IGNITE 2019 Morning Breakout Sessions:

Scars are ugly, right? Everyone has them, but we conceal our scars, both inside and out, because they stand as silent reminders of pain, and a life now marred. But, what if we viewed our scars the way Jesus does? Would we still see only the ugliness of our wounds, or would we begin to grasp the beautiful story of His healing love?

Sandy Burgess currently serves as the Minister to Women at Harvest Community Church in Hillsboro. She and her husband, Dave, have been married for 32 years and have 3 adult children. Brought to faith as a child, Sandy has been involved in several areas of ministry including worship, children, women, and short term missionary work in Asia. As a speaker/teacher, Sandy uses her humor and passion for God to invite women to laugh and cry along with her as she openly shares her own real scars and points to the hope we can only find in Jesus.

Anyone who tries to get organized knows how tough it can be! Are you feeling overwhelmed with so much going on in your life? How do we say goodbye to clutter that creates distance between those closest to us, and our relationship with God?  Join us as we learn how to get organized God’s way and move towards the abundant life He has for us. 

Trish Bussey Jeter is passionate about teaching, coaching and helping others discover who they are in Christ, and how God has made them to serve. Her desire is to see people grow and thrive in their relationship with God! Trish is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Master’s in Ministry and Leadership, and has an MBA from Baruch College in NYC. Trish serves as Community Life Pastor for the 11 am gathering at Vancouver Church.  She enjoys teaching as a member of the Women’s Transformational Leadership team at Western Seminary. Trish has been happily married to Pete for five years, and they love to travel, admiring the beauty of God’s creation.

Contentment can often feel like a fleeting and flimsy thing. How do I get it, pursue it, feel it? In an age that sets us up for comparison and competition, contentment can be a frustrating posture to try to discover, let alone maintain. What does the Bible have to say on this topic and how does our experience change when we think with transformed minds?

Hannah Cosper is the pastor of women at Door of Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. She has a passion to see women establishing their worth and identity in Christ and His completed work so she is thoroughly excited about opportunities to help women know God and engage with Scripture. Hannah has a B.A. in Bible and in Women’s Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and did her M.A. studies through Wheaton College in Christian Formation and Ministry. 

Encouragement is a gift we can both give and receive.  Are you in a season of discouragement? Or maybe you desire to be an encourager?   Come be encouraged as we explore what the scripture has to say about ” the wonder of encouragement” and as we learn from a panel of women who have both given and received this powerful gift. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. “ Romans 15:4

Lynn Hansen is a pastor and Genesis lay counselor at Meadow Springs Community Church where she has served for 20 years.  It is her joy to walk alongside women as they journey through the good, bad and ugly of life.  She is also passionate about equipping women to be leaders in their sphere of influence.  She loves the outdoors- hiking, cycling, travel and country western music.  Five of the most important people in her life are her five grandchildren who are “the loves of her life.”

“You may not be a perfect parent but you can be a praying parent” -Mark Batterson.  Praying for our adult children is one of the greatest legacies we can leave for our children, grandchildren etc.  But what do we do when we see our prayers not being answered?  What do we do when we are disappointed with God’s timing and direction?    Robin Mounce and Tracie Hoffman will talk about the wonder of God as we pray for your adult kids which will bring forth songs of joy.

Robin Mounce has walked with the Lord for over 50 years. While she does not always enjoy the process of sanctification, God has taught her that his healing is what keeps her intimately walking with him. Robin has mentored and discipled many women, including future pastor’s wives at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston) and at Western Seminary (Portland), and taught many Bible studies. She recently opened a coaching ministry, Visionwalk.us, that helps women who are experiencing personal, marital, or professional transition and are looking for a new vision for their lives. Robin has been married 33 years and has three adult children.

