Our annual fall conference for women will be September 12 & 13, 2014 at Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kansas. The conference begins at 9:30 on Friday morning and runs through 3:30pm on Saturday. Our theme this year is 'More'. We’ll be joined by speaker Angie Smith and Camala Nutter will lead us in worship. Information has been sent to churches, but you can also download the materials right here. We hope you can join us!
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CEU for Nurses
The threat of epidemics, medical and civilian precautions, and the Christian response.
A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken
Poverty, Human Trafficking and Violence are three powerful forces that need to be addressed and broken to bring freedom for the world's poorest people. Looking at the issues, what we can do and what happens when ministry efforts fail.
Courage … Hanging Tight in the Trenches
When life throws us difficult life-changing curves it is a temptation for us to: panic, run, quit, freeze-up, get depressed, or pass off the challenge to someone else. Enduring a difficult circumstance is extremely hard and takes a huge measure of courage. How do we muster up that courage? Come join us and learn how the Lord’s grace not only helps us courageously cope with our trial but uses it as a means to mold us into a stronger vessel uniquely prepared for His purpose.
Do Something: Social Justice and the Church
Giving you the tools to make a Biblical decision about your involvement in issues of Social Justice. What is it? Is it Biblical? How should the church respond? How should you respond?
Encouragement for Mothers
How do we raise a Daniel or an Esther -- a child who lives in this American life but trusts and follows God instead of the culture around them? God embeds Himself everywhere. Let's help our children discern His truth, even in the books they read and movies they watch. Let's teach our children to think.
Evangelism in Women’s Ministries
Evangelism is a scary word! But ladies let me tell you the Bible says it is our job to teach and to reach the lost. We will show through bible stories, and how our church is reaching our community.
Eyes to See
Do you have eyes to see the work that God is doing in and around your life? How do you take difficult circumstances, stretching relationships, and bad news, and find God's fingerprints, purpose and work? Or is the routine of life so mundane that you begin to question if God even has anything to do with it or a real purpose for you? Jesus wanted people to "know" and "see" God. Come explore scripture, hear life examples and learn how you too can have eyes to see God and understand His work in your life.
Fan the Flame!
Recognizing and learning to use the spiritual gifts God has given as your flame burns bright.
Finding More Than Your Fairy Tale Dream
Every girl dreams of a fairy tale life, complete with "Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo". The problem with our fairy tale expectations, however, is that they are not based in reality. Join us as we dismantle the fairy tale and reach for more through the One perfect Prince, Jesus Christ.
GET TO IT!
What are you waiting for? What idea, what dream, what forward moving thing has God put in your heart that is so covered over with wilderness thinking that you can't hear it anymore? Chase God while He's chasing you and whatever that thing is, let’s get to it! #gettheleadout #itsnevertoolate
Identity: What the Bible Says About Who I Am
We all get bogged down in life and at times reading the Word seems dry and stale. But what if the Bible is more than a story? What if it also reveals to us the character of God and in turn an identity for us that we can't walk away from.
I still live with my mommy! (And my daddy, husband and my 5 kids!) Come listen to Shannon Slattery as she discusses intergenerational living. In this session Shannon will openly discuss pros and cons to the choices her family has made on this topic and discuss options for those confronting and already dealing with this growing issue.
I Want MORE…
More money, more time, more stuff. What if, God helping you, you managed what He gives you so that you have more than enough? Learn to apply 3 biblical principles for managing money and time. When God is in control, there’s MORE than enough.
Keeping Intimacy Alive
It’s been hot in the kitchen, and hopefully you have been having FUN!!! Now ladies, let’s make sure the flame keeps on burning!!! Hmmmm, what’s on the wall now??
Living My ONE Life
Three years ago, my husband and I chose to live a life of adventure and moved to Canada. Through times of pain and joy, God has been leading me on a journey of discovering who He has made me to be and what He has called me to do. ONE life. All we have is this ONE life. How will we choose to live the ONE life we have been given?
MORE of God’s Word
God’s written word is transformational. Have you ever wondered how we received the Bible you carry with you? Who decided what was going to be accepted or rejected? Who have suffered throughout history so that you can read God’s Word today? Learn MORE about the history of the Bible so that you can understand MORE about how this precious collection of documents that draw us closer to HIM.
