Because when we encounter the great I Am, our “I am” is changed.
Purpose: To help women embrace and live out who they are in Christ.
We all have an inner lie—something we believe about ourselves that is utterly false but impacts everything else: how we view ourselves, how we perceive others, and how we react to different situations. In our social media-driven world, we see the filtered highlights of everyone else’s life, and it’s easy to think we’ve fallen short of what a woman should be. To believe we don’t fit. That somehow we’re not doing all that we should or could be. That we’re not enough.
But our value is not based on cultural standards or popular opinions. Our value is based on God’s Word, and in it He tells us we’re cherished, pursued, and deeply loved. When we realize that, everything changes and we are freed to be who God created us to be.
- I am unlovable becomes I am loved.
- I am shameful becomes I am redeemed.
- I am insignificant becomes I have purpose.
- I am worthless becomes I am a representative of the King
This event focuses on three main truths:
I Am loved
Somewhere between birth and the present, many of us women have come to believe the lie that we are what we do, who we raise, and how we keep our home. While our accomplishments are honorable, they do not define us. We are defined by who Christ says we are, and He says we are loved. He loves us, He pursues us, and He alone can heal and fulfill us.
Keynote Jennifer Slattery speaks from experience. For decades, she felt unlovable in her core. This core belief was re-enforced then strengthened when she spiraled into homelessness in her teen years, and soon dirty, worthless, stupid, and failure were added to it.
When God brought her off the streets, though redeemed, she carried all that emotional gunk with her and began seeking out external ways to fill the deep emptiness she carried inside. She based her worth on what she could do, until God brought her to a place where all she could do was listen. And heal. In this thirty-minute presentation, Jennifer discusses the life of Abraham’s Sarah, a woman betrayed and abandoned by man but pursued by God, while sharing personal anecdotes to highlight key truths.
I Have Purpose
We were each created by a sovereign, all-knowing, attentive God, and for a purpose—that of bringing His love, grace, mercy, and truth to a hurting world. Ephesians 2:10 tells us we’re created anew in Christ Jesus, to do good works which God planned long ago. Long before we were even born. (Psalm 139:16). God didn’t redeem us so we could be pew warmers, and we’ll never truly be fulfilled until we’re living out His plans for us.
With a fresh look at God’s purpose for us from the time of creation, speaker Chaka Heinze shares about finding purpose again after her dreams of women’s ministry, mission fields, and using her law degree for legal advocacy on a global scale narrowed to being a housebound advocate and caregiver of a son with a life-threatening health condition.
I Am Unique
In our Pinterest, Facebook sharing world, it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others. If only we were more outgoing like so-n- so. If only we parented like our neighbor. If only we didn’t laugh so loud, or laughed more, or told more jokes, or maybe learned to keep our big mouths shut. And yet, what if those things we try most to conform are the very things that God wants to use for His kingdom? What if we quit the comparison game and instead surrendered our whole selves, quirks and all, to Christ? Using personal stories from her childhood and the life of Paul, Jennifer helps women embrace their uniqueness and surrender it to Christ to be used for His glory.
Three optional discussion sessions are offered that allow women to dialogue on each keynote presented. Attendees will discuss how the topics raised in the keynotes pertain to their lives, what Scripture has to say about the issue, and how they can apply the truth principle to their lives.