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Women's Center for Ministry Newsletter 
September 2019
In this issue:
-What Is My Purpose?
  an article by Rachel Bell
- Waiting Patiently
  a poem by Becky James
- Dream God's Dream For You!
  an article by Poppy Smith
-ABIDE: Revive the Passion!
  Register now for the Vancouver or Portland Revive!
-Spring 2020 Women's Transformational Leadership Classes!
  Learn more about taking a WL class this Fall!
What Is My Purpose?
an article by Rachel Bell
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
 
In this verse, God was speaking to His people, living as exiles in Babylon, having been forced from their home, Jerusalem. Everything their ancestors had worked for, fought for, died for: gone.
 
So God spoke. He gave them this promise in Jeremiah 29:11 to remind them that He had a plan for them, and that it was good! In verse 10, He states, that after seventy years, He will come to them and fulfill His promise to bring them home.
 
Purpose is not about being perfect. It’s not about living in fear of doing the wrong thing. It’s trusting in God’s promise that He has a plan for you!
 
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (NIV)
 
You will NEVER find your purpose in what you do. You HAVE purpose because you ARE a child of God, and He declares that you matter.
 
Until you figure that out, you will always be dissatisfied.
 
Some of you may already know this or have already found your purpose as a child of God. Yet still, you agonize over your calling. You desire to further God’s kingdom, living in joy of your work here on earth. Here are a few things you should know:
 
1. God hears you.
Just as he heard his people cry out from exile, He hears your cry for direction: 
“Then when you call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
 
 2. God will speak to you.
God didn’t just speak to people in Old Testament times. In fact, in those times He only showed up to a select few. Today He speaks constantly. Just keep asking for direction! Don’t stop! Get His attention through diligently seeking Him through prayer, fasting, and reading His Word. I promise, you will hear from Him.
 
 3. You often have to move first.
God loves action, especially action built on faith. God will show up. He may open doors, He may close them, but He won’t do any of that if you’re too scared to act.
 
4. If you ask Him for a calling, beware, because He might just give you one.
It would be easier living a life without direction, based solely on your own pleasures; safer to forget dreaming and pursue the conventional. When God gives you a calling, it will not be comfortable. It will involve taking a lot of risks, growing your faith, and sacrificing much of your comfort for others; but I promise you, it will be magnificent!
 
 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in good work.” -2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
 

Rachel Bell is a reluctant writer. Called out of her comfortable field of physical therapy, God redirected her to become an author, to reveal His truths and miraculous hope to the world through the written word. She lives in BZ Corners where she is currently working on her debut fantasy novel, and is passionate about encouraging others through her blog at rachelsbellauthor.com 
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Waiting Patiently
a poem by Becky James

At the end of yourself

It's where I'll be

You'll find me there

I am waiting patiently

 

At the end of your rope

It's where I'll be

You'll find me there

I am waiting patiently

 

At the end of your day

It's where I'll be

You'll find me there

I am waiting patiently

 

At the end of yourself

At the end of your rope

At the end of your day

Faith Love and Hope

 

I am I am

I will always be

Waiting patiently

In your heart, believe

Becky James has a heart for God and loves helping people connect to purpose. During a sabbatical from her corporate career in legal technology, she discovered a calling to serve through writing and music. Becky writes faith inspired pieces to encourage hope, tell truth in love, and remember the gone. She also collaborates on studio recording projects.

Dream God's Dream For You!
an article by Poppy Smith
After becoming a Christian I discovered something that radically changed me.
As I studied the Bible I discovered that God had purposes for my life. He had plans for who I was to become, and what I was to do. To my amazement, I found that how I lived and how I used my time and talents was NOT up to me!
I learned from Ephesians 2:10: “We are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God had prepared in advance for us to do.”  I had no idea.

Philippians 2:13 showed me where my longings and dreams of serving Him came from: “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  Now I saw He was behind those tugs and urges to speak, write, encourage, listen and love.

Our culture urges women to dream big. Aim high. Push forward at any cost. Achieve all you can. But, unless those dreams, desires, and direction are of God, they can amount to a wasted life.

What are God’s dreams, desires, and direction for you as this new ministry year begins?  Here are five foundational steps to living a life that counts for Him:
  1. Value your life as significant to God.  It is a gift, a treasure, an opportunity to impact your world for Him. How are you investing it?
 
  1. Choose to walk worthy of your calling. Pursue God, ask for insight. Are there changes He wants to make in your life?
 
  1. Ask God what His dream is for you. Is it an old dream, or a new one? What is holding you back from saying YES? Refuse to be scared—don’t cower in fear and miss God’s power in your life. Trust Him and move forward.
 
  1. Trace God’s direction of your life. Remember how He has worked in you, shaping your personality, experiences, capabilities and longings. Whatever your age or season of life, allow Him to stretch and use you in new ways today, and tomorrow. 
 
