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Teen ministry inspires women's conference
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Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring “A Reflection of Christ,” a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
Registrations are being taken now but will also be available at the door from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on the day of the conference. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for girls 12 to 18 years old. Lunch and snacks are included. For questions call 620-397-3325 or 620-564-2158 or send email to
The Gold Girls Club is an offshoot of Live Like Jesus Today ministries, the work of Bryant “Buzz” and Clifann Birney in Ellinwood. Girls 12 to 18 years old meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fire Escape in Ellinwood. The Birneys also take them on monthly mission team trips to Wichita. And last Valentine’s Day, Gold served at a couples event in Ellinwood.
The girls came up with the idea of hosting a women’s conference, Buzz Birney said.
“ ‘A Reflection of Christ’ was laid on their hearts because they want women to reflect how Christ sees them, and to know that they are worthy of all His love,” Birney said. “They know how hard it is to be a teenage girl today. God says you are beautiful just the way you are.”
They were fortunate that Kris Goertzen had an opening in her own busy ministry schedule, Birney said.
“They knew they needed a powerful speaker,” he said. “Clifann met her at a conference (some time back) and they hit it off.”
According to her bio information at, “Kris Goertzen is truly living her life’s dream! She is happily married to her favorite pastor, she has three beautiful children who love Christ and she has the honor of ministering to women across the globe. ... Her local ministry is based at Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson, where her husband has been the senior pastor since 1995.”
The conference will also feature a worship band, and Clifann Birney will sing and perform interpretive dancing.