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About the Conference

Inspired for Life is an annual event at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. It is a weekend experience for women near and far that includes fun and meaningful connection through guest speakers, worship, inspiration, prayer, and special elements.

Inspire:

to awaken to a particular feeling

Immersing yourself in worship, uplifting messages, special activities and meaningful elements draws you into a fresh encounter with God. You will awaken with a deeper sense of who you are as a child of God and follower of Jesus.

Women’s Ministry at Church of the Resurrection began holding conferences in 2005. At first, they met every other year at a local hotel, but they quickly moved to an annual schedule on-site at the church.

2020 marks the seventh year using the name “Inspired for Life,” and moving the conference to the main Church of the Resurrection sanctuary. It features nationally known guest speakers and attendees from across the country.

Our very first conference began with the fitting theme of “New Perspective” and last year’s theme was “Fearless.”

2019: Fearless

Speakers Kate Bowler and Hillary McBride taught us what fear is, how it can be a friend to us, and how to live with the assurance that “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). Worship leader Jasmine Murray and breakout speakers from Abingdon Women shared messages of overcoming the power of fear. The new What Matters Podcast, along with a “Fearless” candle and IFL coffee, carried the theme forward with episodes about overcoming fear.

2018: Love

Our first conference inside the main Sanctuary, we learned from Lisa Sharon Harper, Raechel Myers and Neichelle Guidry about “practicing real love” (1 John 3:18). Worship leader Susan Campbell taught us “A.L.L” about reading scripture and worship leader Meredith Andrews added her beautiful music. Women left with a LOVE journal full passages from the Bible about God’s great love.

2017: NOW

Messages from Rachel Held Evans and Sara Bessey focused on the verse, “Now live graciously and generously toward others” from Matthew 5:45. We learned about the call to live fully into our present moment with grateful faithfulness. Worship leader Laura Story shared her experience of God’s sustaining power along with her incredible music. The NOW box offered one item per month encouraging women to connect our current reality with God’s present ability.

2016: Gratitude

On your feet now — applaud God! Glennon Doyle offered words about cultivating gratitude, and spoken word poet Amena Brown shared her gift of story through poetry. Artist William Butler created an incredible painting that in turn raised funds for mission. Chasing Grace led beautiful worship before we ended with a “Now Box” subscription-like box for the coming year.

2015: Unshakable

Speakers Susan Isaacs, Anne Marie Miller and Sarah Thebarge were joined by Vessel Worship to teach about our Unshakable God. Quiet prayer time filled the space with holy moments while we looked ahead to the coming theme with a Gratitude Journal take-home gift.

2014: Perspective

Guest speaker and worship artist Jenny Simmons taught about seeing through a different lens to focus on the real stuff that gives life meaning! Moty Mhone and Esther, special guests from Malawi, Africa, gave us an opportunity to see their perspective before we loaded up busses to serve in our community. An “Inspired Life” booklet carried the teaching forward.

What Matters

The What Matters podcast looks inward at unique experiences, upward for divine direction and outward to see God’s activity in our world. It’s all about what matters for women seeking more than just a quick glance at life.