2nd Leadership University for women set for Sept. 9
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Baptist women will gather for the second annual Women’s Leadership University (WLU) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Park
Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.
The event is designed for women’s ministry leaders, team members and potential leaders to learn latest trends and to network with women leaders from other Arkansas Baptist churches.
This year’s WLU keynote speaker will be Chris Adams, former lead women’s specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, and the 2017 WLU worship leader will be Sally Hennard, First Baptist Church, DeQueen. Topics will include women’s ministry basics and seasons of ministry and leadership. Also a guided prayer time will be led by Gina Franzke, Cross Church, Springdale.
Format for the day will include large group worship as well as prayer time, a panel discussion, roundtable discussions and networking.
Arkansas Baptist women’s ministry specialist Andrea Lennon said, “My hope and prayer for the day is that women’s ministry leaders from across Arkansas will come together for a time of training and learn important leadership skills that will help them understand what women’s ministry is and how a balanced ministry program can help women and strengthen the local church.
“I am excited to think about the possibilities of these leaders meeting each other and forming meaningful relationships that will last. Probably what excites me the most is knowing that the leaders will be encouraged in their personal walks with Jesus.”
At last year’s inaugural WLU in Conway, attendee Alana Tarkinton and a group of women from Lake Ouachita Baptist Church in Mt. Ida sat at a table with women from Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village. Women from the two churches exchanged names and contact information and “have been keeping up with each other and praying for one another” ever since, said Tarkinton. The women even attended women’s events at each other’s churches during the year.
“We have enjoyed this new bond with our sisters in Christ and appreciate how much these ladies have loved on us,” said Tarkinton, who eagerly encourages other women to attend WLU.
“Not only are these events great for information and training purposes, but you will also meet new sisters who will bless you beyond measure and really show you what women’s ministry is all about,” she said.
More information about the conference is available at absc.org/events/womens-leadership-university. Registration deadline is Sept. 4.