SHINING AS STARS- Philippians 2:13-16a “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…” God truly desires for us to sparkle and shine for Him! Unfortunately too many times, our daily schedules, hectic lifestyles, stress, selfishness and negative attitudes become excuses and we prevent the world from even seeing a flickering light of Jesus in us. This session will help you evaluate your current mind and thought patterns and understand why it is important that we have the mind of Christ. We will:
*break apart the Philippians scripture
*take some thoughts from T.W. Hunt’s book, THE MIND OF CHRIST
* look over some New Testament passages that describe God’s ideal for the mind
*discuss some positive ways to make this a reality for our everyday lives
Let’s look at this together, get honest with God, and allow Him to “polish us” up a bit, so He can shine through us into this dark world!
Pass It On...Learning to Tell the Story of God’s Work in Your Life
Throughout the bible God commands His people to tell the next generation the truth of His word and the power of His works. This command is for us today. Just as God worked in the lives of the Israelites, He is working in our lives. Join us as we learn how to pass on the story of God’s work in our lives to the next generation.
Pornography Continued: It’s our turn ladies!
Mari Parker, Becky Doyle
We will first capture a real look at pornography use among women and girls today. Then we will move to ways to minister to them…either as addicts or victims.
Power over Panic
"How are you?" "Fine." "Great." "Doing well." This is the all too familiar exchange that sadly we have become more comfortable showing than the truth. Instead of being open and honest about anxiety and depression, it's hidden in shame and fear. In my battle with anxiety and panic attacks, I have come across many Christian women, yes CHRISTIAN woman dealing with similar issues. They hide behind a façade in fear that others will believe their struggle is due to lack of faith and shortcomings in their relationship with God… an unforgivable sin. It's time to throw out the lies and get real about what anxiety is and isn't. Let's explore what our response as Christians should be. I will also share some practical things that have helped me in my own personal battle. We can be MORE than what haunts us. When we allow God to “do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine”, then yes, even the very thing that cripples you, can be used for His glory! After all, when we are weak, He is strong!
Repurpose—the New, the Old, and YOU
Repurposing, this is a love of mine. Allow me to show you a few DIY tips and tricks while also understanding God's desire to repurpose our lives. God brought us into the world for one purpose and although the purpose remains the same, He will continually repurpose us throughout our journey on Earth.
Who doesn't love a good road trip? You're in the car with friends or family, eating different food, seeing different scenery, playing corny games to kill time, fighting over which style of music should be listened to, and making pit stops at questionable establishments when the rare emergency deems necessary. Awe! Memories! Using Gods road map, we'll look at our individual spiritual road trip. Are you enjoying the journey? Are you content? Do you want more? Where do you go from here?
The Sandwich Life
Feeling like a sandwich? Squeezed between too many important things? Gain a fresh and refreshing perspective on your circumstances and caregiving responsibilities! A paradigm shift and a fresh way to consider being "sandwiched" between raising kids, mid-life, and caring for aging parents. A fresh perspective on the reality of the years ahead as we care for those we love. Consider how to not just survive, but how to thrive and grow during these intense years of caregiving and serving our families. Sneak Peak: You can consider yourself sandwiched between 2 groups of people with different needs/demands or you can consider yourself sandwiched between Grace and His Presence. It's all a matter of perspective!
Sharing MORE of Your Story
The basics of sharing your story of Christ’s redeeming love and looking for opportunities all around you as you go through your day.
Surviving and Thriving in Ministry: Encouragement for Minister's Wives
In this interactive session we will work to encourage one another, share helpful tips and advice, and pray for one another as we navigate life as a minister's wife.
Teaching Adult Learners
Do you want to teach, but just aren't sure how to get started? Do you want to improve your leadership and teaching skills? Join us as we review the principles of teaching adults and consider how to apply them in our own life.
'Thank-you' - More than Words
Living a thankful life is way more than lip service, it's doing thankful living! We will take a look at living life with thankfulness and gratitude.
T.I.A. This Is Africa
Helmer and Shannon Jensen
While raising four daughters on the mission field, The Jensens have learned to survive, thrive, and find laughter while serving as field support missionaries for 10 years with the International Mission Board in Sub-Sahara Africa. The Jensens will openly share what their “new normal” is really like from the perspective of both spouses. From 1st term language learning and cultural adjustments, you will hear how God can, and will, use ordinary people to achieve His purposes on the mission field.
From the moment we say “I Do” and the veil is removed, the fairy tale of happily ever after ends and the real work of loving our husbands begins. This session is designed to help us explore the significance and importance of “unveiling” ourselves in order to achieve MORE intimacy in our marriages.
