Alabama WMU event teaches girls about being ‘daughters of the King’comment (0)
March 21, 2013
By Grace Thornton
Deanna Bruner has been to six Complete conferences. She keeps coming back because they’re “really good.” But this one, she said, was the best one yet.
“It was my favorite one,” said Bruner, a high school senior who is a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Montgomery. “The speaker was all-around great. She taught us what it means to live as a daughter of the King, but we learned that we’re not princesses — the world doesn’t revolve around us.”
Erin Davis, author of the book “True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All-About-Me World,” was the speaker at this year’s Complete event, held March 8–9 at CrossPoint Baptist Church, Trussville.
The gathering, put on by Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) for girls in grades 7 through 12, is aimed at helping them live in the reality that they are complete in Christ. The theme — iAM a daughter of the King — and the speaker “challenged them in their walk,” said Candace McIntosh, Alabama WMU executive director.
“Society calls us princesses, but the definition of princess in society is not necessarily a positive thing,” McIntosh said.
The event challenged the 500 present to have “the heart of a warrior.”
“It’s the difference between acting like a princess and living like a daughter of the King,” McIntosh explained.
To be true to Scripture, true princesses have to be Christ’s ambassadors and radical like warriors, she said. “If you live that way, you will stand out from the crowd.”
McIntosh said Complete provides a broad base of topics for girls to help them live out their walk with Christ. A practical-life track offered breakout sessions on subjects from dating to dealing with mean girls, and a missions and ministry track allowed girls to hear testimonies and get information about how they can put feet to their faith and serve, McIntosh said.
Complete “not only speaks to the heart of the girl but challenges her in service — to live out what she knows and learns through Scripture and to live out the Great Commission,” she said. One of the most popular breakout sessions was “how to find your Prince Charming,” McIntosh said. But rather than focusing on the qualities to look for in a man, the speaker encouraged the girls to be the woman they were designed to be.
“I’d been to one (session) like that before, and she had made us make a list of what to look for in a guy, but this one took a completely different take on it. I wasn’t expecting it,” Bruner said. “She was talking about how we can’t just sit around and wait (for a guy). We have to prepare ourselves to be who we were created to be. That was really cool because I’d never heard anything like that.”
The gathering also offered a collegiate track for the first time this year, designed especially for the girls who have “graduated out” of Complete but come back in college as leaders and bring groups of girls with them, McIntosh said.
Lexi Elisha, a Christian pop singer/songwriter from Northwest Indiana, led worship for Complete.
For more information on Complete, visit http://www.alabamawmu.org/complete.