Women Who Minister

Yesterday I attended the #SheLeads Conference held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena (or PazNaz). Two of my Theology teachers were attending who have had a tremendous influence on me so I decided to go.

One professor is Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue. She is in her mid-30s and reads Greek as a first language. She received her PhD from Princeton and I have to say she is nothing short of kind, welcoming and the most non-judgmental person I have ever met. I remember my first day of class as a Master of Ministry student scared to death to be a woman learning with men (some of them pastors). My fundamental church background taught me well about a woman’s place and this step of attending school challenged me greatly. On the first day of class, I was shocked when female Professor Lyons-Pardue walks into the classroom with her belly beautifully 8 months pregnant. Not only was her belly adorable but her confidence and intelligence seemed to lift me right above my fears of advanced learning with religious men. I still remember many of her sentences and she still remembers me crying in class as I described a horrific, painful experience from a pastor in North San Diego County.

In time, I then met Dr. Rebecca Laird. She was the first woman I had met who was an ordained minister in addition to a Theology Professor. Rebecca changed my life by her counsel, her confidence and her experience. She looked at me and said something to the effect of, “The church world is like a big ocean. You need to learn where you fit in the ocean. You are a woman evangelist and you’re presently trying to swim in cement.”

Through the years of learning at Point Loma Nazarene University and now at Nazarene Theological Seminary, I have lost the chip on my shoulder. I don’t need to defend the gifts and callings God has given me. The education has allowed me and my female peers to grow and thrive without apologizing.

Well, I say all that to talk about yesterday’s #SheLeads Conference. It was the first time I sat in a room with female senior pastors, a female president of a Theology School and so many young female college students pursuing a career in ministry. Amazing! Could it be that we are entering a time of androgyny—a world without gender limits? Could it be that the Pentecost Anointing to both men and women is now being released? Could it be that God who pours out His Spirit on both young men and women is now opening up the flood gates to bring women into true leadership and ministerial roles? I kept thinking of Acts 10 with Cornelius’ family being anointed in the Holy Spirit by Peter. It took time for the Jewish-Christians to accept Gentiles becoming Christians but in God’s timing and in His way, the Church embraced the goodness of God to extend salvation to all.

As a woman who ministers  (Daily Disciples) and as a woman chaplain ministering, I can say there are a few things about women ministers that we all have in common:

  1. We have no doubt that we are called by God and we have a firm conviction to be faithful to Him.
  2. Our first desire is to please God, despite the words and opinions of others.
  3. We do not want to be men. God made us as women and we are happily female.
  4. We are being obedient to God, not rebellious to the church culture.
  5. If we have children, we love and care deeply for them. God did not have us choose between our children and His will. It was His will for us to have children within His calling. As a result, God works with us and through us to mother our children.
  6. Pastors are shepherds. There are both male and female shepherds in the Bible. The body of Christ is not complete without having both male and female pastors.
  7. We needed to learn how to wrestle the demons back to hell while living in the wilderness to fulfill our calling with grace and peace. We know that Christianity is the only religion that places women upon an equal platform with men, as initiated by Jesus Christ.

Yesterday’s #SheLeads Conference is summed up best by a testimony I read in Phoebe Palmer’s book, “Promise of the Father” written in 1859:

“Soon after this another preacher came to…desire I would give over speaking and praying in public, to which I replied, ‘I will, if you will answer for me at the day of judgment for the one talent God hath given me;’ but he went away saying, ‘That I cannot do.” And she responded, “I counted the cost, but concluded to obey God rather than man. I valued the having my name among God’s people, but I thought more highly of its being enrolled in the book of life.”

For women who minister and women ministers, we stand before God alone someday and we will give an account for the gifts and calling He placed upon us on this earth. Isn’t it time to stop asking God why He called you and to start asking God how to fulfill His call for you? Let’s step out together and turn the world upside down for Jesus Christ. Let’s continue to bear fruit for His glory. Let’s continue to pray that someday we may hear from Him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

And pray for me…Bobbye has asked me frequently to teach women how to teach the Bible and how to be leaders and speakers. I believe it’s time to start organizing a conference to embolden and encourage my sisters to be about our Father’s business! If interested, let me know.img_0958

–TL Adamson

 

 

…the God of Hope…

Because the Power of Hope Women’s Conference is approaching, I have been praying a lot about Hope. What is our definition of hope? What is God’s definition of hope? Hope is not a fruit or a gift of the Spirit. So how do we have it, keep it, get it? Can we “hope” that our prayer will be answered? Does our hope waver when we discover God did not answer our prayer?

