Below is the full text of the letter we're sending to our Synergy newletter subscribers, which I also wanted to share with you. If you're a Synergy newsletter subscriber, then consider yourself doubly-invited to join us in supporting this signficant effort!
It Takes a Network!
Every once in a while God starts something new.
Five years ago that happened in Orlando. It all started with a few isolated conversations. Women in growing numbers were enrolling in theological seminaries and entering into fulltime Christian ministry. Opportunities for women were limited, yet ironically, doors were opening up as never before.
Little did we know what God was about to do.
Five years and four conferences later, Synergy is a thriving international network, fueling the kingdom efforts of women in vocational ministry throughout the world. Our conferences provide unique opportunities for women to connect, exchange ideas, go deeper spiritually, and collaborate on strategic issues and opportunities of today and in the future.
One young woman who flew in from China for Synergy2008 wrote this on her return flight home:
Synergy Women’s Network (SWN) continues to strengthen and expand. We have formed a strategic alliance with Gifted for Leadership, an online publishing arm of Christianity Today and Leadership Journal. I am writing a regular Synergy column—“Think”—for FullFill Magazine, an innovative MOPS publication for women in ministry leadership. A wide range of leading seminaries, denominations, and parachurch organizations are represented at our conferences.
I cannot put into words what a tremendous encouragement the entire weekend was for me. From one amazing conversation to fabulous workshop to great speaker after another, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of God’s kindnesses and encouragements to me throughout the weekend! The whole conference felt deeply rooted in both heart connections and strong biblical/theological foundations to fuel such a fire. I left feeling empowered and energized to pursue the gifts God has given me!
We’re convinced God has more in store for us.
Today, SWN has reached a major milestone in our development where we must transition from a volunteer based organization to employ leaders who can take Synergy to the next level. The expanding levels of our activities and the amazing opportunities that are opening up necessitate this transition. Specifically, we are looking to hire an executive administrator, a webmaster, and a director of communications.
Will you join us?
We know you are already supporting other ministries and we do not wish to take away from these other commitments. We are also aware that everyone is feeling the financial stresses of the current economic crisis. Yet, despite all of this, we are confident that God’s hand is on this new work and trust Him to raise up friends to join us in funding this exciting effort. We hope you will be among them.
If your heart is with us, if you share our vision, if you want to become part of this ground breaking movement, will you consider Synergy as you plan your year-end giving? And will you also consider becoming a regular Synergy supporter in the New Year?
Looking to the future,
Carolyn Custis James
Donate Online or send your tax deductible donation to:
Synergy Women's Network, Inc.Please mention WhitbyForum with your donation.
P. O. Box 782128
Orlando, FL 32878-2128
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