Posted by: Jessica Cornelius
I wanted to share with all of you a great camp for your kids this summer! C3 Global (Fellowship Church) has a ministry called PK Global and they are offering a camp for your kids to enjoy a fun vacation at Allaso Ranch. It will be an incredible opportunity for your children to get away from the PK pressure and enjoy all that Allaso Ranch has to offer, while connecting with other PKs from all over the world.
Allaso Ranch offers a lazy river, water slides, a volleyball pool, a kids splash pool, zip lines and high ropes elements, horseback riding, paint ball, mountain bike riding and more!
PK Camp will be held August 4th through the 8th. If you’re interested, visit PK Global and you can find out more. There’s a registration button at the bottom of the page if you’re ready to register. I am sending my boys and would love for them to meet your kids!
You can also check out Allaso Ranch on the web at www.allasoranch.com.
More camp ideas? Please share!
Posted by Tiffany Cooper
… Just days ago a deadly tornado left a path of destruction in Moore, Oklahoma. Normalcy vanished in a matter of moments as lives were lost, homes and buildings left in piles of rubble, and valuables forever gone. As horrific images began to appear in the media, one of my favorite songs replayed in my heart:
Beauty for Ashes // Crystal Lewis
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy oer your head
Know that tomorrow brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said …
Fear and despair are being overshadowed by thousands of people displaying the love of God through service, support and sacrificial giving to help those in desperate need. Because the church is being the church, victims are already beginning to experience peace, healing and beauty in the ashes.
Churches all across the Oklahoma City Metro Area are partnering together to do all we can, wherever there’s a need. It’s an honor and privilege to minister in this city with so many fabulous pastors’ wives. To my Leading and Loving It community, your love and support has been felt in a huge way … THANK YOU! Seriously, you are such a beautiful blessing!
People’s Church created a video about the Moore disaster with information about how people can help. Please feel free to download this short video and share it with your church and/or community. Together we can live 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT) He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. Also, revisit Lori’s earlier post detailing ministries that are assisting and comforting during this crisis.
Lastly, I think it would be fitting to leave encouraging comments today. Please share words of comfort, words of strength, and words of love for the victims who may need support.
Posted by Lori Wilhite
Words seem so small and insignificant today. But images have been powerful.
Piles of rubble. Complete devastation. Lives lost. Lives forever changed.
But there are other images as well.
The church being the church. And amidst absolute tragedy, this kind of love, care, and kindness is a beautiful thing.
As you and your church look for ways to help, we want to make sure you know about the efforts of our Leading and Loving It ladies in Oklahoma City. There are incredible churches in this area, but these three are led by people we know, love, and trust 100%. When disasters like this strike around the country, we at our church, always partner with local churches to help them as they work tirelessly to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their community.
Journey Church in Norman
Journey Church is half a mile from the devastation and is led by our friends Clark and Robin Mitchell. Within hours, Journey Church was open and housing people displaced from their destroyed homes. They are right on the front lines of what is going on and are working with county officials and delivering food and water to first responders.
This is how you can stay up to date for the needs at Journey Church and donate to their relief effort:
People’s Church in OKC
People’s Church is led by Herbert and Tiffany Cooper, who is on our lead team here at Leading and Loving It. They are working closely with their friends at Journey Church. Their volunteers are already on-site as they work together to provide for the immediate needs of people.
This is how you can stay up to date for the needs at People’s Church and donate to their relief effort:
LifeChurch in OKC
LifeChurch is led by our friends Craig and Amy Groeschel and Chris and Cindy Beall (leader of our marriage team) are part of the leadership there. They are accepting donations at all of their campuses.
This is how you can stay up to date for the needs at LifeChurch and donate to their relief effort:
As you continue to pray for Oklahoma, please pray for these churches as they help with relief efforts. We will update this page as we have additional information and needs to share.
Posted by Brandi Wilson
Last week I had a really rough day. One of those days that beats you up. I’m usually pretty positive… but this day I drifted into a “poor pitiful me” mentality. It wasn’t a good place to be.
Then a dear friend of mine, Eve, shared a short video of her mom who has spent many years battling cancer and is currently in the care of hospice. Words like cancer and hospice don’t sound very uplifting… but believe me, Carolyn’s video left me full of excitement, zeal and encouragement.
I knew as soon as I watched it I wanted to share it with you guys. Because here is what else I knew about Carolyn, for years she was on staff at her church in the trenches doing ministry. She still runs her own non-profit called “Manna From Heaven” where she gives to those in need. Carolyn is one of us. She’s a women in ministry who shares some valuable wisdom about life. And you know what else you will see? Carolyn finishes well. So often in ministry we get beaten up, we get bitter and eventually we leave ministry. She’s kept her focus on Jesus through the good times and bad. She’s guarded her marriage and invested in her husband. She knows the legacy she wants to leave and lives that legacy to the fullest.
You’re gonna love her…
If watching on a mobile device, click HERE to view.
Big things are coming … Huge things.
18 months of working … writing … praying.
Is about to come to fruition.
Leading and Loving It: Encouragement for Pastors’ Wives and Women in Leadership releases August 6th (available now for pre-order). In Leading and Loving It, Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson offer a gut-honest look into their lives in ministry and dive into Biblical insight dealing with leadership challenges.
You will get tools to help regain or maintain the joy that God holds out as you follow Him in this calling on your life. You will rest in the knowledge that God, knowing your weaknesses and shortcomings, has called you to this work and this role. You will realize that you don’t have to face life and leadership alone. You will grow to lead, and love it.
And … that’s not all.
Starting on book launch day, you’ll be able to join us for a special three-part web conference. You will be joined by amazing friends and women in ministry:
Lori Wilhite- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas and Founder of Leading and Loving It
Brandi Wilson- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Cross Point Church in Nashville and Co-leader of Leading and Loving It
Tiffany Cooper- Sr Pastor’s Wife of People’s Church in Oklahoma City
Dr. Tara Jenkins- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Fellowship Church Chicago and Founder of Ministry Mates
Holly Furtick- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC
Christine Caine- Author of Undaunted and Founder of the A21 Campaign
Lisa Hughes- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Florida
Mardia Lira- Pastor’s Wife of Central En Espanol and Leader of (Leading and Loving It in Spanish launching in September)
Angie Smith- Author of What Women Fear and Mended and Women of Faith Speaker
Holly Wagner- Co-pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles and author of several books including GodChicks
Jessica Cornelius- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christie, Texas
Stephanie Carter- Sr Pastor’s Wife of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas
Lisa Bevere- Author of Girls with Swords and Co-founder of Messenger International
Sheila Walsh- Author of many books including God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They’re Not and Women of Faith Speaker
Don’t miss these three sessions:
Tuesday August 6th: Joy Stealers: Tackling the leadership challenges that threaten to steal the joy found in the calling God has on our lives.
Tuesday September 10th: Navigating Relationships: Learning to better navigate the oftentimes choppy waters of relationships and leadership.
Tuesday October 1st: The Importance of Influence: Grabbing hold of the influence that God has given us. Embracing it. Resting in it.
You can watch in your PJs curled up on your couch. Or you can gather with other ministry wives or key volunteers and leaders in your church. Or watch with other pastors’ wives and women in ministry in your community. If you’d like to participate as a host site for one or all of the sessions, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will help you make that happen.
And believe it or not … there are more surprises to come. It is going to be an exciting fall.