FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Metochai, a campus organization for student wives and faculty wife mentors, kicked off the semester Aug. 30 with more than 100 women in attendance and a record-setting 72 children in the Naylor Children’s Center childcare program. Amid the hustle and bustle of women reuniting with friends they had not seen all summer and meeting new friends who have just arrived on campus, Metochai leaders continued to bring in additional seating to accommodate the large crowd.
An electric vibe buzzed through the room with the excitement of a new year—an excitement that Dean of Women’s Programs Terri Stovall said is surely indicative of God’s plans for Southwestern women.
“It’s going to be a good year, ladies,” Stovall said. “I’m excited about what God is doing for women here at Southwestern—whether you’re a student wife, faculty wife or student. If you’re a woman and you’re connected to Southwestern, you can’t help but feel what God’s doing for women.”
The evening began with an introduction of the 2012-2013 leadership team, fellowship and worship, wrapped up by a message from Stovall on Titus 2:3-5, the theme verse for each Metochai meeting this year.
“This year the theme is ‘women guiding women,’ because we are all women on a journey,” Stovall said. “We want to walk that journey as good as possible so that at the end of our lives we can stand before the throne and the Father will say, ‘Well done, My good and faithful servant.’ As women, we’re trying to figure out how to do that well, and God, in His great wisdom, says one of the best ways to do that is for women to guide women along that journey.”
Stovall explained that each woman has a responsibility in Scripture to identify women in her life who are both younger and older—whether by age or spiritual maturity—and then follow the Bible’s instructions to teach and learn from them, respectively.
Jessica Kasper, Metochai president for 2012, said she wants women to know that there is a place for them here on Southwestern’s campus—a place where they can come, be a woman, be encouraged and make lifetime-lasting friendships with fellow ministry wives.
“We’re trying to emphasize that this is a welcoming place for all the women,” Kasper said. “Metochai is where you make the connections that will last and will benefit you in ministry so that you have that shoulder to lean on while you’re in ministry.”
Kasper said she and her leadership team have spent time this summer planning and organizing for this year’s monthly Metochai meetings. She said one thing women can expect is the unexpected. From each meeting’s order of events to speaker presentations, women can look forward to an exciting and, at times, unpredictable year.
Kasper says officers want to intentionally foster the mentor-mentee relationships at each table this year, increasing the “connection factor” that end-of-year evaluations indicate keeps wives coming back to Metochai year after year.
Metochai, which is named for the Greek word meaning ‘partners,’ is held in the Seelig Banquet Room in the Naylor Student Center, generally on the last Thursday evening of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free childcare for ages 6 months to 6th grade is available in the Naylor Children’s Center if reservations are made by noon on the Wednesday prior to the meeting. For more information or to make childcare reservations, call the Women’s Programs office at 817-923-1921, ext. 3600.