Ministry Wives Retreat


September 21-23, 2018

Dr. Bonita Laudeman, speaker

St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan

Bonita Laudeman

Bonita Laudeman

Bad Girls of the Bible
...And What We Can Learn From Them...

Liz Curtis Higgs the author of this award winning Bible study puts it like this...

For 10 years I studied bunches of biblical role models and finally realized what we had in common: ZIP.

Sarah was so faithful, Esther was so courageous, Mary was so innocent, I was so none of the above.

Then I happened upon Jezebel, and something inside me clicked. I identified with her pushy personality, I understood her need for control, I empathized with her angry outbursts, and I began to wonder... could those Bad Girls from the past teach us how to be Good Girls in the present? I am here to tell you...YES!

"Bad Girls of the Bible is for all women...from former BAD Girls who need to be reminded we are truly forgiven to Veteran GOOD Girls who long to understand those still searching for answers."

So join us this year as we'll look at several of these women and what they can and will teach us about ourselves and our great God and Savior that we love.

Dear Ministry Wife,

She will have you laughing one minute and then crying the next! I'm very excited to invite you to join me in attending the Michigan/Ontario Ministry Wives Retreat. Our dear friend Dr. Bonnie Laudeman will be leading this year's retreat. Dr. Bonnie has led our retreat in the past so we know what she shares will be timely and beneficial.

For this year's retreat, Dr. Bonnie is going to have us look at "Bad Girls of the Bible." She's aware that some of us are former bad girls that need to be reminded we are truly forgiven, as well as veteran good girls who long to understand those still searching for answers. Dr. Bonnie will be using excerpts from the Bible study with the same name written by Liz Curtis Higgs. I know we are going to laugh at times! Dr. Bonnie has a sense of humor that just won't quit. She helps us not to take ourselves too seriously. On the other hand, she can also be downright honest and truthful. She will help us examine our lives and challenge us to be all that God created us to be. I'm confident everything she has to share will be a blessing!

Our friends Joeli Ballard and Roxanne Striggow from the Church of God in Mio, Michigan will be leading us in worship. You will be invigorated by praise and humbled as their worship leads us to the very throne of Christ. Our time together will be relaxing, refreshing and revitalizing!

Joeli Ballard

Joeli Ballard

Roxanne Striggow

Roxanne Striggow

Some of you who are reading this have never been to the Ministry Wives Retreat and I want to encourage you to come. Dr. Bonnie will lead us in discovering new things from God's Word. It will be inspirational and I'm confident you will have a wonderful time. When you arrive on Friday there will be other ministry wives there to welcome you and help you feel at ease. We'll have some delicious soup and bread for you to enjoy as well as some long deserved pampering. The entire Retreat is planned with you in mind!

Register either below or the registration form inside the brochure and mail to the Church of God in Michigan along with the $40.00 registration fee by September 1. The remaining balance will be collected when you arrive at the Retreat Center. A letter has already been sent to your church's Board of Trustees/Council/CWC/ Women's Ministry group encouraging them to provide for your entire retreat fee.

The Retreat will be held September 21-23, 2018 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan. It's a very peaceful, comfortable place with all the nice amenities we like. We will also offer a "clothes exchange" during the Retreat. Bring clean, wearable clothes you don't want any more to trade with other ministry wives. It's a fun way to purge you closet, help out a fellow ministry wife and to give your wardrobe a little tweak.

I hope you will plan to be part of this wonderful retreat opportunity. It's a time of spiritual renewal, supportive friendships, laughter and fun. Feel free to call another ministry wife to come with you (ministry wives from other denominations are always welcome). If you have any questions, please contact me at 517-282-9625 or the Church of God in Michigan at 800-369-5890. I would love to see you at this year's retreat!

Dr. Bonita Laudeman moved to Michigan in the fall of 1986 to become the Administrator and Director of a private Christian School and Child Care Center at Clarkston Community Church. In 2015 she moved back to her home state of Indiana to care for her mother. She has spent over 40 years in the ministry within the walls of the church and now has been called outside of the walls to work in the area of Anti Human Trafficking. Bonita has a BA in Elementary Education from Bethel College, Masters Degrees from Anderson University School of Theology and Indiana University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Anderson University School of Theology. She holds credentials of ordination from Church of God Anderson, Indiana and with International Fellowship of Chaplains. She holds certifications in Critical Incident Response, Danger Lethality Assessment, Trainer with Hands that Heal, Trainer with Darkness to Light, and Forensic Interviewing of Children. She currently serves as a chaplain with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office in the area of Law Enforcement. She is a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. She is on staff and serves at Community Church of God in Lapaz, Indiana. She was awarded the 2014 Crime Victim's Service Distinction Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services by Oakland County. She considers herself a modern day abolitionist.


Friday Evening

6-8:00 p.m. Registration; Soup and Home Baked Bread; Get Acquainted; Pamper Yourself (hair, nails, massage); Settle In (linens provided)

8:00 p.m. Welcome

8:30 p.m. Meet our speaker, Bonita Laudeman


9:00 a.m. Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Session #2

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Free Time – Shop, Rest, Walk, Talk, Craft

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Praise/Worship and Session #3

9:00 p.m. Movie and Snack Time


9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Session #4
Noon Departure-Lunch on
your own

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