For Alaina Harrison’s fruitfulness project – a requirement of her ordination – she chose to create and execute an event for women interested in ministry.
Called the Go and Tell Women’s Conference, it was designed to help women discover ministry opportunities available to them and to help discern their calling into ministry.
Held Saturday, Oct. 22 at Forest Hills United Methodist Church in Macon, 20 college-aged women attended the one-day, all-day event led and taught by women in the South Georgia Conference.
“For many (women I work with) I’m the only female in ministry that they’ve ever encountered,” said Harrison, the minister to women at the Wesley Foundation of Macon and a provisional deacon in the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. “They left feeling affirmed that they have a place in the Church.”
The day included a main session speaker and several workshops that focused on women in ordained ministry, the significance of lay ministry, women in missions, and ministry outside the local church.
“For (the women attendees) to begin to understand their worth, value, and place in ministry – and that they actually have a place in ministry – was huge,” Harrison said of the event.
Generous support for the event was given by Sunday school classes, congregations, districts, and individuals, and the Georgia United Methodist Foundation gave a grant. After expenses were paid, nearly $1,000 was able to be donated to Open Door Community Center’s Jackson Home for Women.