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.

Women In Ministry

 

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: 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.

EPC Networking Forum for Women Pastors and Professional Ministry Staff

 

The EPC Networking Forum for women pastors and professional ministry staff is now ready for registration.  Churches are encouraged to help their women professionals attend this first ever Forum. It takes place in Denver, March 27-29, and is a time to connect and be encouraged spiritually, intellectually and personally.  It is also a place to interact with other leaders and express your own thoughts on important issues in the church and the vision within the denomination.

The Forum will include times for worship and communion, reflection and conversation, as well as seven TESS (Training, Encouragement, Spiritual Sustenance) talks, patterned after the TED Talks. These brief presentations will explore topics such as Soul Care; Generational Understanding; Engaging with Social Media; Global Thinking and Thinking Biblically About Homosexuality: How to Engage One Another with Grace and Truth. Each TESS is meant to stimulate creative thinking and lead us into meaningful interaction about the future of our church and denomination. We will also have the opportunity to hear from EPC Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah, who will be with us to speak and to listen.

For more details, see epcwomeninministry.org and click on Events.  We hope to see you there!

Something New for EPC Women Pastors and Professionals

 

NETWORKING FORUM IN DENVER MARCH 2014:

This forum is NOT just for those involved in Women In Ministry as pastors or directors, this is truly for those women in professional and academic ministry.  We want to meet for connection, enrichment and being sharpened by wrestling with what ministry looks like for the future as the denomination grows and as culture shifts the ground under us.  Generational expectations, constantly changing technology, a global society, and a shifting American culture have caused us to look at transitions we must make while holding forth the hope of the eternal gospel.  Come and be a part of this interactive time contributing your thoughts and active listening.  Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah will be joining us for part of the time for interaction.

  • DATES:  March 27-29, 2014
  • PLACE:  Denver, CO
  • COST:    TBA, but we are making this affordable!  We need your input.

YEAR-END GIFT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY:  

SET FREE PROJECT 2013:  We have loved the opportunity of partnering with two agencies involved in the restoration of survivors of sexual trafficking:  Hope House near Asheville NC and The Dream House/Shine Career School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  They continue to provide a doorway to freedom to teenagers trapped by this evil which affects us globally.  December 31 marks the last day for contributions to be given to these two ministries helping young women trapped in slavery to be restored to a fulfilling life.    We want to thank the many who have given to make a difference for these girls and offer the opportunity one more time.  WIM Set Free Project 2014 will focus on our missionaries who are often in cultures oppressive to women.  See our website for more details at http://www.epcwomeninministry.org/.  If you wish to make a year-end gift, please designate SET FREE PROJECT 2013 and send to Women In Ministry, EPC, 17197 N. Laurel Park Drive, Suite 567, Livonia MI  48152. 

WOMEN IN MINISTRY FUNDING:  For many years, our churches have been faithful in supporting us as we seek to encourage and equip women in our churches and presbyteries. The Women In Ministry budget is made possible through churches/women’s groups/individuals giving to Per Woman Asking.  The asking for the churches are $1 per woman which funds the training, resources and events that are sponsored.  Thank you for your support.  We invite you to continue to give enabling us to offer leadership development.

ONLINE ADVENT DEVOTIONAL FOR WOMEN:

Many of our churches have on-line and printed versions of their own Advent devotional resources.   Women In Ministry at Cedar Springs Church in Knoxville, TN led by Suzanne Stelling has produced an on-line version for women.  You can access it at: http://cspc.net/devotionals/.  Also, available at Amazon.com is Make Him Room by Kirsten Oliphant, one of our EPC women authors and bloggers.

Women In Ministry’s Set Free Project

 

SET FREE PROJECT:

Women In Ministry has specified The Set Free Project of working with ministries in the restoration of sexual trafficking survivors (epcwomeninministry.org). Our goal is $20,000 to go to Transitions Global (Cambodia) and The Hope House (Asheville and Charlotte, NC).  We will be giving all monies received through December 2013 to these agencies. We call on all you to help us meet this goal.

EPC CHURCHES ADVOCATING FOR SEXUAL TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES:  

In conjunction with The Set Free Project, EPC churches are encouraged to formulate their own plan of involvement within their community. Many have done this. We would like to know how your church is involved (see contact information below).

Below are some of the churches who are involved:

  • Lakeside Presbyterian Church (Brandon MS): On September 24, 2013, they held an educational dinner to learn more about the 27 million adults and 13 million children who are in slavery (labor and sexual). Interim Director of Women in Ministry Susan Nash was the featureed speaker. This event was the kick-off for a women’s study on the subject.  They plan a church-wide dinner to follow in 2014 with the objective to educate people in      the community on this increasing evil which exists right in the community.
  • EPC of Plant City (Plant City FL):  Human Trafficking Awareness Event is scheduled for October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. featuring Emily Fitchpatrick, founder of The Hope House. This will be an opportunity to learn more about to how to help.  All churches in the area are invited. Contact Deborah Schreffler Deborahschreffler@yahoo.com.
  • Kirkmont Presbyterian Church (Beavercreek OH): Is sponsoring Unveiling This Century’s Slavery with Women At Risk International’s President, Becky McDonald, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the church sanctuary from 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Program and shopping of jewelry/scarves for support. For more information, contact 937-426-8471.
  • Northpoint EPC (Danvers MA):  See the story of Route One Ministry explained by Bonnie Gatchell, Founder of Leading Voices Blog at www.epcwomeninministry.org.

We know other churches are involved in raising awareness and combating the evil of human      trafficking.  IF YOUR CHURCH IS INVOLVED, LET US KNOW at kristen.uppendahl@epc.org. We want to know your story.

