A week or so ago, I traveled to Dallas, Texas for the Women of Faith Conference.
Women of Faith is a division of Thomas Nelson and so it was essentially a work trip. And candidly, without my connection to Thomas Nelson, I probably wouldn’t have attended a Women of Faith conference.
You see I don’t typically enjoy being in extremely large groups of women, and that is what this is, a group of 16,000 women to be specific. (I know its weird, but sometimes lot and lots of women in a confined space make me feel overwhelmed and not in a good way.)
Not attending Women of Faith would have been a big mistake because Women of Faith should not be missed. Here’s why:
- Mary Graham and her team know how to produce an event. For fifteen hours you can sit in a chair and be totally and completely entertained. There is literally never a dull moment.
- Mandisa rocks and Allison Allen will have you rolling.
- The speakers – Sheila Walsh, Marilyn Meberg, Patsy Clairmont, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Rich Stearns, Lisa Whelchel, Sandi Patty, and Luci Swindoll – each have a unique message that needs to be heard. (And not those “this is what good Christians do” messages, but rather messages with authentic, and sometimes uproariously funny, storytelling and refreshing honesty.)
- Women of Faith will remind you of the incredible power of laughter. Nothing heals our soul quite like it. And I know that I for one don’t laugh enough. (I would venture to say that there is not a cynic alive who could attend Women of Faith without busting out in uncontrollable fits of it at least a time or two.)
- Each of the women on the “porch” represent what many of us are striving to be. They are strong, real, dependable, engaging, transparent, funny, and uplifting. Although their paths have not been easy, they forge on with confidence, grace, and faith.
Don’t take my word for it, you should check out the Women of Faith conference. Check it out even if (actually especially if) you think you are too young, too old, too tired, too busy, or too cool. This event has the potential to surprise you. Here is the complete 2009 schedule.
Have you been to a Women of Faith conference? What was your experience?