President Obama ran his campaign using the word “hope,” which makes hope seem subjective as we can make it be whatever we want. But the Apostle Paul obviously believed hope was objective as he states that there are three components for life and godliness, “Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love.” Love is tangible to those who love; faith is definitive by acknowledging God through prayer, but hope is more evasive even though it makes the top three.

John the Baptist had hope in Jesus the Messiah who baptized with fire, which was greater than his water baptisms. However, when John the Baptist found himself in jail for speaking the truth, his hope of who he wanted Jesus to be and what he wanted Jesus to do for him wavered. He suddenly lost his hope because the circumstances did not pan out as he had hoped.

And what about us? What is our definition of hope? Do we maintain hope when all seems hopeless? Hope in what? Hope for what?

It is time to define “hope.” It is time to embrace hope as an attribute every person needs to breathe. It is time to be hopeful…not in something but in Someone. We have a future and a hope because Jesus Christ moves mountains in our lives even if He helps us to shovel the mountain away one pile of dirt at a time. Our hope is not in the changing of circumstances but in the unchanging, ever-loving God of all creation who can change us.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Hope is an attribute of God. The more we seek God, the more we find Hope. If we stop believing in a loving God because of our circumstances, then we will become hopeless. Job became hopeless for a season but seasons change. It is best to Hope in God and seek the God of Hope who will fill you with joy and peace.

The Power of Hope Women’s Conference is being held in San Diego California on Saturday, January 30 from 9-4. Tickets are only $25, including lunch. Do you need hope? Do you know of someone who needs to hear about the message of hope? We not only hope so, we know it! For more information, go to www.dailydisciples.org

Nearby hotel reservations are available at a discounted rate. We HOPE to see you there!PowerofHopeLogo

Joy

photoYesterday, I had the privilege to hear Meadowlark Lemon from the Harlem Globetrotters speak at a Thrivent Financial Seminar.  As a kid through my adult years, I remember watching him do all those fancy basketball moves and amazing hoop shots. He was entertaining, talented and very inspiring!  Today he is not as agile or as tall as I had pictured him, but Meadowlark still has a radiant smile and a contagious joy. He is a humble and kind man.

He opened his message by quoting Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” He then opened his Bible and said that he is an ordained minister today. Wow!

His main point became evident.  This legendary basketball player was very humble, thankful and still amazed by the opportunities he enjoyed throughout the years. It always surprised him that others took notice of him and thought he was special. Meadowlark shared two stories of how he overcame the pressure to find peace in extremely stressful tryouts when first starting his basketball career. He said that it had to do with the encouraging words of others who spoke to him by name. I immediately thought of the Lord saying that He knows our name and calls us by name (John 10:3) as He is our Good Shepherd. Am I listening to the Lord and trusting His lead? Does His voice calm my fears? Do I hear Him call my name louder than I feel the stress of the situation? Does peace reign over panic and trust reign over turmoil because He promises to love me, lead me and protect me? Is the gospel so real in the depths of my heart that I am not ashamed of it and can I say that I am not ashamed of the work of God in my life–even through the traumas and dramas day to day? I could really sense the Lord’s presence as Meadowlark spoke. God clearly had a message for me. I prayed, “Lord, are you telling me that I need to be joyful in all circumstances? Are you telling me that I am not finding peace through Your presence? Let me know and change me.”

He then gave credit to Jesus’ words in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” It was clear that his life experiences did not make him humble and joyful; instead, it was his relationship with Christ that made him joyful to appreciate his life experiences.

Meadowlark Lemon closed by saying, “I give away a basketball at every speaking event and today I am choosing this woman in the front row who has been smiling at me.” It was me! To my amazement, he threw the basketball to me and then said, “You catch like a girl.” I did not think that was so bad since I am a girl. But I thought it was great that on the basketball, it has his signature with his number 36 and “Hall of Fame 2003.” Later, he wrote my name above his name. Wow, he chose me and by it, the Lord confirmed to me that I too need to maintain and sustain the joy of Lord as evidently as this amazing man.

There is no reason why God chose us to have a relationship with Him. However, He sees our faces before Him, knows our name and calms our anxious hearts (if we choose to let Him). Does our attitude reflect the joy of the Lord?

