Church will hold AND women's conference
Northside Community Church will host an upcoming conference designed to teach women what their "And" is.
Set for Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the AND Women's Conference will be held at Northside Community Church.
Heather Newton, church children's ministry director, said Northside has staged a fall Connect Conference for women the past two years and the AND conference is similar.
"The idea of the conference is that you're not defined by one singular label or box that maybe you've been put in," she said. "Maybe it's in the working world in your career – you're only good at one type of thing – or maybe it's something more personal and emotional. For instance, my friend, she loves working for someone but she also has a very entrepreneurial mindset and she's realized she doesn't need to conform to either/or, but she can be both.
"For myself, it's more of an emotional journey. Being a sensitive person and being told that I need to grow a thick skin, but I realize I can be sensitive and I can be strong at the same time."
The conference will feature a panel of women, including Newton, that range in age from 25 to 32.
"We're going to talk about our experiences and have some Q & A time," she said. "We do have a couple of older ladies who are going to share about their 'ands.' There will be discussion time. We're not sure how those are going to break out yet, but there will be time for roundtable discussions. We want to help women realize they're more than just the one thing that might have been labeling them."
The hope, Newton continued, is to draw 60 to 80 women to the conference; last year's Connect Conference drew 50 women. She added that conference organizers have looked to the church men's group retreats of the past, which last year drew 78 participants.
"We're kind of taking a note from their book," Newton said.