Christian Women Connection (CWC) strives to serve Christ through equipping and empowering women for Christian ministry. CWC aims to provide positive relationships, as well as ministry resources to the Church of God and other groups in order to connect women through relationships, spiritual formation, and service. They are also committed to training and empowering women for leadership in peace-building and reconciliation. One of the ways in which they are able to carry out this goal is through their biennial convention.
This year, the Church of God Women’s Convention was held from October 26 to 29 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Plenary session speakers Melissa Pratt, Mary Ann Garcia, Allyson Smith, and Cheryl Sanders were an inspiration to the attendees, as were the times of musical worship and celebration, led by Leslie Barnes.
Check out what some attendees had to say about their experience at the 2017 Church of God Women’s Convention below!
“The highlight of the conference for me was being in a space where I experienced authentic connections through worship, the Word, and through fellowship with my sisters. Christian women connection happened in Daytona!”
—Rev. Felecia Pearson Smith
“I was especially impressed with Rev. Kayla Robinson Harden’s session titled ‘Ministry in the 21st Century.’ We explored the different generations that exist in our culture today to see how this will affect ministry in the 21st century. I also was blessed to be with women from many different backgrounds and cultures joining in unity to worship together.”
—Rev. Shelly Short
“The entire convention was a terrific experience. I have attended many conventions since 1982. My highlight from this convention was the conference for pastors’ wives. Although it was a very nice tea party, we got serious about the daily challenges facing the pastor’s wife. I look forward to new ministry aiding all pastors’ wives.”
“It was such a blessing to gather with my sisters in Christ in Daytona Beach at the CWC Convention. It was a great time together in a beautiful place. So glad I didn’t miss this opportunity to be in a place where women revive, refresh, rejuvenate, and love one another.”
“It’s always nice to connect with old friends and new at CWC Conventions. Always learning and growing. Loved the updates at the missionary luncheon and appreciate the work our missionaries are doing. Of course, it was a special treat to spend time with my daughter!”
“I appreciate a convention where you can find every woman of every age, culture, background, calling, and purpose, not only taking her place, but loving and serving each other. My heart was full when I saw younger women pouring into others in conferences and those even younger serving each day. This is a convention I know my daughters would be excited to attend.”
—Rev. Melanie M. Thigpen, CWC ministry coordinator of communications
“The convention was an intentional worship experience that showcased and modeled ‘a place for every woman where every woman takes her place.’ The 2017 ‘Women Changing the World’ Convention crossed generations and cultural barriers. Throughout the weekend, we heard from women of all ages who felt encouraged and empowered to live out their calling. One of our main speakers, Rev. Melissa Senseman Pratt, said, ‘I can honestly say I have never felt as affirmed as a minister of the gospel as I have this week.’”
—Rev. Dr. Arnetta McNeese Bailey, CWC executive director
Learn more about Christian Women Connection at www.christianwomenconnection.org.