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Hype Without Substance?

Several years ago, when my children were young, I stopped accepting invitations to speak outside our local church body. I stopped accepting invitations for a couple of reasons. My children were small, it was the season to mother them well, not a season to spread myself so thin that I was disconnected from their lives. But also, I started to wonder if women’s conferences were even worth the effort.

Are women’s conferences even biblical? 

We don’t see conferences like this described in Scripture, is that enough to mark them off as “extra-biblical” and unscriptural?

I struggled with questions like this for a few years.

We don’t see a woman’s conference described in Scripture, but I think that women had the same desire to know God that we do today. I like to think of the riverside prayer meeting in Acts 16 as kind of an early women’s gathering:

[box]And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled. (Acts 16:13)[/box]

It certainly wasn’t a “women’s conference” going on that day, but it was a group of women with hungry hearts, gathered together, seeking to know God. One of those women, Lydia, left the riverside with a new heart. She was completely transformed by the meeting at the river:

[box]A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us. (Acts 16:14–15)[/box]

Can a woman’s conference make a lasting spiritual impact?

I used to think women’s conferences were a lot of emotional hype without much substance and could possibly do more damage than spiritual benefit. I still think that is true of some conferences, but God has changed my heart on this topic. I’ve personally experienced some spiritual watershed moments in conferences. I’ve had God bring me to places of intense brokenness over my sin, to a place of lasting repentance, and also to moments of glorious corporate worship.

There is something about setting aside a weekend, or even just an evening, as a body of women to corporately seek God, to sit under His Word and ask Him to open your eyes to your need. It is different than your personal quiet time, or even your Sunday morning service at your own church. There is a special dynamic that occurs when we as women get together, on our faces, with open hearts and honest discussion; it’s a dynamic that seems to open a doorway to the next level of spiritual growth. I need that.

Recently I had a sweet conversation with a woman who heard me speak at a conference back in 2010. I was humbled and surprised by her words. She shared with me how clearly God had spoken to her that weekend and how her marriage has been dramatically affected by the impact. Years later, the work God began in that conference has continued. As I listened to her share what He’s done, I was amazed and grateful. I’m grateful that He gives me the opportunity to share His Word, although it is a fearful thing for me. And I’m grateful that He’s shown me that He does work through venues like “women’s conferences.”

Tonight I’ll be sharing with a group of women in Greenville, South Carolina. Will you pray for us? Will you ask God to meet with us in life changing ways? Will you join me in asking God to be elevated there tonight, for Him to be seen and known, and for His glory to fill that auditorium?

It would thrill me to know that you are interceding for us!

Would you leave a prayer in your comment below?

15 Comments

  • Kim J

    Father God I pray that hearts and minds will be opened at the meeting in SC. I pray that Your Word penetrates deeply into everyone there. Anoint Kim with your Holy Spirit and fill her with courage and boldness as she shares. Let her be filled with the knowledge that what she says has helped many – myself included. In Jesus name…
    Thank you Kim for helping me – my story is so very similar to yours! (as is my name!) 🙂

  • Vicki

    Lord, would you rend the heavens and come down in Greenville, South Carolina tonight! May Your servant decrease, and may You increase! In Your light may they see light! In the strong Name of Jesus I ask these things for that group of ladies assembled and seeking Your face.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Vicki ~

    Agreeing with you in that prayer. May He meet with us in transforming ways for His glory!

  • Katie

    Dear Heavenly Father, please rain down your love upon all the women that will be meeting tonight. I ask that every woman that attends come with an open heart, and willingness to change, becoming more of the woman You desire them to be. I ask for safe traveling mercies for all the women, including Kimberly as she travels to and from the conference. I ask that you use Kimberly to Your glory as You use her tonight to reach and speak to these women. And above all, I ask that there will be women tonight that give their hearts and lives over to you.

    In Jesus Name,
    Amen

  • Pauline

    Father, may Your holy name be glorified and magnified as Kim speaks to this group of women in Greenville, SC. May these women come with desperate longings for a closer walk with You, ready to submit to Your Word, allowing it to transform their hearts and minds to be at one with Yours. In the precious name of Jesus and for His sake, I pray. Amen

    Kim,God used you to bless my life in a special way at True Woman ’12. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to pray with me and for giving me one of your own copies of Fierce Women after all of the other copies had been given or sold out. It not only encouraged and guided my heart, but I’ve been able to share your words to encourage others.

    It might interest you to know that while at True Woman ’12, God placed a desire on my heart to hold a local True Woman event. He has brought other ladies alongside to help and the event is being planned for April 2015. Trusting Him…

  • Lynn

    Yes, I’ll be praying for you. Dear Lord, please fill Kimberly with your spirit and speak through her. Please prepare the hearts of women who will be attending to hear Your Word, for YOUR glory and YOUR kingdom.

