Over the past several years, I have been working on several curriculum presentations. Here are a few highlights: Sample lessons will be coming. If you would like to explore the idea of me presenting at your next women’s gathering, please feel free to contact me.
Preparing Ourselves for the King
Inspired by the book of Esther, this 2 day women’s retreat focuses on breaking through the stereotypes of contemporary femininity and focusing instead on who we are in Christ. Participants dig deep into the nature of God as King as seen in Scriptures throughout both the Old and New Testament. We will explore God’s great love for us in contrast to the false images of beauty and success that abound in our contemporary culture, ultimately choosing to become the “bride of Christ”. Scripture passages for study and reflection include stories from the books of Esther and Daniel, as well as passages highlighting the “bride of Christ” images in Isaiah 62 and Revelation 9. Participants will engage in large group activities, small group discussion, personal reflection and meditation, and a closing worship including the celebration of communion.
Time In: A Spiritual Retreat for Busy Moms
This 1 day women’s retreat, conducted in a 5 hour block of conversations, is perfect for the busy mom. Informal, conversational and engaging, Time In brings both new and veteran moms together to share experiences of Christian parenting and to work collaboratively to find solutions to contemporary parenting issues. We will look at the life and legacy of Susannah Wesley as a Christian role model. Moms will experience the rejuvenation of God’s Word, focusing on the Christian Household Codes found in the books of Galatians and Ephesians with a special meditation on Deuteronomy 6. Including a closing worship experience, moms will leave the retreat feeling refreshed and empowered.
Myth Buster Series: Exploring the Gender Wars
This 6 week series conducted in 90 minute sessions, explores the issue of gender in the church and seeks to debunk some long-held Christian myths about a woman’s “place” in the church through a close examination of Scripture in historical and cultural context. Topics include a close look at ancient Hebrew and New Testament Household Codes found in the books of Deuteronomy, Galatians and Ephesians, 1st Corinthians and Colossians and how those codes influenced the writing of Scripture. We will undergo an examination of cultural norms both ancient and contemporary, explore the role of women in the ministries of both Jesus and Paul, and take a closer look at the story of Creation as seen in both Genesis chapters 1 and 2 to glimpse God’s original design for man and woman.
You Can’t Have It All: Living a Balanced Life
This 1 day 5 hour retreat challenges today’s popular “superwoman” image and seeks instead to help participants live a more balanced life centered around the promises and abundant peace of God. We will explore God’s purposes for His children throughout Scripture, focusing on God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah, Hannah, Simeon and Anna and Mary and Martha and how the fulfillment of those promises came from a life devoted to God. We will look and see how those same promises hold true for each of us today and look at God’s call to focused on Him. Participants will work to make priorities for their lives and work to hone down that “to do” list and focus more on God’s Word.
Living a Better Story
What does it mean to live with purpose and meaning? If you’re like me, you’ve probably asked yourself this question many times. It can be a challenging answer to find in the middle of our hectic world. I believe that God has a story within each of us that he is waiting to tell. It is a story of love, of hope, of faith and of redemption. Will you let him tell it? Will you dare to live a better story?
This 1 day women’s retreat takes a closer look at the book of Ruth in order to see how we can best live a life of purpose and meaning. As we follow in the footsteps of Ruth and Naomi, we see God’s redemptive story at work in our own lives.
Through personal reflection and examination, participants will develop practical goals for each area of their lives, including a step-by-step process for achieving each of those goals. Participants will leave this retreat feeling both refreshed and empowered to go out and live their lives with new purpose and meaning.