June 10th at 1 pmET
Most women in Christian leadership can point to obvious traumatic experiences. But in some ways, the more painful experiences are the ones that are harder to pinpoint. Even in spaces that actively welcome women, women often feel misunderstood or undervalued. Women often report hearing mixed messages: “Be yourself . . . but not like that.”
For our own sakes and for the sake of those we lead, it’s helpful to name this cumulative trauma as we pursue our callings as women. And it’s deeply healing to invite the Lord to show us how he sees our stories and our callings. While some of this work is best done privately, it is also powerful to do so in the context of a community of women.
You are invited to join this online group listening and prayer session, with pastor Mandy Smith and spiritual director Sandie Brock, as we name our collective traumas and invite God’s healing together. (The session will not be recorded in order to create a safe space.)
In this healing prayer session you will:
–Name the most pressing points of pain currently affecting your life and calling
–Be invited to bring it before the Lord through various prompts, prayers and times of listening
–Engage with a community of women who are healing and listening together
–Return to your mission with a restored vision of God’s gifting and call.
During this time of quarantine, Sandie and Mandy have been walking together through personal traumas, and God has been doing deep healing in them both. They would like to offer this process with other women experiencing similar trauma for the sake of their personal and ministry flourishing. As women heal, it brings healing to the church. We look with hope and expectation at what God has in store for us!
Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Mandy and her husband Jamie live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm.
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sandra is trained as a spiritual director through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. Caring for the whole person, body, soul and spirit has been a part of her work for many decades through massage, listening and inner healing prayer. www.antiphio.com