A Global Vision for Women: Traditions, Tensions, Theology & Thriving!

Designed by Wendy Wilson, Exec Dir - Women's Development Track.   A Global Vision for Women:  Traditions, Tensions, Theology, & Thriving! 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? How can we have productive conversations that encourage both men and women to live out their callings and engage the paths God has laid before them? As the scenery around us is changing rapidly, we will grapple toward clarity and impact of issues like: 1)  God's relationship to women in the Bible, 2)  historical surveys of women in ministry from the early church to present, 3)  understanding the discussion around biblical theology of women and its implications and applications in various settings, 4)  renewing the dignity and mutual respect for single and married life contexts  5) redeeming diminishment and violence against women around the world, 6)  bridging differences in generational culture on sexuality, mentoring, and social justice, 7)  intentionality in nurturing the giftedness of women in our care, 8)  collaboration as a key to gospel transformation in the global age. We will respectfully interact to embrace what is most important to us by faith, living it out with confidence and grace, and let God speak to us about what He is doing in our day! Some advance preparation.

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Come Away

Designed by Judy Lewis, Cru/Renovare Ministry can take a lot out of you. Sometimes you need to step out of the busyness and recover your soul. Say YES to God’s invitation to come away to quiet place and once again lean into the “unforced rhythms of grace.” This week we’ll exhale and experience some gentle practices which help us find our way back to the heart of God. Practices like silence and solitude, worship and guided prayer. We’ll rest and rekindle a way of living as God’s beloved daughter. And we’ll explore renewed ways of sustenance for the journey. Come be with us for this week of easy community in the Lord as we catch up with our souls. Watch for this module in  2020  (judy.lewis@cru.org)

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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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Discovering My Design and Personal Mission: Bringing My Full Self to Ministry

Discovering My Design and Personal Mission: Bringing My Full Self to Ministry A process 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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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 More.  Knowing that women in ministry need time to rest and reflect on the One Who called them in the first place, this reflective week allows participants time to reconnect with Christ. Often ministry, especially overseas ministry, necessitates self-feeding on His Word. All exercises, both individual and corporate explore varied options to help you feast deeply on Him as you return to your place of service. By way of example, individual exercises may include: Pouring over His promises, Washing with the Psalms, Revisiting your favorite passages, Breaking darkness with powerful prayer, Resting in His Presence.  Learning from other Kingdom-focused women is also vital to our encouragement. Group exercises may include: Grappling with how to “eat His Word,” Recognizing His Voice personally and as a Body, Considering the roles of our body, soul, and spiritWorshipping together in silence.  (http://hungryformore.org) Read More

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Leadership Affirmations: Thriving as Women

Designed for women who are currently in decision-making roles or preparing for them.  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) exploring what women need to do their best work and to minister authentically, and 6) we will enjoy interacting with two panels of experienced women and men ministry leaders. What a privilege to have time with peers and mentors around these rich issues! (wendy@WomensDevelopmentTrack.com)

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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: Continuing the Journey Together

For those who have finished Part 1, this experience continues the learning in the community of your Leadership Part 1 cohort. We will continue to explore the capacities needed for women who are gifted and called into a larger scope or responsibility of leadership.  Your Part 1 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, facilitating effective meetings, handling life transitions, personal organization to support the demands of leadership, self-leadership and spiritual health, 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. 

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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: Your Customized Week

Designed by. . .YOU! If you are needing a self-guided week of personal retreat 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 or work 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. (Also available for a small team retreat of your own.)  To discuss your needs, contact Wendy Wilson wendy@womensdevelopmenttrack.com

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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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Walking with Immanuel: El Camino de Santiago, Spain

Walking with Immanuel: El Camino de Santiago, Spain. An adventurous personal retreat, walking along El Camino de Santiago in the beautiful northern region of Spain. Space for connection, quiet, solitude, reflection, laughter, and tears. Our guided hike will have moderately physically challenging daily distances requiring pre-trip conditioning. Why join us? Amid the ever present reality of transition, uncertainty, and cross-cultural stressors, we’ll intentionally connect with Immanuel—God’s sure presence with us. Morning meditation & reflection sets the tone for each day. Evening connection & processing over dinner. Facilitated individual debrief sessions before departure. Take essential time away from the field to slow down and hear your heart once again in God’s presence.  (Fieldsupportonline.com)

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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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