ABOUT GENE & JOYCE WILLIAMS

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Gene Williams is a 1953 graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. He wrote the first history of Trevecca as his master’s thesis. He pastored in the Church of the Nazarene for 47 years. After graduation he enrolled in Nazarene Theological Seminary. Following graduation from seminary he accepted a call to Sebring FL. After that he planted a church in Gainesville FL. Then he accepted the pastorate of the church in Princeton FL. That church was averaging approximately 290 when he arrived, and when he left ten years later it was running over 500.

In 1971 Gene accepted the call to pastor First Church in Wichita KS. During over 26 years as pastor of those wonderful people they averaged taking into church membership at least one new Nazarene per week and 80+ members per year totaling over 2,300 new members. The church had a great outreach program through radio during his entire ministry and a weekly TV spot for 23 years. Gene made nine prime time specials in the Holy Land with several other pastors in conjunction with the local ABC television affiliate. In 1971 the church was averaging about 550 in Sunday school. They averaged 1,063 his last year, and raised over $1,800,000.

Gene has served as a member of the Nazarene General Board, The Nazarene Theological Seminary Board, and Nazarene Bible College Board. He served on the board of Mid-America Nazarene University for 25 years, and they bestowed an honorary doctorate upon him in 1977.

Gene’s has written 15 books.
Living in the Zoo and Loving It! details the great joy, rewards, awesome privilege and pleasure of being a pastor. Living in A Glass House---Surviving the Scrutiny of Marriage and Ministry was co-authored with Dr. Don Harvey, a clinical psychologist and marriage counselor. In the Shadow of the Steeple, The Vital Role of the Smaller Church, Down Times for Dads, and From the Pulpit to the Pew. In addition, he has written 9 books of sermon outlines.

Gene and his wife, Bettye, were married 39 years and had five children. She passed away suddenly in January 1991. In September of 1992, Gene married Joyce who has two children. Together they have 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gene resigned as pastor of Wichita First Church effective January 19, 1998. He and Joyce began
SHEPHERDS’ FOLD MINISTRIES in September 1998 offering support, encouragement and renewal to pastoral families around the world. Both Gene and Joyce have enjoyed working on over twenty assignments with the BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION. Gene served as PASTOR IN RESIDENCE at TREVECCA for four years.

BOOKS

Living in the Zoo—and Loving It!
Living in a Glass House---Surviving the Scrutiny of Marriage and Ministry
(with Dr. Don Harvey)
Real Men—Real Faith
In the Shadow of the Steeple---
The Vital Role of the Smaller Church in a Megachurch World
From the Pulpit to the Pew
Down Times for Dads
Nine Sermon Outline Books

I THE PASTOR’S MENTAL ATTITUDE

In this seminar, which can be either one-hour plus or preferably two forty-five minute sessions, we consider the heart of the problem many pastors face today. I believe it is a wonderful compliment from God to be chosen to carry His salvation message to mankind. Yet many pastors struggle with the call. Numerous pastors have not grasped the full joy of this opportunity.

Throughout this session, our objective is to help them come to love their calling. The things that a person loves to do he/she will do best. Therefore, if pastors can come to love being in the ministry they will be better shepherds of God’s flock. Embracing the pure joy of being God’s ambassador at the point of need in the lives of those in their care will bring great fulfillment to pastors.
Note: This seminar is the basis for our book
Living in the Zoo and Loving It!

II THE FINE ART OF FORGIVENESS

This is a message that is especially appropriate for those whose lives are so intertwined with people. Sooner or later every pastor will be mistreated, misunderstood or misquoted. How they deal with these situations will greatly affect their ongoing ministry for God.

III SURVIVING THE PRESSURE COOKER

This is a message structured to help pastors to more effectively deal with the intense pressures that come as the natural result of leading a congregation. The highly visible calling, the burden of the message along with the necessity of relating to strongly opinionated people---all of these factors result in a lot of pressure on pastors. How this is faced will have a tremendous affect on their ministry.

IV UNTO YOU, TOO

This is a message of hope for pastors who too often forget that the promises that they share from God’s word also apply to them. It is based on Isaiah’s prophecy in Chapter 9. These promises have been used to bring encouragement to many pastors and their spouses.

V CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD LEADER

This is a practical session that presents basic principles for good leaders. These insights are easy to understand and will help Christian leaders know what is expected of them.

VI. MIXING MARRIAGE AND MINISTRY

This is a joint session with spouses built around them message of our book, Living in A Glass House---Surviving the Scrutiny of Marriage and Ministry.

