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GODLY GIRLFRIENDS RETREATS
WARRIOR WOMEN ASSIGNMENTS

“Above the incessant noise of human activity, we have heard ‘the sound of marching’ that tells us God is on the move.”
---Arthur Wellis

Our King…We are His priests,
We are His warriors,
We are His royalty.
We are called to build up women in the faith and to encourage them to step into their anointing
so that God can fulfill His plans
and purposes for their lives….
“(She) put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the King’s hall.  The King was sitting on His royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.  When He saw (her) standing in the court, He was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in His hand.  So (she) approached and touched the tip of the scepter.” 
Esther 5:1b-2
…. and we are to approach the King dressed in the authority He has given to each one of us.

STANDARD-BEARER
The Standard-Bearer is one who bears a standard or banner; one that leads an organization, movement, or party.  Standard (root—banner, akin to “stand” and “hard”).  A conspicuous object (as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem; the personal flag of the head of state or of a member of a royal family.  It is synonymous with “measurement”.
 
 “The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his (the enemy’s) thorns and his (the enemy’s) briers.  The splendor of his (the enemy’s) forest and fertile fields it will completely destroy, as when a sick man wastes away.”   Isaiah 10:17-18

“So they shall fear the Name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.”  Isaiah 59:19

The Standard-Bearer of the Godly Girlfriends is the Director.
                                      
ARMOR-BEARER
The Armor-bearer is the soldier’s right hand man (woman); skilled; carries massively heavy wooden and metal shields into battle for the warrior.  She stands by the warrior as she fights, offering her shield when she needs it.  Duties include keeping the warrior’s sword and weapon blades sharp.  Besides the warrior, only Armor-bearers handle the warrior’s weapons.  Armor-bearers prepare and serve the warrior’s food and drink when on the battlefield.  Armor-bearers provide medical attention to the warrior’s cuts and bruises.  She prepares antiseptics and medications to treat wounds.

“Jonathan said to his young Armor-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of (the enemy).  Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.  Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.’  ‘Do all that you have in mind,’ his Armor-bearer said, ‘Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.’” 
I Samuel 14:6-7

The Armor-bearer for Godly Girlfriends will be the Chief Assistant.

CUPBEARERS
Cupbearers are an officer of high rank in royal courts, whose duty it was to serve the drinks at the royal table.  On account of constant plots and intrigues, a person must be regarded as thoroughly trustworthy to hold this position.  She must guard against poison in the King’s cup.  Her confidential relations with the King often gives her a position of great influence.  The position of Cupbearer is greatly valued and given to only a select few throughout history.  Qualifications for the job were not held lightly but of high esteem valued for their beauty and even more for their modesty, industriousness and courage.

 “They are Your servants and Your people, whom You redeemed by Your great strength and Your mighty hand.  O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name.  Give Your servant success today by granting (her) favor in the presence of (these women).  I was cupbearer to the King.”  Nehemiah 1:10-11

The Cupbearers for the Godly Girlfriends will be the Leaders appointed over each Team.

 

BURDEN-BEARERS
Burden-bearers are someone who has the duty and responsibility of carrying the load of something oppressive or worrisome.
                                             
“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat…therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows…remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your (sisters)…”  See all of Nehemiah 4

“They made the lampstand of pure gold and hammered it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms were of one piece with it.  Six branches extended from the sides of the lampstand…The buds and the branches were all of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.”
Exodus 37:17-24

The Burden-bearers for Godly Girlfriends is the Retreat Prayer Team and the Golden Girls Prayer Team.

 

CHAMBERLAIN
A Chamberlain is an attendant for a Sovereign or Lord in His bedchamber, a chief officer in the household of the King. 

“(She) provided beauty treatments and special food…beauty treatments prescribed for the women, …oil of myrrh (the oil of preparation)…perfumes and cosmetics…Anything she wanted was given her to take with her…to the King’s palace.” Esther 2

The Chamberlain for the Godly Girlfriends will make preparations for the Retreat décor and prepare Communion elements.

DIAKONIA
Diakonia is Greek for Administrator, and it means attendance as a servant for aid and service of a ministry. 

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing it with them and with everyone else.  And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 9:12-15

DOORKEEPERS
Doorkeepers are those who tend to a door and who guard the storerooms (money) of the gates.

“They were (doorkeepers) who guarded the storerooms at the gates.”  Nehemiah 12:25b

The Doorkeepers for Godly Girlfriends is the Registration & Publicity Team, G.G.’s Boutique and Fundraising Team.

