CrossRoads Community Church is hosting a women's conference Friday and Saturday, and registration is ongoing. The event is free with an optional donation, but seats are limited.
The "Women Who Soar" conference guest speakers are Karyn Watson, Nikita Williams, Kenise Etwaru and Statesboro's Dr. Delene Musielak.
Janet Swanson, worship pastor at CrossRoads and organizer of the event, said she is excited to offer the conference to women in the community.
"I think that it's time for women to take their place and soar into what they are called to do," Swanson said.
"Whether a stay-at-home mom, or serving in the corporate world or a professor or posting Facebook live videos about how you lost weight. From the huge to the simplest thing God told you to do — don't just do it, but soar."
Swanson noted that all of the guest speakers are definitely women who are soaring, but they also have been through many trials and have overcome to be the women that they are today.
"We want to encourage women to rise above their circumstances, above all the people who say you can't and never will, and to take your place in this world, to walk in the abundance that Jesus has for you," she said.
Swanson, who is an advocate for the abused, overcame sexual abuse as a child and broke the silence by telling somebody. Her hope and dream now is to encourage others to speak up about abuse and not just to overcome and survive, but to thrive and soar.
Swanson wrote about overcoming in her first book, a memoir called "One Voice," and she has just published a second book, a devotional entitled "A Throne Room View."
Swanson said the theme of the conference is based on the verse in the Bible, Isaiah 40:31, that says, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
"We hope to stir up something that will encourage women and give them hope, to follow their dreams and really, to follow Jesus, and then your dreams will follow you. And he'll give you the courage to do it."
Five local authors will be signing books at the conference, on Friday from 6–7 p.m. and Saturday from 9–10 a.m.
Local authors and books include "The Road to Godly Confidence," a compilation of encouragement, by Kendra Smith Beaufort; "Mindset to Manifest," a 10-step mindset shifting process, by Justina Ford; "Mommy Breast Feeds," a children's book promoting the decision to breast feed, by Amanda Porter; "Destined to Reign," encourages reader to find the ability to reign like Esther, by Mary Sawyer Kane; and "The Friendship Lifeline," a Biblical guide to choosing and maintaining godly friendships, by Erica Grant.
Brandon and Alissa Holt, from Savannah, will lead worship for the event.
To register, call the church at (912) 764-4539 or visit www.mycrcc.com.