VII. ENGRAVED ON HIS HANDS

This is a message of encouragement to ministry couples about how God cares for us.


Joyce Williams has an active speaking and writing ministry that takes her across the United States and to other countries. She is the keynote speaker for numerous retreats and conferences each year. This includes working with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on more than 20 special assignments. She has written seven books. Joyce writes frequently for Decision magazine and has been published in over 30 different periodicals including Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Holiness Today, Come Ye Apart, Resource, etc. In addition she has written a number of poems and songs.

Joyce is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She has been very active in varied aspects of ministry for many years including directing youth ministries, pioneering and directing women's ministries for Virginia, and serving on the Virginia District Advisory Board for six years. Joyce was privileged to serve as full-time Minister of Christian Education, Outreach and Singles at First Church of the Nazarene in Clearwater, Florida, for almost two years. She was a pastor’s wife for over five years until Gene’s retirement in January 1998. She is a Certified Personal Evangelism Trainer and enjoys working with people---particularly in the area of soul winning. Her professional experience was in marketing. Joyce’s diverse background in management, church leadership, associate ministry, pastor’s wife, etc., brings special insight to a variety of settings.

She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University. She and Gene were married in 1992. They are founding directors of
SHEPHERDS’ FOLD MINISTRIES. They minister together offering encouragement, affirmation and renewal for pastors and families around the world. They have a total of 7 children between them, 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. They reside in Wichita, Kansas.



BOOKS

Unshakable Faith for Shaky Times
My Faith Still Holds (see: www.myfaithstillholds.com)
Sparkling Sparrows (children’s book---child evangelism tool)
She Can’t Even Play the Piano! Insights for Ministry Wives
From This Faith Forward
Quiet Moments for Ministry Wives—Scriptures, Meditations and Prayers (Spring 2006)

SONGS

“He Took the Blame"
“Lullaby for the Lamb”
“Just One More”
“Renew Your Weary Shepherd Today”

POEMS

“No Prayer Is Ever Wasted”
“She Can’t Even Play the Piano!”
“A Rose for My Love”
“Tears in a Bottle” “Through the Needle’s Eye”
“I Saw the Lamb”
“Passing the Faith”
“Manger in the Shadow” “My Faith Still Holds”
“Unshakable Faith for Shaky Times”

COUNT IT ALL JOY! (James 1:2)
A challenge to embrace even the hard times in life because of the joy that awaits us.

THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS (II Chronicles 20)
A reminder that we do not have to fight our battles if we belong to the Lord.

FORGET THE FORMER THINGS (Isaiah 43:18)
Getting past our past. The woman at the well. John 4

A NEW THING
(Isaiah 43:19)
Embracing life changes with joy and anticipation

CHANGE YOUR WORLD (John 4)
Accepting God's mandate to be His change agents. Can involve soul-winning training.

THE END OF OURSELVES (Genesis 32:22-31)
A challenge to truly allow God to take control of our lives.

GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE
(Jonah, Joseph, Prodigal son, Woman taken in adultery) Thank God---we can begin again!

HEART'S DESIRE (Psalm 37:4)
Personal testimony

CRUMBLED WALLS (Joshua 6)
When we allow God to take control, He brings down the barriers that hinder us.

NO PRAYER IS EVER WASTED (Revelations 5:6-8)
Our Father collects our prayers in golden bowls in the throne room of the Lamb. They are the fragrance of heaven.

SHE CAN’T EVEN PLAY THE PIANO!
Pastor’s wives aren’t perfect!

UNSHAKABLE FAITH FOR SHAKY TIMES (Rahab)
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been---what you’ve done. It’s where you are now and where you go from here that matters.

GRACE EMBRACED (Woman taken in adultery--John 1:11)
Grace is a gift that we haven’t earned, don’t deserve and can’t get regardless of how hard we work. We just need to embrace it!

A GENTLE WHISPER (Mary Magdalene--John 20:16; I Kings 19:18)
We need to learn to be still and listen for God’s gentle whisper.

BE STILL AND KNOW –THE LORD WILL PROVIDE (Psalm 46:10; John 6:1-15)
The Lord always provides just what we need. We need to wait for Him.

THE GREATEST GIFT---NO LESS THAN ME---Isaiah 9:6
God gave us His one and only Son. In return we give Him ourselves.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUBS---STONECROFT MINISTRIES (Testimony)
Note: Many of these speaking sessions are wrapped around a Bible character.