Set Free 2014


Set Free 2014 is an exciting way to invest in the lives of women worldwide.  Visit the EPC Women In Ministry web page to explore Set Free 2014:  epcwomeninministry.org.

We are broadening our commitment to women under the oppression of sexual trafficking to include all forms of oppression worldwide.  Check out the resources and educate yourselves on what is happening to our sisters around the globe.  Be part of the solution!

The first half of the year the focus will be on our missionary women who are in cultural contexts of oppression to women.  The Family Gathering of the World Outreach Missionaries is scheduled for July 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.  Women In Ministry wants to encourage the women missionaries attending–around 70–as they gather for renewal.  They will be treated to a special luncheon with time together for the veteran missionaries exchanging stories with those just beginning their journeys. They will reconvene the next day on a boat luncheon trip to continue lifting up one another.  Our churches have opportunity to make this happen!

The second half of the year will focus on taking applications for grants from our women missionaries who wish to work to help the women in their contexts who are undergoing oppression in its various forms.  See the EPC Women In Ministry web page for resources–especially the book and documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Our 2014 goal is $20,000.  You can be part of the solution!

Networking Forum for Women Pastors and Professional Ministry Staff


Registration is on-going at epcwomeninministry.org.  We want to engage you and engage with you at the Networking Forum for Women Pastors and Professional Ministry Staff in Denver on March 27-29!  If you are strategically involved in the ministry of the church as a pastor’s wife, academic or lay person and sense this Forum is for you, please consider yourself invited.  All details for the Forum may be found on-line. If you have questions, please contact us at kristen.uppendahl@epc.org or 734-742-2020, ext. 6950.

Hope to see you there.