Why InCourage 2020?
This national gathering is based on author and speaker, Terra Mattson’s book, Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace. Now is the time to start talking about the issues that plague each and every woman, no matter where she is in her spiritual journey, her age, her race, culture, or story.
This gathering has been a vision of Terra’s for many years as she has been watching God orchestrate a movement of women ready to take their masks off and embrace who God says they are despite the voices all around. Co-founder and Clinical Director of Living Wholehearted and founder of Courageous Girls, Terra has walked alongside thousands of women, both in and outside of her counseling practice, noticing a common theme — women of all ages struggle with similar core wounds: unmet needs related to love, acceptance, significance, and safety. These wounds are shaped by rejection, abandonment, and abuse – even in the church.
We have lost our identity and are wandering in the desert, desperately seeking for love in all the wrong places.
If every woman took the time to slow down, process, and understand her story, it seems that sexuality (and all the good, bad, and ugly that goes with it) is at the crux of every woman’s battle:
Am I skinny enough?
Will he cheat on me again?
How do I lead as a woman?
I’m addicted to pornography.
Being a superwoman leads to burnout, but I want to be a
Is anyone else feeling anxious?
I have been abused and haven’t told a soul.
I have experienced discrimination because of the color of my skin, my gender, or my story.
I have friends, but I do not trust them.
I feel worthless, and yet I lead Bible study and teach about God’s love.
We rarely talk about the deep hurts in our lives, and yet, processing these hurts is the very thing we need for healing and restoration. Knowing we are not alone and embracing our humanity as we walk with others is vital to being a woman of courage. Terra used to joke about getting every woman she knows into a room to have them share their stories for the purpose of realizing our shared human experiences — the result might end up being that each of us feels so much more “normal,” and realizes that God IS at work in the mess. Now, this dream is becoming a reality. It’s finally happening!
Don’t worry. You won’t personally be asked to share your story in a room of 2500 (promise!), but the gathering may spark a flame in your journey toward sharing with someone you trust.
“Let’s talk about it” in a way where we choose not to hide, pretend, or justify our struggles; and then, let’s receive grace. Let’s start letting go of judging ourselves and others for where they are in the journey of life and just be honest by saying, “me too.” Let’s begin to peel away the layers of shame and let grace transform us from the inside out. Let’s move beyond social media platforms into real relationships where trust can be built.
We are in desperate need of reclaiming our identity as women and finding grace in the messy places of life.
You are invited to join us in this movement toward deepening our roots into what God says about us and restoring what was once lost along the way. InCourage 2020 is not a typical women’s gathering. The biblical and clinical collaboration will help us understand God’s ways AND how to integrate our theology into reality.
InCourage is for any daughter who longs to be loved, known, rooted, and courageous. You are not alone and there is a way to wholeness. It’s not easy. There are more than five steps that seem to curve in every direction. The “how” is often more of a risk than we want or are willing to take.
Grab a few women and sign up together. This gathering is perfect for a small group, mamas with a Courageous Girls group, women’s ministry teams, Bible study groups, college classmates, neighbors or a group of friends who are ready to go deeper. And yes, you can be bold and come by yourself, but know you will probably leave with a few new friends.
Every ticket includes:
- 4 relevant sessions with powerful messages by courageous women rooted in grace
- 3 relevant breakout sessions, customized by your choices
- Lunch, snacks, coffee/tea, water
- A signed copy of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace
- And many more surprises as we lavish you with love!
The InCourage Gathering Leadership Team is praying and planning for this significant resource gathering even now. We cannot wait to meet you!
Terra A. Mattson
Thank you to Rolling Hills Community Church for your partnership and for co-sponsoring this gathering in order to share the greater message of grace. Their beautiful facility allows 2500 women to gather together around crucial topics of the times. We are forever grateful!