FIERCE – a gathering for women who lead within the church

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Ginghamsburg Church

6759 South Co Road 25A

Tipp City, OH 45371

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Being a woman in the workplace can be tough. Being a professional in a traditionally male-dominated industry is tougher. Add the complexity of being a woman clergy or woman professional leading ministry as her career and call? You may have just named the biggest leadership challenge of all.

FIERCE, a gathering for women who work professionally and lead spiritually within the church, will combine safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that" with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in the "industry" that's responsible for eternal kingdom of God impact.

NEW DATES: Thursday & Friday, February 7/8, 2019 (check-in Day 1 begins 8:30am; wrap at 12:30pm on Day 2)

HOST SITE: Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio

1.0 CEU available via United Theological Seminary / $20 fee


Jo Saxton, nationally known author, speaker, leadership coach, church planter and visionary, who empowers women, challenges societal stereotypes and helps people discover who they truly are, by seeing themselves the way God sees them.

Rachel Billups, author, preacher, online pray-er and Ginghamsburg Church Campus Pastor/Executive Pastor of Next Gen Ministry

Alethea Botts, preacher, teacher, passionate Jesus follower and Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Rolling Plains, a United Methodist congregation

Amy Aspey, preacher, Princeton Theological grad, former West Ohio United Methodist Conference Director of Clergy Professional Development and current lead pastor at Short North Church

Kim Miller, visual & theological artist, space and worship designer, message coach, author and blogger

...and other experienced women preachers and ministry practitioners who lead within the church.


Over the two days, our conversations will touch on a wide array of topics, including:

-Confirming our God call to fierce leadership
-Embracing our strengths and identity as women leaders
-Building our support system and network
-Strategic partnering from both the first and second chair
-Managing expectations as either a married or single woman leader within the church
-Communicating like a boss
-Circumventing creeps, clutches, clothing-comments and other unwelcome advances
-Investing in critical self-care and life integration



8:30-9 check in

9-10 opening worship & talk/keynote – Rachel Billups

10-11 two testimonies and group debrief #1

Strategic Partnering

-as a woman lead pastor – April Blaine

-as a second chair leader – Kim Miller

11-11:30 Break/Network

11-30 – 12:30 two testimonies and group debrief #2

Managing Expectations

-from the single leader perspective – Sara Thomas

-from the married leader perspective – Cathy Johns

12:30-1:30 lunch/network

1:30-1:40 little worship/video

1:40-2:40 two testimonies and group debrief #3

Communicating Like a Boss

-story 1 – Rachel Kuhn

-story 2 – Bridget Witherspoon

2:40-3 break

3 to 4 two testimonies and group debrief #4

Self-care / Life Balance

-story 1 – Kim Armentrout

-story 2 – Jenn Lucas

4-4:45 day-ending keynote & send-out – Alethea Botts

5:30pm Happy Hour uptown (optional) at the Hotel Gallery


7:30-8:30 Gentle YoWo (optional: gentle yoga in chairs & worship) – Amy Aspey

9-10 Welcome back worship & Keynote – Jo Saxton

10-11 two testimonies and group debrief #5

Circumventing creeps, clutches, clothing comments & other unwelcome advances

-story 1 – Karen Cook

-story 2 – Kate Smith

11-11:15 break

11:15-12pm – final keynote - Amy Aspey

12-12:30pm prayer, commissioning, communion, send out – Wendy Lybarger & Rachel Billups


Your $125 registration includes all content & materials, snacks, continental breakfast both mornings, Thursday lunch, hor d'oeuvres at our optional "women's night out" on Thursday evening and an optional early Friday morning YoWo session (yoga + worship) with Pastor and Yogi Amy Aspey.

Evening meals, travel and accommodation costs not included.


ksmith@ginghamsburg.org / 937.667.1069 ext. 285

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6759 South Co Road 25A

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