GATEKEEPERS
Gatekeepers are those that tender or guard a gate; a person who controls access; guarded the main entrances to the Temple and opened the gates each morning for those who wanted to worship.  They do other day-to-day chores as well to keep the temple running smoothly—cleaning, preparing the offerings for sacrifice and accounting the gifts designated to the Temple.

“The Gatekeepers…who were the singers responsible for the service of the house of God.  The singers were under the King’s orders, which regulated their daily activity.”  Nehemiah 11:19a; 22b-23

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”  Psalm 100:4

The Gatekeepers for Godly Girlfriends are the Praise & Worship Teams including the Music Team, the Dance Team, the Worshipping Thru Sign Language Team, the Dowel Rods Ministry Team, and the “Techie” Team.

HANDMAIDENS
Handmaidens are a personal servant whose essential function is to serve or assist. 

“He assigned (handmaidens) selected from the King’s palace…”  Esther 2:9b

The Handmaidens for Godly Girlfriends will be the Hospitality Team, Food Team, Photography Team, and Early Bird Activities & Workshops Team.

HERALD
A Herald is a forerunner and a leader of an armed force who is an official crier or messenger that precedes or foreshadows and conveys news or proclaims with enthusiasm.

“Jesus said, ’Will you give Me a drink?…If you knew the gift of God and Who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water…Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’…Many…believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony.”  John 4:1-42  

The Herald for Godly Girlfriends is responsible for evangelism prior to the Retreat as well as after the Retreat by following up with the participants, especially those who have made decisions.

IMAGE BEARER
An Image Bearer is one who represents a tangible or visible representation, an image, likeness, and semblance of God and His love to prepare God’s people for works of service.

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27

“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:11-13

The Image Bearer for Godly Girlfriends is responsible for hospitality, activities and workshops, initiating and promoting teamwork and fellowship among participants and team members as Jesus taught His disciples.  The Image Bearer is also the leader of the Image Bearers of God (Room & Table Moms) for the Teens Retreat.

ROYAL COURT JESTERS
Jesters are a historical entertainer either employed to entertain a ruler or other nobility and entertained with a wide variety of skills which could include songs, music, storytelling, acrobatics, and juggling.  Much of the entertainment was performed in a comic style and many Jesters made contemporary jokes in word or song about people or events well known to their audiences.  The Jester’s status was one of privilege within a royal or noble household and was regarded as touched by God.  The root meaning for “Jester” is “to bear”. 

“The One enthroned in Heaven laughs…”  Psalm 2:4

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with the songs of joy.”  Psalm 126:2a 

“…the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”  Proverbs 15:15b 

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”  Proverbs 17:22a

The Jesters for Godly Girlfriends is the Comedy Team.

SCRIBE
A Scribe is a member of a learned class in ancient Israel through New Testament times studying the Scriptures and serving as copyists, editors, teachers, and jurists. 

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’  Then He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”  Revelation 21:5

The Scribe for the Godly Girlfriends Team is the Historian responsible for the Scrapbook, Blog, Trip Advisor, and Information and Counsel to Attendees prior to the Retreat. 

 

SHIELD-BEARERS
The Shield-bearers are usually a lightly armored soldier who often accompanied a soldier of a higher rank with a protective shield.  Thus commanders are often protected by several Shield-bearers.
                                                
“Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of Warriors.”  Song of Songs 4:4

The Shield-bearers for Godly Girlfriends will be the Assistants.

 

THE PRIESTHOOD
The Priesthood is the office, dignity or character of a priest; the whole body of priests who care for the spiritual needs of the people and who deliver the Word of God in the form of preaching, teaching, prophecy and any other means of edification.

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘…I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’  ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’  But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.  Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put My words in your mouth.’”  Jeremiah 1:4-9

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”  I Peter 2:9 

The Priesthood for Godly Girlfriends is the Speakers, Ministry Team, and Communion Team.

 

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Advisory Council is a central body uniting an organizational group, charged with deep intercession on behalf of the ministry, recommending action to be taken, and appointed for consultation, advice, or discussion.
                                                                              
“There was also a prophetess…She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”  Luke 2:36a, 37b

“See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.  The Word of the Lord came to me:  ‘What do you see…?’”  Jeremiah 1:10-11

“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”  Habakkuk 1:5

 

