I've had a dream for a while. Since I was a little girl, I've had a passion for being with my girl friends. As I got older, that evolved into a desire to reach out and touch the lives of women that were broken and hurting. Once I stepped into full-time ministry, I realized that passion was growing into a desire for the women of God who were on the front lines, hurting and broken, with no one to listen to or understand their hidden pain.
Women believe so many lies.
You're too much.
You're not enough.
You can't pull that off.
You're incapable of getting that job/ running that ministry/ reaching that person.
My dream is to help women understand that they can take those weights OFF. I want to show the TRUE identity of God's daughters; His beloved, beautiful, broken daughters who have such purpose. He is in the process of redeeming and restoring each of us to a deep, hidden, intimacy with Him as we grow to know His unique place for us in His Kingdom. It is out of this relationship, this identity that we have all we need to walk with Him and do what He has gifted us to do!
This hasn't been a quick journey. I started as a teen with this passion... just trying to "tell" everyone what they should believe, how they should think, what they should do. In college, I began my studies in psychology, but God gently pointed me towards social work, where I began to learn the art of LISTENING, of seeking to UNDERSTAND another's point of view.
As I stepped into full-time ministry, I've again come full-circle where I've been the prideful missionary, fresh on the field, assuming I had the answers, the tools, the resources to complete the vision. Now I'm again in the posture of LISTENING, of SERVING, of seeking to EDIFY and UPLIFT those that God puts before me.
Life coaching was a tool that the Lord brought to my mind and heart as I had this burning desire to ENCOURAGE women in ministry. I watched so many pastor's wives and women in ministry grow bitter, weary, and burnt-out with the expectations and criticisms of others. I watched the JOY of walking in sweet submission to Jesus drain out of them... and I myself walked that road a time or two.
In early 2016 I completed my certification for Biblical Life Coaching and set out to encourage and walk alongside women in ministry. I had a desire to unite women in ministry to pray for one another, to grow a network of support and encouragement as we are all in this Kingdom work together.
In 2015, while still in Peru, I stumbled across IF:Gathering, a group of women who were setting out to ask the questions and equip a community of women to do exactly what I wanted to do; dispense with the unnecessary and get down to the real foundation of who we are in Christ and to do what we're called to do.
For the past 2 years, I've hosted IF:Gathering in my home and been so blessed by this humble group of women who has set out to "disciple a generation". We've gone back to the basics, Scripture, prayer, and authentic community, as we have learned together what it means to be the Church in this generation.
This past summer, while I was on my trip to Peru, I received an email from a staff member at IF:Gathering. She invited me to consider and pray about the opportunity to join an extension of the IF:Gathering ministry right in my own state. I was asked to consider whether I felt the Lord leading me to step up and gather women in leadership around me, serve them, and equip them to boldly lead right where they are.
You better believe the tears instantly started to flow. This. Was. It. Exactly the words that the Lord had been putting on my heart for so many years. IF:Gathering has built some incredible tools and resources for me to use as I continue pursuing God's design for my life in ministering to women who are stepping out to lead and are just TIRED. I now get to come alongside them with an entire team of leaders behind me, prayerfully supporting and encouraging me to support and encourage THEM.
We're now gearing up to prepare for the next IF:Gathering event, which will be streamed live on February 9-10, 2018 from Austin, Texas. Wherever you are, I guarantee there's an IF:Local (the name we give small church and home gatherings to watch the LiveStream) near you. If I happen to be WRONG, you can still watch yourself, OR call up a few friends to hang out with you. Connect with ME to get more info! I will connect you with your State IF:Local coach, if you're interested in hosting yourself, or just want to know more. Guys, this is an amazing group of women. I'd love for you to check it out.
Want to know what the vision for IF:Gathering 2018 is? Here's a short video to give you a better idea.