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    All year long, the event team, the core team, and I plan this conference. We plan, we pray, we go over every detail but honestly, I never show up having any idea what is actually about to happen. The Lord takes all the tiny pieces and the large pieces and fits them together just so and turns it into something truly incredible and ALL about Him.

    This year was the best year we’ve ever had. And not because of anything we planned. The day before the conference, we went over schedules and set mini-goals in our heads and turned are hearts over completely to the Lord. We prayed He would do whatever He wanted with this conference. That He would use it to impact the women arriving the next day and the women watching from afar.

    And we’ve already seen the HUGE impact the Lord had. We set a goal with The Mocha Club that honestly felt a little lofty for some. BUT GOD. But God showed up and we exceeded the number of Conference attendees who joined The Mocha Club that very weekend! The Mocha club is doing such good work in Africa- from clean water to education to empowering women to orphan care to health initiatives- they are proving that a small sacrifice can make a big impact. And at the conference we said that more than that this is a get to, not a have to. We get to come along side the work they are already doing and take care of kingdom business right where we are. We would love if you would join Mocha Club through Influence today.

    And though we only talked about it as a team, the conference theme permeated through each workshop, session, and coffee conversation. We agreed it’s time to flip the try-hard life on its head. We agreed it’s time to build… His kingdom, not ours. There were sessions and panels that spoke to business and spoke to the heart but above all, spoke the gospel. There were incredible products at the Sashes Market and it was so amazing seeing the vendors and the hearts behind their products. There were three truly incredible worship sessions. There was an amazing night where 150+ women stood up and bravely shared their fears and turned to the gospel. There was some pretty impressive lip syncing, if I do say so myself. We went deep and there were belly laughs and tears and growth and support.

    And it doesn’t have to end.

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    If you’re not already a member, we would LOVE for you to join the network today. Its a way to keep the conference going all year long. To plug in to something real. Its  a starting point for women to be equipped in their passions and pursuits, right where they are.

    If you didn’t attend this year or if you want to be sure to rejoin us next, there are a limited amount of Early Bird tickets on sale for 2015 now. We would love to see you there.  If you did attend? We want to hear from you! What did you experience? What did you learn? What were you convicted by? How are you going to flip the world’s expectations on it’s head and build His kingdom? Link up and let us know! Can’t wait for next September!

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    What a weekend! We love reading how The Influence Conference impacted you. We love watching the #influenceconf hashtag on social media, and following along as you process all that happened during the weekend. We wanted to create a space where you can easily find all of the recaps, and a space for you to add your own to the mix, so tomorrow we’ll be hosting a linkup! Take your time reading through as many as you want (or all of them!). If you didn’t attend this year, get a glimpse of the conference through the eyes of attendees and find information about next year’s conference and ticket sales.

    Also, this week we’re happy to announce a re-opening of the network’s groups for the fall semester.  There aren’t many spots available, as we’re filling holes in existing groups. But our goal is to get every woman placed if she wants in a group… so sign up HERE if you’re interested! Community groups are another way that network members can grow in authentic relationships and community beneath the banner of the gospel. Groups meet once a month via online video chat and communicate throughout the week in the forums and email. Let the network come alongside you, as you allow the Lord to grow your influence right where you are.

    Thank you all for building this community with us.  We’re grateful for you!

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    The conference has officially started with Mocha Club’s amazing Black + White Party! There are loads of updates from our attendees under the #InfluenceConf hashtag. Our photographers are filling our Instagram feed with peeks at the conference all weekend. Let us know how if we can be praying for you and be sure to listen to the special conference edition of our new podcast. Get to know our community better, and we’d love to have you join the network. The connection doesn’t stop when the conference is over!

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