SBTC women’s ministry regional conferences

The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s women’s ministry has scheduled regional conferences in five cities for 2004. “The Lydia Principle: Living with Purpose,” will be a two-day event?Friday night and all day Saturday.

The conference is scheduled March 5 and 6 at Southside Baptist Church in Abilene; March 26-27 at River Hills Baptist Church in Corpus Christi; April 2-3 at Arlington Park Baptist Church in Arlington; April 30-May 1 at East Paris Baptist Church in Paris; and Sept. 24-25 at San Jacinto Baptist Church in Amarillo.

The conference will include the following speakers and topics:

Jackie Roese, a native of New York state, will speak about the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. Roese’s husband, Steve, is pastor of Irving Bible Church and she is a frequent speaker at women’s conferences and the author of three Bible study booklets.

Gency Fortenberry will speak about “being Jesus” in our conflicts and on the topic: “Help! I’m a Minister’s Wife!” She is the wife of Mike Fortenberry, pastor of East Paris Baptist Church in Paris, where she has coordinated the women’s ministry for 10 years.

Margaret Kennedy will address the importance of accountability as a safeguard for faithful Christian living. Kennedy founded Threads of Hope, a Bible teaching and writing ministry. She has a weekly radio program and is a LifeWay Christian Resources trainer.

Barbara B. McKinney will speak on the freedom and joy of knowing one’s spiritual gifts. McKinney and her husband, Nelson, have led evangelistic crusades internationally and she is a frequent conference speaker.

Edwina Patterson will address hearing God’s voice. Patterson, founder of A Heart for the Home Ministry, draws from personal experiences in her teaching. She is also a prolific writer and radio host.

Deborah Brunt will speak on “Key Truths for Leading Well” from Jeremiah 3:15. She is the women’s ministries and missions specialist for Oklahoma Baptists and is a contributing writer for newspapers, Journey devotional magazine and Focus on the Family’s women’s website, Renewing the Heart.

Jean Williams, co-founder of BIONIC Women of God Ministry, will address how God’s word reveals his wisdom to us and how we can convey it to others. Her husband, Jerry, is pastor of Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Henderson, where she leads women’s Bible studies.

Shirley Moses, SBTC women’s ministry consultant, will speak on beginning or rebuilding a church-based women’s ministry throughout three sessions. “My heart’s desire is to be a resource for the women across the state as we work together to help grow strong churches that bring God glory,” Moses wrote in the conference brochure.

Chris and Diane Machen will lead praise and worship in Paris, Corpus Christi and Abilene.

The conference begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and concludes at 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Shirley Moses at or call the SBTC office at 972-953-0878.

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