Inspire 2021 Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions for Inspire 2021 will be on the Inspire on the go podcast. Stay tuned for more information.
Women in the Bible: What Have We Missed?
It is possible to grow up having never heard of some key women in Scripture. What do Deborah, Abigail, Huldah, Mary, Lydia, Phoebe and others have to do with how we see ourselves today as women? When we have a correct overview of how God uses women for His kingdom purposes, we can aspire to be women who live and lead from a God-focused perspective. In this session we will explore how to study the context of these women and their stories and be inspired by their impact on God’s purposes for His kingdom work!
Shari has been active in Women’s Ministry leadership for over 20 years and currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Ministry to Women at Ouachita Baptist University Pruet School of Christian Studies. Shari serves as a Lifeway Women Trainer and holds a Certificate in Women’s Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She serves as the Administrative Coordinator for ABSC Inspire Women’s Conference. Shari is a wife of 32 years to her college sweetheart, mother of 3 sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law, and “Sibby” to 2 precious granddaughters. She resides in North Little Rock, AR and an active member of her church. Shari is the founder of Genesis Girls Ministry and loves to encourage women in their everyday and leadership lives.
Abiding Prayer: A Guided Time of Seeking God’s Heart
Prayer is an invitation from a loving Father who longs for His children to know and walk with Him (Ps. 27: 7–8) Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
This breakout session is a time of guided prayer to link hearts with our sisters in Christ to confidently enter the throne room where God's mercy and grace are waiting to be dispensed.
She has been married to her husband Todd for 24 adventurous years. She is the mother of Landon(22), Kendall (20), Caden (14), and fostering to adopt Faith (7). She has worked alongside her husband in student ministry and for the international mission board in Botswana, Africa. Currently, she works as an occupational therapy assistant within the school system and at a rehab hospital. She also serves in her local church on the women’s ministry team. She recognizes whether she is at home with her family, serving in her local church, or at her job it is all in service to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her life verse is Matthew 20:28 “For the Son of Man came not to be cared for. He came to care for others. He came to give His life so that many could be bought by His blood and made free from the punishment of sin.”
Finding God’s Focus for Wives of Ministers
Ministry Wives, please join us for lunch and this special session as we uncover God’s desire and focus for our lives as we serve alongside our husbands, as well as serve our local church body. We will discuss how to deal with disappointments and distractions and turn our focus on God’s calling on our lives as we share His love through the way we live!
Cheryl Harp is blessed to be the Pastor's Wife at Lakeview Baptist Church in Cave Springs, AR and considers that to be her great joy and calling on her life. She also serves women in the local church as the Women's Ministry Team Leader and serves as the NWA Women's Ministry Network Volunteer for the ABSC. She loves to dig into scripture and the opportunity to teach and disciple women. She is passionate, humbled and grateful that God allows her to be a part of His awesome and great work.
How Do You See the Water Glass?
Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty? Or, perhaps there’s a third option? God tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) but how do we do that before thoughts become a part of our heart? Many of us struggle with this especially in our world of high technology and energy. In this session, we will explore practical lessons from the water glass, learning how to have thoughts that are pleasing and obedient to God as we pursue God’s vision and focus for our lives.
Sally Hennard lives in De Queen with Don her loving husband of almost 34 years. Together they have four children (one son and three daughters), two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two adorable grandsons. Sally is passionate about encouraging others and helping the hopeless find hope. She has 35 years of experience in secondary education with 28 of those years in the counseling field. Sally is currently a counselor at De Queen High School and loves that she can pour into teenagers. She serves her local church by serving on the praise team, leading a small group along with her husband, and facilitating Precept Upon Precept Bible studies. She and the small group that meets with her have over a decade of Precepts behind them.
We’re Still In This - Seeing God’s Best in Relationships
We were created for relationships. God, in His genius and creativity, designed us to both need Him and to need each other. The only problem with relationships…is people - right? We can do and say the strangest things to each other. In this session you’ll receive practical, tangible takeaways full of God’s Truth and for today that will strengthen every relationship in your life. Love to see you there!
Susan Goss is the founder and director of Tangible Truth Ministries, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Co-founder of The Joshua Center, a faith-based therapy center based out of Northwest AR. Susan currently sees clients at Fresh Roots Family Counseling in Rogers, AR where the Tangible Truth Office resides. Susan is the author of the book We’re Still in This: 90 Healthy Truths For Happy Relationships, a contributing writer at Celebrate Magazine NWA, guest commentator on KLRC Radio and produces a weekly video blog called “Susan Shares.” Susan serves on the Board of Trustees at Ouachita Baptist University and the Endeavor Foundation of Northwest Arkansas. Susan is passionate about her love for God and wants desperately for others to know Him too. She is married to Steve, and they have two grown sons, Chad, who is married to Ashley (and they have Adeline 5 and Whit 3) and Jake, who is married to Mariah (no children…yet). Susan’s favorite name to be called..”Honey”…Steve’s..”Doc”!
Fear God and Fear Not
Don’t let fear cloud your vision in 2020! Learn the life-changing truths that will alter how you battle fear while living in the light of the all-knowing God.
