Last Saturday, a few ladies from our church went to “She Leads” conference at Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, NJ. It is a conference to equip and train women who are leaders in different ministries. Since some of us are in the process of re-launching women’s ministry at Metro, it was a timely conference. Our God knows what we need and He provides at the perfect timing.
The conference started with women from different churches worshipping together. Many wonderful speakers presented great material during the two keynote sessions and three breakout sessions. We were able to select the topics that interested us the most.
During the first keynote session, the speaker started with a powerful Bible verse. “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” Galatians 6:4-5 (The Message)
I learned that everyone is made to influence others in a way no one else can. People who are close to us are typically are the ones who influence us or we influence the most. The speaker had us draw a small circle and write down the people who we influence daily. Usually they are our immediate family members. Then we drew a bigger circle around it, like a bull’s eye circle, wrote down the people who are our close friends or people we see or meet on a regular basis. Then we drew an even bigger circle around it and wrote down the people who are our friends or neighbors in our community. Those are our circles of influence.
In my personal journey, the people who influenced me may not even know they have great impact on me. Our work is not about impressing others, but about making impression. When we are called to be influencers, one of our reactions may be fear. God doesn’t say, “Don’t be afraid, you’ve got this." Instead, He says,” Don’t be afraid, I’ve got this.” We need to replace fear with God’s truth.
One of the workshops Lisa Ra and I went to was, “Beginning and building a balanced women’s ministry." It was a smaller group and we were probably the younger ones there. The woman who taught began her presentation by explaining why women’s ministry is important. Women's Ministry will encourage women to grow in their relationship with God and with each other, to help women feel accepted, to advance the body of Christ, and to benefit the family. WM is simply women encouraging women, helping meet the needs of one another and inspiring each to grow together in Jesus. The leader has served in WM for 25+ years and she said it feels like she is passing the torch to the next generation. The group was very supportive and excited for us to start women’s ministry at our church. They shared their experiences and wisdom with us.
All of us were glad we went and felt encouraged through this conference. We hope more women will be able to go next time.
Submitted by Jennifer Kao