A Global Vision for Women: Engaging Crucial Issues

Designed by Wendy Wilson, Exec Dir - Women's Development Track.   Women hold up at least half the sky and make up more than half the church. Attention to both the plight and giftedness of women across the globe has been called the “moral challenge and unfinished business” of this century. What are the current callings, challenges, and opportunities of the North American church and missions in response? As the scenery around us is changing rapidly, we will grapple toward clarity and impact of issues like: 1)  the need for margin in rhythms of work and rest, 2)  a surprising survey of women in ministry from the early church to present, 3)  understanding the discussion around theology of women and its implications and applications in various settings, 4)  efforts to address the prevalence of violence against women around the world, 5)  bridging differences in generational culture on technology, morality, sexuality, learning, and social justice, 6)  intentionality in nurturing the giftedness of women in our care, 7)  collaboration as a key to gospel transformation in the global age. We will help each other unpack some of the tensions we experience, embrace what is most important to us by faith, and let God speak to us about what He is doing in our day! Some advance preparation.

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A Significant Woman: Discovering Personal Design and Mission

Based on the life-coaching tool The Significant Woman, by Cru. While we are all called to a lifetime of growth in Christ and participation in the purposes of God, each of us is also given a special calling that flows out of our unique design for a particular contribution at this time in history and in our specific life context.  Understanding how God has woven into each of us a special ability for contributing to His purposes through our life experiences, personalities, values, gifts and passions, allows us to experience a deeper sense of joy, satisfaction, perseverance, and impact.  By gaining clarity and confidence around that personal mission, we can better recognize and choose involvements aligned with God’s design for us. This clarity also frees us from over- or under-commitment and a life pace that sustains us as passionate lifetime disciples. This module will allow you to experience the discovery process for yourself as well as see how it can be used in the lives of women in your ministry, church, neighborhood or work place.  Minimal advance preparation. (http://thesignificantwoman.com/products/the-significant-woman) Read More

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Developing a Discerning Heart: Deeper Walk with God and Peer-Helping

Based on the manual Developing a Discerning Heart, by Entrust. Do you sense there is MORE about “freedom in Christ” than you are enjoying in your relationship with God and others? Every believer, at every stage of maturity, has new ground to gain in experiencing the truth that has set them free in Christ.   God’s heart for His children, and the work of His Spirit, is to expose the lies that run and ruin our lives and, layer by layer, replace them with the redeeming truth that restores us more fully to the joy of God’s Image in us.  Learning to discern the great information contained in our thinking, choices, feelings, and desires is a lifetime exercise. As we grow in this understanding and change in our own lives, we are better able to help others as well. Matt 7:5.  Some advance preparation. (www.Entrust4.org/wwmt) Read More

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Group Discipleship: Guiding Relational Learning

Based on the manual Group Discipleship: Connecting Life and Truth, PeerEquip.   Do you back away from leading Bible Studies or discipleship groups because you lack confidence or don’t know what to do? Do you sense that your teaching could be more interactive and dynamic? This module coaches us in the art of facilitating growth through relationship and discussion. Making the shift from “teaching as telling” to “guide on the side” allows the kind of relational experiences that nurture lifetime disciples – and it’s something that many of us can learn to do more effectively than lecture! Guided peer-learning frees us to connect the truth of God’s Word with the realities of our lives, using any good content of your choice well. Group learning involves becoming a co-learner and a guide, actively listening, preparing good questions that guide toward discovery, staying on track by building continuity, building trust and respect among members, and designing discipleship experiences that transform and multiply. Besides being a key shift in teaching style to engage the next generation, these are life skills that apply to small group Bible Studies, home groups, ministry teams, web-based meetings, and to the variety of conversations we have daily with people around us!  Some advance preparation. (www.PeerEquip.com) Read More

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Homeschooling through the Years: Refreshment, Management, & Encouragement

Designed by Kerry Beck, Curriculum Connection.   Are you excited about homeschooling, but unsure how to do it? Are you burned out and need refreshment? Are you concerned whether your kids are getting what they need to serve the Lord? Over the week, we will explore a wide variety of homeschooling topics, from a specific Christian perspective. These include developing a love of learning, mentoring your kids, tools of learning and independent studies (& when to use them), time & family management. In addition to the above concepts, we will discuss the 7 approaches to Christian homeschooling and share specific ideas for subject areas such as writing, reading, history and more. Finally, we will consider one of the biggest struggles for homeschool moms: juggling your marriage, your family, your home, and your ministry with your homeschool. Most of all, we want you to go away with practical ideas to give your children the best Christian education possible. Ideas that you can implement as soon as you get home. Some advance preparation. www.HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com Read More

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Hungry for More: Feasting through the Word

Designed by Kandy Persall, Hungry for MoreNeed to refresh and re-stimulate your hunger for God’s Word? Desiring to energize your private and corporate prayer life? Long to connect with God and experience His Presence in everyday life? Whether you are currently feasting or in a period of spiritual famine, this course will reawaken your spiritual appetite. As you build community with other authentic women, you will gain confidence in recognizing and hearing God’s daily voice. Through both personal and group activities, you will explore His Word on the written page, as well as come to recognize Him as the Living Word that impresses your heart and mind. Learning will be interactive, collaborative and experiential with the goal of increasing your passion for Him. Minimal advance preparation. (http://hungryformore.org) Read More

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Leadership Pathways, Part 1: Preparing for a Wider Scope of Leadership

