Thawing out in Orlando

This time next week, Synergy2009 will be in full swing, and I can hardly wait! Women (and men) will be gathering in Orlando from 29 states so far, representing a variety of Christian ministries and theological seminaries.

I’ve just returned from the wintry Chicago area, where I thoroughly enjoyed (from indoors) the first snow storm I’ve witnessed in years. Outdoors, I felt the bitter cold of single-digit temperatures. Best of all, I spent the weekend with the women of Wheaton Bible Church—a group that really knows how to have a good time (consider that an understatement!), but where there is great hunger to dig deeper into God’s Word.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve also interacted with the women of Asbury Theological Seminary here in Orlando and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois—all fresh reminders of why I do what I do and why Synergy is so important.

Seminary training is vital. Landing a job in ministry is a significant accomplishment. The job search is often a major challenge and the point at which a lot of women hit a wall that eventually causes them to choose another line of work.

Synergy is building a support system for women training and searching for ministry jobs and women already in ministry positions. We focus on continuing education, networking with others who are in the same line of ministry, and tackling issues and problems that come up on different ministry fronts. Eventually, our goal (at least one of them) is to do more to help connect gifted women with fulltime ministry opportunities.

If you’re among those migrating south for this year’s Synergy conference, you can look forward to warmer temperatures and to refueling for the challenges and opportunities ahead. If you’re not coming, please keep us in your prayers, and start making plans to join us at Synergy2010.

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2 Responses to Thawing out in Orlando

  1. Charlotte says:

    I just want to let you know that i'm so grateful for your teaching… I'm currently reading The Gospel of Ruth. It is a gift to me–especially during this time as I wrestle with the issues surround “women in the church.” I am so glad to have found you & your ministry. I'm looking forward to reading more of your books, blog posts, etc.


  2. Kristen says:

    This is awesome. I wish I could’ve made it out to Synergy ’09, but I think that it is just great. That is something I’ve been slightly concerned about — the nagging worry that I’m going to go for all of this education, get my PhD., and then not find any way to use it. However, I must stop those worries by reminding myself that my Father has called me to do this; He will not leave me hanging after I’ve completed my formal education. And if it isn’t His will, I had better not do it anyway, right? 🙂Good stuff, Carolyn! I love your vision, and your encouragement is unbelievable!


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