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Outstanding Leaders, New Activities Highlight Women’s Convention 2019

By Carl Stagner

Every two years, women of the Church of God gather together in a select city to reconnect, worship together, and grow together. Hosted by Christian Women Connection, the event has welcomed women and men from across the country and beyond to destinations like Dallas, Seattle, Nashville, and Daytona Beach. This year’s Church of God Women’s Convention will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 10–13, and will feature some of the brightest and best women preachers, worship ministers, and conference leaders the Church of God has ever known. Combined with new service opportunities and new tracks for women in ministry and clergy wives, “Women Shaping the Future” is certain to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. Continue reading

CWC Today: Standing in the Gap for All Women (and Men, Too!)

CWC’s Arnetta Bailey and Global Strategy’s Colleen Stevenson.

By Carl Stagner

Women were among the earliest pioneers of the Church of God movement, and some of our most outstanding preachers have been, and continue to be, women. In spite of such a rich history dating back to the beginning, not to mention the wealth of biblical support, women—both pastors and laypeople—have not always been given the same opportunities as men. But since 1932, women of the Church of God have rallied together to stand in the gap, not only providing necessary care to countless missionaries, but also being a voice for Christian women everywhere. Though the name of the affiliated agency of the Church of God is different now than it was then, Christian Women Connection’s timeless mission has remained the same, returning to its roots even more in recent years. Still, many men and women are unaware of the incredible depth of vital ministry made possible by CWC today. A recent interview with CWC executive director Arnetta McNeese Bailey takes us behind the manger scenes and beyond the sewing circles to discover there’s far more to CWC than you may know. Continue reading

Christ’s Birthday Observance Readies the Church of God for Christmas

By Shelly Short

The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” The Advent season lasts for four Sundays. This year’s Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, and, as always, ends on Sunday, December 24. The Advent celebration is both a commemoration of Christ’s first coming and an anticipation of his second coming. As Israel longed for their Messiah to come, so Christians long for their Savior to come again. Please join Christian Women Connection for the 2017 Christ’s Birthday Observance as we celebrate the birth of Christ collectively and say, “Come Lord Jesus.” Continue reading

CWC Convention 2017 in Words and Pictures

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. Continue reading

Doris Dale: A Tribute to An International Leader

Doris Dale, Global Gathering 2013.

By Bob Edwards

As we read the short obituary of this magnificent woman, we saw a couple of areas that were untouched about Doris Dale, the international leader. This must be mentioned, because her leadership, at both the Women of the Church of God (now the Christian Women Connection) and the Missionary Board of the Church of God (now Global Strategy), was phenomenal. Continue reading

Change Begins with Me: Reflections from the CWC Immersion Trip to Berlin

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Photo: CWC team in Berlin prays together.

By Kirsten Harmon

Imagine being trapped in a foreign country, unable to speak the language, forced to do a job that is unclean and dangerous. Perhaps you want to change your life, but your every moment, choice, and penny is controlled by a person that could easily beat you—even take your life. Say you somehow did escape, and made your way to a new neighborhood or town. You now have no home, no money, no life or job skills, no friends or family. There is a constant fear of being found. The only way you can think of to make a living would take you right back to the very life you’ve just fled. You feel powerless, helpless, worthless. Continue reading

Reconciliation: The Time is Now!

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Photo: Arnetta McNeese Bailey

By Arnetta McNeese Bailey

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”—2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV

Just recently I watched a video by comedian Michael Jr. He introduced a segment called “Break Time.” It is an opportunity to take a break from what you are doing and ask yourself why you are doing this activity. This video has had a profound impact on my life. Michael ended the segment by saying, “When you know why you are doing what you do, then your what will have purpose and passion.” So how does all of this translate to a call for reconciliation? This statement so adequately describes my journey as a reconciler to Christian Women Connection. Continue reading

Woman Lay Minister Appointed Ambassador to the United States

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Photo: Thelma Phillip-Browne with President Obama.

On January 28, 2016, Dr. Thelma Phillip-Browne was appointed ambassador to the United States of America by her home country of St. Kitts and Nevis. Ambassador Phillip-Browne is a 2011 graduate of Anderson University School of Theology, where she earned a master of theological studies. She attends the Basseterre Church of God where Eustace Rawlings is pastor, and has served as a lay preacher and active member of the Women of the Church of God (CWC). Ambassador Phillip-Browne is a partner of Child Evangelism Fellowship (C.E.F.), St. Kitts and Nevis chapter. Her community involvements also included hosting of a morning devotional program on a local radio station, WINN FM, as well as co-hosting a “One Love” spiritually based program on Sugar City Rock radio. Continue reading

Fulfilling What God Has Ordained You to Do

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By Arnetta Bailey

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”—Ephesians 2:10  NIV

Purpose is not based upon what you are, but it is established upon who you are in God. Fulfilling our purpose is beyond our power; we must allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what our purpose is. Some are very fortunate that they recognized early in life what their purpose was. Then there are others, such as myself who didn’t find out until much later in life. My journey to my reason for being here was solely found in my relationship with God. Continue reading

Christ’s Birthday Observance: A Reason to Rejoice!

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Thank you for joining Christian Women Connection in the 2014 Christ’s Birthday Observance as we rejoiced in the birth of Christ. Together we prayed with, and for, each other through Project Prayer. We spent time in devotion and thought through the Meditation Journal. We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ through our gifts by generously contributing to the Christ’s Birthday Observance Offering. Thank you for your prayers, devotion, and gifts. Christian Women Connection is forever grateful for the wonderful ways you and your congregation have supported the Christ’s Birthday Observance Offering and the ministry of the women in the Church of God. Continue reading

Waves of Grace Wash Over CHOG Women’s Convention

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Photo: Arnetta Bailey and Beatrice Abasoola share a hug of sisterhood and love at Waves of Grace.

By Michelle Hinshaw

The Church of God Women’s Convention, Waves of Grace, was held in October in Daytona Beach, Florida. Women came from around the world to attend, from countries such as Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, New Zealand, Uganda, Kenya, Micronesia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. As attendees entered the resort, we were greeted by God’s creation beautifully on display through ocean waves. As women gathered for the opening worship service, the National Council and National Board members were honored. Leslie Parker Barnes and the praise team led us in a meaningful worship experience. We were ushered into the presence of the Lord together, and began experiencing a great time of fellowship, worship, and inspiration. Continue reading

Christian Women Connection: Continuing the Story

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By Mary Stephens

Women’s ministry in the Church of God began over eighty years ago with the mission of Nora Hunter. Nora’s vision for ministry and the work of the women in the early years is well documented in the book Madame President. This week the book An Unfinished Agenda: A Celebration of Church of God Women became available. An Unfinished Agenda continues the story. The book, by former CWC national president Che-Che Mobley, shares the accounts of those personally touched by the ministry of the women alongside the challenges and victories of a group of women seeking to serve Christ through serving women and equipping them for ministry. Continue reading

Spirit Power Preached and Experienced at Tuesday Afternoon Worship

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By Carl Stagner

If you were present at the afternoon worship experience on Tuesday, you know the
presence of God was incredibly potent. From the opening songs that petitioned
the Lord for revival, to Luke Sorrell’s dramatic recitation of Jesus as revealed
from Genesis to Revelation, to the anointed preaching of Arnetta McNeeseBailey,
there was nothing ordinary about what took place.
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