Designed by Andrea Buczynski, VP Global Leadership and HR - Cru.   This experience focuses on developing the capacities needed for women who are gifted and called into a larger scope or responsibility of leadership. This peer-mentoring community is limited to a cohort of 12 participants. Too often the paths to this niche of service leave us unprepared for the unique challenges and opportunities of leadership, working alongside our brothers in Christ. We will discuss the importance of the heart of the leader as well as her relationships with God, self, and others. We will also consider key functions of a leader such casting vision, setting direction, attending to priorities, leading change, building teams, and serving as spokesperson.  Developing confidence, born of humility and calling, allows gifted women to bring needed creativity and perspective to decision-making teams where men and women work together to offer the fullness of God’s Image. Some advance preparation. (abreflections.wordpress.com) Read More

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Leadership Pathways, Part 2

Designed by Andrea Buczynski, VP Global Leadership and HR - Cru For those who have finished Part 1, this experience continues the learning in the community of your Leadership Part 1 cohort. We continue to explore the capacities needed for women who are gifted and called into a larger scope or responsibility of leadership.  The cohort will determine together the particular aspects to cover in this continuing experience.  Topics often include a deeper dive on issues such as leading change and influence leadership, life/work balance, working with men, facilitating effective meetings, handling life transitions, personal organization to support the demands of leadership, decision making & critical thinking. Developing confidence, born of humility and calling, allows gifted women to bring needed creativity and perspective to decision-making teams where men and women work together to offer the fullness of God’s Image. Some advance preparation.  (abreflections.wordpress.com)

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Leadership Pathways, Part 3: Affirmations in the Journey (Parts 1 & 2 NOT required.)

Designed for women who are currently in decision-making roles or preparing for it. (Participation in Parts 1 &2 not required.) This module will focus on 1) nurturing the heart, character growth, life rhythms, and spiritual practices of a leader, 2) developing our coaching skills in order to support a culture of developing people through coaching and mentoring in our leadership, 3) exploring healthy working relationships between men and women at the leadership level and the productive conversations/culture shifts that can help pave the way as brothers and sisters in Christ, 4) gaining personal clarity, identifying inconsistencies, exploring historical and practical trends, and resolving tensions we may hold related to our understanding and application of biblical teaching around gender, leadership, gifting, and design - at home, in the church, and outside - and, as a treat, 5) we will enjoy interacting with two panels of experienced ministry leaders. What a privilege to have time with peers and mentors around these rich issues! (wendy@WomensDevelopmentTrack.com)

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Mentoring Next Generation Women: Re-igniting Intergenerational Relationships

Designed by Dr Barbara Neumann, Dallas Seminary.   Do you feel a bit intimidated, frustrated, or just baffled in relationships with women around you who were raised in a different generational culture? Jesus set in motion the essential Christian tradition of disciplepship – passing on vibrant faith relationally, from one generation to the next. Young women today clamor for mentors/disciplers who will accept and guide them, but too often the older women that have so much to offer them wrestle with a lack of confidence. How can we build bridges of understanding and connection between generations so that we preserve the rich resource of women-to-women relationships as we move toward each other? We’ll consider influential distinctives of the Boomer to Millennial generations and explore encouraging pathways between them. We’ll explore generational values and perspectives on key issues such as God, spirituality, church, relationships, commitment, sexuality and morality, fears and hopes, the impact of technology and globalization. And we’ll explore the roles and desires of both mentors and mentees, discerning needs and commonalities, types of mentoring relationships, common mentoring mistakes, and how to create the nourishing relationships that busy women want to make time for! Some advance preparation. Read More

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Personal Retreat

Designed by. . .YOU! If you are needing a week of personal retreat, a time of self-guided rest and reflection in a lovely setting, but you don't want to have to find a place to go or others to go with. . . Come join us during this Women's Development Week when several other modules will be going on concurrently.  What is it that you need time for? Reading? Rest? Prayer? A personal project? Nature? Walks? You will design your own schedule for the days, but can join the other participants for meals, recreation, and worship times if you like.  Enjoy your own combination of quiet, personal time or social interaction with other women who are on-task for God's Kingdom.

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Soul Care in the 21st Century

Designed by Dr Lynn Karidis, SEND International.   How is your busyness quotient these days? Do you long for some time alone so you can rest and reconnect with Jesus? How can you find the refreshment and renewal you need to thrive in ministry? Jesus offers an invitation to you: Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. It’s the same invitation Jesus gave to his disciples after a season of intense ministry. Soul Care in the 21st Century is a spiritual formation retreat designed to help you rest, learn, and reconnect with Jesus. Come and discover some new and ancient ways to care for your soul. Find a rhythm for continued spiritual growth that fits your personality and lifestyle. Each day is structured to include rest, food, learning, spiritual practice, reflection, and fellowship. No preparation needed.  (LynnKaridis@send.org) Read More

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Worship In Spirit and In Truth: An Inward Journey to Reach Beyond Ourselves

Designed by Dr Tammie Burger, Commission to Every Nation.   During this week we will explore and experience worship together. So often our paradigms of worship are limited to our own particular church tradition. However, there is much to learn from one another and 2000 years of rich Christian heritage. We will share our own worship backgrounds, explore biblical teaching and worship throughout history, and delve into the writings of some intriguing followers of Christ. Be prepared for God to deepen your relationship with Him during this week of focusing on our greatest calling—worship. (www.cten.org/stephenburger) Read More

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Your Customized Week

Designed by . . . YOU!   A week of study, planning, reflection and/or rest according to your needs for personal retreat, or for your team of women. We can provide the venue, accommodations, meals, and local transportation in some of our venues/dates, alongside other Women's Development Track module groups.  To discuss your needs, contact Wendy Wilson wendy@womensdevelopmenttrack.com

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