Daughters of the King: Hope Draws Women to Detroit Area, Leaves Lasting Impact

 In All Church of God, CHOG, Great Lakes

By Carl Stagner

You never know when inspiration will strike, but you’ve got to be ready to pay attention. That’s how it was for Brent Beggs, now lead pastor of Hope Crossing Church of God in Sterling Heights, Michigan, just north of Detroit. Only a couple years ago, as Brent was in the midst of clinical pastoral education and finishing seminary at Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministries, the bright idea was born. An all-too-common refrain emerged amid conversations he’d been having with peers, ministry colleagues, friends, and women of all ages and backgrounds at the local church level: discouragement. Especially as Mother’s Day weekend drew near, loss of a beloved family member, the inability to bear children, and other traumatic memories rose to the surface in cases too numerous to ignore. This year’s “Daughters of the King” was the second of many to come, as hope gathered, and left a lasting impact.

“I’d encountered a number of women who were feeling discouraged, downhearted, and just defeated,” Pastor Brent explains. “Often, we don’t support each other enough, even by paying attention to each other and loving each other through authentic intentionality. That requires vulnerability and true work in relationships. I also recognized there are a number of women who feel really hurt and depressed during Mother’s Day weekend—loss of a child, mother, spouse; can’t bear children; some dealing with other traumatic experiences, and I was remined of a line from the Chronicles of Narnia when Aslan was crowning Peter, Edmond, Susan, and Lucy. They are sons of Adam and daughters of Eve. I really wanted to do something to honor the women of our church, regardless of status, family status (children or not), married or not—to encourage them, to lift them up, to support them, but also reach into the community.”

Dr. Arnetta Bailey with Brent and Heather Beggs

Last year’s inaugural event brought Jessica Hall, pastor of Beulah First Church of God in Eubank, Kentucky, north to the Michigan meeting. This year, the keynote speaker was former Christian Women Connection executive director, now chief operating and development officer for the National Association of the Church of God, Arnetta Bailey. Next year’s event is already lined up with a woman pastor familiar to many—Melissa Pratt, of Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia.

Pastor Brent suggests a newer heritage song (made popular at Kid’s Place during Anderson Camp Meeting days of yore) also influenced the launch of Daughters of the King: “We’re Building a Circle of Love.” “We must be the change,” he explains, “and encourage the change we want to see in the community. It just starts with one. But we must equip ourselves with the armor of God and the truth of his Word, as well as a Christian way of living and thinking.”

Rev. Dr. Bailey’s message at Hope Crossing was focused on our birthright and responsibility as children of the King—in the case of the women in the room, daughters of the King. “We are children of the Most High God, and that comes with favor, that comes with responsibility,” Brent recounts of her address. “We must take our place in the kingdom of God and not allow barriers of race, age, economic status, and where we are coming or where we are going to hinder our relationship with each other and what we can do for the kingdom. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!”

The four-hour Saturday experience featured a brunch, a time of fellowship, worship, speaking, prayer, and discussion time with dessert. Many who attended had never step foot in Hope Crossing Church of God before, but had heard about the event through promotion and opted to attend.

On the heels of two successful women’s events, a “Sons of the King” event is in the planning stages for next year, too.

Learn more about the Church of God movement at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.

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