That We May All Be One

Posted By on Jun 19, 2013 in If Gathering | 16 comments


I met Jennie Allen for the first time in the spring of 2011. It was my final week serving as the Director of Communications at Thomas Nelson and Jennie was presenting Anything at Thomas Nelson’s Quarterly Sales Conference.

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Some might say we are an unlikely duo. Jennie is passionate {sometimes I think she might hit her breaking point and physically burst}. I am practical. Jennie is a happily married mother of 4. I am a happily {most of the time} single woman who sometimes has trouble juggling the responsibility of a high demand job and a low maintenance Collie-mix named Molly. Jennie graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Marketing, a few hard knocks, and a couple of great ski days.

But we bonded. We bonded fast and we bonded tight. {I would be remiss for neglecting to mention that our diversity is one of greatest strengths.}

We bonded over the need to gather our generation of women. Our entire generation of women of believers. Not just the evangelicals or the main-line church-goers.  Not just the conservatives or the progressives. Not just the complementarians or the egalitarians. Not just {insert label here}s or the {insert label here}s.

We bonded over our desire to equip them. With like-hearted friends. With a safe space to wrestle, question, doubt and confess. With stories of hope. And most-importantly with Truth.

We bonded over our longing to unleash women to find their voice and their purpose. And we bonded, over the word “uncomfortable.”

Our generation of Christians is different. We are not satisfied with comfortable life. We don’t trust it. We want more. We want to be…uncomfortable. Because we know our discomfort is a sign of growth. And it’s a sign that we are stepping into the audacious dream that God has for us. {Words I shared on Jennie’s blog in 2011.}

Over the last two years as Jennie and I have shared this common vision with women around the country, we have found countless others with similar aspirations. We have built an incredible collection of women {Lauren Chandler, Melissa Greene, Jen Hatmaker, Esther HavensTara Jenkins, Rebekah Lyons, Bianca Olthoff, Angie Smith, and Ann Voskamp} who are going to help us begin to mold, shape and guide this…thing. Our hope is that the If:Gathering becomes a place, both physically and virtually, where we all can come together, reflect, rest, refuel, and redeem our passions, our purposes, and our lives.

 “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21 (ESV)

Does this vision resonate with you? Do you see a need for a gathering of women like this one?

If so, go to http://www.ifgathering.com and sign up for our email list. And as the movement launches, you will be the first to know. 

More posts about the If:Gathering…

Jennie Allen

Jen Hatmaker 

Rebekah Lyons

Melissa Greene

Bianca Juarez Olthoff

Lauren Chandler

Lore Ferguson

Sarah Markley

Kelly Stamps

Raechel Myers

Logan Wolfram

Sarah Bessey

Elora Nicole Ramirez

Jessica Honegger

Emily Freeman

Jenni Catron

Sharon Hodde Miller

Laura Parker

Karen Yates

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  • Morgan

    Love it. I can’t wait!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yay!

  • Crystal

    Love this! Seriously excited to see how it all unfolds.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thanks Crystal!

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  • allysonclara

    Excited. Ready. Signing up!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yay!

  • http://theinnerharborblog.com/ Emily Gallimore

    I’m signed up and can’t wait to hear/see more. I just love this vision!!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yay! Thanks Emily.

  • Bianca

    I’m IN! This is our dream come true. XOXOX

    • lindseyrnobles

      I love you B!

  • Karen

    Yes! I’m in, plus a few more of us out here in West Texas. Quick idea (And I’m quite sure I’m not the first) but so many women have founded or work for women who have founded organizations that support women around the world.

    I work for a Fair Trade organization (Eternal Threads) that works with women artisans in the 13 countries and sells their product here in order to support them. We also fund and continue to buy sex trafficking border patrol units and safe houses in Nepal.
    Is there a way we can gather this type of information from all of us and compile a list of these organizations at the conference or on the website?

    • lindseyrnobles

      This is something we’d love to do. Not sure what it looks like yet but definitely want to showcase different ways that people have been unleashed.

  • http://www.angelhaynes.com Angel Haynes

    Praying and excited! I lead the women of my church in Tucson, AZ, so I will make every effort to be there. I could definitely use the challenge, inspiration, and encouragement.

    This may be very presumptuous, and I’m sorry if it is…the worship leader of our church is an amazingly gifted, spirit-filled, Jesus-focused woman. Do you already have women to lead the musical worship time? My friend would love to help. Email me if this sparks your interest.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yay! We do have some lined up but always interested in connecting with new people. Send info to lindsey@ifgathering.com.

  • Amy Hunt

    I am SO with you on this. All the way. In every way. (writing soon about this, too) — God told me I’d be a part of Jennie Allen’s project and I had no idea what He was talking about. But now I do. I so do. And I was so prepared.

    • lindseyrnobles

      So cool.

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