Breakout Sessions

Here’s a sample of 2023’s sessions. 2024 speakers coming soon!

Joanna Arp
Featured Breakout Session: Forgotten and Sad

When is God going to change my circumstances? I have wrestled with this situation for a long time. Where is God in my trouble? Has He forgotten me? The Psalmist, David, expresses these very thoughts. Come study Psalm 13 and enjoy knowing what to say and pray when you feel forgotten by God.

Joanna Arp
Additional Breakout: Does God Care?

Does God care about me? Is He aware? Life seems so uncertain, I need constant reassurance. You are not alone in these feelings. Only God, who is eternal, is able to encourage and comfort you in times of distress and uncertainty. Come study Psalm 121 and enjoy knowing God will be keeping and protecting you for eternity.

Eileen Banks
What’s the Big Idea?

Have you ever been taken by surprise when events in your life just do not go the way you expected? This breakout session will explore Romans 8:28 seeing how God will work it out for the good. No matter what you are facing or going through God has a plan to make it good. We will be looking at some what’s the big idea moments in the Bible.

Sherry Boykin
How to Spark Reversals of Destiny

Do you feel locked in a box others have labeled with your name? Or do you feel muffled or silenced by your circumstances or position? Join me for the empowering story of an underling in Scripture who, without ever changing her station in life, utters 8 words that mark the lives of 2 kings, influence 2 countries and will change your life forever.

Lynelle Buchanan
Why Identity Matters

Confusion abounds in our world about the role that gender identity and biology should play. As believers, we need to understand the current trends in worldview and anchor our perspectives to an eternal Truth. As emissaries of God, we can learn to speak love and truth to those who are struggling with their gender identity and expression.

Mike Butash
Reigniting Your Prayer Life

“William Law said, “Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life.” If this is true, then why do so many believers struggle with prayer? Is it possible that we’re missing a significant piece when it comes to our own prayer lives? Is there anything we can do to permanently transform our prayer lives for the better? During this breakout session, we’ll answer these questions and provide some very practical steps on how to reignite a personal passion and practice of prayer!”

Paul Golden
Surviving the Storms of Life

Everyone goes through the tough times of life. If you aren’t in a storm now, hang on…one is headed your way. Broken relationships, health problems, financial difficulties or dreams cut short—we’ve all struggled with the defeats and disappointments of life. In this session, you will find comfort in learning the “whys” of storms as well as the “hows” of surviving them. Join us as we learn to thrive while surviving the storms of life.

Janet Hicks
The Finish Line Is Eternity. Look to Jesus.

God takes a long look at our lives and counts us as faithful. We are told to finish well—that project, your ministry, a family matter, your profession, your friendships—and to finish faithfully. Come and be reminded: we can finish strong. We have a Savior interceding for us!

Sherrie Holloway
I can’t hear you, let me put my glasses on

Are you busy? Have it all under control? Many times an overcrowded schedule and life’s circumstances take control without our permission, leaving our hope a casualty of war. Is it possible to maintain hope in the difficult times? Yes! God wants us to find hope, especially in these times. Join me and let’s talk about how to emerge from hardship with hope intact.

Diane Lytle
The Ultimate Thirst Quencher

Come explore the depths of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well and how it reveals His desire to satisfy our deepest spiritual thirst. Learn how Jesus uses His divine power to break down the cultural, religious, and gender barriers and reveals the heart of God in reaching the lost. Discover how Jesus, the living water, quenches our thirst and invites us to a life of abundant living.

Jim Lytle
Stop Sinning!

We know we shouldn’t sin. We try, but nothing works! We all know someone who just can’t stop a particular sin. It is wrecking their life, their family and their job. It tears us up inside to watch. Sometimes “someone” is my spouse, or my child—or me. We ask, “Why is there no victory? Why won’t God just make this go away?” We won’t be perfect until heaven, of course, but that’s no excuse. The way out of this frustration and failure is directly, clearly, and simply taught in the Bible. Ephesians will show us how to stop using half of God’s truth as if it were all of God’s truth—and that can set us free.

Rachel Menin
The Metaphor of Marriage (or The Jilting of all the Single Ladies)

My journey of singleness took me on a study of the metaphor of marriage. This session could be beneficial to single women who are struggling with being single and married women who may want some reminders about their role in marriage. If anything, it will resonate with Christian women in general as we all need to be reminded often that our purpose in life is more about God than about ourselves.

Candice Richards
Can’t we all just get along?

In a world where factions and dissensions, controversy and confrontation seem to be the order of the day, how can the Christian woman make a difference? What does God have to say about unity in diversity? Is it possible to disagree agreeably? Could it be that the Creator intentionally made us all different for a grand purpose? Come explore and celebrate the beauty of individuality within community!

Sarah Scranta
Be Ready! Sharing Your Testimony through Storytelling

Are you excited to share what God is doing in your life? Do you struggle to find the right words or the right time to share? Peter instructs to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1st Peter 3:15, NKJV). This verse, though written in the context of suffering, provides hope! God has given you His story to share, and the world needs to hear it. Come along as we journey through the basic principles of storytelling and learn how you can develop your testimony for any occasion or audience. 

Mike & Val Show
Raising Children

God has blessed us with 6 children—each of them different from the other. Our breakout session is about how to be intentional influencers, raising your children for the glory of God.

Hope Showers
Bread as Hard as a Rock

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Sometimes we pray very hard for what we think is bread and we get something that seems barely edible. How could it be that a good father gives us bread that looks so much like a stone? Using different examples from Scripture, I will talk about how God’s answers to prayer are so much more, just like He promises, and what to do when it seems like He has handed you bread as a rock.

Janis Steckiel
Life on my front porch… where is the joy in hospitality?

Hospitality is a million-dollar industry. People will pay extra to be the recipient of good service. Many times, we think we are in competition with this industry, and it is so overwhelming, we are terrified to even try.

It really isn’t about the how-to but having the heart of a servant. This is well illustrated in the life of Mary and Martha. We will look at Luke 10 and see two sisters who had different ideas of what hospitality looked like.
“Where is the joy in hospitality”? It is the natural result of a Spirit-filled life. We will not find joy in hospitality if we have not first found our joy in Jesus Christ. If there is no joy in Christ, hospitality will be another anxious act of service that is just too cumbersome to even tackle.

“Life on my front porch” is to help us see that hospitality does not have to be extravagant, it can be low-key and as casual as having a cup of coffee with a friend, on your front porch. We will look at some pitfalls to ensure we are not overwhelmed and see that it can be a blessing to both the giver and the receiver.

Teresa Whiting
DisGraced: Restoration from Sexual Brokenness

“Those who look to Him are radiant. Their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 ESV

Too many Christian women are carrying a heavy burden of silent shame. They have experienced sexual brokenness because of things they’ve done or things that were done to them. Shame whispers, “You don’t belong…If only they knew…You’re not good enough…” But Scripture is filled with a vast lineage of strong, brave women whose sexual wounds were healed and made whole through God’s love and restoration. He is not ashamed of their stories. Instead, He highlights them, shining a spotlight on His grace.

Join me as I share my story alongside those of women like Tamar, Rahab, the woman at the well, and others. Come encounter God’s loving, tender and gracious heart toward the sexually broken woman.

Teresa Whiting
Additional Breakout: Forgive and Remember

 “Hurt me once, shame on you. Hurt me twice, shame on me.” Keep track of wrongs. Protect yourself. This is the philosophy our world offers. But this is not the message of the gospel.  

What does it look like to “forgive as you have been forgiven”? And what are we to remember when it comes to forgiveness? 

In this session, we will look at what forgiveness is. And what forgiveness is not.