Women W-Holy Prepared – 2019 "Next Level Living"
Next Level Living ~ Deuteronomy 30:9-20
Women Who Minister over the past four years have engaged and empowered women to envelop holiness, emerge as new vessels, embrace their new wineskins, and position themselves to live out their divine calling and purpose. As we enter our fifth year, according to our Deuteronomic text, our command is to obey, to walk, to keep the Lord’s command and the promise is to live, multiply, prosper as God guides us into Next Level Living. Our plenary sessions and workshops will help you connect with the Holy Spirit and search yourself to get into alignment with God’s plan for your life.
PLENARY I - Next Level Living from the Margins
“Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.” Deuteronomy 30:4. Next Level Living is a choice. It can often be a more difficult choice when we seem to find ourselves living on the margins of society. Whether we find ourselves among the marginalized because of poverty, racism, sexism, ageism, etc…, the Bible reminds us that God always has plans and purpose for our lives. What does it mean to live on the margins? How do we live on the margins and not be of it? When the righteous find themselves in the wilderness, how can we move to the next level?
Discerning my Spiritual Gifts to move to the Next Level
God has given each believer spiritual gifts to edify and advance his kingdom here on earth. As we embrace the next level, we must challenge ourselves to answer questions such as: What are my spiritual gifts? Are my gifts building the body of Christ? Am I mis-using my gifts such that I seem to be stuck on the margins? This workshop will unpack the handling of our gifts to optimize God’s call on our lives.
Overcoming Dysfunctional Generational Cycles
As God’s women strive to move to the next level in ministry, we face opposition from our past and present. How do we not allow dysfunctional generational behavior to keep us along the margins or to foster a self-defeating mindset? We must acknowledge the patterns in our families and in our current behavioral practices that hinder us from moving to the next level and find strategies to be our best selves.
Consider the “Least of These”
We live in a nation faced with mass incarceration, mass shootings, mass deportation, and massive mental health issues. Christianity as a communal faith demands that we minister to the marginalized and disenfranchised. This workshop will focus on social advocacy. How do we develop our prophetic imagination? How do we support social justice movements as a faith-based advocate?
Transformational Preaching to take our Congregants to the Next Level (Ministers Only)
21st century proclaimers of the Word must develop a hermeneutic that addresses 21st century issues. The Word of God is living and active and must manifest in the lives of its hearers. Dr. Leslie Callahan, a transformational preacher will share her knowledge on developing a voice that reaches the margins and beyond.
PLENARY II Bearing Fruit in and Out of Season
“See I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” Deuteronomy 30:15. In our Conference Scripture, Deuteronomy 30:9-16, the Israelites are still in the wilderness. Yet, God says to them “I set before you today life and prosperity.” We go through seasons of prosperity and scarcity along life’s journey. Yet, we must learn to thrive in the wilderness. Regardless of where we find ourselves at a given moment, God desires that we remain steadfast in our work so that we may bear good fruit. “Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands, and the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of our land.”
Fruit Bearing in the Marketplace:
As a Christin navigating your faith and working in the marketplace, are you a witness or a worker? Can the workplace become a space for worship? Are your Christian values a source of influence in the workplace? This workshop provides tools to impact the marketplace with Christian values and influence the creation of sacred spaces within secular environments.
Fruit Bearing in the Family:
Finding the balance between the work of ministry and family can be challenging. The dissolution of the traditional family structure has had significant impact on our society. How does this cultural shift in family dynamics align with what the Bible teaches about family and fruitfulness? This workshop will explore building a family of faith; practices that foster God-seeking generations of believers.
Fruit Bearing in your Ministry:
When we answer our call to ministry, we most often are saying yes to an unknown future. We must take a step of faith and trust God along our ministerial journey. Our journey can lead to mountaintop triumphs but also valley lows. How do we breathe new life into our ministries when it seems like we are in the “valley of dry bones”? This workshop provides strategies to address “ministerial” burnout and/or fruitless ministry.
Fruit Bearing in the Spirit:
Next level living requires spiritual rebirth and spiritual replenishment. The ministry of pouring out and into others requires the minister to develop consistent spiritual practices that make room for the Holy Spirit to do a good work in you. This workshop will equip you to develop a practical approach to renew a weary spirit.
PLENARY III – Self-Care for Next Level Living
“… I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” Deuteronomy 30:19
The Triune God has created humanity as holistic beings. Next Level Living requires that we choose to live whole lives. We are called to love the Lord with our whole heart, soul, and mind. Wholeness is thriving for wellness in various areas of our lives including, physical, mental, financial, environmental and social to name a few. Next level living requires intentional self-care, self-preservation, self-respect and self-love. Beginning with embracing a true Sabbath rest we will explore wholeness God’s way.
Many women suffer from “I have a need to be needed syndrome.” This often leads to exhaustion and frustration that can adversely affect our mental and emotional well-being. How do we recognize the signs of fatigue in our own lives and begin to implement practices to lead to emotional wellness? What does the Bible say about tending to our emotional health?
To serve a God that commands us to “go” we must attend to our physical health to promote optimal movement. How do we develop realistic work out routines amidst our busy lifestyles? How do we make better food choices to ensure that our bodies are getting the nutrients we need and are not easily susceptible to chronic illnesses?
To move to the next level we must begin to relieve ourselves from the shackles of debt to financial freedom. How do we apply biblical principles and practical financial tools to become better stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us? Utilizing the dFree model, participants will gain practical skills to improving their financial health.
What are the external factors that impact our ability to be whole beings? How do we mitigate the impact of external factors on our inner being? This means taking a critical assessment of how we manage environmental stressors and the relationships we allow in our lives. Next level living requires tending to our soul ties.