(FYI: If you'd like to host your own True Woman Event, stay tuned to this blog. We're currently "beefing up" our True Woman Leader's Kit to help you out, and we'll let you know as soon as it's ready!)
Traveling from the Seattle area to Chicago for the True Woman Conference wasn't possible for many of the members of Cathy Mickelson's church in Kent, Washington. But she and some other women decided to offer another option using the message DVDs.
Through a weekend conference, they were able to take the True Woman message to not only women of their own congregation, but several other churches in the area as well. In fact, of the 74 attendees, about half were from other churches.
Their goal for this weekend? To help women embrace God's design for womanhood and renew their passion for God and His Word. Cathy said that as a result of the conference, she wanted each woman to "experience the ‘joy of personal revival' that would spill over into our homes, churches, and communities."
And from the reports that Cathy and the other organizers received afterward, God did just that in the hearts and lives of those who attended. "Most of the women had no idea that this would be such a profound experience. One lady told me it was the best conference we have ever offered to our women."
Cathy said that you could see the excitement in the room right after the first DVD of John Piper's message was shown.
"Our emcee's animated face said it all when she returned to the stage after Dr. Piper's talk. There was a real difference in her emceeing after that--much more enthusiastic and personal. Another woman bought Seeking Him and is beginning this study—she has been struggling with many issues and felt the conference was a turning point for her."
Another woman shared how the conference impacted her marriage:
"My husband and I had a couple of real good conversations Saturday and Sunday evenings about things I heard at the conference. There are some things [we need] to work on, but just reminding each other of the oneness we're supposed to have is at least shining a light on the issue. We have gotten so far from even enjoying each other's company that there's a void; hopefully what we talked about will help us consciously think about it more and try to do things that will foster and strengthen our relationship!"
At the end of their time together, several women stood on stage and read aloud sections of the True Woman Manifesto. Cathy said that during this time, they stressed the somber nature of making a vow with God—that it was a matter between each woman and the Lord, and the vow was not to be taken lightly. As they gave each attendee the opportunity to sign the manifesto, the audience members applauded to show their appreciation of the opportunity to affirm their desire to live as God's true women.
Now, Cathy's group hopes to take resources from the True Woman '10 Conferences and hold similar events. And they were encouraged that some of the other churches that attended now want to take this same material and share it with the women in their congregations.
How is God calling you to share the True Woman message in your circle of influence? We've heard many of your stories, but we'd love to hear more!