Harding University to host annual WINGS conference

Harding University’s College of Bible and Ministry will host the 22nd annual Women in God’s Service (WINGS) conference Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20, in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building.

The WINGS conference encourages women of all ages and throughout the region to join together for a weekend of study on the theme “The Sacred Journey.” The conference will include lessons from keynote speaker Elaine Denman, counseling services coordinator for Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas; times of worship led by department of music adjunct instructor Stacey Neely; and breakout sessions among attendants.

Assistant Professor of Bible Anessa Westbrook is directing the conference for the first time this year. Westbrook said the goal for this year’s program is to help attendants see where God has been active in their lives.

“We really want WINGS to be something that helps women grow,” Westbrook said. “With thinking about what it is that could help women create a stronger and deeper relationship with God, we started thinking about what would be impactful. I want to see change. I want to see people have that ‘a-ha’ moment and grow in their relationship with God. I think if I could see that, that would be the most exciting thing that could happen [this weekend].”

Westbrook said the weekend is also an opportunity for participants to worship together as women.

“We have women coming in from all over,” Westbrook said. “A lot of these women are coming from smaller contexts, so this is a big boost for them to see other women who are very active in their churches and get a chance to talk with them, get ideas and have that fellowship of women.”

Space is limited, and the registration fee is $45. Registration forms can be found at harding.edu/events/WINGS. For more information, email [email protected].