Pastors' wives to host conference
Hundreds of pastors' wives and women in ministry from the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other denominations across Jamaica, as well as women leaders from government and the private sector are expected to converge on Northen Caribbean University (NCU) this Sunday to discuss ways to "tackle the social ills that plague the country".
The event, a Shepherdess Conference put on by the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will be held at university gymnatorium.
Chapter president Odean Pheonix said: "The aim of the conference is to share ideas and information to equip, empower and inspire women to fulfil their God-given role for service.
"We want to address some critical issues as it relates to mentoring and supporting our young women and youth. For too long we see some of them reflecting the derogatory expressions and behaviour of notorious persons in our society. We are emphasising prevention and early interception for a positive outcome. We also want to inspire the pastors' wives and women in leadership to maintain a balanced, fulfilled life, thus ensuring stronger families in ministry," she continued.
Phoenix said although pastors are usually the ones who act as the mouthpiece for the church, their wives have critical roles to play as well.
"As women, we cannot isolate ourselves from these critical issues. While our roles may differ, it is our responsibility to give support to the work of God by providing mentorship, guidance and hope to all; and I believe that we can be effective because we are God-fearing women. This Conference will definitely be re-enforcing the facts about being agents of change in our homes and in the nation," she said.
Presenters at the conference will include Dr Pollyanna Barnes, a family life specialist from New York, USA; Dr Gloria Gregory, dean of education and leadership at NCU; and Rev Dr Patricia Holness, assistant pastor of First Vision Apostolic Ministries.