YOU ARE ENOUGH

Ever since the Garden of Eden where the enemy of our souls fashioned a lie of doubt and discontent to our sister Eve, we have struggled and wrestled with the truth that who we are and what we have is enough. Indeed, Eve had all she needed through her Creator and so do we.

Ephesians 2:10 in the Passion Translation speaks to this…
“We have become His poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny, and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”

Because of the beautiful work of Christ on the cross, you are enough and you have enough to do the good works He has asked you to do. Whether you are in the throes of motherhood, managing a career, studying as a student, or in the twilight years – wherever you find yourself – You. Are. Adequate. As we gather this April 27 – 29 we will be challenged and encouraged to embrace and walk out this truth.

– Jen

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Dear Beautiful Friend,

A new, hope-filled season is upon us as Original Conference 2017 draws near! As a conference and a movement we are thrilled to no end to be opening wide our arms and doors to our city, region, and beyond as we venture to our new home – the BMO Harris Bank Arena – in downtown Rockford, Illinois!

Original has always been a gathering of women from our area and beyond – but can you even imagine the possibilities, as we become an even greater collection of women who gather under ONE name, with ONE purpose? Can you picture thousands of girls from all ages and walks of life joining together under one expansive roof to lean in for what our Heavenly Father has to speak to us and over us? We will learn and grow, hearts unified, as we stand hand-in-hand with our sisters. There is no limit to what our God will do during this life-changing weekend.

YOU ARE ENOUGH

Ever since the Garden of Eden where the enemy of our souls fashioned a lie of doubt and discontent to our sister Eve, we have struggled and wrestled with the truth that who we are and what we have is enough. Indeed, Eve had all she needed through her Creator and so do we.

Ephesians 2:10 in the Passion Translation speaks to this…
“We have become His poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny, and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”

Because of the beautiful work of Christ on the cross, you are enough and you have enough to do the good works He has asked you to do. Whether you are in the throes of motherhood, managing a career, studying as a student, or in the twilight years – wherever you find yourself – You. Are. Adequate. As we gather this April 27 – 29 we will be challenged and encouraged to embrace and walk out this truth. Through anointed worship and inspired teachings from our guest artists and communicators we will each leave changed, having encountered a little bit of heaven right here on earth! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us! And, goodness, we can’t forget the fun – I promise there will be plenty of that!

THE WEEKEND

If you have joined us in the past, we so look forward to seeing your beautiful faces again. And if this is the first you are hearing of all things Original, we would love to have you join us – everyone is welcome! We have a seat for you!

We are preparing a party for you and those who are dear to you – it will be an unforgettable weekend! I have seen it a thousand times over – where one weekend can change everything for someone. We are already praying for God to do the miraculous and the unexplainable in our midst!

With much love.
See you soon.
– Jen

Jen DeWeerdt
Conference Host & Founder

Details

When

April 27, 2017
- TO -
April 29, 2017

Conference Schedule

Cost

Super Early-Bird
Individual - $99
Group of 10+ - $89

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Where

BMO Harris Bank Center
300 Elm St. Rockford, IL, 61101

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Featuring

Charlotte Gambill

Author & Lead Pastor // Life Church UK

Charlotte has an infectious love for life, a deep love for people and zealous love for God’s House. Her passion is to build the local church across the earth, to see people reach their full potential and to develop and strengthen leadership. Charlotte is known for her practical, humorous and passionate application of Gods word. Her messages of life and purpose are rallying a generation to embrace the broken and become ambassadors of hope. Charlotte is an author, speaker, pastor and mother, she leads LIFE Church, UK in England with her husband Steve and together they have two children, Hope Cherish and Noah Brave.

Bianca Olthoff

Writer & Teacher

Bianca is a writer and teacher in love with two men: Jesus and her husband, Matt. Bianca has been in ministry for fifteen years and wholeheartedly believes that everything we do—whether we walk, talk, preach, or teach, we do it all in the name of LOVE. Bianca didn’t learn how to read until she was eleven, but now she can’t put down books. She believes in a faithful God, even when she’s faithless. She loves God and is committed to speaking truth when it hurts, loving when it’s hard, and living life out loud. She has her masters in Humanities, and over the last five years has spent her days advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves as the Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, and resourcing women with leadership tools all over the globe as the Creative Director for Propel Women. She is also a step-mom who loves to have dance parties with Parker, Ryen, and Ricci [aka The Cutest Dog In The World]. Whether discussing topics from justice to pop culture, she is passionate about God’s word and teaches around the globe about life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus. She has spent the last ten years building the Church and mobilizing God’s people to action alongside, Matt, the Executive Director and Pastor for Project Europe. She is excited about the publication of her first book, Play With Fire, which released on August 30th, 2016!

Lisa Harper

Author & Speaker

Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. Her years in ministry, academic resume, and ten books she’s written give her amazing credentials, yet the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. When recently asked about her accomplishments she responded with a grin saying, “I’m definitely grateful for the opportunities God’s given me; but don’t forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!”

Jen DeWeerdt

Author & Lead Pastor // City First Church

Jen DeWeerdt serves with her husband, Jeremy, in the leadership of City First Church. She is honored to play a key role in the very church she grew up in. Jen leads Original Women, the women’s ministry of City First Church, which presents the Original Women’s Conference every April. Thousands of women have discovered their destiny and design through these powerful conferences. Jen and Jeremy found a social sector organization called Earthbeat, Inc. Earthbeat is a non-profit organization which mobilizes youth and young adults to give back to their communities through volunteerism, especially related to environmental service projects. Today, one of her passions is to teach, encourage, and empower women to step into their God-given callings, regardless of their profession. Jen and Jeremy have been married since 1995 and have three sons: Caden, Connor, and Paxton.

Natalie Grant

Grammy Nominated Recording Artist

Four-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, “Awaken.” She has since gone on to have over 3 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, “Be One.” Beyond her music career, Natalie is the author of several books, including a tween book series titled “Glimmer Girls.” Her fashion and jewelry line, NG by Natalie Grant, has seen great success, and most importantly she has used her platform to be an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since 2005. She co-founded Hope for Justice International, which identifies and rescues victims of trafficking and then provides them with complete restorative care. Though she is a Seattle native, Natalie makes her home in Nashville, TN with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.

Brenton Miles

Worship Leader & Recording Artist

Sharon Irving

Worship Leader & Recording Artist

Sharon Irving is a native of Chicago, born and raised on the South Side and daughter of famed jazz musician and musical director of Miles Davis, Robert Irving III. In 2010 Sharon released her first spoken word EP entitled “Simplicity”. The EP was a family affair, produced by her younger brother Jeremy Irving aka Jeremiah Jae & her father. Currently, Sharon is on staff and a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community church in South Barrington IL. She has traveled extensively to lead worship and perform spoken word in other churches across America. As a solo artist Sharon has lead worship alongside artist Darlene Zschech. She led worship & spoken word for the renowned event, CHIC – “a triennial youth event intended to encourage and equip students to invite Jesus to remake their lives and to take Jesus to the rest of the world.”

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In It For Good

The Original Women’s Conference is a movement of women who are in it for good!

We are in it to help the hurting and the helpless, the broken and the lost, the hopeless and the oppressed. That is why we are proud to partner with ZOE International, Mercy Ministries, SHE Rescue Home, and Reece’s Rainbow. Each of these outstanding organizations work tirelessly and strategically to show the love of Jesus to all – and to place value on humanity. They practically live out James 4:18 by caring for the orphaned, rescuing children from human trafficking, and providing a safe and loving home for restoration.

Visit InItForGood.com