For today’s blog post, I’m excited to share with you a Q&A with my friend Chris Adams, who is LifeWay’s Senior Lead Women’s Ministry Specialist. This Fall I get the honor of speaking at the Women’s Leadership Forum, and I’ve asked Chris to share a little bit more about it in hopes that you will make plans to join us as well!
1. Tell us about yourself, Chris!
- Senior Lead Women’s Ministry Specialist
- Former women’s ministry/missions education coordinator, Green Acres Baptist, Tyler, TX
- Wife of Pat, 44 yrs
- Mom of twins daughters, grandmother of 7 plus 7 bonus grandchildren
- Leader of a women’s small group at my church, serving on our women’s ministry team
- Love serving the Lord, love equipping women to grow in their walk and lead other women to do the same
2. Share with us your background in ministry and as a Christian women’s leader?
I was a lay person in my church, with twin babies seeking to grow with other young moms to be godly wives and moms. We were challenged to serve in our community ministries as well as studying God’s word. I led children’s missions organizations, and hated speaking in public. But as I continued serving, then coordinated ministry, I found myself with a burning desire to serve women as I’d been served (by women pouring into my life). Over time, we began to grapple with the new thing called “women’s ministry.” As we were trying to reach younger women (some 30 years ago) we knew we had to do it differently. Eventually my part time position on staff became full time. It was something I never pursued or even thought about but where I found myself after multiple little steps of obedience over many years. I still didn’t want to be a speaker or leader in front of groups, but was “forced” into having to trust God to do through me what I KNEW I couldn’t do. One day I received a call from someone at the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay!) asking if my husband and I would pray about coming to Nashville for an interview for a position I’d never heard of. It was the first full time on site position for women’s ministry. That was over 20 years ago and it has been an incredible journey, often hard, but always so rewarding to serve Him by serving women.
3. Share with us about the women’s leadership forum – what is it? Who is it designed for? What can women expect to take away?
The Women’s Leadership Forum is an opportunity for leaders of all ages to gather in one location to share ideas, strategies, information, and inspiration. This is our premier training event of the year. We seek to provide enrichment for the leader so she is poured into spiritually through worship and Bible teaching from top authors. We offer opportunities for networking among peers from across the country who are in leadership. We also offer training by some of the top women’s leaders. So, not only is this for women’s ministry leaders, it is for women who are in any leadership position.
4. What was one of your favorite memories from last year’s event?
Because we sold out early, we live streamed several breakouts and the general sessions. It was a fun addition to all the myriad of things that were happening but one that connected even women who were not on site. Another thing we love to watch is the connections among leaders from all across the country. And it is always a joy to pour into women who spend so much time pouring into others. We have read comments on the evaluations before that were from women who were prepared to go home and resign their positions but after the forum, they heard God speak to continue to walk faithfully where He has them. Sometimes their whole ministry has transitioned to new heights because they obeyed.
5. What are you most looking forward to this year at the Women’s Forum?
This year we are broadening to add breakouts for women in all areas of leadership. In addition to providing training for women’s ministry leaders, we will offer training on topics such as leadership & delegation, developing and equipping leaders, building cohesive teams, preparing for persecution in our culture today, and sharing your faith wherever you lead. We believe all women are leaders (workplace, church, home, community), in various seasons of life and various experiences who want to be used by God to impact their world for the Kingdom. So this year the Forum is open to any woman who leads-entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, working professionals, staff or volunteer leaders in the church, or women who may not think they are a leader, but are seeking where God wants to use them.
Connect with the Women’s Leadership Forum event:
- REGISTER here: www.lifeway.com/womensforum
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Connect with Chris Adams:
- Twitter: Chrisadams4
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