Women of Vision Leadership Retreat 2016
We are so excited about our Women of Vision Leadership Retreat which is happening on September 2-3, 2016 in Saint Louis, Missouri! This small retreat is focused on helping create a space for UPCI licensed women in ministry and those being called into leadership. We will host about thirty women from around the country for a two day retreat at the Pallottine Renewal Center just outside of Saint Louis in Florissant, Missouri near Urshan and the UPCI Headquarters. The Pallottine Renewal Center is a spacious retreat center set in the country which has several meeting rooms, overnight rooms, a swimming pool, gardens and trails for walking, and will provide three meals for us during our stay. We are in for a relaxing treat!
We have several different speakers who will bring with them a word from God and heart stories from ministry. Sister Claudette Walker, Sister Nancy Norris, Sister Karen Peyton, and Sister Crystal Schmalz are among the speakers who will be doing the sessions for the retreat. There will be teaching sessions, musical worship, a service on Friday evening, round table discussions, a question and answer session, a mentoring session, a morning prayer and devotion time, time for reflection, time for fellowship, and every person has the option of having a one-on-one mentoring session. On Friday morning there is an optional trip to either the Zoo or the Art Museum, and also a Meet and Greet at a local Starbucks. The schedule is flexible and optional in that no session is required. Attendees are free to pick and choose which sessions they want to attend, and spend their time how they like. We want this weekend to be refreshing and renewing, and we know different people have different needs. The weekend is going to be renewing, refreshing, and encouraging. I am praying and asking God for revival in our hearts, spirits, and minds. I am asking God to give dreams, callings, and provide direction and encouragement for every woman who attends.
We have women attending from literally all around the country: Missouri, Michigan, Florida, California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and more. We began advertising in February 2016 for this retreat, and the response has been incredible. When I began I knew I was stepping out in faith. My budget was $0, and Women of Vision Leadership is a non-profit beginning organization which was founded only three years ago. I asked my friends for support, and all of our speakers are volunteering their time. I asked other women in Saint Louis to be on the committee, and we have come together and created an incredible retreat. When I spoke with my pastor about this retreat, he supported the project and said New Life Center will help pay for printing costs! As we look toward the future, we are already in conversation about finding sponsorship for next year! The committee is also excited and in one of our meetings they already have begun to talk about the next retreat! I signed the contract for the 2016 retreat center for twenty women, which is the minimum for the center. I was a little nervous, because I was committing to pay for the entirety of the retreat even if only a few came. But God has and continues to provide! I have believed God from day one. God spoke to me several years ago when I was building another initiative called “Fulfilling the Call” and said “Build it, and they will come.” I took this to mean, that if I partnered with God and did my human part, God would send the people and would grow the project spiritually. God would send the people. God would send the support. God would send the dreams and callings! I have started different projects and endeavors, and every time God’s favor and anointing has been present. When we offer our hands to the Potter, the creator of all of heaven and earth will make a beautiful creation beyond our imagination. What we start in our humanity will be mixed with the supernatural. So then our efforts are not from the flesh, but these efforts are of the Spirit.
As we get closer to the retreat, I ask the readers of this blog to pray with me for the ministry and work God is going to do. I believe an incredible move of the Holy Spirit is going to be a part of this weekend, and I want God to change our lives forever. We can work with our hands, and believe me I have a two page to do list for the retreat, but I believe the spiritual part of this retreat will come by prayer and fasting. The theme of the retreat is coming from Isaiah 61, where the prophet proclaims “The Year of the Lord’s Favor.” I join with the prophetic word I have heard already in our movement which has said God is doing a new work and bringing revival. It was recently reported we have 461 licensed women in the UPCI, the highest number in our history! Let God open the door, because when God opens a door no one can shut it! Join with us in prayer for God’s favor in the endeavors of women in ministry and leadership. Join with us in prayer for this retreat.
If you have not registered for this retreat yet, as of today we still have a few spots left. Once thirty women have paid for their registration, I will close registration online. We want the retreat to have a small community focus, where attendees can mingle with other female leaders, talk, have conversations, and spend time together. If you are unable to attend the retreat, but would like to donate to help with some of the retreat expenses please send an email to Crystal Schmalz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information on the retreat, visit our page http://crystalschmalz.com/womenofvisionleadershipspiritualretreat2016/
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