  • Gina D. rogers

    Praying for you. May God give you complete peace, clarity of mind, and sensitivity to His Spirit as you speak tonight. I pray the hearts of all who attend will be seeking a Word from you, Sweet Jesus. I pray that women will commit themselves to follow you completely and be changed forever to do your perfect will. I pray that all women attending will be set a fire for You like never before. Protect Kim from the fiery darts of Satan and continue to give her the words that she needs to do Your work.
    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Katie for that precious prayer!

    God answered our prayers in such an amazing way! His work was evident as woman after woman spoke with me afterward, confessing sin, asking for prayer, committing to go and make things right with various loved ones. Story after story that I heard last night encouraged me that God is indeed “on the move” to capture women’s hearts for His glory to be seen and known among the nations!

    Thank you for being a part of His glorious kingdom work through your faithful intercession!

    Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
                That the mountains might quake at Your presence—

    As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
                To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
                That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

     When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
                You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

     For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
                Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
                Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
    (Isa. 64:1–4)

    Blessings dear friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Jody!

    So good to hear from you, hope all is well with you in the snowy North!

    God answered our prayers in such an amazing way! His work was evident as woman after woman spoke with me afterward, confessing sin, asking for prayer, committing to go and make things right with various loved ones. Story after story that I heard last night encouraged me that God is indeed “on the move” to capture women’s hearts for His glory to be seen and known among the nations!

    Thank you for being a part of His glorious kingdom work through your faithful intercession!

    Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
                That the mountains might quake at Your presence—

    As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
                To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
                That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

     When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
                You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

     For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
                Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
                Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

    (Isa. 64:1–4)

    Blessings dear friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Lynn ~

    I am eternally grateful for your prayers!

    God answered our prayers in such an amazing way! His work was evident as woman after woman spoke with me afterward, confessing sin, asking for prayer, committing to go and make things right with various loved ones. Story after story that I heard last night encouraged me that God is indeed “on the move” to capture women’s hearts for His glory to be seen and known among the nations!

    Thank you for being a part of His glorious kingdom work through your faithful intercession!

    Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
                That the mountains might quake at Your presence—

    As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
                To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
                That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

     When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
                You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

     For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
                Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
                Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
    (Isa. 64:1–4)

    Blessings dear friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dearest Gina,

    So good to hear from you! You prayed exactly what was needed! Thank you, thank you!

    God answered our prayers in such an amazing way! His work was evident as woman after woman spoke with me afterward, confessing sin, asking for prayer, committing to go and make things right with various loved ones. Story after story that I heard last night encouraged me that God is indeed “on the move” to capture women’s hearts for His glory to be seen and known among the nations!

    Thank you for being a part of His glorious kingdom work through your faithful intercession!

    Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
                That the mountains might quake at Your presence—

    As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
                To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
                That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

     When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
                You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

     For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
                Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
                Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
    (Isa. 64:1–4)

    I miss you!

    Much love to you and your family dear friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Pauline ~

    I am thrilled to hear this! Thank you so much for stopping in to leave this comment and sharing with me what’s been happening to you since we met.

    Where is your event being held? Do you have an event planning kit from Revive Our Hearts or have you contacted them for input? They are very helpful. Please let us know the dates, so the readers here (and me) can join you in praying for the event.

    So excited!!

    May you see God bring women to understand and embrace their design. May He inspire them to reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus to their world. Praying for an outpouring of God’s Spirit that will effect the women who attend, and that transformation will spill over onto their friends and family members, their churches, and communities, impacting them for God’s glory! May your daughters rise up to carry on the baton of truth that you are passing on to them ~

    “The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host . . .” Psalm 68:11

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you dear, Kim ~

    Thank you for being a part of His glorious kingdom work through your faithful intercession! That means so much to me to know you were praying 🙂

    God answered our prayers in such an amazing way! His work was evident as woman after woman spoke with me afterward, confessing sin, asking for prayer, committing to go and make things right with various loved ones. Story after story that I heard encouraged me that God is indeed “on the move” to capture women’s hearts for His glory to be seen and known among the nations!

    Keep pressing in to that endless love He has for you!

  • Pauline

    Dear Kim,

    Our event is being planned for April 10-11, 2015, in West Rockport, Maine. I have downloaded the True Woman event kit and it has been helpful. I have not yet contacted anyone from Revive Our Hearts, but I may find myself doing that in the near future. We will be holding an informational meeting on March 29,2014 to share the vision God has given us for this event with several women from churches in our area. The hope being that many of them will join us to organize it well. We are very excited to see how He has been orchestrating things thus far!

    Thank you for your prayers and thank you for quoting Psalm 68:11. The KJV says “company” but your version says “women”. I’ve never read it that way before. I like it!