October 19, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Brenda Blankenship
Limited Seating Available
A Women’s Conference
Doors Open In:
- Doors open 8 am
- Begins 9:00 am
- Ends 4:45 pm
- Boxed lunch included in registration
- Conference Location: Rocky Creek Baptist Church
Accessibility: We are committed to making our event accessible for everyone. If you are traveling for the event, Cloud of Goods provides mobility solutions including wheelchair rentals and mobility scooter rentals that they will deliver directly to you at the event, your hotel, the airport, or any other place of your choosing.
Rocky Creek Baptist Church
Rocky Creek Baptist Church
1801 Woodruff Rd,
Greenville, SC 29607
10 Breakout Sessions
Note: On the day of the conference registrants will be able to choose 3 of the 10 sessions to attend.
Living with Chronic Illness
Learning how to live with a chronic illness is a life changing journey that can affect all aspects of life. Trying to understand the “whys” and “what-ifs” can lead us into a place of despair, fear and hopelessness. God loves each of us too much to allow us to walk this journey alone.
This breakout session will include encouragement for the journey, along with ways to stay connected to God and live in the strength that only He can provide. We will discuss prayer, intentionality, being present, and gratitude.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus shares how He wants to show us a better way to live that I believe will encourage and bless all of us. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30, (MSG)
Learning how to live with the ever changing symptoms, treatments, and life circumstances of her own chronic illness for the past 30 years has taught Jo that the only constant in her life is Jesus.
Jo has a heart for women who are struggling with chronic illnesses. Living moment to moment with an unknown and unexpected illness changes everything. It is her desire to encourage and support those who feel unheard and hopeless in their journey by sharing her own story, as well as her hope and strength in Jesus.
Broken and Chosen
This session is based on 1 Peter 2:9 and will outline the reasons why we, as women, with all of our brokenness and scars are CHOSEN by our God to fulfill his plan and purpose for our lives. Mandy will walk you through her personal path of discovery on accepting her brokenness and her “chosenness” at the same time.
“But you are a CHOSEN race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“Yes you may feel unqualified, uneducated, untrained, under-gifted, or even unworthy. Yet, those are excellent qualifications for God to do a mighty work.” –Chuck Swindoll
Mandy has a BA in History from College of Charleston, and a MAT in Secondary Social Studies from Charleston Southern University. She has been teaching Social Studies for the past 12 years, working primarily with at-risk students. She has always been able to relate well to students who suffer from conflict in their home environments.
Mandy has had personal experience with the heartbreak of infidelity and dishonesty in marriage. She feels a calling to share her story in both individual and small group settings. Her hope is to provide encouragement to women who find themselves walking a similar path.
Mandy is a single mom to an 11 year old and they are both very active in their church. She is an avid reader and loves to be anywhere salty. She and her son enjoy music, especially live Christian concerts.
Parents vs. Culture
Are you aware that the battle is intensifying for the heart of your teen? Are you aware that you are your teen’s first line of defense? This session will equip parents for the battle as we address the challenges facing today’s teens and how, with the truth of God’s Word, parents can confront the culture and win! Topics will include: recognizing you are your child’s greatest role model; speaking candidly about sexual integrity, pornography and sexting; monitoring your teen’s friendships and encouraging your teen to embrace his/her true identity in Christ. Walk away from this session knowing that whatever the battle, the Lord is with you. He sees…He understands… and He holds your child in the palm of His hand.
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you, against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4
Luanne is a engaging speaker who brings the gospel to life through the Word and personal testimony. Her high energy and joyful spirit of encouragement bring an authentic transparency that makes everyone feel like they can relate to her journey through all walks of life. Luanne has written two books, ‘Young Hearts, Pure Lives,’ and ‘The Warrior Within.’
Luanne previously served on the team for national singer, speaker and author, Kathy Troccoli. She has also served on the board of the Deborah Company women’s group of a multi-cultural church in Pittsburgh for over 5 years where she facilitated numerous weekly Bible studies to over 100 women per week.
Luanne embraces a vision to see women of all ages come to a full understanding of the hope and richness they have in Christ. Luanne taught high school for 17 years. She has guided thousands of young people through God’s Word with her uncompromising, take-no-prisoners way of speaking the truth while showing them unconditional love. Luanne continues to hold seminars for high school girls and guys and their parents. She speaks at high school graduations and chapels and conducts facilitated Bible studies using her books. She is passionate to speak to groups of moms looking for godly truths and hope as they fight against a culture that is determined to overtake their children.
Walking Through Grief
Many times our brokenness is manifested as a result of the loss of a loved one by death, divorce, abuse, trauma. The list goes on and on. Grief is real and often cuts to the core of who we are. As believers how do we manage in these times? Where do we turn? During this session, we will utilize the lives of biblical figures to identify the stages of grief and how their situations led them into purpose.