Women In Ministry Gathering

 

Women In Ministry has a vested interest in developing leaders.  Therefore, Women In Ministry wants to sponsor two-types of gatherings:

  1. REAL Training Seminars, and
  2. for the first-time, National Networking Forum for Professional Women Staff and Pastors.

Please read the desciptions below and reply to kristen.uppendahl@epc.org to let us know of your interest.

REAL Training for Women in Ministry

Women In Ministry received requests, from 12 churches who attended the General Assembly last June, for a one-day-session REAL Training Seminar.  These churches represent the following presbyteries:  Alleghenies, East, Florida, Mid-Atlnatic, Midwest, Rivers & Lakes, and West.  If you would like to be included in a leadership REAL Training Seminar from these presbyteries or others, please contact kristen.uppendahl@epc.org to be included.  We are in the process of scheduling.

National Networking Forum for Professional Women Staff and Pastors

Women In Ministry is planning to sponsor a national networking forum for EPC professional women staff, directors and pastors.  We are in initial stages of planning.  Dates will be either in early November 2013 or March 2014.  The Forum will be designed to encourage and promote connection and networking for best practices/ideas/problem solving.  If you want to be sure to be included, please contact Kristen Uppendahl at
kristen.uppendahl@epc.org.

REAL Training

 

Leadership training is offered through the REAL Training Manual authored by women from the EPC and available through the General Assembly Office (contact Rill Currie).  Many of our churches have purchased the manual for study within leadership teams.  If there is interest, we will also offer a one-day workshop on leadership training within your presbytery.  This means on-site training from women leaders in your presbytery and/or authors of chapters out of the manual.  From assessment, we find at least four models of ministry in our churches and know that leadership structures in many cases are changing or desiring change.  We can help you find your unique path for fulfilling your mission.  Please view our website, epcwomeninministry.com or call us at 734-838-6950.  We want ministry at the local level to be as effective and available as possible.

Internship Praxis Program at Hope Church Richmond, VA

 

Praxis is a ten-month, full-time internship under the direction of Nicole Unice (Ministry Associate at Hope and speaker at the Women In Ministry Luncheon at the upcoming General Assembly) designed for young leaders who feel called into ministry in the local church. We are looking for capable, committed individuals who would love a launching experience into a career of ministry. Praxis residents will work alongside our senior leaders at Hope Church in specific areas of ministry. They will receive individual mentoring and development, and will be paid a stipend and offered housing.

Currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 and more information can be found at http://www.hopecentral.com/praxis.

Would you consider forwarding this information to any people you know who might be interested, and on sharing it via your social media channels? You can take 10 seconds right now, click on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HopeRichmond

You’ll see the Praxis program listed there…if you click SHARE, it will automatically post to your profile.

If you have any thoughts or questions, contact Nicole Unice at

nunice@hopecentral.com.

Another Engagement Trip to Cambodia with Transitions

 

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

June 9-15th marks the date of another engagement trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to visit the Dream House and Shine Career School of Transitions Global. Six women from the EPC went in January 2013 and met 17 women currently housed in the Dream House who are renewing their lives after having been sexually trafficked. You do not have to be a woman to go on the trip. Churches focused on combating human trafficking will benefit from seeing a model that has won attention worldwide.

If interested contact, Pam Harvey at pam.harvey@transitionsglobal.org

An Effective Resource

 

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An effective resource for the local church or presbytery is REAL TRAINING designed for ministry leaders.  Read more about REAL TRAINING at http://www.epcwomeninministry.org/real-20.

The REAL TRAINING STUDY GUIDE costs only $16.50 and may be ordered online.  Ways it has been used successfully include:

  • Guided study by ministry teams
  • Day workshops, in your area, by contacting the Director of Women In Ministry (Susan Nash @ 901-412-6933)
  • Personal study

This study guide, in its second edition, will lead you logically through equipping your mind and soul, with practical tools, for effective ministry in your church.

National Weekend of Prayer for the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

 

January 11-13, 2013

Women In Ministry Interim Director Susan Nash, invites EPC churches to visit our WIM web site (http://www.epcwomeninministry.org/) to learn more about the “Set Free Project” that addresses the horrors of sex trafficking. We ask that you join in prayer with us for fighting against this tragic evil. However, according to David Meyers with the Department of Homeland Security for Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the national percentage for labor trafficking vs. sex trafficking is about 70-75%. Labor trafficking, modern day slave trade or human trafficking is comprised of primarily women – 50% of which are under 18 yrs. old. Labor trafficking and sex trafficking enslaves victims of both genders. Slavery victims internationally cry out for voices to help end their bondage.

On January 25th, a team of women, including six from the EPC, will leave for Cambodia with Global Transitions to partner with the Shine Career School. Team Members are: Susan Nash (WIM Interim Director) Memphis, TN; Pam Harvey (National Director of Advocacy and Education) Greenwood Community Church , Centennial, CO); Amber Walker (Downtown Church Memphis, TN); Georgia Smith (Advent Presbyterian Memphis, TN); Wendy Dabbous (Woodland Presbyterian Memphis, TN); and Therese Fuglaar (First PC Houma, LA). Please pray specifically for these women for safety, for favor with the Cambodians, and for effectiveness of engagement. Be looking for a report in February.

Please remember to give to our EPC WIM “Set Free Project”- Faith Focus (www.epcwomeninministry.org), which provides funding for Hope House in Ashville, NC and for Global Transitions, Centennial, CO, as they fight against this increasing worldwide problem. We also invite your church to participate financially to “Per Women Asking” (http://www.epc.org/giving/per-member-asking/) which provides funding for our ministry.)

For additional information and to learn more about the National Weekend of Prayer to Fight Human Trafficking in general, go to www.weekendofprayer.net.