What is your story? This is a question I actually regularly ask about you. I so long to know who you are. What are you about? What are your hopes and dreams? Have you known pain? Do you know joy? What do you love, what do you hate?
Is that weird? I don’t think so. At least I hope not!
There is a common phrase that I think best describes my questions. It is the desire to know and be known. I want to know you, and I want you to know me. All of us long to belong. We have a God created innate need to be in community.
Well, I want to be the first to say welcome to this community of women. Women of Influence is simply that - a community. A place of belonging. It’s a home where you can be who you are - in fact - we want you for you. Not the role you fill, not the talents you have, not the successes or failures - just beautifully created you.
This is also a place of love. You will be encouraged here. When you are at the end of your rope, when you are about to lose hope - come here. You will hear from a diverse group of women skilled at giving life through pen on paper. Stories and experiences and wisdom will be shared from women in YOUR communities. In fact, if you so choose, you can even share your own story and experiences here.
This is a place of challenge. You will be empowered and equipped to lead and love well. Discipleship will happen, thus transformation taking place. We can’t accept anything less. Jesus has called us to grow, to transform. He has called us to live out of example. We can’t do it on our own. It’s through Christ in us that we bear the fruit of His name. And, yet, we also need each other. We need community to inspire us. Iron sharpens iron, and we will do just that.
Finally, this is a place of resource. We want to help you help others. We desire to see women living vulnerably in community - in their homes, workplace, schools, churches, and more. We want to give you resources and ideas of how you can create a faith community of women within your sphere of influence. The local church needs ministry to women, so whether that flows through the conduit of formal ministry groups or it is an organic path formed - we want to come alongside you.
This blog is the first of many ways Women of Influence wants to connect with you and hear your story. Will you join me in this effort? The blog will be led by a writer’s collective. A group of writers that are committed to this mission. You will get to know them in the near future, and we will add more info about them as we go. In addition, we will soon add a feature where you can have the opportunity to share your writings. So, keep an eye out for more info coming soon!
I hope you are as excited as I am. God’s hand is on this community of Southern New England women, and He has some incredible things in store.
With love and grace,
Women of Influence Director
Southern New England Ministry Network