Kristie Cohens is a Pastor and Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Currently, she is the Program Manager for the Community Counseling Team at Safe Harbor, Inc. where she works with survivors of domestic violence. She has more than 25 years of experience in the Human Service field ranching from mental health counseling (SC Department of Mental Health and Carolina Family Services, Greenville, SC), addictions counseling in inpatient and outpatient settings (Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Greenville, SC and Summit House, Inc., Raleigh, NC), working with youthful offenders (Department of Juvenile Justice, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties), to working in the varying child welfare agencies (Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter and SAFY, Greenville, SC). She looks to Jesus Christ as the head of her life and she is the proud mother of two awesome young men, Jarrett and Micah. The guiding principle for her life and career comes from a Navajo proverb: “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime”.
Soul Wounds – A Way Through the Depression Journey
Psalm 107:27-28 They were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress.
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you didn’t feel like yourself and the emotional distress you were experiencing had you so overwhelmed it was hard to imagine a way through or out of that place? Depression can speak some powerful untruths when you are in the midst of it. Sometimes it is difficult to remember when you last felt God’s presence, peace and joy. The enemy is a powerful opportunist when we are experiencing difficulties. Come and take part in an honest discussion about what depression looks and feels like from a clinical and spiritual perspective and how to rest in the present difficulty while trusting the process God is up to in your life.
Kristine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of SC as well as an MFT Supervisor. She has been in private practice (Eastside Marriage and Family Therapy) since 2010 and has treated multiple diagnoses varying from Anxiety to Depression, PTSD, Grief and other mental health challenges. She has a passion for helping clients achieve their personal goals for therapy. Kristine’s area of specialty focuses on individuals and marriages that are facing separation or divorce. She also works with step families and prospective step families, and the issues surrounding this type of dynamic. She has been a DivorceCare facilitator for more than sixteen years at her local church. Kristine is married with three grown step-sons and two grown children. She lives in the upstate and enjoys horseback riding in her time away from the office.
The Christian's Response to SSA / Transgender / Gender Dysphoria
What do you say when your child comes home and says “Mom, Dad I’m gay.” What do you say when your daughter says “I don’t want to be a girl,” or your son says “I don’t want to be a boy.” How do we handle that? What do you mean you don’t want to be how God made you? How do we support our heterosexual children in an ever more confusing world about their own sexuality and beliefs? How do we love our children with these issues when we know what God says about same sex attraction and gender confusion? God’s word says in Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”(ESV) How did the world get so out of hand and confused about how God created us, and who we are becoming? In this session, we will look at the hazards we as Christians often fall into when this happens in our families, and what God says about this issue. Additionally, we will explore the Mental health vs. the moral issue of the topic of Gender dysphoria and other gender identity disorders.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, ESV)
Michele Bennefield is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families currently working in her own private practice, Bennefield & Associates in Mauldin, SC. Michele is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Christian Counseling with plans to complete this degree in 2019. Michele currently holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has clinical experience in private practice, residential treatment, and several state agencies. Michele is also a Certified Temperament Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor.
Michele is a certified facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, a research-based assessment for couples undergoing marriage or premarital counseling. In addition, Michele specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Michele is relational in her approach and specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, as well as separation and divorce, and blended family issues.
Michele’s experience and training make her uniquely suited to address faith and spirituality in the context of therapy.
Abiding in Christ – 7 Ways to an Effective Quiet Time
If it’s your desire to walk more intimately with the Lord and to be able to enjoy Him in a real and personal way, this session is for you. Whether you struggle in having a regular quiet time or you want to improve the one you have, “7 Ways to an Effective Quiet Time” will give you the tools to help your personal time with Jesus be the best it can be. Abiding in Christ and truly living the abundant life God intends for you starts with quiet time but is so much more.
Kirby is a Licensed Physical Therapist. She has over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating women’s Bible studies, and is the author of the books, ‘Abiding in Christ – What is it Anyway?’ and ‘Walking Through Fire Without Getting Burned.’ It is Kirby’s passion to equip other women in the want to and how to of walking intimately with Jesus and to help them experience the blessing of walking in victory through each trial as God Himself enables them to bring Him glory through it all.
Kirby resides in Simpsonville with three of her five children, and attends Rocky Creek Baptist Church. She enjoys being a mom and working through the challenges that come with parenting.
The Impact and Heartbreak of Suicide
The topic of suicide is a growing part of our culture and reality. How do we deal with it when a friend or family member chooses to end their life? How do we deal with the pressing thoughts of suicide ourselves when we see no hope for change, or for our future? Is it really wrong? What is the true fallout from it?
