Ministers’ wives attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are invited to a trio of women’s events based on the theme, “Radiant.” These events include a Pastors’ Wives Conference, a Ministers’ Wives Luncheon and a Women’s Expo.
The Pastors’ Wives Conference, held during the morning session of the Pastors’ Conference on Monday, June 15, from 8:45 a.m.-11:45, will feature teaching sessions, table discussions and a live poll.
Speakers include Christine Hoover of Charlottesville, Va., addressing “Four Anchors Every Pastor’s Wife Needs;” Lori McDaniel of Rogers, Ark., on “Living on Mission;” and Naghmeh Abedini on the persecuted church and its effect on pastors’ families.
Hoover is the author of “The Church Planter’s Wife,” McDaniel serves as a women’s consultant for the International Mission Board, and Abedini is the wife of imprisoned Iranian American pastor, Saeed Abedini.
Kathy Litton, the national consultant for ministry to pastors’ wives for the North American Mission Board, will conduct a live poll of the audience on the subjects of marriage and ministry. Kristin and Eric Yeldell of First Baptist Church in Naples, Fla., again will lead music for the session.
The conference is hosted in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. There is no cost for the event and registration is not required. Women who serve in any facet of local church leadership, missions and denominational work are invited to attend.
The annual SBC Ministers’ Wives Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 16, at noon, also in the Regency Ballroom.
The luncheon’s guest speaker is Angie Smith. She is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award-winning group Selah) and author of I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy as well as the popular blog entitled, “Bring the Rain.” She holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tenn.
The guest musician is TaRanda Greene, who began her career with the Southern Gospel group, The Greenes. She has traveled with the Bill Gaither Homecoming Tour and has been a guest vocalist at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. After joining The Greenes, she met her husband Tony. In 2010, Greene found herself a widow and a single mother of two girls, a story she now shares through music and testimony.
Luncheon tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.lifeway.com/Event/womens-event-sbc-ministers-wives-luncheon or by contacting Mary Cox at [email protected].
A Women’s Expo displaying resources for ministry to women will be open in the foyer to the ballroom prior to both events. Pastor’s wife and author, Diane Nix, wife of Preston Nix, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor of evangelism and evangelistic preaching, will direct the expo.
Pastors’ Wives Conference organizer Susie Hawkins said rather than attaching itself to the Pastors’ Conference theme, as in years past, the Pastors’ Wives Conference will now carry the same theme as the Ministers’ Wives luncheon.
“We want to encourage women to be radiant in their personal spiritual walks, marriages and ministries,” said Hawkins, wife of O.S. Hawkins, president and chief executive office of GuideStone Financial Resources.
Mary Cox, president of this year’s luncheon, explains this year’s theme, which is drawn from Exodus 34, where the Israelites saw that Moses’ face was radiant.
“Why was his face so radiant and shining so brightly?” asked Cox, wife of Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro Baptist Church. “Moses had been with The Lord!”
Cox said she hopes women who attend these events will feel they also had been with the Lord. “‘Radiant’ reminds all of us that it starts with our relationship with the Lord. When we spend time with Him, we are radiant from the inside out!”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Shannon Baker is the director of communications for the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network, formerly known as the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. Tammi Reed Ledbetter contributed to this report. She is managing editor of the Southern Baptist TEXAN, texanonline.net, newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.)