In our travels of the United States with the women’s friendship tour, we receive prayer requests from women who are struggling with many, many very serious life circumstances. All of us will struggle in this world: debt, death, divorce, depression, health, relationships… BUT the joy of the Lord can be our strength. God has given each of us gifts and talents to be used for His glory on earth as it is in heaven. We too can be thankful regardless of our circumstances. God loves us and He is faithful. Set your mind on things above as God understands your deepest hurt. Let Him heal you, keep His commandments, abide in His love and allow Jesus Christ’s joy to fill you. (And let me tell you…I am preaching to myself and now I have a basketball sitting in my favorite chair to remind me!)

Please know we are here to pray for you…www.dailydisciples.org

Video Clips from Past Conferences with Bobbye and Tonilee…A Good Laugh

As we embark on a nationwide tour with the Power of Friendship Women’s Conferences, (for dates and cities, please visit www.FriendshipConference.com), we thought we would share some of our favorite moments with these videos. God is so faithful and amazing to keep us going. As you will see, it is not always easy on this journey of walking in faith and following the Lord’s leading. We are so grateful for God’s patience and mercy, as we continue to serve through the ministry of Daily Disciples. We hope you enjoy the clips and maybe get to know us for who we truly are….a little crazy.

 Bobbye and Tonilee Discuss their first Time on Radio

Bobbye and Tonilee Share Their Very First Webcast Test

Bobbye and Tonilee Discuss the Challenges of Having a Prayer Partner

Bobbye and Tonilee: Friendship is Not Easy

Bobbye is NOT from Southern California

We are looking forward to seeing you across the US this year. Please check out the cities and dates at www.FriendshipConference.com. We launch in Phoenix on Saturday, February 8th! Tickets are still available but REGISTER HERE as seating is limited.

Our 9th Annual Women’s Conference will be held in San Diego on Saturday, February 22nd. Tickets are on sale at www.DailyDisciples.org.

Come out and let’s have some FUN together!

The amazing power of friendship.. what a conference!

Well, it has taken this long to slow down and get perspective over last weekend’s event. Bobbye and I held our 6th annual Women’s Conference in San Diego. This year’s theme was the Power of Friendship. We had over 1200 in attendance and a jammed packed day. Because the theme was friendship, it seemed like everyone was extra friendly. I met so many great women and had a blast. One gal came up to me in the middle of the day and asked if I was having as much fun as it seemed. The answer was, “Absolutely.”  Those kinds of days are precious. God brought all types of women together to encourage each other and be touched by Him through the conversations of others. And we have to admit that Point Loma’s campus is a great place to get away for the day.

Today, we went through the resources. We sold out of our Spiritual Warfare study and 4-CD set. We also sold out of the Prayer Journals teaching CD. Because of that, we decided to keep it at a discounted price for the month. If you are interested, email us at info@dailydisciples.org

When I think of how much this conference has grown, I stand amazed. We serve an Awesome God who knows best and will do whatever it takes to get you where you need to be. I can’t believe how much I tried to fight His plan for me. My thoughts have had to be conformed to His thoughts and I am just thankful that I learned to surrender from my heart to change the wrong thoughts in my head. God has so much more for us but we tend to be the object that gets in the way of allowing Him to answer our prayers. Silly but true.

Many of the women who attended and filled out the evaluation cards asked for Bobbye and me to teach more. They greatly appreciated the teaching and wrote down, “more teaching.” The day was not designed for teaching but we can’t help ourselves, so I am thankful that it was so appreciated. I also appreciate all the women who raised their hands to come to Christ (around 125) and of course, those women who came down to the altar seeking God’s empowerment for a committed life (around 600+).

We cannot forget our final song… (we will think of that as our goodbye hug)…to remember the day and the goodness of God in the midst of it all. His Spirit was absolutely present and we are humbled and grateful to be women who are called to glorify Him together… with all our friends. Go to http://dailydisciples.org to see some cool pictures of our new friends!

If you are interested in receiving more teaching, we are going to be doing a live Bible study and an online Bible study in the book of Ephesians starting in March. Webcasting is very easy to do. If you need clarification or more information, be sure to click on to www.dailydisciples.org or call 888-727-7206.

Also, we will be back on KPRZ radio this Saturday 1210AM at 10:00 am. Be sure to call in! We would love to hear how God touched you throughout the day.

