Emily Fox moved to Hardin County in 2014 barely knowing two women in town.
She called those two women and asked if they would be interested in streaming the IF: Gathering event in her basement with some other friends.
“Word quickly spread and women’s ministry leaders in the community saw the value and they supported this idea in incredible ways,” Fox said. “Before we knew it over 300 women were headed our way and we knew we needed somewhere bigger than my basement.”
That’s when First Christian Church in Elizabethtown offered to provide a host space for the event.
Now in its sixth year, the local program featuring a live stream simulcast from a sold-out IF:Gathering event in Dallas is offered Feb. 7-8 at the church.
Fox, the IF:Elizabethtown organizer, said the event is a two-day experience for women to learn more about who God is and what He is calling them to do with their life.
“The main purpose is to gather the women of our community and equip them to disciple other women,” she said. “We all need to look around and ask, who can I begin to invest in? IF:Gathering helps guide us.”
Those who attend will experience talks with well-known women’s ministry speakers, such as Jennie Allen, Bianca Olthoff, Ann Voskamp, and, for the first time this year, Beth Moore.
The event is 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7 and 1-8 p.m. Feb. 8. Fox said after receiving feedback from attendees the last few years they adjusted the schedule this year to allow for the full conference content Saturday and to give women the freedom to be with their families on Saturday morning before returning to the conference.
“Working with a live-stream is always challenging when it comes to staying on schedule, we hope the changes this year will really help us navigate that well,” she said.
Fox said ministry leaders from Grace Heartland Church, White Mills Christian Church, Severns Valley Baptist Church, Valley Creek Baptist Church and First Christian Church work together to make this event happen for the women of Elizabethtown.
“We are so incredibly blessed that church leaders and volunteers from around our community see this gathering as something worth supporting,” she said.
For her, IF:Elizabethtown is a time she is reminded of just how many women in our community want to deepen their faith, Fox said.
“I watch these women, some of them who are still trying to figure out if they believe in Jesus and some of them who have been dedicated believers for 50 years come together to worship and learn,” she said.
“Our leadership team is compromised of women ages 16 to 70 and they truly want to invest in the lives of these women, leading them is one of the greatest joys of my life.”
Registration costs $30, which includes conference supplies, lunch and snacks. After Sunday, the registration cost increases to $40. Anyone interested can register up until the day of the event.
To register or for information about the event, go to ifelizabethtown.com.