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I’d Like to Spend the Weekend with You!

What are you doing this weekend? I would love to spend a few hours with you, if you’re in the Lufkin, Texas area! I’ll be speaking at Keltys First Baptist Church and if you’d like more info, you can click here.

By the way, what’s your perspective on attending women’s conferences?

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.

An Open Doorway

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.

I remember 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.”

On Friday evening and Saturday, I’ll be sharing with a group of women in Lufkin, Texas. 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, for Him to be seen and known, and for His glory to fill that place?

If you can find your way to Lufkin, we’d love to have you join us!

How have you been impacted by making the effort to attend a women’s conference? I’d love to hear your story.

4 Comments

  • Kelly Walenta

    Kimberly – Peoria was so blessed to have you come and teach from His word this past year. As the head of our women’s event ministry, I have a passion to find ways to bring women together in a celebration of Christ. Knowing Him and Loving Him together is so powerful, rather that be 2 women or 200 women. God loves us so. I would like to encourage anyone who is on the fence about attending a women’s retreat or conference, that you prayerfully consider what’s holding you back. God may need to use you to comfort another woman, don’t block the Holy Spirit in the calling of discipleship. Just maybe He’ll grow you too!

  • Aaron Wilson

    Thanks for inviting your readers to our conference, Kim!
    For those who may not be familiar with Lufkin, we are just 2 hours north of Houston – right up US59.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Kelly ~

    Good to hear from you! It was a joy to be with you all in Peoria and I pray you all are doing well. It was so encouraging to me to be with a body of believers that are pressing in to the Kingdom by evangelizing and discipling. I’ll never forget the rich time of prayer we had together in the hallway before the MOPS meeting 🙂

    Thanks for the encouraging word here on the blog. I’d love to return to Peoria one day, if God directs. If you bring a group to True Woman ’16, come look me up!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Glad to, hope some readers join us, Aaron.

    Looking forward to what God will do! Loved praying with your team the other night, precious women. They love God, love their church, love the Word, and are praying women! See you all, soon ~