  1. Fill your heart and mind with Him. Seek His face. Delight in His Word. Meditate on it, be nourished by it. Let the Word and the Spirit touch and transform your heart and your dreams.
As you think about your commitments, what dreams, desires, or Spirit-given nudges do you sense in your soul?  Don’t ignore them—explore them! Say YES to His will and His ways, pray for direction, and Go For It!
 
Poppy Smith is British, married to an American, and has lived in many countries.  A former Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader with a Masters in Spiritual Formation, she is a multi-published author. Her most recent release, Go For It! Make Your Life Count for God, uses Scripture, personal stories, and insightful questions, motivating readers to find God’s purpose for their lives. Poppy loves coaching women and challenges audiences to make their lives count by deepening their walk with God. Learn more at www.poppysmith.com
 
ABIDE: Revive the Passion Registration is OPEN!
Registration Opens September 1st!

 

Jesus never lacked passion.  He was passionate to heal, to forgive, to feed the multitudes, to teach, to show mercy, even to unleash his power over wind and waves, death and bondage. But his deepest  passion that empowered his whole life was his dependence on his Heavenly Father as painted by his own self-portrait; “the Son can do nothing by himself, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19) 

Waning in passion lately?  Longing to wake up each morning full of passion like Jesus? For your family? Your friendships?  Your calling as a woman involved in ministry?  But most of all for your intimate walk with Christ?


Stay tuned for upcoming emails with more details about our keynote speaker, our breakout sessions, and worship! If you haven't recieved emails about our REVIVE and IGNITE conferences, you can sign up HERE!
 

Come join us for ABIDE: Revive the Passion!

 

REGISTER HERE for Vancouver Revive: 

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Glenwood Community Church

12201 NE 72nd Ave, Vancouver WA 98686

 

REGISTER HERE for Portland Revive:

Friday, November 15th, 2019

River West Church

2000 Country Club Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97034

 

Some additional details:

Doors open at 8am, Conference goes from 8:50am-12:30pm

Cost: $17 regular registration. $12 student price.

 

Visit our website for more information and registration links:

www.westernseminary.edu/revive

For questions or student discount, email us at wcm@westernseminary.edu or call 503-517-1931.

Spring 2020 Women's Transformational Leadership Classes!
Read below to learn how to apply and take classes through Western Seminary!
In Portland:
 
WL 505 // Develop Ministries for Women
Students learn how to build and advance -from vision to reality- relational ministries featuring four components: cast the vision, build the team, discern the needs, and mold the ministry. The focus is on relational components, such as building and strengthening a leadership team, accurately discerning the needs of women and molding ministry from that profile, while developing spiritual friendships and mentoring relationships. Students will learn how to enhance ministry effectiveness through promotion, evaluation, and celebration. 1 Credit.
TO TAKE WL505 FOR GRADUATE CREDIT:
  • Graduate Credit Application Deadline: November 1st (final deadline)
  • Cost for Graduate Credit: $600
  • Application: If you have not yet applied to Western Seminary, you can do so on our website, or by clicking this link here 
TO TAKE WL505 FOR AUDIT/ENRICHMENT (NON-CREDIT):
  • Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED
  • Applications due: One week prior to the first class meeting date.
  • Cost to Audit: $130
  • To Enroll: Click Here! (This option allows you to take classes to earn a certificate).
Instructor:  Trish Bussey-Jeter
Location:  Western Seminary Portland Campus
                   5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
                   Portland, OR 97215
Dates:   April 3 & 4, 2020
              9:00am - 4:30pm
WL 506// Develop Life-Changing Bible Messages
This course equips participants to prepare and deliver biblically accurate and culturally relevant messages that are compatible to diverse learning styles while remaining applicable for today’s audiences. Students will acquire exegetical and expository preaching skills needed for creating gospel-centered messages with a definable purpose. Participants will embrace their own unique style cultivated by their spiritual gifts and personality profile. Speakers will learn how to breathe life into their communication using captivating introductions, emotional word pictures, and heart warming illustrations with a clear and passion filled delivery. 2 Credits.
TO TAKE WL506 FOR GRADUATE CREDIT:
  • Graduate Credit Application Deadline: November 1st (final deadline)
  • Cost for Graduate Credit: $600
  • Application: If you have not yet applied to Western Seminary, you can do so on our website, or by clicking this link here 
TO TAKE WL506 FOR AUDIT/ENRICHMENT (NON-CREDIT):
  • Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED
  • Applications due: One week prior to the first class meeting date.
  • Cost to Audit: $130
  • To Enroll: Click Here! (This option allows you to take classes to earn a certificate).
Instructor:  Phyllis Bennett
Location:  Western Seminary Portland Campus
                   5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
                   Portland, OR 97215
Dates:   Jan. 31-Feb. 1 & March 20-21, 2020
              9:00am - 4:30pm
Contact us! We'd love to hear from you!

Women's Center for Ministry at Western Seminary

Phyllis Bennett, Director
Amanda Zentz, Administrative Assistant
Email: wcm@westernseminary.edu
Phone: 503.517.1931
Fax: 503.517.1889

5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

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