Cultivating Obedience, Ministering Mercy, Internalizing Truth
The sessions and activities of the COMMIT conferences are planned with this goal in mind: to motivate young ladies to choose to seek God first, become fully committed to Him, come to love Him with all their hearts, and humbly serve others in their irreplaceable youth before facing the pressures of adulthood.
Encouraging Mothers and Daughters
The COMMIT conference provides an opportunity for mothers and daughters to deepen their relationship with the Lord and with one another.
Daughters will be encouraged to make Christ the first priority in their hearts and make wise decisions throughout their lives. Along with attending sessions with their daughters, mothers will benefit from mothers’ sessions of practical encouragement and insight.
Mothers attending with daughters will have the opportunity to have many fruitful conversations and strengthen their relationship. However, we do allow girls ages 14 and up to attend without their mothers.
Special Note: Mothers with young babies are welcome to bring them along.
Teams and Schedule
The attendees are divided into teams with approximately 10 members. The team leaders direct team devotions and act as the primary counselor and friend to the young ladies during the conference. Even years after the conferences, many of the team leaders and their girls write to each other and have become close friends.
Each day, the meals are a time of fellowship and encouragement among all of the teams. The mornings and the evenings are set aside for the primary sessions. Afternoons are times for each attendee to pursue her individual interest through specialized breakout sessions and other activities.
Sessions and Speakers
The conference sessions are taught by Godly, dedicated young women and are particularly focused on addressing the challenges girls face in their teens and beyond. The teaching is presented with Bible references, personal illustrations, insightful observations, and life applications. There are skits and presentations to reinforce the material and keep everyone’s interest.
Students take great hope in seeing young ladies a little bit older than they are speaking of their own struggles and how the Lord has brought them through to freedom and victory. Attendees often gain a greater vision by seeing that they are not alone and in finding such tangible role models. Many young ladies have returned to their homes and are leading their own COMMIT groups for younger girls.
The conference topics address common areas of need, with sessions such as:
- All and Only for the Love of God
- Keys to Success in Every Relationship
- Unpacking the Baggage of Life
- You Can’t Believe Everything You Think
- God’s Call for Your Youth
- Succeeding in Today’s Mission Field
- Overcoming the Five Greatest Challenges a Young Woman Will Face
- God Only Makes Masterpieces
In addition to the sessions, we desire to minister individually to the mothers and daughters. Qualified and dedicated staff members will be available, including older women whose primary purpose is to provide in-depth counseling for mothers and daughters. Many mothers are greatly encouraged through these times of ministry as they return to their families with greater joy and a renewed vision.
Afternoon activities feature a variety of elective classes from which mothers and daughters can choose. They may also choose to rest or spend time with each other. Past elective classes have been on prayer, healing deep hurts, working with children, being a vessel for ministry, developing a close mother/daughter relationship, playing hymns on the piano, choir, stamp art, recreational activities, and more.
The Importance of Prayer
A large part of the effectiveness of COMMIT comes by prayer. There are Godly older people who come to the conferences for the purpose of prayer, spending all day praying for God’s hand of blessing on the conference, in addition to many specific prayer requests.
Every team leader and staff member is urged to spend time in prayer as their most important preparation. The list of attendees and applications from mothers and daughters are prayed over many times. One continuing prayer in the COMMIT ministry is that no life would go home unchanged, and based on experience, we believe that prayer has been answered! We wish you could hear some of the testimonies the girls and mothers openly share on the last day of the conference!
The young ladies from the original COMMIT discipleship group in Austin are now ministering in significant ways themselves. Their daily lives bear witness that God is deepening their spiritual maturity long after the training ended.