Much love to you all and for those of you who could not attend, you were missed!            ——Tonilee

Counting down to the Friendship Conference

In July 2005, TL and I hosted our first women’s conference in San Diego, California. I remember it well. It was an experience that has mixed emotions attached to it, for lots of reasons. I can honestly say that the courage it takes to step out and host your own event is truly from heaven above, at least it was in our case. We had a great deal to learn about event planning and execution. I applaud all of the women (and men) who undertake such a challenge. It is not easy, to say the least. Now, we are less than three weeks from our 6th annual women’s event in San Diego. It is the 6th women’s conference we have hosted since the first one in 2005. We have learned more than we ever imagined along this journey, as God is truly the faithful One, even when we are ready to quit. We could not be in this place without the Lord…and some wonderful, amazing friends who are such an integral part of this ministry and this event.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Friendship” and it comes straight from our hearts. We know firsthand that there is POWER in friendship. Sadly, many of us struggle to develop, sustain and maintain meaningful friendships. Tonilee and I have been friends for almost 10 years, and at times, I think we are both amazed at what God has done through the friendship. I am telling you…God gets the glory. Power is necessary to have friendships that last and are rewarding. What is power? Power is the energizing force grounded in love that never gives up on us, even when we want to quit. The power of friendship brings love into our lives in ways we could never explain. The power of friendship brings healing, hope and happiness. Friends make us laugh. Friends make us cry. Friends make us angry. Friends can drive us crazy. We have a saying in our office: “It ain’t easy,” referring to our “friends.” But, we love each other and are totally there for each other, no matter what happens. It is the power of friendship.

We would love for you ladies to join us for a special day in San Diego. We are having this event in a beautiful location on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University in Brown Chapel, their large auditorium. The entire day is designed to encourage, inspire and empower women to be all that God has purposed for them to be in their lives. And, yes, He gives us friends to help us get there. The greatest part of all…God, Himself, is the “bestest” Friend we will ever have. We want everyone to leave this event knowing that they are a friend of God and that He loves them unconditionally.  Plus, we know many of the women will make new friends before the day is over. Hope to see you there! Bobbye

For more information, go to http://dailydisciples.org/conference.html and see the speakers, schedule and registration information.

The Power of Friendship

Reading in Zechariah 13, I realized what God was saying. There were many people who called themselves prophets (or people called by God to preach His words) but they were not. God says in Zechariah 13:4-5 that on a certain day, every prophet will be ashamed of his vision and will become aware of how they are deceiving. God desired for these people to do what He had intended for them to do instead of doing what they wanted to do (the work of the ministry). It would have been better for these people to be farmers and in business than to preach when God had not put words in their mouths. The work of God/ministry was doing what God had asked them to specifically do.

The same problem exists today. There are many people quoting the wrong things and preaching their own words from a platform that God did not grant to them. As a result, there is no power to change themselves or those who attend to listen. Many churches today are powerless because people have used the name of God and preached the words of God without the leading of His Spirit or the filling of His power.

For me, personally, I never wanted a preaching/teaching platform. Bobbye says it best, “We did not wake up one day and say, ‘Let’s go into ministry.’ This was never our plan or intention.” This ministry has been a work of God and He gets the glory for the words as well as the changed lives. Out of all the prophets, I relate to Jeremiah and Jonah the most. Jeremiah because I have tried my hardest to not do this but my heart burns within if I do not. And Jonah because I am continually purposefully trying to go the other way even though I know better. I know that I am not alone in these feelings. Many people we counsel tell us their struggles too. But what God is saying in Zechariah could be summarized as regardless of what you do, make sure it is what God has asked you to do. If you are claiming to be a Bible teacher, pastor, prophet but were appointed by men (including yourself) then you will be judged stricter by God as stated in James 2 as well as quoted by God’s prophets. (We are starting an online Bible Study on the Book of James called Walking Out Our Faith. If interested in attending from your own computer, let us know at info@dailydisciples.org. We start this Tuesday, January 5)

I might be sensitive to hear the Lord speaking but it has not always been the motivation of the Lord that has kept me going. I really believe that God gave me a physical tangible person who has challenged me as well as encouraged to me to continue. I am thankful for the power of friendship that has changed my life and kept me doing the work of the Lord. I do not blame people who quit because the work becomes too hard. You will not ever find me judging someone for quitting but I would recommend that they find a friend or an accountability partner to talk things out and get perspective before making any big changes. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”

Just because God has asked you to do something, does not mean that it is easy. Just because others tell you to do something, does not mean it is of God. Life can be confusing and tough. The power of friendship can cut through the random factors to keep you focused, doing the work of God. You do not have to go at it alone; God is totally into fellowship, counsel, unity and empowers us through friendship.

**if you are a woman who is lonely, depressed and feel isolated, please join us at the Power of Friendship Conference on Saturday, January 30. Bring a friend and make a friend. You will be encouraged and you know that you are not alone. Depression will lift and love will fill your heart.

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You do not want to miss this one day event.

Happy New Year!