We believe the kingdom of God flourishes when there is room for men and women to lead equally. Whether in marriage, ministry, or any relationship, the call and value of one is not diminished at the cost of the other. WOW! seminar series aims to sharpen and expand the understanding of God’s design for women in leadership through sound biblical teaching where God affirms the call to leadership and discipleship for every individual. Subscribe to our mailing list atwww.womenofwonder.us to stay up to date on joining the live seminars.
Ruth is one of only two women with a book in the Bible named after her and one of only four women who have the distinction of being named in Jesus’ genealogy. Author and speaker, Nancy Gavilanes helps us glean from Ruth's life, exploring the defining decisions she made throughout that shaped her character. Her decisions to receive and serve the God of Israel, work diligently, and remain teachable remind us that our decisions impact future generations. Even with an unknown future, what is the 'next right thing' God is calling you to at this time? Nancy has a heart for encouraging people as they walk by faith and live their God-given dreams. Find her books and more at AboundingFaith.com
Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand (Mark 6:33-44) is both miraculous and mysterious. It's not difficult for us to see the multitude of needs around us, but Pastor Cathy Bruce encourages us to go beyond the linear and limited solutions we often come to ourselves to meet these needs. Instead, we are invited to heed Jesus' words to 'Go look!' in verse 38. God can make what we think is 'nothing' into 'something'. This principle of tapping into His provision is not only life-changing but world-changing. What might be the simple and small offering we can bring to Jesus and trust Him to multiply today? Cathy is the lead pastor and planter of Hope NoMad Church in NYC. Connect with her at email@example.com
A contemporary of Jeremiah, Zephaniah and Habakkuk, Huldah was a prophetess, scribe, teacher, intellectual, and wife powerfully used by God to change a nation. What is it that sets Huldah apart from her well-known contemporaries? Huldah's integrity was the bridge that took her from prophesying at the city gate to prophesying to the king! Rev. Annette Cutino highlights some modern day images of fearless women, but reminds us that God has called us to lead and speak into the leadership of leaders all throughout Scripture. Huldah’s life affirms we are called and able to speak truth to power in such a way that leads to repentance and lasting change in the spheres of influence He has placed us. Where are you intentionally confronting the truth? What is the personal cost to you? Annette loves preaching and teaching the Bible and facilitating workshops. She has served on the WOW! Board and is currently the Director of Advance at Lead NYC, the NYC arm of Movement.org and is Associate Pastor at Harvest Fields Community Church. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiphrah and Puah are the first two women named in the very beginning of Exodus, yet their significant role as deliverers in this Book of Deliverance is often overlooked. It was their act of resistance parallel with their commitment to bring forth life even amidst pain, slavery and hardship that paved the way for future deliverance. Pastor Drea Hairston expounds how the personal clarity in which they understood their roles as midwives in relation to the power structure of their day and the ensuing wisdom of their ways ensured that truth would not be veiled with deception and confusion. This would set the stage for many more necessary acts of resistance before the Israelites were delivered out of oppression. How are you called to 'fear God' and work toward justice in the very role and proximity to power you have in this season? Drea is a mother of four young children and co-pastor of Church! of Park Slope alongside her husband. You can contact Drea at email@example.com
The parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:31-33) are two of the shortest Jesus tells in Scripture. Rev. Ajung Sojwal explores how these two illustrations are used by Jesus to depict the kingdom of heaven, inviting us to pay attention to the visionary work that can actually transform ourselves and our communities. How do these two parables invite us to engage spiritually and lead differently in our current climate of pandemic and racial injustice? Rev. Ajung is passionate about discovering and proclaiming God's kingdom on Earth, especially in seeking to understand what radical hospitality means for the Church today. She is Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Hempstead, NY and a former WOW! board member.
The story of the woman with the issue of blood is often told to inspire perseverance and hope for healing. Pastor Helen Cummings-Henry challenged us to contend with fear by creatively exercising our faith in her preaching about the Woman with the Issue of Blood (Mark 5:25-34). She highlighted the creative approach coupled with great faith this unnamed woman demonstrated in order to experience healing from Christ. Where do you sense God inviting you to creatively respond for your needs and healing? Pastor Helen has a passion for helping and empowering hurting people. She is the author of two books and co-founder of A&H Ministries. You can connect with Helen through her website www.helench.org
Queen Esther is known for her beauty and courage, but what leadership qualities allowed her to be used by God 'for such a time as this'? Minister Favour Ikome highlights how honor and obedience were the driving force behind her ability to earn the favor of the king. As we revisit the story of Esther's life, what area of our own life might God be calling us to trust and obey in? Favour's passion is to motivate and inspire people to know their identity, fulfill their life's purpose, and make a legacy-worthy impact on the world. She is the founder of Raising a Generation of Esthers Foundation and can be contacted in her various giftings and ministries at www.favourikome.com
The difference in faith exhibited by Deborah as a judge, prophet and commander-in-chief compared to Barak's as a general of Israel's armies can cause tension between men and women in leadership. Listen as Rev. Dr. Grace May unpacks how God orchestrates the collaboration of Deborah, Barak and Jael to show God as Deliverer. How does this affect your understanding of leadership? Where would you like to see more collaborative leadership between men and women in today's society? Grace delights in showing how God has raised up women in the Bible to lead. She is the former Executive Director and one of the founders of WOW! Currently, she is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at William Carey International University (WCIU) and is launching an area of focus Global Women’s Empowerment and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tamar is one of three women named in the genealogy of Jesus. Her role is often downplayed or even scandalized, yet the Bible records Judah saying, 'She is more righteous than I...' (Genesis 38:26). Pastor Jeff Truong challenges us to re-examine Tamar's actions through the lens of grace and humility; actions that created room for God's transformation of Judah and shifted the trajectory of his family for generations. Where might God be prompting you to give more grace in your life? Pastor Jeff is a WOW! board member and the director of connect groups at Every Nation NYC; his heart is about building intentional relationships and investing in other people's stories of God. You can connect with him at email@example.com
Priscilla & Aquila ministered alongside Paul in different cities, helping plant churches and make disciples: most notably, Apollos. WOW! board chair, Krystin Bruan, shows us how, together, they adapted to new environments and situations wherever the Holy Spirit led them. Drawn by the kingdom vision of unity and collaboration, they were able to spread the gospel powerfully, shaping first century Church growth. Have you ever considered how Priscilla and Aquila's partnership redeems the fractured relationship of Adam and Eve? Their marriage exemplifies how men and women can be equal partners in engaging with God's promise and mission. Krystin desires to see people thrive and experience the freedom of their God-given gifts. Along with her leadership at WOW!, she is currently doing this through her role at Generosity NY and her work with students at NYU. Connect with Krystin on Instagram @krystinbruan