The number of people, young and old, who are choosing suicide today is growing at an alarming rate. This session will attempt to open the door of communication about it’s prevalence, motivations, and the harsh realities that face those left in the wake of another’s choice to end his/her own life.
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Karen holds a BS in Psychology with a specialization in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Additionally, she is a Licensed Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA).
Karen has served as a Stephen’s Minister through her church in Holland, Michigan. After moving to South Carolina, she and her husband participated in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, where they remained members for 12 years. Karen has served as the leader for several women’s Open Share Groups such as Codependency, Sexual Purity, and Chemical Dependency.
Karen has a passion to come alongside women who are hurting or struggling and to help them experience freedom through understanding their identity in Christ. Using God’s Word, she disciples women by teaching them how to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father and how to practically apply the Word of God to everyday life circumstances.
Karen lives in Taylors, SC and has been married to her husband, Kurt, for 32 years. Together, they have 3 children. They are blessed to have 1 darling granddaughter. Karen and Kurt currently attend Grace Church at the Greer campus.
Pathway to Hope
If you have ever sustained haunting memories from the past regarding sexual molestation, or you know someone who has, this breakout session is intended to offer insight into the healing process.
Childhood sexual abuse and molestation leave a lasting impact. Women can sometimes unknowingly believe common lies associated with their abuse that prevent them from living the abundant life God desires for them. Unfortunately, the soul injury caused by the abuse frequently goes untreated due to the discomfort people often feel in talking about it. There is healing that can happen.
Join us as we discuss effective and practical feedback regarding what facilitates growth and what prolongs recovery.
Angel Henning is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI) in the state of Texas, who is currently pursuing her License for Professional Counseling Associate (LPCA) in South Carolina. She holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® practitioner through the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, a division of Texas Christian University. She is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York. She received Advanced Discipleship counseling training from Grace Ministries International, Atlanta. Angel is also currently pursing Certified Temperament Counseling certification through SACC.
Angel has over 17 years’ experience serving a variety of populations. Her experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling, development and leadership in sexual abuse recovery groups, social and emotional skills groups for troubled kids in school, faith-based drug and alcohol residential counseling, and specialized work with adoptive/foster families that nurture children from hard places. She has facilitated parenting groups and has worked with pre-school aged children through adolescents. Angel is passionate about nurturing families and women as they grow through the grace of God to live abundantly in their God given callings.
Angel enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling. She moved to Greer from League City, Texas with her husband of 18 years, 3 children, and their puppy, Scooter. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and attends Covenant United Methodist Church.
Praying Through Your Brokenness
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:19)
God asks us to “Pray without ceasing” for our benefit (1 Thess. 5:17).
A Warrior Daughter is a woman who prays and lives out the Heart of God through His Word. She prays in such a way that God always gets the Glory in every circumstance. As she lets Jesus Christ be The Lord of her brokenness – God sovereignly changes her and her circumstances to His Glory.
This session will help under-gird you in prayer by learning to continually commune with God during your brokenness. You will understand how God uses adversity to forge Warrior Daughters who love to pray fervently as the battle rages. You will learn how to let God be the source, the center and the standard of your crisis and brokenness. “For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
Brokenness is a spiritual battle. We have an enemy who understands the power of prayer. He sees our brokenness as weakness. God sees our brokenness as an opportunity to display His power and glory. As we pray continually, things change from defeat to victory for us.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
In 2000 Jacki answered a call into Women’s Ministry. Her mission is to teach women how to define themselves in Jesus Christ so that He becomes her identity, destiny and legacy. Jacki compassionately brings Jesus to the forefront of women’s hearts so that they beautifully experience Him in their lives – especially during the crisis and crucible times of life.
Through 19 years of Leadership with women in Bible Studies, Lay Counseling, Mentoring, Speaking, Writing and Prayer, Jacki has encouraged and equipped women to let Jesus become “The Standard” and “The Source” of their lives. Jacki has written the Bible Study, Prepare Your Hearts for the Holidays. She is currently writing The Warrior Daughter Series: “Called to Pray”, “Rooted in Prayer” and “Prayerful Living.”
Married for 35 years to her high school sweetheart, Keith; they have a son who graduated from Clemson University. Jacki obtained her BA in English from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her ministry is God’s Woman, God’s Way.
What is Kintsugi?
“Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.” Christopher Jobson
From The Executive Director
God uses brokenness. He uses it to create dependence on Him, and to transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus. Beautifully Broken references the amazing way our Father reclaims and reframes the brokenness in our lives in order to create beauty and bring glory to His name.
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