LifeWay to Host First Women’s Leadership Forum in the Western US

Around 1,600 women leaders from 30 states and Canada worshipped together at the 2019 LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum in Hendersonville, Tenn. Hundreds are expected at the upcoming West Coast forum at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., Feb. 21-22. LifeWay photo

The LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum will make its western debut at Mariner’s Church in Irvine, Calif., Feb. 20-21.

Since the inception of the forum, LifeWay Christian Resources has hosted thousands of women in the Nashville area and at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.

Kelly King, LifeWay’s women’s ministry specialist, said there’s never been a more important time than now to come alongside churches in the West.

“We need each other,” King said. “Not just as individuals and sisters, but as churches who have the same goal — to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to spur one another on as we do that.

“I’m thrilled to link arms with other leaders — perhaps some of whom we’ve never had the privilege to serve — to accomplish great things for the Kingdom and in the lives of women.”

The theme of the forum is “Flourish,” which focuses on the important role of mentoring in disciple-making.

With its focus verse of Acts 12:24, King said, “Scripture has a lot of metaphors about planting seeds and where the seed falls. The result is fruitfulness. Our job is to plant the seeds, water them — do that part of it — but allow the Lord to bring the growth.”

The women’s forum is for women who lead or serve in the local church in women’s and girl’s ministry or by teaching Bible studies, as well entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms and working professionals who walk out their leadership calling in their day-to-day life. Women attending the forum will sit under the teaching of today’s top ministry leaders and authors, participate in breakout sessions led by experienced trainers, and learn from peers who serve in the local church.

Not only is it mission-crucial for LifeWay to host an equipping event such as the forum in the West, said King, but it’s timely, given the theme and one of society’s current challenges: loneliness.

“We live in an age of isolation,” she explained. “It’s a real issue that results in anxiety and depression. And we can find accountability and spiritual growth through mentoring relationships.”

Ruth Chou Simons, founder and CEO of Colorado-based GraceLaced Co., is a keynote speaker for the forum.

GraceLaced, according to its website, is “a multi-faceted company rooted in ministry” that serves customers around the world through its offerings of gospel-inspired original prints, books and other gifts.

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Source: Baptist Press