All the Single, Married, Working Ladies

This Saturday women have the opportunity to gather together for the 2012 Sojourn Women’s Conference and think through what it means to be a woman in three different places: the workplace, the home, and the church. Preachers usually don’t have a hard time teaching about the role of women in the home or the church, but for some reason women in the workplace are left out.

One of the best reasons to attend is to hear Carolyn McCulley, who will talk about women in the workplace. Caryolyn is a biblical, church-based, and provocative woman. Here is a preview of her thoughts on what it means to be a working woman:

As I research my current book project on women, work, and the gospel, I’m struck by how little we discuss some of the most obvious passages about women’s work in the Bible. Childbearing is definitely a major component of the dominion mandate given in Genesis 1:28 to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” But it has only been within the last 200 years that we have separated other forms of productivity and industry away from the household and its child-rearing activities. For most of history, women worked very hard at two important tasks in addition to bearing children: providing food and textiles. These were not shopping expeditions. These were complex tasks that involved much skill and many people, often providing various amounts of household income in addition to whatever the family needed for its own consumption.

From her blog post, Success and the Single Woman

Are you single? Are you married? Do you have kids? Great! God has something for all of you this Saturday. Scripture has little to say to women in singleness, but much to say about working women.

It’s not too late to sign up for Sojourn’s Women’s Conference this Saturday. Click here to register. We hope to see you there!

Preaching Hands, Praying Hands

 

One of my pastor heroes, Charles Spurgeon, drew thousands of people every Sunday to hear him preach. He is regarded as one of the best preachers of all time, but he also understood the power of prayer.

I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer.

He understood that every great church needs the preacher preaching and the people praying. This is our first week of daily prayers at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

These times are great for praying, but also great for getting to know the people we pray with. We extend, as pastor Spurgeon said, our preaching hand and praying hand, but we can also extend a welcoming hand to those we don’t know.

I’ll be in the prayer room at St. Vincent’s for the next three days at 7am and tomorrow at 12pm. I hope to see you there!

Daily Prayer Starts Next Week

Spiritual growth is impossible apart from the practice of prayer. – Kenneth Boa

We pray because God wants us to, but also because we need to. God speaks to us through Scripture, and we speak to him through prayer.

Since it began, the church has gathered daily for corporate prayer. Starting Monday, we will begin daily prayers at our Midtown campus. We will gather in the prayer room of St. Vincent’s at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm, Monday through Friday, to pray for ourselves, our neighbors, and the world.

Whether it’s before you go to work, during your lunch break, or before you settle down for the evening, I’d love to see you at least once a week over the coming months.

How has the practice of daily prayer, whether by yourself or with the church, affected you?

Women In The Workplace, Home & Church – Let’s Get Holistic!

Do you know why I am so excited about the November 3 Sojourn Women’s conference, Places? I’m excited because this conference won’t just focus on women in the home. And it won’t just focus on women in the church, or even women in the workforce.

We believe that God calls and transforms all of us — women and men —  and that this impacts every area of our lives: where we live, where we work, where we rest, where we see brokenness, and where there is room for growth.

Because of this, Places is a holistic conference that will address issues of work, home and church. We’re excited to partner with

Come, listen, fellowship, and learn how the Bible speaks to women as homemakers, workers, and valued members of the church. The conference is Saturday, Nov 3, from 9-4p at St Vincent’s, and all you have to do is register here!

 

Why A New Service At Sojourn East Is Good For All Of Us

For the first six years of our existence, Sojourn held one service each Sunday. In these last six years, we’ve gone from one service to ten, across four campuses. Now we’re about to add an eleventh service.

Tomorrow, Sojourn East will launch a 5pm Saturday service. Yes, you heard that right: Saturday. One year ago Pastor Kevin Jamison took the helm at East and God has blessed him with new leaders, new members, and so many new guests on their two Sunday services that the time has come to make more room.

This is not only good news for Sojourn East, but for all of us at Midtown, J-Town, and New Albany. Sojourn’s first Saturday evening service means that you can still worship with your Sojourn family, even if you’re scheduled to work on Sunday. It means you can worship with your Sojourn family even if you have to go out of town on a Sunday. And it means your out-of-town family members and friends can worship with you at Sojourn when they visit you, even if they have to drive back or catch a flight on a Sunday.

It’s Not Just About Us, Though

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known …” Romans 15:20

Sojourn’s first Saturday evening service means this is our first chance to preach the gospel to the ever-increasing numbers of people who have to work on Sundays. Colossians 1:6 says, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” We’ve seen that time and again in our history, and I believe we will see it on Saturday evenings at Sojourn East.

Finally, this also presents new opportunities for more people to serve, and for new leaders to emerge. Every campus we’ve launched, every service time, every event, and every ministry we’ve begun has provided an open door. Just imagine if we were one big campus, meeting once a week in an arena. Not only would we make ourselves unavailable to those whose schedules don’t permit them to gather with us at that one service time, but we’d have exponentially less room for preachers of the gospel, Connect servants and worship leaders.

I want every Sojourner to pray with me for this service launch. No matter which campus you attend, no matter which service time is best for you, thank God and celebrate His blessings in giving us this chance at Sojourn East. Ask God to bring more people into our midst, especially those who may not have been able to attend before. And pray that He will continue to raise up willing servants at Sojourn East, who will carry the torch every Saturday night.

 

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