No matter who you are or where you are in life, as women, young and old, we all have the same need.
We all have a desperate need to know and be with Jesus; to rest in His love, to be satisfied in Him, to be healed by Him, to be wooed by Him. However, if you’re like me, it’s easy to try and fill the desperate need of our hearts with a bunch of busyness, relationships, entertainment, hobbies, or even yes, church activity, only to find ourselves wanting and feeling more exhausted.
Jesus said in Mark 6:31-33 to His disciples “Come away with me and rest awhile…” And sometimes, like the disciples, we fail to remember the true answer to our need until we hear Jesus say, “Come away….”
The Converge Women’s Retreat is designed to give you an opportunity to do just that. Our speaker this year, Gwen Adams (see bio below), after 23 years in women’s ministry and now leading Alaska’s Priceless ministry, has a deep understanding of the importance and blessing of those words from Jesus to, “Come away.” She will be sharing with us from Scripture about the absurd love of God while helping us learn to live loved from that place of rest. She will help us see how this plays out in our community, with each other, and as we live out Christ’s mission in this world.
Invite some friends and come away and rest for a while! You will be blessed!
Women’s Retreat Coordinator
Price includes: one night at Lied Lodge, dessert bar on Friday night, lunch on Saturday afternoon, and snacks during the conference.
- $150 each – 4 women per room
- $160 each – 3 women per room
- $180 each – 2 women per room
- $225 each – individual room
- $105 each – no hotel room (Friday and Saturday only options are also available. See the registration form for all options.)
Friday, March 22: Check-in and registration from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Friday, March 22: Retreat begins with dessert at 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 23: Retreat ends at 4:00 pm
SPEAKER: Gwen Adams
Gwen Adams has been married to Mark for 31 years. They have four grown children, all married, and five grandchildren. Gwen has spent 23 years in women’s ministry and as a women’s discipleship director. For fifteen years she and her husband served in ministry together at ChangePoint church in Anchorage, Alaska, where Gwen started a multi-church women’s ministry called RefresHer. With 900 women in regular attendance Gwen and her leadership team believed the group was big enough to make a significant dent for the better in the community. At that time, Gwen was asked by then Governor Sean Parnell, to take part in the Task Force for Crimes of Human Trafficking in Alaska. She travelled around the state with the attorney general and a team of 8 to explore the reality of this crime on the governor’s behalf.
Her nine months on the team were difficult and dark. She knew that God was calling her to lead the faith-based community to fully engage in taking on this growing issue. Gwen started a non-profit called Priceless which is an organization that trains up the faith community to mentor survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to the mentoring program, Priceless has grown and now has a legislative team, cyber-sex crimes team, street outreach
team and prison team.
With 80% of sex trafficking survivors having spent time in a broken foster care system, Gwen, with her team, has now launched a new initiative with aged out foster kids called Chosen.
Gwen regularly speaks and challenges the church communities to engage in the margins. As the faith community owns the justice issues and works in collaboration with law enforcement, government and networks with other agencies, the church has a chance to leave an indelible mark in the community and become a force for change that the no one else can. It is in that context that she, the church, earns the right to boldly share the gospel.