The lovely gray haired lady was seated on the front row and looked antsy with anticipation. The event wasn’t scheduled to begin for another half hour and I’d just finished doing my microphone check when I spotted her. I made my way over to her, introduced myself, and struck up a conversation with “Inez.”
She shared with me that she had attended the very first women’s event of this kind and her mentor, Elizabeth George, was the speaker. Wow, no pressure. Here she is sitting on the front row, a woman thirty years my senior (I asked her age) plus actually mentored by one of my heroes!
Even though it was a bit intimidating to attempt to teach knowing Inez had been mentored by a spiritual giant, she served to be a real source of encouragement to me the entire weekend. Always on the front row, smiling, nodding and taking notes, Inez supported me as I poured out my heart and conveyed the principles of Scripture.
But the biggest encouragement I received from Inez was when she shared with me that she has been discipling young women for several years, and although she’s in her eighties, she is currently mentoring some college girls in her church. Wow. I can’t tell you how thankful I was to meet her and know that there are still some “little old ladies” out there who are pouring truth into young women.
We need women who are fulfilling the Titus 2 model and are investing in the next generation. We need churches filled with women like Inez; women who know the Word and are passing it on to younger women, sharing with them wisdom gained from life experience and their journey with Christ.
Are you doing that?
Or are you like some of the older women that I’ve approached and asked to consider taking a younger woman under their wing to disciple? I’ve been turned down more than once by an older woman that believes she has nothing to offer. I hope that’s not your answer, because if you are an older woman, and you’re digging into God’s Word, seeking to apply it to your life—you have something to share!
Who are you investing in and passing the baton of truth to?
If you feel you have nothing to offer, or don’t know how to serve the women in your church body, I want to suggest an incredible opportunity to you. Revive ’15 is a conference focused on equipping you to come alongside women in your church body to help them grow spiritually.
Is it worth your time to attend Revive ‘15?
I remember when I thought women’s conferences were just a lot of emotional hype without much substance and my opinion was that they 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 at events where I’ve spoken, but also ones where I’ve attended, not as a speaker but just to soak up the teaching.
There is something about setting aside a weekend, or even just an evening, as a body of women to sit under the Word for a concentrated amount of time. 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 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.
This conference is specifically geared to prepare you to serve the women in your church as a teacher, a mentor, or just a woman who can come alongside in the Titus 2 role.
Next month, you have the opportunity to attend an incredible women’s event that will provide training and encouragement for you to take back to your church and use in discipling women. I hope you’ll check out the information provided on the Revive ‘15 website. I hope you’ll share this information with other women who may benefit from the conference.
I’ll be there and would love to see you there getting equipped to disciple women!