Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Shepastor: "Addressing and Exposing Elephants in our lives: Highlights from the Addressing the Elephants in the Pew Women in Ministry Conference, 2015”

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Proverbs 3:13-14 NIV

On the weekend of Friday, July 31st – August 1st, 2015 in Beachwood, Ohio, Women in ministry came together to deal with some “untouchable” topics. Women in ministry and depression, menopause, loneliness, jealousy, stress, burn out, worry, poor health, divorce, singleness, widowhood, marriage, dating and more!

We give God high praise for the marvelous things He did for us in "Addressing and Exposing" elephants in our pews, lives, ministries, relationships and our own hearts! God tremendously used our speakers, panelists and workshop leaders to usher us into the sweet presence of The Lord. We are grateful for the women who shared from the depths of their being, making themselves vulnerable so that others could receive their break through.

We were richly blessed by our Friday evening keynote speaker, Pastor Denise Cunningham-Doggett, who not only preached Heaven down, but gave each Conference Partner a special gift (beautiful “bejeweled” necklaces adorning elephants) and each conference participant a small bag of 5 colorful “smooth” stones, to remind us that we, like David can defeat our “Goliath/Elephants.” Our Saturday morning plenary speaker, Dr. Martina Moore (a licensed minister, psycho-therapist and CEO of a Christian counseling center) was greatly used by the Lord to decimate the elephants of “religiosity” in our lives. She boldly and skillfully called out the demons that can shackle our spirits when we continue to persist in self-denial.

While there are many more issues to be discussed amongst women in ministry regarding the “elephants” that hurt and hinder us in so different ways, we praise God for allowing us to at least begin this important and ongoing conversation. We are eternally grateful to the most-high God for allowing us to be used to have this conference.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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