On Saturday, October 29, 2016, the #SheLeads Summit will be convened by MissioAlliance.
On that day, women and men will gather from coast to coast at regional sites, in churches, and in homes across the United States to talk about the challenges that women who lead in church and ministry contexts face, and to advance a vision of shared leadership between men and women.
And it’s time.
In fact, this national conversation is long overdue. We have long needed this summit that will transcend denominational, cultural, and generational borders. This has the potential to propel this movement of women in ministry leadership forward, and we’re excited! But this will only happen if we join forces and spread the word!
Here are five reasons to attend #SheLeads:
1. Take Advantage of a Unique Opportunity for Kingdom Impact
While there are networks that support women in media, women in business, women in education, etc., #SheLeads specifically engages the conversation about women leading in pastoral roles and senior positions in faith-based organizations. You will hear seasoned leaders make the case for how and why we must continue to advocate for women in these contexts. The amazing thing is that you can do this by attending the live event in Chicago, by attending a live broadcast at one of seven regional sites, or by streaming the event into your home or church. Can you imagine what the Holy Spirit could do? It boggles the mind.
2. Envision the Blessed Alliance with Carolyn Custis James
In the fall of 2012 I read two books that changed the direction of my life. The first was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn; an exposition of the dire circumstances of women in many parts of the world today. It was an eye-opener, I tell you! Then I read Half the Church, by Carolyn Custis James, and got a glimpse of how the church could powerfully address those issues. More recently James has written about how men are impacted by the gender conversation in the book Malestrom. She will give a keynote address about God’s vision for “the Blessed Alliance” of men and women. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the key voices in the national discussion.
3. Learn from Jo Saxton about Leading with Spiritual Authority
MissioAlliance is demonstrating a strong commitment to women leaders by bringing in Saxton, a leadership consultant and pastor who will speak on leading with spiritual authority. There is a growing openness to women leaders, even in the church. More and more at The Junia Project we are being asked “how can we raise up and support our women leaders?” rather than “why should we raise up and support women leaders?” Women, opportunities are coming far beyond what you can imagine. Are you ready to step into that leadership role that God might call you to? Men, can you think of women in your sphere of influence who might need this kind of input? This is high caliber leadership training at a bargain price.
4. Hear from Thought Leaders Jo Anne Lyon and David Fitch
Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, recently finished her term as the first woman to lead her denomination. David Fitch, Professor at Northern Seminary, is an expert on church planting who writes on cultural engagement, leadership, and theology. Their insights will provide a historical and cultural framework for considering the challenges of ministry for women. How many times have you heard from a woman who has led an entire denomination? Or a church planter who gets that women make great pastors? I can’t wait.
5. Connect with Like-Minded Women and Men in Your Area
We are often isolated in our own social circles, without interaction with others who are fully committed to shared leadership. #SheLeads could be the genesis of local networks that would sustain women leaders in church and ministry contexts and help them flourish. At each local venue you will rub shoulders with like-minded men and women.
The Greater Los Angeles site hosts are Kate Wallace Nunneley (Co-Founder of The Junia Project) and Tara Beth Leach (Senior Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena). There will be worship led by Rosa Cándida Ramírez (La Fuente Ministries), table discussions, and a panel moderated by Christian Martinez (Pastor of Junior High Ministries, Whittier Area Community Church).
Panelists at our site include Tara Beth Leach (Senior Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena), Jean Burch (Senior Pastor, Community Bible Church, Altadena), Mayra Macedo-Nolan (Director of Community Outreach Ministries, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena), and Janette Ok (Teaching Pastor at Ekko Church, Fullerton, Assistant Professor, Azusa Pacific Seminary). And lunch is provided.
What have you got to lose? The Junia Project is proud to be a national sponsor of #SheLeads! We hope you will join us because God is up to something and we don’t want you to miss it!
Students of sponsoring universities and seminaries can register at a discounted rate of $29 ($39 for late registration). See the sponsor list on the home page for qualifying schools. For the Greater Los Angeles site that includes Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Pacific Seminary, Fuller Seminary, and Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Links to Registration