By Linda Hutchinson
Excitement is building for the 2015 NACC Women’s Conference. It won’t be long before women of all ages and color descend on Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center for four days of worship, learning, and fellowship. It’s a conference within the conference designed by women for women. Many exciting things are planned to grow and minister to ladies in all seasons of life.
If you’ve never been to the North American Christian Convention or its Women’s Conference, 2015 is the year to give it a try. You can drive in for the day or bring your family and stay the whole week. No one in your family will be disappointed. The NACC has something for everyone.
The Women’s Gathering Place in the exhibit hall will be a special place for women to relax and fellowship. Come meet some new friends, or just have a seat and prop up your feet. All are welcome!
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, we kick off a full day of programming with our NACC Ministers’ Wives Breakfast. This year’s breakfast is a little earlier in the week and a little later in the day. (You’re welcome, ladies!) So drop off your husband at the 7:30 a.m. Ministry Networking Breakfast (or have him drop you off before he heads to the 8:30 a.m. NACC Bible study) and enjoy a morning of food and fellowship with other sisters in Christ. God did not create us to minister and lead alone. He designed us to be in community with other brothers and sisters in Christ, and to draw strength from one another. If you are feeling alone and isolated in ministry, make plans to join us.
Wednesday and Thursday afternoons will be filled with great workshops for all women:
• Make plans for the interactive workshop called “Are You a Proverbs 31 Failure?” A panel of women will address some of your questions and give you the opportunity to connect with women in similar circumstances.
• Do you feel called by God to lead or serve? God continues to use strong women. Come be inspired and encouraged to use the gifts God has given you in our women’s workshop “Speak Up!”
• We all hear negative voices, real or imagined. Some leave us fearful, anxious, or depressed. Maybe you need help replacing the destructive lies. If so, don’t miss “The Voice of Truth” workshop for women.
• Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the world of social media and don’t know where to start. Learn how to harness the social media monster before it devours you. Come to our “Connecting Through Clicking” workshop and learn tools to unleash its power and influence for the kingdom.
You’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible for our NACC Ladies’ Luncheon at noon Thursday. You will be greeted at your table by other sisters in Christ, enjoy a delicious lunch, and be blessed by keynote speaker Lysa TerKeurst.
Lysa is a New York Times best-selling author, a national speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Lysa and her team reach nearly 700,000 women daily through their online devotion, “Encouragement for Today,” and thousands more through the Proverbs 31 radio program broadcast on 1,200 radio outlets daily.
Lysa is passionate about helping women connect the messy parts of life with the miraculous hope of God. Her new book, The Best Yes, is a perfect fit for the NACC’s “We Speak” theme. We are excited to have Lysa join us for this year’s Ladies’ Luncheon and a follow-up women’s workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Linda Hutchinson serves as family life director at Bright Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.