The Women’s Board brings the proverbial “woman of noble character” to life for the twenty-first century. We all look forward to a day when a separate women’s ministry is no longer necessary, but until then, the Women’s Board assists local groups in providing hospitality, nurturing, and empowerment.
We work to promote four areas of interest throughout the Indiana-Kentucky Conference:
- Spiritual direction and study
- Life issues
- Stewardship and service
- Program planning
The Women’s Board meets three times a year at the conference office on the second Tuesday of February, August, and November. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings. There is also an annual retreat held in the fall. Check the events calendar for more details.
President: Gayle Morley Jahn
Vice President: Sarah Gossett
Program Chair: Barbara Gaiser
To contact the Women’s Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Gayle Morley Jahn.
Spiritual direction and study – We encourage Bible studies within local groups, and promote books that empower and encourage women or discuss topics that affect women. (Usually both!)
Life issues – Women’s issues are human issues. The Women’s Board supports Days for Girls teams that work “with eager hands” to provide reusable feminine hygiene kits for women and girls around the world. Local women’s guilds also supply reusable bags to children in foster care so they don’t have to store their few possessions in trash bags when they move.
Stewardship and service – The women of the IKC have been partnering with the Divine Women Merchant Ship in Nigeria, under the leadership of Reverend Sarah Maigari. The program provides job training, health and literacy classes, and small business loans to women. Sarah is looking to expand the program to help young men as well, in order to provide alternatives to extremist groups like Boko Haram.
Program planning – We promote national initiatives such as 3 Great Loves at the local level, encouraging women and everyone else in the congregation to practice Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation.