About 10 years ago God called me to women’s ministry. I didn’t know what it would look like, or where it would take me. I didn’t even know if the type of ministry I wanted to pursue even existed. I felt like Abraham, who “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Heb. 11:8) So I took one step forward. One at a time.
Over the years, God has equipped me on my journey. I spent a year learning about women’s ministry from Lysa TerKeurst while working for Proverbs 31 Ministries. From there I went to seminary, during which time I worked with college-aged women at my local church. It was also during seminary that I created this blog and got serious about writing.
Today, I am working on a PhD about women in seminary. My writing ministry has continued, and God has used this offering of mine to reach and encourage women around the world. All the while, the burden to reach women has remained as strong as ever. I know this is what God created me for, though I still don’t know how and where my calling will take me next.
What I do know is this:
Women need the gospel now as much as ever.
Women are frustrated with old forms of women’s ministry and are craving something new.
Women want to be challenged with the deep truths of the Christian faith, and encouraged by the simple teachings of the Word.
Women want a Christ-centered vision, not a self-centered one.
Women want to live out their faith with freedom and power.
Women aren’t satisfied with action-less words. Women want to give flesh to the gospel by serving their church, their families, and the least of these.
Women don’t want to settle for a faith that serves their comfort. They want a faith that moves mountains.
For the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom, women want to change the world.
This vision has been impressed upon my heart for an entire decade. And until recently, I didn’t know what God was up to. But as it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who had been Spirit-pressed for the women of the church. I wasn’t the only one dreaming God-sized dreams in my tiny corner of influence.
As it turns out, God has been orchestrating something all along. As it turns out, the Holy Spirit has been hard at work, knitting together the hearts of women who lived thousands of miles apart and had never even met.
As it turns out, Aslan is on the move.
IF God is real…then what?
A couple months ago I heard from Jennie Allen about a vision that God had placed on her heart, a crazy vision to gather women together and dream. It is her heart to equip women with the gospel and unleash them into the world, and she has connected with women who have a similar desire. Out of Jennie’s vision was birthed the IF Movement, whose mission statement is this:
We exist to gather, equip
and unleash the next generation
of women to live out their purpose.
In many ways this movement is still taking shape, but it is fueled by a common, Spirit-inspired urgency to reach, equip, and send out the women of our generation. It is my belief that through Jennie and the women she is bringing together, God is about to do something extraordinary.
Will you join us?
On February 7th and 8th, IF will host its first major gathering in Austin, TX. As the details come together, take a moment to Like the Facebook page and sign up for the e-mail list on the website. While you’re there, be sure to check out the list of women who are leading this movement. This leadership team gives me the tingles–it’s like the Holy Spirit A-Team:
I hope this excites you as much as it does me. It is clear to me that God has been aligning the hearts of women across the country for such a time as this. It is time to act. It is time to join together. And it is time to dream. Because IF God is real…then He is everything. And IF God is real…then anything, ANYTHING is possible.
A thousand times YES. God has put women’s ministry on my heart, and your list describes my desire exactly. This is certainly a movement of the Spirit, and I’m all in!
We have just begun talking about this at our church here in Durham, NC. We can sense God stirring things up. Mainly, I have seen that women need the message that their voice is needed and necessary inside and outside the church.