It is all over now, but the memories of Toronto in June and the pastors' wives who came together for four days of inspiration and fellowship will continue to bring a smile each time I remember the good times we shared. For those of you who were there, you carry with you your personal experiences. For those of you who were not, following is a brief description of our fellowship.
Approximately 2,500 Shepherdesses from all parts of the world attended the World Ministers Council June 25-29. Special meetings and seminars ministered to the specific concerns and challenges and blessings that come with being "married to the minister"!
Morning meetings purposefully began at an hour that enabled the whole family to participate together in worship and was followed by a special presentation on clergy family life by Dr. Archibold Hart.
After lunch each day there was a Shepherdess Plenary meeting. Special guest speakers included Kari Paulsen, Kathleen Hart, Mary Barrett, Netty Rantung, and Sandra Pearson. Rae Lee Cooper stimulated our muscles and rejuvenated us with a special stretch and exercise time. Afternoon seminars followed. Praise music was provided by Jim and Marsha Teel, a pastoral couple from Marietta, Georgia; Renee Baker, a pastor's wife from Illinois; and Rick Ferret, a pastor from Australia.
For Shepherdesses wanting a moment of solitary peace or a quiet refuge from the crowds for a conversation with a friend and a cup of herbal tea, the Shepherdess Living Room, hosted by Judy Osborne provided the perfect ambiance. Pacific Press generously hosted this lovely area with complimentary herbal tea, inspirational books, and soft CD's playing in the background.
Programming geared to PK's each afternoon provided the opportunity for individual members of the pastor's/ family to participate in an activity designed just for them.
Enjoy the few pictorial highlights included here: (Editor's note: Please see PDF for pictures)