Shelly is the founder of GO3 Ministries and lives in Conway, Arkansas, with her husband, Michael, their three boys and their two boy dogs. She is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Masters in Theological Studies. She serves locally at her home church, Central Baptist, as the Women's Ministry Director and also for the state as the Network Ministry Leader for Central Arkansas and the Program Coordinator for the Inspire Women's Conference.
Seeing Others Through the Gospel Lens
Having a Gospel framework helps us to know the Gospel well for ourselves, see the world through its lens, and share it with others. Join us for this interactive breakout where we’ll learn and practice a simple but effective Gospel conversation tool called the Three Circles.
Cole Penick is the Campus Minister for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Arkansas. He has been reaching, discipling, and mobilizing college students at the U of A for over thirteen years. All day, every day he gets to engage college students with the Gospel. He and his wife, Caroline, and their four kids live right in the middle of campus- their mission field. They enjoy family walks on campus, watching and playing sports, making and eating good food, and oh so many books.
“To Be Continued” . . . Our Story for God’s Glory
Shaneil “P.J.” Yarbrough
Imagine the finale of your favorite T.V. show with a dramatic cliffhanger…who knows what's to come in the next season? Very much like this, things happen to us and we have to wait because life is “To Be Continued . . . ” See how God can use everything in our lives and our stories to be used for His glory!
Born in Russellville, after spending time in foster care and adoption, Shaneil grew up in Calion, Arkansas. She is affectionately known as “P.J.” (short for “Precious Jewel”). She is intentional about living life to its fullest and seeks out opportunities to help others realize their potential and excel! Her new book (published July 2018), an autobiography, “Born a Statistic: Living Rejected, Agreeing with God”, shows accessibility to resilience, transformation, God's grace, and unmerited favor! This insightful look into the author's life serves as a testament to how God's immeasurable love supersedes statistical data, rejection, and hesitation to trust His divine plan. For more information, visit www.bornastatistic.com.
A graduate of Southern Arkansas University, Yarbrough has a deep-rooted passion for children. She has dedicated nearly twenty years of her life working in several capacities: elementary school teacher, preschool administrator, advisor, coach, and professional development trainer. Her current employer is the University of Arkansas Early Care and Educations Projects (ECEP). As a Training Advisor, she assists in researching and writing professional development curricula, teaches ECEP courses to participants, and coaches early childhood professionals across Arkansas.
She is zealously involved in both her local church and the community. Currently, she serves as the President-Elect of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) and volunteers as a mentor for young girls. Local youth named “P.J.” the 2018 Mentor of the Year. More recently, in 2019, she was named Community Leader of the Year by another local organization. Life brought P.J. “full circle” as she was formerly the Executive Director and Administrator of Agape House Children’s Home, Inc., a group foster home.
Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, writing, and thrift shopping for vintage clothing. “P.J.” has been married to her husband, Larry D., Sr., Pastor of Changing Lives Ministries, since 2000. They reside in El Dorado with their two sons, Larry D. Jr., “L.J.,” and Lance.
Strategic Community - Navigating Each Season with a Vision for People.
No matter what season of life you find yourself in; loneliness is a key tactic for Satan to use to keep us from seeing God's vision and purpose for our life. God created us with hearts that desire community. But what happens when community is exhausting, when it fails you, when you don't have it? You will leave this session with practical steps to implement a community-first mentality to grow deeper with God, to see His vision for your season of life, and bring glory to God through serving others first.
Abby is a somewhat-young professional who is single and loving life as a food blogger, speaker, and writer. She encourages women to challenge the cultural-stereotypes of singleness and loneliness and that through any season of life community should be intentionally developed and protected.
Abby grew up in Central Arkansas to a large family where she learned the importance of community and was taught Biblical Hospitality at a young age. After completing undergraduate degrees at Ouachita Baptist University and obtaining her Master's from Baylor – Abby lived in 6 states in 5 years learning that community is essential to a healthy relationship with Christ. This journey led to the birth of her blog; A Table Top Affair.
Her goal plainly put is to encourage people in any phase of life to build their community through everyday moments.
Over the last few years, Abby has spoken to college/universities, churches, companies and has been featured on regional TV shows and podcasts.
Her passion is in the connecting of people. Abby wants to be able to encourage women to stop wasting time waiting for the perfect family, house, or table and to start opening your home, cooking for friends and building your tribe.
Abby lives with her two puppies, Baylor and Mowgli in Northwest Arkansas. She enjoys a Peppermint Latte almost every morning and can't wait for the Olympics this summer! Oh, and her cutting board collection could rival Martha Stewart's!
Teach Me to Feel: How the Psalms Help Us in Our Greatest Joy and Deepest Valleys
These last 18 months have been hard on all of us. As we begin to process all that we've walked through, we can be comforted knowing that God has given us language for our overwhelming emotions in the greatest joys of life and the deepest valleys. Listen in as Courtney Reissig helps us understand how the psalms provide help and healing, while giving us a big view of our God.
Courtney Reissig is a writer and Bible teacher from Little Rock, AR. She is a wife to Daniel, mom to four sons, and a member at Immanuel Baptist Church. She's the author of three books, most recently Teach Me to Feel: Worshipping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life.