I am a forward planner, always thinking of my next project or what needs to happen next with the project I’m currently working on. I do find it hard to live in the moment because my mind is always racing ahead with ideas and plans, ready to take the next step before I’ve even really stopped to look at the one I’ve just taken. And this blog post is no different – I’ve got some really exciting news to share about this time next year!
But before I share that with you, I want to intentionally stop for a moment and reflect on the MOPS Conference season that has just concluded.
Over the last eight weeks, 300 MOPS leaders gathered at State Conferences around the country to be trained and encouraged as leaders, as volunteers, and as women. Each states’ Leadership Team along with MOPS Australia managers have worked tirelessly over the last six months to put together programs that featured MOPS coaching, leadership training, spiritual development and personal encouragement. There were many great moments shared together, many bonds strengthened, and new friendships formed.
Our conferences also allowed us to begin to unpack our theme for next year – To The Full. This theme is supported by the tenets: Have More Fun, Fear Less, and Find Your People, and has been pulled from John chapter 10, verse 10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The verses around this speak of the Good Shepherd, Jesus, who knows us, loves us, and wants to nurture us. As MOPS groups around Australia explore these themes next year and as MOPS leaders express Jesus’ love through nurturing mums and families in their communities, MOPS Australia will be presenting our leaders with an incredible opportunity to be nurtured themselves.
2020 marks the 20th anniversary year of MOPS being incorporated here in Australia, and with that comes a celebration! It’s been six years since our last national event and next year we will have the chance to have more fun and connect with “our people” TO THE FULL at the Australasian MOPS Conference!
All past and current members of the MOPS family – leaders, carers, managers and board members – are invited to gather in beautiful Tasmania from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October at Camp Clayton in Ulverstone to look back on the past 20-plus years since that first tiny spark was ignited back in the 1990s and the hearts of Aussie Christians were set on fire for mothers and families around the country.
As well as a reflective celebration, the weekend will include valuable leadership training and spiritual development sessions from an incredible lineup of guest speakers and facilitators headlined by none other than our very special guest and keynote speaker Mandy Arioto, President and CEO of MOPS International.
I pray that MOPS teams all around Australia begin to plan and prepare to gather together for this truly special event. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the big picture of MOPS and the Kingdom vision that extends right around the globe.
Full details will be available in the new year but if you have MOPS on your heart and Tasmania on your bucket list, save the date for this time next year.
MOPS Australia Conference Manager