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Cynthia Fantasia served for 25 years as Pastor of Women at Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA. She is currently a member of the board of elders at Grace Chapel and speaks at conferences and retreats nationally and internationally. She is a contributing author in Mothers have Angel Wings by Carol Kent and 30 ways to Embrace Life by Lucinda McDowell. She also has written several Bible studies that are used across the country. She is currently under contract with NavPress to write a book chronicling her husband’s (and her) journey through Alzheimer’s disease. She has three adult children and five “perfect” grandchildren Her favorite activities are taking long walks, reading great books, visiting her beloved Maine coast, and seeing the world through the eyes of her grandchildren.
Beyond Boundaries: Moving Forward with Humility and Confidence
Jesus said that He came to offer us an abundant life (John 10:10b). Eugene Peterson writes these words like this: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” Are you interested? Join us for an exciting weekend taking us “beyond the boundaries” of mere existence. As leaders, as well as in your own personal lives, you will discover the things that hold you back, that get in the way, that whisper those discouraging words deep into your soul, so that you can soar beyond boundaries to delight in the life that God has designed just for you.
Breakout Session Topics and Facilitators
You will have the opportunity to choose two workshops, one from session 1 and one from session 2.
Building a Team that Will Last
Burnout in ministry is a real thing. Creating, building, and sustaining a dynamic team requires prayer, purpose, process, and persistence. The environment for growth and health must first be established in an atmosphere of trust, grace, and redemption. Learn how to work through the process to a strategy based on Scripture (This class qualifies for Leadership Training Workshop #209).
Judi Adamyk has been volunteering as a women’s ministry leader in her church for almost 15 years and has designed a dynamic ministry to women at two New England churches. She is currently the Business Manager for a home healthcare agency in Concord, MA. Judi and her husband experienced their first season as true empty-nesters when their youngest daughter moved to Germany for a year and their older daughter continues graduate studies in Boulder, CO.
Stewarding Your Finances
What does it mean to be a financial steward? In this discussion group we will discuss practical tips on how to manage our money wisely, with the goal of glorifying God with the money he has entrusted to us. We’ll learn the foundations of budgeting, getting out of debt, saving and giving. You’ll walk away with tools and biblical financial principles to live out in your everyday life!
Jessi Crawley lives in NH with her husband Patrick and their two children. She grew up in San Antonio, TX, and attended the University of North Texas. After college, she pursued a career in buying for a children’s boutique in New York City, and then at Zappos in Las Vegas. After meeting her husband, they settled here in NH where he grew up. She now stays home with their sweet little ones, but still pursues various interests and hobbies which include financial coaching, and baking some of the best cakes and French macarons on the planet (https://www.facebook.com/leafpeepbakery/), the perfect outlets for her creativity and skills learned throughout her career. She is also a member of by design’s WeConnect Leadership Team. Read more about WeConnect!
G.A.L. Group (Grief And Loss)
Grief and loss comes in lots of different forms. How might Christian women cope? How can Christian leaders help others going through difficult times? What can be done about the loneliness, anger and other side dishes served up with those sorrows? Let’s pull up a chair and work through it together!
Rene Allen’s love for God and His Word brings hope, encouragement and joy into her mentoring and women’s ministries. As a pastor’s wife, mom, Bible study leader, life coach, and mentor, her personal warmth and experience are used by the Holy Spirit to connect powerfully with believers and seekers alike. She and her husband have been in ministry for over thirty years –20+ in the New England area.
Enough, already! It’s time to drop out! Most women would admit to feeling pressure to do everything and be all things to all people. From parenting and marriage to health, beauty, and career, the myth of the superwoman is so pervasive in today’s culture that many women feel like failures for not being able to maintain that standard. Sometimes we get so worn by the worries and stresses of our “superwoman” lives that we miss out on the joyful, abundant life that God wants for us. But take heart, because we don’t have to feel the pressure to be superwomen anymore! Come and learn about becoming a “Superwoman Dropout,” fulfilled and satisfied and secure, knowing that our work and play are ordained, validated, and approved by Him!
Besides being a valued staff member of by design ministries, Kristi Stoughton is also a speaker for women’s conferences, retreats, and other events. She believes that life is not for the faint of heart – it’s a wild adventure! Whether we’re resting in God’s arms or hanging on by our fingernails, Kristi shows how solid, Biblical truths apply to every facet of our lives and how God desires to be a part of everything we do. She shares with honesty, humor, and practicality about life’s joys, doldrums, and sorrows, and about how to live victoriously by holding on to God.
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