A look into the True Woman Conference 2010…

I had the privilege of attending the True Woman National Conference on September 23-25 in Indianapolis with 11 other ladies from MDF.  As a new member of Missio Dei Fellowship, my main goal of attending was getting to know the ladies of MDF on a more intimate level. As with any conference I had mixed emotions about going. I realized it would be tiring as I probably wouldn’t get much sleep, I had to share a bed with someone other than my husband (what if they heard me snore!), and had to share a bathroom with 3 other ladies which can be quite a challenge. Little did I realize how abundantly the Lord would bless me at this conference.  I have been to many conferences with my husband who has been in full time ministry for the past 15 years, but I’ve never before attended a woman’s conference of this size and magnitude.

I left my home in Oak Creek in the early hours of the morning hoping to avoid the Chicago traffic. I carpooled with Jasmine Aldrich and Esme Randle, and on our 5 hour drive we shared many stories about ourselves and had many laughs as we navigated the highways and toll booths with our GPS–who we never formally named!  I could see already that we were bonding in the love and fellowship of Christ.

We arrived in Indianapolis just in time for the pre-conference where we were served a luscious and much appreciated lunch amongst beautiful surroundings and table settings.  We started to share our ministries with those ladies sitting at our table and found out that these women from all over the country (and some from parts of the world) had the same praises and struggles that we did.

The opening night of the conference we had the blessing of being ministered to musically by Keith and Kristyn Getty who have written many of the modern hymns we sing in church every Sunday. I felt like I had a glimpse of what heaven will be like as I stood with 6,000 women singing, In Christ Alone.

I was excited to hear our conference speakers as they spoke of things dear to my heart. Throughout the next 2 days we heard from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, Janet Parshall, Joni Eareckson Tada, Crawford and Karen Loritts, Susan Hunt and other lesser known speakers as we attended the general sessions and various breakout sessions.

Some of my favorite speakers were:

Susan Hunt: A pioneer in women’s discipleship books such as Spiritual Mothering, Susan shared her heart and vision for discipling women.  This was a huge encouragement to me as I see MDF has many opportunities for discipling all the young ladies the Lord has brought to us.  She shared how a true woman’s purpose is living for God’s glory and her authority is His Word.  We were shown biblical principles for growing true women in the local church such as:

1)   Being faithfully engaged in our local church; submitting ourselves to our spiritual leaders; using our gifts to serve others    and to build up the body of Christ.

2)  Ministering with compassion to those in need.

3)  Establishing homes that manifest the love, grace, beauty, and order of God, that provide a climate conducive to nurturing life, and that extend Christian hospitality to those outside the walls of our homes.

4)  Living out the mandate of Titus 2.

5)  Being women of the Word who are seeking to grow in the knowledge of Scripture and to live in accord with sound doctrine in every area of our lives.

Mary Kassian: A professor of Women’s Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mary just turned 50 but has the looks and energy of a 25 year old.  Her ministry is reaching out to the young Christian women in a culture that has “gone wild.”  She is the author of The Feminist Mistake and Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. She showed us the evolution of the American woman from the days of June Cleaver, the “perfect mother” in Leave it to Beaver, through the 60’s hippie rebellion, through the Feminist movement of the 70’s and 80’s, to the present day culture our young people are growing up in.  Her heart is to reach these young ladies with the Gospel and show them that God has a better plan for their lives than what the world has to offer them.  She explained many of the trials and temptations our young people are facing, which was quite eye-opening for me.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Host of the radio program Revive Our Hearts, Nancy spoke to us on the Titus 2 woman. She explained that a Titus 2 woman is tethered to the Word of God and lives out her sound doctrine in her character, behavior, speech and actions.  We should be living out the Gospel first in our homes and then in our spheres of relationships.  A true woman is one who hungers and thirsts to know Him more and who can understand and express the beauty of true, Christ-centered womanhood. She is one who surrenders her life to be used for Kingdom purposes and wants her life to display God’s glory to this generation and the next.  I found her message very challenging and also a “charge” to press on for the kingdom.

As I was listening to various speakers talk about their trials, little did I know that I would soon be facing my own. I received a call from my husband that my sister in law was in critical condition in Milwaukee and I had to leave the conference a day early. (She passed away a day later.) The women around me were a huge comfort to me as they supported me in prayer and served me by sacrificing their time at the conference. I experienced true Christian fellowship in my time of need.

Many of us who attended the conference were so encouraged and challenged that we would like to share the ideas and resources we received with the ladies of Missio Dei Fellowship. In the coming year you will see the Women’s Ministry using some of these resources to equip and build up the women of MDF as we strive to become true women. Stay tuned for more ….

By Liz Roeder

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