The theme was “Time to Focus on Vision.”  The event was the annual LIFT Director’s Retreat.  And the choreographer was God Himself.

Directors and leaders of women’s ministries from around Arizona gathered on Friday, March 11, to focus on developing a vision for their ministries.  It was a day set aside to encourage and equip directors and ministry leaders.  We expected to be blessed, and we were.  What took us by surprise was the way God made His presence and His control of the event known in such an unmistakable way.


From the earliest conversations and the pre-event prayer circle, we could see God’s hand at work as He choreographed the preparations and thoughts of the presenters to reinforce a unified message.  The theme:  God is in control; every vision must begin and end with Him; and nothing else matters except who He is, no matter what life brings our way.

With the stage set in this powerful way, Kristina Bailey did a great job of facilitating the day and teaching us how to receive, clarify and cast a vision for ministry.   As input was solicited from each woman present, it was enlightening to see and hear the recurring patterns of how God makes Himself and His intentions known to each one of us. 

The women’s ministry of North Phoenix Baptist Church treated us to a wonderful salad lunch.  The LIFT leadership team led us in games, get-acquainted activities, devotions and music.  It was fun to see the creativity as ladies sang, danced and performed impromptu songs and skits. 

At the end of the day we left inspired, encouraged, and challenged.  It was such a great day, I guess we’ll have to do it again next year!

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