IF:Gathering is a national women's ministry that puts on a conference in Austin, TX that is simulcast to gatherings around the world in local churches / living rooms / auditoriums. Their aim is to not have a "come to us" conference model but rather equip women within their local setting to live out what God has called them to. These local gatherings are called "IF:Local" events. IF's mission is to gather, equip, and unleash women to pursue Jesus and live out their God-given purposes. They also value and promote unity amongst the body of Christ and wrestling out big questions like "If God is real, then what?". You can read more about IF at www.ifgathering.com and the leadership/heart of IF at www.ifgathering.com/who-we-are. IF's statement of faith is based on the Nicene Creed. IF also provides other equipping tools for women, including daily Bible study, during the year beyond the conference.
This will be the 5th year for IF:Gathering and our 4th large inter-church gathering in Carroll County! Along with the vision of IF, our aim is to promote unity among the body of Christ and connect Carroll County women in Christ regardless of their age, background, denomination, etc.
Hear more about IF:Gathering from founder Jennie Allen here.
For more info and to RSVP on Facebook, check out IF:Westminster Women's Conference on Facebook!
Hear more about IF:Gathering from founder Jennie Allen here. You can expect a welcoming, friendly environment where you can connect with women from across Carroll County; a fresh, deep, honest space to wrestle with big questions of life and faith; and a Christ-centered conference experience that includes:
-- WORSHIP. Amazing corporate worship streamed from Austin (previous worships leaders have included Passion band, Christy Knockels, Melissa Greene, Melinda Doolittle & others)
-- SESSIONS WITH CHALLENGING CHRIST-CENTERED TEACHING. You can expect multiple speakers, interview panels/poetry/testimonies & more, all centered around spurring women on toward Christ. The national IF planning team intentially does not release the exact line-up of speakers so as to put the focus on Christ, not the people/speakers involved, but there will be more info & bios on the speakers in the mobile event guide. Previous speakers have included Jennie Allen, Anne Voskamp, Christine Caine, Shelley Giglio, Jo Saxton, Angie Smith, Eugene Cho, Lysa TerKeurst, and others.
-- SMALL GROUPS. Each session has time for us to ask questions and process what we're learning with women at our event via small group discussion.
-- FUN! Let's face it, when women get together, we have fun. There will be one meal time (Saturday lunch provided, Chick-fil-A) where we will get to relax, process, and fellowship together.
The time frame is Friday (Feb 9th) from 6:00-10:30pm and Saturday (Feb 10th) from 9:15am-7pm. On Friday, arrival and check-in will be from 6:00-6:45pm, and Session 1 will run from 6:45-10:30pm. On Saturday, doors open at 9:15am and Session 2 will be 9:45am-1:30pm. Lunch is from 1:30-2:45pm (provided - Chick-fil-A will be served) and Session 3 will be from 2:45-7pm.
Please arrive at Crossroads around 6:00pm on Friday to allow for check-in and settling time before the session begins at 6:45pm, and plan on arriving by 9:15am on Saturday morning to be ready for the session beginning at 9:45am.
After you register, we will be in touch with more info as the event gets closer via email and Facebook.
Because of the vision for unity in the body of Christ and breaking down the "walls" of the church, multiple Carroll County churches are involved in the planning and promotion of IF:Westminster! Some of those local churches include Grace Fellowship Chapel, Crossroads, LifePoint, Church 3.0, New Hope Fellowship, and more. We are so excited to come together as ONE in Christ for this special weekend (and beyond!).
The registration fee is $21. Of that, $20 goes to cover costs of the event locally. This portion of the registration fee covers costs Saturday lunch, snacks, building maintenance and clean-up, printing, tech fees, and other miscellaneous event costs. The additional $1 is a required $1 (minimum) donation when you register that goes to IF:Gathering [a 501(c)(3) non-profit], as they depend on donations to cover the cost of this huge simulcast. This field will default to $25 as you go through the registration page, but you can change it to $1.
The funds are being directed through Grace Fellowship Chapel's account to provide accountability, transparency and record-keeping for our local leadership team, but the money is not going to GFC. This year we are using IF:Gathering's national registration system, and their system includes a base donation to IF:Gathering of $1.
This year, all payments need to be made online via the registration system. If you or someone you know does not have internet access and needs to pay, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! In following IF's lead, we offer scholarships for IF:Westminster (donated by local churches). Please do not let finances get in the way of attending IF:Westminster! We are trusting that God will provide for the costs of this event, so please feel the freedom to prayerfully pay as you are able.
To find out more info about scholarships, please email us at email@example.com.
Go to www.ifwestminster.com to register for our local event. All registration must be completed in ADVANCE of the event this year. If someone you know is lacking internet access and would like to register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ***Please register no later than February 4th.***
Yes! You are welcome to join us as your schedule allows.
Unfortunately, at this time, there are no plans to offer childcare for IF:Westminster. However, don't let that deter you! Feel free to message other women who are going via our event on Facebook and see if anyone would be willing to go in on childcare or a babysitter together!
IF:Gathering's statement of faith is based on the Nicene Creed. Go to www.ifgathering.com/who-we-are to read more about IF, their heart, their leadership, and a statement of faith and values.
To quote one of the Carroll County women who attended IF:Gathering, "Last year was incredible and life-changing for us that attended. I can not wait to see what God will do this year!"
There are a few video snippets of previous years' gatherings online. You can view them at the links below:
Jennie Allen 2014
Kristen Armstrong 2014
Christine Caine 2014
Esther Generation poem 2014
You can contact Jess Ridgely by email at email@example.com or phone at 443-690-8702.