Tracie Hoffman testimony of God’s redemption and restoration has brought hope and encouragement to many after she survived the devastating loss of her husband to suicide in 2003. She is passionate about women walking intimately and living fully, in the love and knowledge of Christ. Remarried in 2011 Tracie enjoys the joys and challenges of a blended family with husband Aaron and three beautiful children Dane, Luke and Mackenzie. An avid runner, she has some of her most meaningful times of worship and prayer on the roads and trails of the Pacific Northwest. She has served on women’s ministry and worship teams as a leader and teacher for over 12 years

Do you have a desire to experience the wonder of God in the midst of your busy life? Has your relationship with God felt distant and dry lately? Do you yearn for more intimacy with Jesus? This workshop will awaken your soul to the wonder of God as you learn how to enjoy simple daily practices that will draw you into His presence.

Mary Ann Noack is passionate about the Word of God as applied to an individual’s life by the power of the Holy Spirit and studied in community with others. Mary Ann graduated from Western Seminary with her Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies. She is the Pastor to Women at River West Church where she enjoys shepherding women, teaching a weekly Bible study, training leaders, and leading on the pastoral team. Mary Ann will begin teaching a Women in Leadership class at Western Seminary in 2017. She has been married to Bob for 30 years; they have two grown sons and three beloved golden retrievers.

Mother Teresa said, “What we need is to love without getting tired.” Anyone relate? My hand’s up. Each day’s duties and relational demands sap our strength and our stores seem ever-depleted. So we hold back, conserve, become spiritually stingy. But Jesus offers us a better way, a freer way: The Second Mile way. 

Kari is wife to Pastor Jeff and mom to Dutch (12), Heidi (10) and Justice (6 mos). They lead Renew Church, a community of Christ-followers in Oregon City. She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and has had the honor of speaking to thousands of women over the past ten years at women’s retreats and conferences. She has five ebooks, and her new paperback book Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy is available today. 100% of her proceeds go to women and children in need through World Vision. More information at karipatterson.com. 

God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, though that “good” doesn’t always match our expectations. Heidi Sellick will teach on Christine Caine’s book Unexpected, then be joined by four local women who will share how they wondered what God was doing, but then came to a place of awe when situations surprised them. If you find yourself wondering how to relate to an unexpected circumstance, pleasant or devastating, come ponder God’s “good” plan with us.

Heidi Sellick is a lover of Jesus, a walking contradiction, and a beautiful mess. But, God uses the shattered despite our brokenness. By God’s grace, I have remained His tottering child, clasping tightly to His hand. Though flawed, God has allowed me to interim as a Youth Pastor, emcee conferences, and serve on Greater Portland Bible Church’s youth leadership team. I currently attend Western Seminary, teach adult classes at my church (Abraham: A Founding Father’s Faith & Folly and Redefining Singleness in the Church), and pursue writing and speaking. Will you join me in seeking God’s captivating work of restoration amid life’s devastation?

There’s something about turning 50 that gives us pause to consider the value of our days as we head to the finish line. Join me, as we catch up with Paul, whose life was interrupted by a prison cell in Rome. It was there Paul wrote about things to come; the sword, the crown and the Wonder of Finishing Well.

Sandy Snavely shares her love for Jesus by using her artistic skills to paint pictures with words and turn them into messages that matter. As a speaker, writer, minister to women, and former radio talk show host, she has developed a deep sense of the universal needs of the human heart; to be seen, known, loved and forgiven. Sandy lives in Gresham Oregon. She has two adult children, two incredible grandchildren and two neurotic cats. Her books include, “Ellie’s Window” & “Called to Rebellion.” (available on Amazon.com) Visit Sandy’s website: sandysnavely.net

If we find ourselves in bondage and unable to break free, it may be that we are employing the wrong weapons. Worldly weapons are designed to subdue, control, kill and destroy.  Our weapons have divine power.  Discover the strategies of blessing, life and healing that overcome the enemy’s campaign to steal, kill and destroy.

Julie Tadema has been in full-time team ministry with her husband Calvin since 2007. They offer healing prayer for the spiritual, emotional and physical realms through Master’s Mind Ministry. Individual healing prayer sessions encourage insight and growth, particularly for overcoming trauma and abuse.  In addition, Julie teaches the principles of mind renewal and listening prayer in classes, workshops and retreats.  The Tademas have been married for 40 years, love teaching together, and sharing their enthusiasm for the transforming work of the Lord in people’s lives.