Over the past year I (Amber) have taken on the role of European Conference Coordinator for Next Level International’s WD (Women’s Development) department. The goal of WD is obvious, to develop women in leadership across Europe. This is done through three phases of the EMERGE conference where women are encouraged and challenged to be exactly who God made them to be and fulfill the calling that God has placed on their lives.
I had the privilege of working alongside Marta Tóthová (a member of our lead pastoral team here in Nitra) while planning this conference. We chose the hotel, picked the food, handled all the registrations and finances, had pages of teaching material translated, and even more pages printed. We hosted the Short Term Missions team from the U.S.A. together and we also both had the opportunity to teach a workshop. Working alongside Marta has been one of the many highlights of our time here in Slovakia. She’s an incredible woman and a great friend.
As mentioned, I taught a workshop at the EMERGE conference. Anna Armitage and I lead the workshop on the “Fundamentals of Influence” together. It was a great chance for both of us to further hone our teaching skills and a fun opportunity to collaborate. The workshop went well, garnered positive feedback, and I’m finding that I’m gaining confidence in my teaching ability with every opportunity I have.
I did find it quite challenging to plan the conference and write a workshop simultaneously. It turns out that two very different parts of my brain are used for these two purposes and I found it hard to engage them both at the same time!
I count it a privilege to be involved in the EMERGE conferences. It’s so amazing to see women come together for the purpose of seeking God, His plans, healing, and relationship. To be a small part of what God is doing in the lives of women in Europe is an honour.
There are 5 EMERGE conferences planned for 2010. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through the women that gather.