Pillar Network Women's Retreat
This past weekend, the Pillar Network had it's first annual Pillar Network Women's Retreat in Charleston, SC. 20 pastors wives from across the country (SC, NC, AZ, WA, and CO to name a few states!) gathered together for a weekend of fellowship, encouragement, and teaching. Tara Dew spoke at the retreat on 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:10 on "Pursuing Peace: Christ's Ambassadors in a Fallen World." Tara has four children and is married to Jamie Dew, the Dean at the College of Southeastern. Tara is also working on her Doctor of Education at Southeastern and is passionate about loving and serving women and encouraging pastor's wives. Hannah Stokes, a student at the College at Southeastern, led worship for the weekend. We spent the weekend in two houses and met for three worship and teaching times. After each teaching time, we broke off into small groups and had great discussions. We also had the opportunity to have an hour for a personal quiet time on Saturday morning. After lunch on Saturday, we had the rest of the afternoon free and so many women went downtown Charleston or out to the beach. On Sunday we had the privilege of worshipping with Centerpoint church, a Pillar Network church, and they provided us with lunch after the service.
I think each woman that attended would say they felt the retreat was a huge success! It gave our pastors wives the opportunity to connect with and encourage one another. Being a pastor's wife and a church planter can be isolating and difficult, and so it was such a blessing to bring women together who can relate to one another in order to speak into each other's situations and bring Biblical truth and encouragement. We are praying that the relationships formed or strengthened during this retreat will continue on long into the future. Please pray for the pastor's wives and women in the Pillar Network. Also, if you have any feedback or input on ways you'd like to see women in the Pillar Network equipped or encouraged, please email Jenna. We hope to continue growing in encouraging our women!
Our main meeting house on Isle of Palms
We were able to give each woman who attended a gift bag with a mug from Justified Paperie, a copy of "The Pastor's Wife" by Gloria Furman and candy, journals, and handwritten notes provided by a member at Open Door!
Out to dinner on Saturday night!
No trip to Charleston is complete without shrimp and grits!
Craig Tuck introducing us and sharing about the Pillar Network during the service
At lunch at Centerpoint after the service
Our "awkward" picture (I think we nailed it!)
What an amazing group of godly women!