PHOENIX (BP)–The annual Pastors’ Wives Conference will follow the same theme of “Aspire” of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference, with Kay Warren as the keynote speaker.
The conference will be held from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Monday, June 13, the North Ballroom A/B of the Phoenix Convention Center. There is no cost for the event and registration is not required. Women who serve in any area of local church leadership, missions and denominational work are invited to join ministers’ wives in attendance.
Warren is a two-time cancer survivor and an advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS and the “global giants of spiritual darkness, lack of servant leaders, poverty, disease and ignorance.” Author of “Say Yes to God,” she is a frequent columnist in both secular and religious media. She and her husband Rick began Saddleback Church in the living room of their condominium, now reaching thousands of Southern Californians with the Gospel.
The conference also will feature a testimony from Heather Moore of Christ Fellowship in Tampa, Fla. Barbara O’Chester of Wake Forest, N.C., will close the session with a time of guided prayer for minister’s wives.
Questions from the audience will be fielded by a panel of ministry women led by Susie Hawkins, wife of GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins and author of “From One Ministry Wife to Another.” Warren and Moore will join the panel, along with Lynette Ezell of Alpharetta, Ga., and Meredith Floyd of Cross Church in Fayetteville, Ark.
“We want to give our ministry wives a time of spiritual encouragement and refreshment,” said Jeana Floyd of Springdale, Ark., one of the organizers of the annual program. “The message, testimonies and interactive discussion are designed to address issues that concern our pastors’ wives today. Although our focus is ministry wives, all women are welcome.”
Joint funding for this year’s session is being provided by LifeWay Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board with displays of interest to women provided in the ballroom lobby.
Tammi Reed Ledbetter is news editor of the Southern Baptist TEXAN, newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.