POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 10:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 10:30pm
TYLER — At the Potpourri House in Tyler on Tuesday night, the Shepherd's Heart ministry played host to women who hold leadership positions in local churches.
"The beautiful thing about it is...that they're from all denominations. And we have been able to work with various congregations to break down the barriers and the boundaries that have so prohibited us in times past," said James Dill, who started the ministry 2 years ago.
Some of the guests of honor included Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and KETK's general manager Dave Tillery.
Linda Lesniewski from Green Acres was the main speaker.
She tells KETK, loneliness was the main topic of the night.
"The women get lonely with the issues they're dealing and don't really have anyone to talk to about it...but then women in leadership, working with other women in the church and other ministry areas have those same issues."
Judy Gandy is married to the pastor of First Church in Tyler -- they've been there for 22 years.
She says things can get lonely.
"When you have no one that you can go to, you're carrying everybody else's load...and you can't go and say 'hey I've got a need' because...you know that might bother them and load them down and you don't wanna do that," Gandy said.
Gandy says that's why it's so good to have sisters in ministry to lean on.
Rashunda Crowder is an assistant minister at Higher Dimension Ministries in Tyler -- she says it's their job to bring others to Christ.
"But when we get a little weary...how can we ever bring anybody to Christ? And so this ministry has come in and is building and strengthening us...so we're just glad to be here tonight," Crowder said.
Click here to visit Shepherd Heart's website.