LEADERSHIP WIVES: Wednesday and Thursday Women’s Programs
- Wednesday-Our Privilege in Marriage
- Thursday-Our Privilege in the Body
United in Christ: The Power of One-Marriage and Ministry
A personal greeting from Karen
Connections…that is what my heart longs for this summer. General Assembly consistently falls at the time of year when I long to have time to rest after a rich and full ministry year and I long to have time to reflect on where God has taken me and what the future might hold. It is a time where I yearn to bask in the rich community many faraway friends and precious kingdom partners, to feel a vital connection, a genuine oneness to God and others. If you are anything like me I live most days…disconnected in my heart, thoughts, purposes and ultimately from my Savior. I see the tangible evidence of this my home, ministry and marriage. Will you join me as a sister who struggles to connect…who desires to experience the communion of the Power of One…sweet oneness with Christ and your husband. I look forward to seeing your lovely faces this June as we explore United in Christ: The Power of One-Marriage and Ministry. Recommended reading: **Relationships: a Mess Worth Making by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp.
Karen Hodge is a motivating and encouraging pastor’s wife and mother of two beautiful children. She is having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church. Prior to their newest adventure, Chris and Karen have served at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL, Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, NC, and planted Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church in Stuart, FL. She also serves as National Trainer for the Women’s Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America. She has a heart for MNA (Mission to North America) and sits in an advisory role to the Standing Committee of MNA as well as serving the Church Planting Assessment Center. It is from this perspective as wife, mother, leader, and friend that she offers insight from God’s word to women concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory.
Our Privilege in the Body
A personal greeting from Kathy
Each year that I attend GA, I look forward to seeing friends from all of the places that we have lived and labored and sometimes it is a real “blast from the past” with wonderful surprises. But I also look forward to seeing the bigger picture that God is painting of His Church. Just as our local church “bodies” are built with individual gifts and graces, just like each of my friends, this PCA “body” is built of churches with individual gifts and graces that together help visualize God at work. This year I look forward to seeing all of you (my new friends) at GA as we look at Our Privilege in the Body: Extending His Kingdom through Hospitality. What does Scripture tell us about hospitality and how is it an integral part in this “body” building? Come ready to think outside the box!
We will be looking specifically at hospitality to our brothers in Christ, but Scripture also commands us to be hospitable to our neighbors and enemies. You may want to check out ** Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, by Christine D. Pohl, for a fresh look at this command.
Kathy Stair is the wife of Randy Stair, ruling elder and President of the PCA Foundation. They are parents of Julie and Brad, and grandparents of Samantha,Aidan, and Logan. Kathy and Randy are members of ChristChurch Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA. Kathy has served in several churchesin Women’s Ministry, five years as Administrative Assistant to CEP’s Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, and is a CEP Women in the Church Trainer.
**Recommended books will be available in the CEP Bookstore during General Assembly, or you can order them now by calling 800-283-1357 or order online: www.cepbookstore.com.