CUPBEARERS
Advisory Council—Tomi Calmes, Jackie Hackfeld, Beth Harrington, Nathalie Kelley, Dee Kemp, Melissa Petty, Trina Rodgers, Soozy Stone, Temi Webb
Armor Bearer—Nathalie Kelley
Burden Bearers (Prayer Team)—Trina Rodgers
Chamberlain (Preparation)—Janell Rich
Diakonia (Administrator)—Davina Douglass 
Doorkeepers (Registration—Room Assignments/Spreadsheets/Intake)—Shawnna Ward
Doorkeepers (Registration & Publicity)—Jennifer Calley
Doorkeepers (Managing bank account; Accounts payable/accounts receivable; Offerings; GG’s Boutique)—Nathalie Kelley
Gatekeepers (Music Team)—Jackie Hackfeld
Gatekeepers (Dance Team) “Revelation”—Rachel Rangel
Gatekeepers (Dowel Rod Team) “Uproar”—Ruthie Brown
Gatekeepers (Sign Language) “Uplifted”—Julie Strunk
Gatekeepers (Techie)—Beth Harrington, Davina Douglass
Handmaidens (Photography & Publicity)—Angie Robinson
Handmaidens (Food Team)—Josie Haubert
Handmaidens (Hospitality)—Heather Curtis
Herald (Evangelism)—Pam Alvarez
Image Bearer for Teens Retreats (Activities & Workshops, Hospitality)—Heather Curtis
Priesthood (Ministry)—Beth Harrington
Royal Court Jesters—Sheila Plagens
Scribe—Renee Floyd
Shield Bearers (Assistants)—Gini Grimmett
Standard Bearer, Ministry & Speakers—Melissa Petty

ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Advisory Council is a central body uniting an organizational group, charged with deep intercession on behalf of the ministry, recommending action to be taken, and appointed for consultation, advice, or discussion.
Tomi Calmes, Jackie Hackfeld, Beth Harrington, Nathalie Kelley, Dee Kemp, Melissa Petty, Trina Rodgers, Soozy Stone, Temi Webb

ARMOR-BEARER (Chief Assistant/Overseer)
Nathalie Kelley

BURDEN-BEARERS
Trina Rodgers

CHAMBERLAIN (Oil of Preparation)
Communion elements, Decorating Conference Room, Registration Table, Chapel, & Prayer Room, Name Tags
Janell Rich

DIAKONIA (Administrator)
Receipt & recording of money; Bank Statements; Reports to Pastors & Elders; Maintaining Check Lists, Minutes of GG Meetings, Fundraising, Communication with Camps for bedsheets, toiletries, etc. and reserving areas, i.e. Cafeteria, Chapel, etc, Assistant to Armor Bearer
Davina Douglass 

DOORKEEPERS
Registration—Room Assignments/Spreadsheets/Intake—Shawnna Ward
Registration & Publicity—Jennifer Calley
Managing bank account; Accounts payable/accounts receivable; Offerings; GG’s Boutique—Nathalie Kelley

GATEKEEPERS
Music Team –
Jackie Hackfeld

“Uplifted” Sign Language --
Julie Strunk

“Revelation” Dance Team –
Rachel Rangel                     

“Uproar” Dowel Rod Team –
Ruthie Brown

Techie– (Assisting Gatekeepers in all Technical in Conference Room & Chapel)
Davina Douglass
Beth Harrington

HERALD (Evangelism)
Pam Alvarez

FOOD HANDMAIDENS (Preparing and serving all food and drink for breaks, Midnight Buffet, clean up of food areas)
Josie Haubert                      

HOSPITALITY HANDMAIDENS  (Greeting & Ushering attendees, Accompanying attendees to their rooms, Introducing them to Prayer Room, Preparing & Delivering any forgotten necessities, Kleenex & labeled water at podium for each speaker, Fri Night Pillow gifts, clean up of Conference Room and Chapel, preparing gifts for attendees)
Heather Curtis                    

PHOTOGRAPHY HANDMAIDENS (Decorate/set up/take down photo area, Props, Camera, Uploading pics for order, Coordinate with Registrar for Publicity, Working with Scribe for Scrapbook and Blog)
Angie Robinson

IMAGE BEARER (Establishing activities and workshops, Location of activities and workshops, Leading activities and workshops, and Supplies for activities and workshops, Leader for Hospitality Handmaidens, Leader of Image Bearers of God (Room & Table Moms) for Teens Retreat
Heather Curtis

PRIESTHOOD (Ministry)
Beth Harrington

ROYAL COURT JESTERS (Oil of Joy)
Sheila Plagens

SCRIBE
Renee Floyd (Historian—Scrapbook, Blog, Trip Advisor)  Securing hotel reservations, Locations for Break-Out sessions, Information for shopping & restaurants to be included in and designing/manufacturing of brochures, Providing information & counsel to attendees

SHIELD-BEARERS
Assisting in all areas, Timekeeping/shofar, Emergency phone contact, Checking rooms, Liason between Event Center and Retreat Conference
Gini Grimmett

STANDARD-BEARER
Director/Organizer of Retreats/Conferences, Speakers, Ministry Team, Communion Team, Testimonials
Melissa Petty

 

     

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