HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Depending on when you read this, Northside’s Women Walking with God Conference will be in process (Friday & Saturday) or already completed.  If you are aware of what a HUGE event it is, a natural question might be, “How did all that happen?”  In short, it took a LOT of work by a LOT of dedicated people.  A big number of Northside’s women (and quite a few men) labor almost year-round to provide the spiritual feast enjoyed by hundreds of women from multiple states.  I’ve often wondered exactly how many Northsiders are involved some way in making it happen – but an accurate count is surely impossible.  Just an estimate, however, is impressive.

First, there are the four ladies who serve a two-year term on the Management Team for wwwG.  (Brenda Carver, Cammie Nelson, Donna Harrold, and Shirley Ford this year.)  The Conference has become so reliant on “tech,” so complex, and so far-reaching that this year two new positions were created to free up the Management Team to focus on speakers, venue, and all the other details of Conference.  Sarah Holt served as the advisor for Tech, Accounting, and all other things that need a long-term knowledge.  Amy Dopps took on the role of advisor for all things marketing since wwwG is now reaching an international audience of remote host congregations.  [If you’re counting, that’s 6 so far.]  At the last Team Leader meeting I counted 22 in attendance.  Each Team Leader reported on who they had helping them accomplish their assigned responsibilities.  Each Team Leader listed 5 – 10 other volunteers under their direction.  [That’s another 75 at least investing their time and talent.]  To set up, operate, and tear down Conference the “Men in Black” spring into action for three days of constant work to make it all happen.  [Our tally is easily into triple digits.]  The total would at least double if we tried to count all the husbands, fathers, and kids who willingly “pick up the slack” while Mom is handling her wwwG responsibilities.   

Our estimate is impressive, but consider what is more important than the big number.  The Northside congregation is blessed with an unbelievably deep pool of talent.  But it is even more rare for one congregation to have that many willing workers.  Most rare of all is to have that many talented, willing workers who all function as one, for one common goal.  That requires “denying self,” “submitting to one another,” “counting others better than yourselves,” and a host of other spiritual, godly traits.  While a whole lot of folks make it happen, only the Spirit empowers them to truly make it happen.  God has truly blessed Northside to be able to bless so many others with the Women Walking with God Conference.