It’s a girlfriend’s getaway designed to help women in ministry decompress, de-stress and delight in some much
needed me-time. Who doesn’t love that?

Pastor’s wife and four-time Grammy® winner Karen Clark Sheard, 53, is hosting her “Ladies 1st” International
Summit September 10th through 13th to give women respite from the daily grind.

“All of my leading ladies, I need a break, so I know you need a break,” said the first lady of Greater Emmanuel
Institutional Church of God and Christ in Detroit, in a promotional video.

The world-renowned singer of the legendary Clark Sisters knows all about juggling family and ministry. Though
she lives to pour into the lives of others, Clark-Sheard admits it can get exhausting.

“We love to serve. We love our church family,” and yet, she suggests that women “have a break together,” she

Who’s in?

According to the BET “The Sheards” reality star, this event is her way of showing appreciation and building up
the women who sacrifice continually to get it all done.

Held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the summit will bring together pastors, co-pastors, bishops, and
minister’s wife, widows and adjutants from all over the world and from every denomination.

For four days of sharing, healing and breakthrough, in a relaxing environment outside of the traditional church
landscape, women will bask in the refreshing experience as one family.

“As a partner in ministry with my husband [Bishop J. Drew Sheard], and through my travels, I get to see
firsthand the need for this summit,” Clark-Sheard explained.

“These women of God are often forced to conceal their struggles from the friends, who just don’t understand,
and the congregations that they serve. They have stories to tell and hearts to be healed.”

Included in the high-profile line-up of guests is Elbertina “Twinkie” Clark Terrell, Y’anna Crawley, Jacky Clark
Chisholm, Vickie Winans, Faith Evans, Pastor Debra Morton, Kierra Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole and Erica

Inclusive of pampering and spa services, Zumba workouts, hair and makeup sessions, panel discussions, a
comedy café, and worship, “Ladies 1st” is a holistic experience that caters to mind, body and soul.

Need a break this summer? Virginia Beach just might be the perfect place for you.

For more information, visit
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Need A Break? Karen Clark Sheard Says ‘Come to Virginia Beach
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