Check Out What’s Coming!

You will have the opportunity to choose two workshops, one from session 1 and one from session 2.

Session 1:

Talk-back Session with Maggie Rowe

Interact with our weekend speaker, Maggie Rowe. Ask questions about what she’s been sharing during the sessions, or ask about other topics pertinent to Christian life and ministry.

Maggie Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, blogger, and author whose passion is to connect women to God and each other. She has contributed to 10 books including numerous devotional Bibles. Maggie speaks frequently in New England as well as throughout the US and abroad. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College (IL) in communications and biblical studies. Maggie’s first book, This Life We Share: Journeying Well with God and Others (NavPress) will release next spring. She and her pastor husband, Mike, live in the mountains of western North Carolina and are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren. You can visit her at


Creative and Innovative Ways to Reach Today’s Woman

Does your ministry to women need a reboot? Could you use some fresh ideas and insights? Two experienced women leaders will share their valuable insights from their fruitful ministries, followed by a time of group interaction and discussion.

This breakout session will be facilitated by Pauline Morgan, who loves her big, wide life even though it is not what she always pictured. The adventure she has embarked upon since meeting Jesus at 16 has never failed in the years she has been walking with Him. She loves His Word and every opportunity she has to proclaim, preach, and teach it. The ministry of lovingly encouraging believing women to grow in faith and step out in ministry is closely held in her heart. Pauline enjoys travel, ministry, many different kinds of music, luxury camping, espionage books, and movies. Single with no children, she has a well-developed skill for spoiling her grown nieces and her friends’ children. She’s hoping for more time to devote to a new hobby of watercolor painting … that is, if life slows down! Pauline is the Together Groups coordinator at by design and one of our Women’s Leadership Training instructors. She is also one of the featured speakers in by design’s Speakers Directory and is available to come and speak at your church or women’s event. You can learn more about Pauline and the topics that she offers by visiting her profile at our online Speakers Directory. 


Overwhelmed? Burned Out? You Could Use a Life Coach!

The biggest question asked by women in ministry is “How can I balance it all?” Have you ever wondered how you can keep going at the pace you have set? Have you ever wished someone would come alongside you and help you set goals so that you aren’t so overwhelmed? What if you could figure out what truly needs doing and what you should release?

A life coach is someone who comes alongside you and helps you maneuver the changes in your life with greater confidence and excitement. Working on short term goals that reach toward the bigger ones, you can see progress, week by week as you get closer to being the person God wants to be.

The first part of our session will include information about lifecoaching, what it is and what it isn’t. We will look at the reasons you might need a coach and how to find one.

The second half of our time will be a group coaching session. We will learn about prioritizing our tasks, including rest and play. We will figure out one thing we are doing that we can let go and one thing that will be our focus for the month of February.

Janet Aronson is a Christian Life Coach (CPLC), encouraging believers to grow deeper in their walk with Christ through the process of spiritual formation and discipleship. She knows from firsthand experience, the power of a personal coach. In her coaching practice, she helps others to pursue the calling of God in their lives. She is also passionate about teaching and sharing God’s Word. As a gifted speaker and group discussion leader, Janet loves to share what she has learned about following the path God has planned. Janet received her Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary of the East, her coaching certification through Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) and is presently the Director of Discipleship Ministries at Easton Baptist Church in N. Easton MA. Janet has recently published her first book, “Marking Time with Mark: a devotional on the book of Mark” and writes a daily devotional on Facebook called Stepping Up: Growing Up in Christ Together. She is one of by design’s Women’s Leadership Training instructors. Janet is also one of the featured speakers in by design’s Speakers Directory and is available to come and speak at your church or women’s event. You can learn more about Janet and the topics that she offers by visiting her profile at our online Speakers Directory. 

Session 2:

Life-giving Relationships for Women

We will consider together how organic mentoring can help foster life-giving relationships in our churches and broader communities. This session will look at how organic mentoring relationships develop, what they entail, and how women can share their lives with each other in real and practical ways. This breakout session qualifies for Women’s Leadership Training Class #208, Women Impacting Women. 

Sharon Carlson is a native of Massachusetts and currently lives on the North Shore. She currently serves as the Director of School Relations at Gordon College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and English Literature from Gordon College, and her Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where the Lord inspired her passion for spiritual formation and mentoring. She has worked in student development and school administration at both the secondary and higher education levels since 1997. Sharon is a member of the Advisory Council for Coastlands Consultants, a spiritual formation and mentoring ministry to Christian schools in the northeast. Sharon and her husband, Chris, have been married for 30 years and have two adult children. She is an active member of First Congregational Church of Hamilton, where she currently serves as chair of the Board of Elders and member of the Children’s Sermon Team. She loves to read and crochet, and thinks audiobooks are the greatest invention ever because they enable her to do both at once! 


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.


Breakout for a Cause!  LuoPads: Relieve Suffering, Restore Dignity, Reveal Hope

Without access to feminine hygiene supplies, women in developing countries cannot leave their homes. They are often shunned during their monthly cycle, and many girls miss 20 percent of the school year. YOU can help women reclaim control of their lives and health and learn that Jesus loves them.

LuoPads are easy to make and will be distributed, free to charge, to women in need. At this breakout session, you can help make these great reusable pads. Not crafty? No worries! If you can trace a line, you can help! Tracing, cutting, and hand-stitching are all that’s involved. If you can do one of these things, come and join us! Click here to read more about LuoPads. 

We’re also looking for people who would be willing to donate some of the ingredients. We’ll need

  • Towels or washcloths (new or used)
  • Flannel cloth (like flannel sheets)
  • Thread

Whether or not you’re planning to attend this breakout session, we’d love to have you contribute some of these things! Please contact us if you can help! Thank you!

This breakout session will be facilitated by Kimberley Minch. Kimberley is a student at Northeastern University majoring in Architecture and minoring in Songwriting. She also leads a Bible study and plays on the worship team for a Christian fellowship at school. In between traveling the world for school and work, you can find her searching for the perfect color swatch and feeding homemade cookies to whoever will eat them. Kimberley is a member of by design’s WeConnect Leadership team.

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