As the country continues its struggle with diversity, Devoted Conference declares, “You Belong!” Every year Wave Church in Virginia Beach, VA hosts an amazing and life-changing women’s conference. Devoted Conference inspires women to realize their full potential and value through their relationship with God. The conference has grown drastically over the years and attracts thousands of delegates from around the world with varying backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages.
The theme for this year’s conference is, “You Belong.” On Thursday, March 2, 2017, women will gather and be empowered to create environments of belonging in their communities and throughout the world. Delegates will experience empowering messages from world-renowned speakers, powerful worship, and exciting special events and treats. The event’s speakers include some of the world’s most influential leaders and communicators including, Darlene Zschech, Lisa Harper, and Leanne Matthesius, as well as Wave Church’s own senior pastor, Sharon Kelly.
Kelly, the conference host, has a passion for seeing women live triumphant lives. Through her life, powerful influence, and authentic teachings, countless people have been challenged to change their world and leave a lasting impression wherever they find themselves. When speaking of Devoted Conference, Pastor Sharon said:
Every year we hope to inspire women to realize their full potential and value, with the belief that women can and will make the world a better place through their relationship with Christ.
This annual conference aims to equip, inspire, and empower women of all ages. Although the conference is spiritually based, it is designed to encompass women as a whole. Devoted Conference is composed of empowering sessions and dynamic sermons for introspection as well as cosmetic and hair services to encourage women on the outside.
The conference is held at 1000 Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach, VA. This large facility has ample space to house all of the sessions and services included in the conference package. This exciting two-day/three-night is full of teaching, music, fun, and friendship. You belong at this conference and the women of Wave Church are excited for women of all ages to experience this life-changing event.
Devoted Conference collaborates with several organizations to enhance the local community and others worldwide. This year’s community focus has afforded the women to connect with Goochland and Deerfield Women’s Correctional Centers. Registrants of the conference are asked to purchase hygiene kits and bring new purses and wallets for the women who will soon be faced with the challenge of reintegrating into society.
The conference also has a continual partnership with The A21 Campaign and the Watoto Foundation. In addition to these partnering organizations, the conference also has an ongoing charity program known as Devoted Foundation. Each year during the conference, this foundation has the opportunity to encourage and bless different women who are currently facing or have faced big challenges in their lives. The foundation assists women who are overwhelmed and often paralyzed in life due to varying types of adversity. The goal is to bring joy and hope while reminding them they are not alone in their journey. There is a host of women rooting them on by way of spiritual and physical support.
The A21 Campaign includes government officials, organizations, and individuals who are committed to ending the injustice of human trafficking in the 21st century. The purpose of the campaign is to make a difference while fighting for justice on behalf of people who have been hurt by the exploitation of the sex trade and forced labor to which victims of human trafficking fall prey.
The Watoto Foundation is a holistic care program that began in response to the overwhelming number of vulnerable women and orphaned children in Uganda. This organization is positioned to rescue individuals and raise them as leaders in their chosen sphere of life so that in turn they can rebuild their nation.
Devoted begins Thursday, March 2, 2017, and culminates on Saturday, March 4. The conference has empowered women for more than a decade and guarantees to be an experience never to be forgotten. There will be multiple countries represented with a registration that currently exceeds 2000 delegates. In addition to those who have already registered, you belong!
To receive more information on the conference schedule, host, speakers or to register, please go to www.devotedconference.com. History is indeed a great indicator for future expectation, and this is sure to be an event no woman will want to miss. Many express the same feeling after attending this conference; they enjoy the first-class hospitality and leave with new friends while feeling refreshed and encouraged. While the world struggles to find unity in diversity, Pastor Sharon Kelly and Devoted Conference delegates declare, “You Belong!”
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
Press Release: Devoted Conference 2017
Wave Church: Devoted Conference
Timna Jones: Events Director and Project Manager
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