Pastor Sylvia Mendez, Adventist Women’s Liaison for the Australian Union Conference, was guest presenter at this year’s Sydney Adventist Women Leadership weekend, June 4–6, under the theme “LeadHER in Heels.”
“The tone of the weekend was amazing,” said one participant. “There was a strong emphasis on a leader’s’ relationship with God. I was particularly challenged by a quote by Pastor Mendez’s: ‘You cannot lead where you have not been, and you cannot give what you do not have’.”
Some 75 church leaders and their team members attended the weekend, ranging in age from 18 to 70, representing a wide range of cultures and nationalities, contributing to a vibrant dynamic.
Participants were treated to beautiful meals, a lot of interaction and numerous team-building activities throughout the weekend. Also included were a series of workshops by Pastor Mendez (Spiritual Disciplines for LeadHERS), Dr Danijella Schubert (Spiritual Gifts), Dr Thembi Dube (Leadership Styles), and Jane Gibson (Communication and Connecting).
“For me the best thing about the weekend was the workshops,” said says Nerise Fehlberg, Sydney Adventist Women’s admin assistant. “Each workshop fed into my leadership journey. I feel energized! I appreciated the value that each presenter brought, the content and small group discussions. You’re never too old to learn!”
“Given our current volatile COVID situation, we’re grateful to have had a face-to-face weekend gathering to invest in, nurture and inspire our local church leader,” says Beryl Landers, director of Sydney Adventist Women.