THE ANNUAL PASTOR’S seminar in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last February saw 123 pastors from 22 denominations attend, some from surrounding nations. I (Bruce) was unable to attend but our newest team member, Karen Pack, was thrown in the deep end as the main speaker. We were concerned how a female speaker would be received in a paternalistic society where a great number of pastors don’t believe in women’s ministry. The Lord used Karen in a significant way.
One senior leader stood up at the end of one service and said, “We know that women should not preach or have authority over a man but we have just heard the Word of God taught by a woman and it was powerful. Clearly God has spoken and is doing something new in Burkina. God can even use women. If God wants to speak through women then we must be open and obedient to God.”
It seems the Lord used Karen to shift pastors’ attitudes. All I can say in response is a loud: “Let the women leaders of West Africa arise.”
MEET KAREN … I (Bruce) am at my capacity for what one man can do in training leaders, so I have been seeking to build a team of trainers and facilitators to multiply our effectiveness and scope. I am excited to announce that Pastor Karen Pack is coming on board as part of the World Outreach International Leadership Development training team. Karen presently serves as a pastor at Citywest Church in the western suburbs of Sydney. She’ll continue in her preaching and pastoral roles but has been released to travel as often as we need her. Karen will play an increasing role in the Emerging Leader’s seminars. She’s highly qualified in Bible teaching with a Bachelor of Arts degree, along with Masters degrees in Teaching (honours) and Divinity. Her passion is to teach and equip those who could not otherwise afford to access training, due to poverty or geographic isolation.
International Director of World Outreach since January 2017.
Bruce has been married to Fiona since 1983 and lives in Melbourne. They have three grown children and one granddaughter.