Friday, August 22, 2014

Training leaders

Liberty prepares to host women’s conference

A frequent visitor of Liberty University’s women’s evangelism classes and founder of The Blush Network, Autumn Miles is known for encouraging women across the country through her ministry efforts.

Blush — The network strives to spiritually challenge and encourage women. Photo provided

The Blush Network is a ministry whose main purpose is to spiritually challenge the way young women think. As a permanent partner with Liberty University’s women’s ministry, The Blush Network will visit Liberty Feb. 6 for an all-day event.

“It’s awesome really seeing the female body of Christ come together,” Miles said. “I am so grateful that I get the chance to challenge people to love their Jesus.”

The Blush Network offers one-night events at churches, conferences, leadership development courses for women and an online blog that shares valuable Christian insight with the community.

The conferences consist of four worship sessions, breakout sessions with different speakers and a concert to end the night. The conferences are solely for women, but men are encouraged to join in the worship at the finishing concert.

The conference will be held in the Towns Auditorium in the Religion Hall, with doors opening at 9 a.m., and the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Last year at Liberty, approximately 500 women spent the day together worshipping, and, according to Miles, The Blush Network is hoping that the number will grow this year.

Janette…ikz, an artist whose ministry consists of poetry, music and dance, will perform at the conference. A Dave Barnes concert will close the event.

“This is a time to celebrate, and that is why we do the concerts,” Miles said. “We need to celebrate the Lord and celebrate what He’s done, and that’s one way we do that.”

According to Miles, preparations for these conferences begin a year in advance, with 16 staff members, 120 leadership program participants and 70 volunteers working closely to fulfill Miles’ God-given vision.

“The foundation of The Blush Network is prayer and seeking the Lord,” Miles said. “We pray a lot about the conference themes. We must have the anointing of the Holy Spirit on each of us.”

The theme for the conference in February is teaching women to understand what it means to be appointed by God for this moment and knowing how to work toward His glory in all circumstances. According to Miles, some specific topics include divine appointment, vision and the challenges that young women face in today’s culture.

“The Blush Network can delve deeper into certain fields because they have a good understanding of what women are facing,” Liberty freshman Grace Vohden said.

After overcoming an abusive marriage, Miles can relate to the hardships many women face daily and seeks to give them the strength to overcome their struggles through Christ.

“I have such an intense passion because I know I have been forgiven much,” Miles said. “Those who have been forgiven much, love much.”

The conference is $20, and the concert is $10.

“God definitely uses Autumn Miles to speak to college girls as well as women who are older, really touching on circumstances and issues all women go through,” Jennifer Biereder, a sophomore at Liberty who has attended a Blush evening session, said.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on The Blush Network official website, theblushnetwork.com.

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