What is the IF:GATHERING anyway?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


So, what is all this IF talk? 

It's kind of like that kind of story where you just can't expect to understand exactly unless you've been there. I know, I know that doesn't seem good enough but it's true. It's complicated because it's so simple... So I'm going to give you a description of what IF is straight from the leaders in a bit. But here's a word from me first. 

I love IF because it's my dream too. It's my heartbeat to break chains of bondage and stereotypes and programs where the Holy Spirit is micromanaged on how He may be given room to move freely. 


The gospel itself is as open invitation as you will ever get. It's an immense table of God's grace and mercy and love and an open, bellowing invite for everyone of us to pull up a chair and feast on its goodness. True gospel invites, it never turns away, never divides, never favors. It gives, it unites, it frees us and it's space always multiplies. Big chairs, little chairs, tall chairs, high chairs, and even booster seats for those who need them are all in abundance to the table of our Lord. 


On Earth As It Is In Heaven. 




I've worshiped around the world and the closest I've ever felt the presence of God was in the humblest of places where the only program agenda was "come". 


Come as you are, come late, come sick and lonely and angry and unsteady. Come sober or drunk or starving or so rich you can't count all your coins. Come prideful or defeated, questioning this whole idea of faith or standing on the mountain top having just seen glory upon glory revealed. 


Come. 


Just come and sit in His presence and let God be God. Let God sort out our ailments, our iniquities, or sin. Let God mend our cracked up hearts that bleed out our brokenness, our doubt, our lack of faith. Invite one and all to allow Him anoint us in our callings... right.where.we.are. 


IF is about opening doors for ALL. 

                        Just come. 


Their purpose and dream is to UNIFY bodies of women everywhere, across cities and denominations and all those lines that box is in and rob us of the collective masterpiece we can be together. It's not about a conference or a retreat or a guest speaker or someone famous. It's not about pretty decorated tables or making you feel warm and cozy. It's about living in the spirit of the God who died for us, in our homes and jobs and crazy week nights and book clubs. It's about walking with heads held high and our knees bent constantly in prayer over our ministry roles, our friendship roles, our quiet of the night soul roles. It's about believing God and living like it.   




It was literally one girl's dream {Jennie is in pink above} and friends and strangers whom she reached out to who say yes!!! Yes, to unity, yes to reaching across church denomination lines, yes to wrestling out hard questions and self truths, yes to doing things different. 


YES TO THE MESSY, HARD, BRAVE WORK OF JESUS.




I know Jennie Allen's heart. She's a jewel in real life and in her teaching and her writing. She's scared, like we all are, but she's brave because she knows Jesus is who he says he is. We who experienced the IF:GATHERING from the beginning have SEEN and HEARD and FELT the Holy Spirit move across the nations through the hearts of women. This started so small and it spread like wildfire only because of the Spirit blowing fresh breath and fanning the flame. I pray you'll come. I pray you'll open eyes and ears as we dive into loving and living fully as 
IF WE BELIEVE GOD IS REAL. 

May God find us courageous and faithful! 

Love you all, 
Amanda 

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

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In response to great division and theological disputes in the first three centuries of the church, a council formed to bring unity and agreement over the most essential doctrines of Christianity. One of the creeds that has stood the test of time is the Nicene Creed. This creed became a guiding statement of faith for the Church. We now find ourselves divided over many many things - and yet about the most important things we whole heartedly agree.


The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen


IF:Gathering exists because of Jesus and under His name we are unified and for His name we gather. If you are wrestling with your faith, we hope you will find this gathering a safe deep place to wrestle.


VALUES

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AUTHENTICITY

We want to create a safe environment where women can bring their wrestling, their doubts, and their confessions.

PARTICIPATORY

We believe that together, by unleashing our God-given gifts, we can be tools God uses to bring about His restoration.

HUMBLE

We will humbly come together with our unique gifts, resources, and perspectives, believing that unified under the name of Christ, we can be more effective at reaching the next generation than divided.

HONORING

We honor each person and their values. We respect the values and traditions of each individual, while coming together for the sake of unity and to carry God to the next generation of women.

CHRIST-CENTERED

Everything we do is grounded in the truth of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

4 comments:

  1. OOOOO, reading this I got all kinds of chills and the Just Come part brought tears to my eyes!

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    1. Mine too. So glad that Jesus's table is big enough for my mess!!! Much love, thanks so much for taking the time to say hi!

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  2. Amanda, Beautiful! I found your page through the post on Facebook through Lindsey Raymond and am so grateful! Thank you for putting words to this hard-to-capture move of God! I attended in Austin last year and am leading in my local context this year and can not wait! There is both crazy trembling and excitement. I think this is such a great idea to put IF into words and then directing people to the link! Love it! Praying over your gathering right now, sister!

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  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to say hello. Really, it means so much to know you ready my heart and decided to leave me some encouragement. :) that's my love language!! I am wishing I had your floral skills for our gathering :) thank you for the prayers and consider your name and gathering in my notebook to lift up! What a generation of women to be a part of!

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