Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Women Share on “The Soul of Leadership”

Shelly Turkenkopf gives a presentation titled “Living Within Limits” during the women’s leadership event on Aug. 3.
Image attributed to: Tamara Wolcott Fisher

A different approach was taken for the 2013 women’s leadership event, which was held August 2-4 at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office in Calhoun, Ga.


The theme was “The Soul of Leadership” and four presenters covered a range of topics including “When Leaders Lose Their Souls” with Tammy Fisher, conference communication director; “Living Within Limits” with Shelly Turkenkopf, elementary teacher at A.W. Spalding School in Collegedale, Tenn.; “Spiritual Rhythms in the Life of the Leader” with Kim Thompson, conference regional education director; and “The Loneliness of Leadership” with Jo Dubs, conference women’s ministries director.


“Many of our local church leaders are feeling the pressure and demands of life pulling them in all directions,” Dubs said. “The weekend training gave an opportunity to learn leadership principles following after the life of Moses that will help each of us in our own personal walk with God and thereby strengthen us to serve better in the areas we have been asked to serve. [Principles like] how to pray, how to stay faithful, how to wait, how to lead, and how to let go when it is time.”


Participants were also encouraged to spend time seeking God through journaling and prayer.


“The weekend was inspirational. It was encouraging,” said Karen Tillotson, a member of the Douglasville (Ga.) Church. “It provided a lot of ideas and things for going forward. One of the presentations that I really took with me in my heart was that we have to take the time to come closer to God first. Ask Him for guidance and then everything else will fall into place.”


LaVerne Barnett, from the Adairsville (Ga.) Church, said she wants to see women “get on board and unify.”


“God has something special for us to do,” Barnett said. “Together with our brothers in Christ, we can move forward as we allow the Lord to bless us.”


Written by Tamara Wolcott Fisher, communication director

Photos by Tamara Wolcott Fisher