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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...



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Connections: Kerry Clarensau

Ministering to Women

In late 2010, Kerry Clarensau was appointed director of the Assemblies of God National Women’s Department, succeeding Arlene Allen. With husband Mike, she has served in ministry for more than 20 years, including a variety of positions at the Kansas District and at the national offices of the Assemblies of God. Most recently the Clarensaus served as pastors at Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kan. She recently spoke with Editor Ken Horn.

evangel: Tell us about your spiritual journey.
CLARENSAU:
I was raised in an Assemblies of God home and attended an Assemblies of God church my entire life. I think I was about 10 years old when I was saved in my local church in Kansas City, Mo. I was filled with the Holy Spirit as a young child at the altars of my own church. I went to camp as a little girl, and around 12 years old, I really felt the Lord was calling me into ministry. At 12 years old we don’t know what that looks like, but I knew I wanted to give my whole life to the Lord. I wanted Him to use me in whatever way He saw fit. He has been so good to me.

evangel: Having just come from a pastorate, how important is a women’s pastor or a women’s director in a local church?
CLARENSAU: Very important. I think society has greatly impacted women today. Women feel isolated and disconnected. They walk into our churches lonely. They’re not really equipped for the challenges they’re facing. So many of them don’t have godly role models in their lives or a biblical foundation to help them to know how to live a joyful, purposeful life with healthy relationships. It’s important for our churches to have a strategy for ministering to women.

evangel: Some may picture women’s ministries as just women getting together for activities and conversation. But that has totally changed, hasn’t it?
CLARENSAU: Completely. I think many people do think of women’s ministries as a social gathering, or they may even think of it as women coming together for missions projects. Those are important parts of ministry to women, but the emphasis of ministry to women should be discipling them and helping them to grow into Christ-like character. Then the outflow is ministry by women.

evangel: Since 2007, you’ve served as the leadership development coordinator for the National Women’s Department. How will that benefit your new role?
CLARENSAU: In that role, I developed materials and resources for churches. I love developing resources; it’s a passion of mine. That role has been very fulfilling and rewarding. It’s given me a chance to see up close the National Women’s Department and even given me a chance to get my feet wet before actually leading it, so that’s a very positive thing.

evangel: What challenges and opportunities do you foresee?
CLARENSAU: I see many challenges. I have a lot to learn. I really want to depend on God completely, knowing He’s the source and it’s His work that we’re doing. The opportunities are countless. I really want our department to be a resource center for churches. It’s a huge challenge, but I know that the Lord is going to equip us and help us to know how to do that.

For more information on the National Women’s Department, visit women.ag.org.

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