A women’s group from the Three Forks Baptist Association is bringing a seminar to Boone for those who have ever looked at others of different ages and thought, “I don’t understand this generation.”
Women in God’s Service — otherwise known as WinGS — is hosting two days of the event. Law enforcement and emergency personnel are invited to attend the March 29 seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. The general public seminar is from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 30 at the Three Forks Baptist Association office located at 513 Jefferson Road. Both seminars are free.
WinGS team member Linda Sutton said the group is made up of about six to 10 women from the TFBA that aims to connect and equip women’s ministry leaders in the area. She added that the generations event is not just for women, but those of all generations looking to understand each other better.
“I think it’s good for a lot of people to understand different generations, how they think and get a different perspective on how they learn,” Sutton said.
Mother and daughter duo, Deborah Taylor and Cassie Taylor, are leading the seminars that “will help identify common characteristics and life experiences of each generation so that each can understand, communicate and collaborate effectively,” according to TFBA.
Deborah Taylor studied at Blue Mountain College in Northeast Mississippi, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Recently retired as a curriculum facilitator, she has taught in four states and served on mission through churches nationally and internationally, according to TFBA. Cassie Taylor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently teaches high school students in that area. She also has worked on missions across the U.S. and Europe.
Sutton said she came across the Taylors and their generations seminar last April during a Missions Extravaganza conference put on by the Women’s Missionary Union of North Carolina. She said she listened to information on how different generations grew up, what they were taught and how they learned to communicate. She said learning these things helps folks know what a person of a different generation is expecting when communicating with them.
“I couldn’t believe how much it opened my eyes to being able to communicate with the different generations and going, ‘Aha! I get it now,’” Sutton said.
Since the conference, Sutton said she’s had several conversations with people revolving around the topic of generational differences. One of these conversations was with a local law enforcement officer who commented that it was sometimes difficult to communicate with coworkers or citizens of different age groups.
“I had people just in regular conversing saying, ‘I wish I could just understand them. How come they don’t understand me,’” Sutton said.
It was after hearing these conversations that Sutton decided to try to bring the Taylors to Boone to share their information with the area. The two-hour seminar is planned to offer a question-and-answer session as well as role playing by the speakers.
WinGS participates in other community events and projects throughout the year. Sutton said the group helps gather Christmas presents for senior centers around the holidays and last year gathered birthday baskets for pastors’ wives. The group also participates in a Red Box ministry to collect items for women’s correctional facilities. Sutton said that WinGS had asked people to donate shampoo bottles for the Red Box ministry and was hoping to get around 200, but actually gathered about 529 bottles.
WinGS rebranded itself in the last few years after being formally known as the TFBA Women’s Ministry Union. Sutton said the group noticed not all local churches had a WMU or knew what it was, and it didn’t want to exclude those who wanted to join. The group decided on the name Women in God’s Service.
“We wanted all of our churches to be included with the works, projects, events and missions that we would be involved in through the newly formed WinGS team,” Sutton said.
To connect with WinGS, contact Sutton at email@example.com or (828) 963-3288. WinGS can also be found at www.3forksassoc.org/wmu or on Facebook by looking for “WINGS with 3Forks Baptist Association.”