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Wives’ conference: ‘Knowing God’

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–“Knowing God” will be the theme for the annual Pastors’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference, with several noted pastors’ wives to share ways God has strengthened them in their life experiences.

The 8:30 a.m.-noon session on Monday, June 9, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballrooms 1-3 is free of charge and no registration is necessary. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Donna Gaines, wife of Steve Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, will be the main speaker, with praise and worship to be led by Kim and Suzanne Noblitt of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark.

The session is designed to support women married to men in ministry, to provide a forum for sharing challenges unique to women in such roles and to allow women with many years of experience to share what they have learned with younger women.

Susie Hawkins, wife of O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources in Dallas, will lead a discussion on “Hot Topics for Pastor’s Wives,” collecting questions from the audience at the beginning of the program as well as those submitted to www.contagiousjoy4him.com, a website launched last summer by the group to connect Southern Baptist ministers’ wives with other SBC women who are serving God. Panelists are being selected to reflect various sizes of churches and different ages of women.

“The Pastors Wives Conference is designed to provide a time of spiritual refreshment and fellowship among the ministry wives in our convention,” said Hawkins, one of the initial event’s organizers. Now in its fourth year, Hawkins said leaders continue to be encouraged by the positive response and high attendance.
Compiled by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, news editor of the Southern Baptist TEXAN

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