LIFT’S MISSION:  Equipping and Encouraging Leaders in Women’s Ministry

LIFT’s theme for 2018

Disciplines At The Heart Of Leadership   “In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22

As we seek to be leaders in Christ’s image, we must ask ourselves,  what are some of the steps we can take to grow up into the footprints He left behind?  This year we will explore some areas that will stretch us towards becoming the leaders God is crafting us to to be.  Journey with us as we travel together on a path that is sure to refine and stretch our leadership skills. 2018 is set to be and exciting and informative year. Schedule these events into your calendar and give yourself the gift of a day with LIFT.

View Our 2018 Schedule Here


Our next event September 21, 2018 9am – 3pm

Location: Paradise Valley Church 14034 N 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032

” The Truth In Love – Reconcile & Restore”


What a summer it’s been! We miss you during these breaks, I really value the rich time we spend, throughout the year, learning together! Welcome back for what should be a very informative fall! The summer has been a truly productive season. We are excited to be back with you in the fall, and to share with you all that God has laid on our hearts for 2019. It may feel a bit soon to be to be talking about next year, but I am looking forward to bringing you all in the loop!

I don’t know about you, but I am someone who tries to avoid conflict at all costs. Sometimes that cost can be the opportunity to help someone grow up spiritually. I am actually not okay with that. Does this ever happen to you? I am afraid that I may be too relationship oriented and this makes me unwilling to risk the loss of a friend, rather than share some needed corrective truths.

 In our humanity, we don’t take correction all that well. The truth is that constructive correction is rarely something we go looking for. I find having those conversations go much better when I have relational equity with someone and the other person feels very safe inside our interactions together. Unfortunately, the reality is that not every situation fits that narrative. We should look to Christ’s example. He was never afraid to say what needed to be said for the person’s own spiritual health and understanding. In the short term, Jesus’ relationships were greatly impacted, but He was in “it” for the long haul and they ultimately remained faithful.

We are so fortunate to have Dr. Roger Ball come and speak in September, to help us negotiate some of the relational landmines that occur through conflict and corrective actions. He will instruct us on how to navigate these situations in a biblical manner, as well as set realistic expectations for the exchange. Roger is the lead pastor at First Baptist Tempe, and teaches leadership and conflict resolution courses at Phoenix Seminary. We are grateful for his experience and expertise in this area.

Leaders, this seminar will be worth your time, please make sure you are part of the community that day. You won’t want to miss this valuable message on what can be a difficult, but necessary skill to execute. Please mark your calendars and register below to join us for this exciting day! Bless you and “SEE YOU- IN SEPTEMBER!”

In Love and Stewardship, 

Kelly Bettendorf

Director of LIFT

Register Here

Meet Our Speaker

Since 1990, Dr. Roger Ball has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Tempe.  In the last few decades several men and women have been launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training.  He was also one of the founding pastors of Phoenix Seminary and served for a time as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Ball is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences and is passionate about preaching the Bible and modeling integrity, grace, and mercy. His specialties include: conflict management, turn-around churches, church planting, world missions, and advanced teaching techniques.

Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.


 Become a 2018 Member Today!

All LIFT events for 2018 are on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Each one includes speakers, breakout sessions, networking, and much more, plus lunch. Events are free for members (membership is just $40 for the whole year), and $20 per event for non-members.  Lock in your savings and show your support for LIFT–get your 2018 membership here.


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