Bold and Brave
Throwing off the shackles of fear to live in freedom
Purpose: To help women break free from fear to live in freedom and embrace gloriously, divinely orchestrated risks for Christ.
Throughout Scripture, God issues the command: Do not fear. In Christ, we’ve been given everything we need to live with boldness and bravery, and to leave an eternal impact. We can move from fear to faith and from lives characterized by isolation and hiding to those that set the world on fire for Christ.
This event focuses on:
Free from Fear—Taking Steps Toward Freedom
When we lean on Christ, trust in His promises and love, and allow His truth to permeate our being, our fears grow smaller and our courage stronger.
Speaker Jennifer Slattery is accustomed to fear. She knows the feelings of defeat that come from giving in to and feeding one’s fear, but she’s also experienced the victory that comes through surrender. After a debilitating bout with chronic illness, her thoughts narrowed to one focus—what was or wasn’t making her sick. One meal and hand-washing at a time, germaphobia developed and for a while, paralyzed her. But believing Christ calls His children to freedom, she determined to discover and live in victory.
Discussing her struggles along with what scientists have discovered regarding neuroplasticity and how this affects our thought patterns and emotions, Jennifer provides women with the tools that can help them break free from fear.
Free to Trust—Overcoming Our Fear of Rejection by Relying on the One Whose Opinion Matters Most
If God hadn’t intervened, author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery would’ve spent her life hidden in her office behind her nice, safe computer. A recovering people-pleaser, she allowed the sting of a past rejection to hold her in bondage and keep her in isolation. This overriding fear of rejection coupled with a shameful past caused her to fight against God and nearly kept her from living out her calling. It took God forcing her through a series of very uncomfortable experiences for her to learn to rest in her God-given identity. This and this alone freed her from her pervasive fear of rejection and enabled her to live in the freedom God has granted.
In this thirty-minute presentation, Jennifer shares transparently from her own life and struggles and takes an in-depth look at two women from Scripture, Leah the wife of Jacob and Mary the mother of Jesus, who experienced rejection and how this influenced their actions and reactions. In this poignant presentation, Jennifer inspires and equips women to relinquish the control they’ve allowed others to have over their emotions, actions, and reactions so that they can live bold and brave.
Free to Thrive—Grabbing hold of the abundant life by saying yes to God
If we want to follow after Christ and embrace the abundant, full and fulfilling life He promised, we’ll need to learn to embrace risk. This faith-journey God has called us on is fueled by choosing to trust, even when the road ahead is shrouded in fog or it feels like God’s led us on a never-ending round-about. The bold and brave Christian life is marked by surrender and deep reliance on the One who calls us to keep walking as we press into God and deepen our trust in Him.
Trust is often grown most in times of chaos, when, after a terrifying free-fall, we find we’ve landed securely in God’s hand. In this honest discussion on what it means to overcome fear in order to embrace risk, Christa shares personal times of fear and faith and how God saw her through. Her talk is a compelling reminder that growth–in ministry, faith, and our relationships, stands on the other side of risk if we’d but boldly step out in faith.
In each 30-45 minute discussion sessions, women are divided into small groups of eight or less to discuss each of the keynotes, what they felt God was saying to them through it, and ways in which they can overcome their fears, rest deeper in their Christ-given identity and learn to embrace risks. The discussions are designed to help women process and apply the truths presented while building a Christ-centered community.