Ministers’ wives focus on ‘total woman’

    October 21, 2018

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    Margaret Colson
    Arkansas Baptist News

    JONESBORO — About 100 women from across Arkansas gathered for the ministers’ wives conference and luncheon at Central Baptist Church Jonesboro Oct. 22 prior to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Annual Meeting.

    Focusing on Deuteronomy 10:12 three Arkansas Baptist women led attendees to consider the theme The Total Woman: Mind Body and Soul. Judy Lattimore pastor’s wife Tabernacle Baptist Church Dermott focused on women honoring God with their bodies. Christina Cook women’s ministry leader also from Tabernacle Baptist Church Dermott focused on women honoring God with their minds; and Aamie Mason pastor’s wife Walnut Valley Baptist Church Hot Springs and assistant Little Rock area director for Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes focused on women honoring God with their souls.

    Using the acrostic SOUL Mason urged women to Stillness Openness to vulnerability Unplug and Live Laugh and Love.

    Rather than spending large chunks of time on their cell phones Mason held up her Bible saying “I need to be in this love letter. It is so powerful.” The result she said is “satisfaction that is lasting … and a stillness and peace that no one can buy.”

    This year’s ministers’ wives conference was a first for Dianne Higdon pastor’s wife First Baptist Penn Memorial Church Eureka Springs where her husband has been serving as a pastor since April 2018. Higdon who also serves as worship and women’s pastor at the church welcomed the opportunity to connect with more seasoned ministers’ wives for their prayers perspective and friendship.

    Jennifer Keenen from First Baptist Church Searcy where her husband serves as minister of music/worship tries to attend the conference each year. She gains strength and encouragement as she hears the stories of other ministers’ wives and can “see the hand of God in their lives” she said.

    In addition to the three speakers the conference included praise dancers from Tabernacle Baptist Church Dermott; worship and table discussions.

    The annual conference and luncheon is designed to encourage and equip ministers’ wives said Andrea Lennon ABSC women’s ministry specialist. This year lunch for the wives’ conference was provided by ABSC.

    The leadership team for the women’s event includes Ann Hibbard East End Baptist Church Hensley; Kasey Hill Zion Hill Baptist Church Cabot; Lattimore; Vickie Lee First Baptist Church Sherwood; Angela Millard Pearcy Baptist Church Pearcy; Sara Weaver First Baptist Church Farmington and Vicki Wickliffe Trinity Baptist Church Texarkana.

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