Women’s Gathering: ATTENDEE Response
No one can share the impact the Women’s Leadership Gathering has had better than an attendee. Rachael Ward (Cornerstone Conference) is the Campus Events Coordinator for Emmanuel University. When she and her husband, Trés, are not traveling with Emmanuel Singers, they minister in churches across the denomination, and most recently, Rachael spoke at the Created East event which focuses on young women ages 8-18 years old.
During the Women’s Leadership Gathering, Rachael gave as much as she received by leading the group as “hype woman” and MC, and she was also affectionately named ‘Rhoda’ by Natalie [Runion].
Rachael shares her thoughts about the event below. Please read and be inspired by what the Holy Spirit is doing in the women of the IPHC!
What are your overall thoughts/takeaways from the event?
There is a surge of electric energy connecting the ladies in leadership throughout the IPHC. It spans across generations, and many of us are catching on and ready to see what God has for our future. It is evident that He is calling us to higher places, and we refuse to stand by and watch it happen. Women bring dynamic elements that are necessary for both a strong foundation and continual building of the Kingdom. For this reason, it is crucial that we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for 2024 and beyond.
What did you love most about the event?
The eagerness to gain a deeper understanding and excitement for the Word always encourages me, and it was obvious with this group of ladies! I found great joy in knowing that each person and community represented at the event would be positively affected long-term by the wisdom gained through Natalie Runion’s experiences. She is a down-to-earth, genuine jewel and, most importantly, a true carrier of His presence!
Of course, a secondary highlight for me was getting to know each unique gal in the room through our game night that was an explosion of fun. I love to see ladies operate in their giftings even through a silly game of Pictionary or “Name that Tune!” I’m talking, a knock-down, drag-out, competition between two teams trying to bring home the “W” for their church. Ha! So much talent, wit, and laughs were shared.
Why are events like this important for women within IPHC and in general?
In a world where the enemy wants to isolate and divide us, it is important to recognize that not one of us is alone in our struggles. Coming together with others and being able to not only reflect, but also empathize and encourage one another at these types of events is invaluable for all involved. Opportunities to serve each other and relate in new ways allow for fresh perspectives that lead to newfound strengths. We, as women, MUST stick together for our own mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health in order to continue pouring into our families, friends, communities, and churches. Whitney is doing a phenomenal job of creating a culture where women feel empowered to rise to the occasion, and I am so excited to be a part!
Whitney Davis is a wife, mom, encourager, and visionary. She is a South Carolina girl who now calls North Carolina home. She worked for 12 years as a Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby nurse before transitioning to full-time ministry to women. Whitney grew up in the IPHC and her husband, Brad, has been an IPHC minister for over 20 years. They have a blended family of five children- Carmen, Evelyn, Sullivan, Ellington, and Deacon.
Whitney has a passion for helping women on the journey of becoming more like Jesus. She desires for Women’s Ministries to be the arm of the church that is uniquely positioned to equip women for the work of discipleship.
Whitney loves having coffee with friends, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.