What Not to Say
Mari Parker & Vicki VanMeter
During times of crisis and pain do you find yourself struggling with what to say? Let’s explore encouraging words that are more than the familiar Christian clichés.
What’s in Your Thought Closet?
We talk to ourselves all the time. Are the words you speak to yourself gracious? Are they kind? Or are they harsh and condemning? Come and discover how to recognize what we say to ourselves, begin to refuse the lies we speak to ourselves, and replace that old destructive self-talk with powerful, life-changing soul talk, so that we can see the beauty that God sees in us.
What's your Story?
What's your story? Do you have in your past or present a divorce, physical illness, mental disease, abuse, living in sin, alone, single motherhood, struggling to find your path, or much more? In this session we will search our story's for how they effect our Christian lives. But most important, how they can be used to further the Kingdom of God.
Where the Neck Turns the Head Will Follow
Do you remember the scene from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", when the mother tells the daughter, "The man may be the head of the house, but the woman is the neck. And the neck turns the head." Women have been turning heads for centuries, for better or for worse. Join me as we look at how a truly God centered woman can "turn" the future of her home, community, nation, and the world toward God.
Women’s Ministry: Where are we? Where do we need to go?
Come and join our chat time about women’s ministry in our churches. Bring what’s working, what’s not working, and insights for the future of ministry to women…from a leader perspective or from a participants perspective.
Based off of Phil. 3:13 Do you struggle with past failures, shame, hurt, regret or pain? Are you paralyzed by the past and can't move forward? IT's very hard to "Let go" of the past, however, once we do we can live in freedom and have a joyous life. You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk.
Friday, September 12, 2014
7:30 am–9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am WORSHIP
10:30 am Life Session #1
11:40 am–12:25 pm Group 1: Lunch
11:40 am–12:25 pm Group 2: Conference
12:35 pm–1:20 pm Group 2: Lunch
12:35 pm–1:20 pm Group 1: Conference
1:30 pm Life Session #2
2:45 pm Life Session #3
4:00 pm Life Session #4
5:10 pm–5:55 pm Group 1: Dinner
5:55 pm–6:40 pm Group 2: Dinner
7:00 pm WORSHIP
9:00 pm Ministry Wives Fellowship
Saturday, September 13, 2014
6:45 am Morning Exercise
7:00 am-8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am WORSHIP
10:30 am Life Session #5
11:40 am–12:25 pm Group 2: Lunch
11:40 am–12:25 pm Group 1: Conference
12:35 pm–1:20 pm Group 1: Lunch
12:35 pm–1:20 pm Group 2: Conference
1:30 pm WORSHIP
3:30 pm Dismiss
Angie Smith is the bestselling author of four books (I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, Mended, & Audrey Bunny) and “Chasing God” (released in January 2014.
She is a popular speaker and travels with Women of Faith, Lifeway, and other organizations committed to sharing the good news of the Gospel in a relatable, down to earth way. Initially her blog “Bring The Rain” gathered the attention of readers as they followed her journey through pregnancy and loss, and now she is blessed to continue sharing what the Lord is doing through her words in many different ways. Angie received her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and is honored to be the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of the Christian group “Selah”) and the mother of five daughters: Ellie, Abby, Kate, Charlotte, and her sweet Audrey who waits for her in glory. She and her family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Camala Nutter is a stay-at-home mom of twins and a dental hygienist part time. Her first love was music and singing, from as early as she can remember. She was on scholarship in college and performed with a traveling show choir. Her favorite place to sing, however is leading worship in church, engaging the heart of Jesus as a corporate body. Camala is currently a member of the worship team at West Ridge Community Church in Wichita, KS. She is married to a musician as well and their toddlers enjoy the majority of their singing and dancing energy!
Helmer & Shannon Jensen
Helmer, Shannon, and their four daughters have served with the IMB as field support missionaries for 10 years in Portugal, Angola, and South Africa. Their primary ministry within the mission has been logistics support, but Helmer transitioned to risk management at the beginning of 2013. They now support over 900 missionaries, volunteers and American ex-pats in Sub Sahara Africa with risk consultation, safety/security training, and crisis management for serious incidents occurring in the Affinity group. The Jensens’ front line ministry includes Prison Ministry to Women and Juveniles in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Youth and Worship Ministries in Port Elizabeth, and a township feeding program for critically impoverished children. They also assist their local church in international outreaches in Southern Africa to Mozambique and Lesotho. The Jensens’ oldest daughter just graduated high school in South Africa and will begin her Freshman year at Southwest Baptist University this Fall.