God has always used women in significant ways. Throughout history, Christian women have been mobilized in groups to bring significant social change. (Remember our brief historical tour in the IDENTITY course?) God longs to mobilize OUR generation for His purposes. To achieve today's “God-sized” dreams, we need to work together, but, we often don't know how to work together well.
Here is a course overview...
Session One: Why All the Drama?
We are relational
beings, created to be in community. To achieve the “God-sized” dreams
that we have been given, we need to work together. We need each other
and yet often we resist one another. Insecurity is at the heart of
female relational difficulties. In this session we will explore why we
have all the drama and what we can do to establish healthier patterns
with one another.
Session Two: Why Do I Act Like I Do?
Why do I act that way I do sometimes? This is a question that
women often ask themselves. Self-awareness is an important starting
point in learning healthier relational patterns. A self- aware person is
someone who has taken time to get to know themselves; their patterns,
“buttons” and insecurities. They are growing in ability to discern what
is going on in their inner world. In this session we will explore who we
can grow in self-awareness. We must take personal responsibility for
out behaviours and reactions.
Session Three: Oh No! We Disagree.
Conflict can be
scary…but it is not the end of the world! Whenever you have people
interacting you will have differences of opinion. Resolving this
differences effectively greatly impacts the health of relationships.
Resolving conflict is a learnable skill and in this session we will
cover practical steps to conflict resolution. We will also identify our
natural “conflict style.”
Session Four: Choosing a Better Way
we cooperate with Jesus as He transforms our lives and relationships,
He will ask us to do uncomfortable things…including having difficult
conversations. Instead of resorting to relational aggression, we choose
to deal with our relational difficulties directly and fairly, which in
turn helps us to establish new relational patterns. When we continually
avoid the issues, because we want to be comfortable, there is an
immeasurable cost to ourselves and our community. This session we will
explore how to have difficult conversations.
Session Five: Look at How Far We Have Come
This is not easy
stuff! Maturing is not for the faint of heart. In this session we will
take time to celebrate the steps, both big and small, that we have taken
in this area. While we are not yet where we will be one day, we have
taken the time to better understand ourselves and the part that we play
in our relational challenges. We have taken personal responsibility for
ourselves as we continue to work towards greater relational health.
What people are saying...
RELATE honestly addresses the good, bad and ugly of female relationships, and invites us to identify our own behaviour, with an eye to seeing women - all women, including ourselves - thrive.This curriculum is unlike any other women’s small group material I’ve seen. It is stunning in its breadth, powerful in its honesty, and unlimited in its life-shaping potential. - Patti Miller, Lead pastor of Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal, Quebec
RELATE wisely empowers us as leaders to better understand ourselves from a human perspective, and teaches us the necessary communication and conflict resolution skills we need to effectively navigate the often tenuous terrain of leading others. – Elizabeth Pierce, Clinical Social Worker and Board Chair for Gather Women
Through the RELATE course you’ll gain practical tools to help you maneuver through those sticky relational issues while growing in your personal emotional health; ‘cause you really can’t have one without the other. – Sherry Stahl, John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Trainer & Life Coach, Author and Soul H2O Blogger
One of the things our women loved about the ZOE Courses was how personalized the journey became - no other curriculum that we've experienced in our churches allowed for that. Through the ZOE journey we confronted our fears, became active seekers of truth, carefully evaluated our journey to date, and confidently allowed ourselves to embrace a new future marked by faith in God and a deeply held belief that we are each called and chosen. – Carmen K., Saskatchewan
The RELATE course empowers women to step into who God created and called them to be. – Joanne K., British Columbia
I haven't seen any other curriculum that empower women to go and be all God has created them to be. The videos are short enough that you're not overloaded with content. The homework and discussion allows for a lot of processing time for the content. – Loralie P., Alberta
Zoe courses are written by a group of pretty passionate women!
Les cours ZOE sont écrits et enseignés par un groupe de femmes passionnées!
Leanne and her husband Darcy reside in Langley, B.C. where they serve with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada as the Personnel and Family Life Director of International Mission. Leanne is passionate about linking Canadian women with the needs of women overseas as well as developing women in leadership. She is an ordained minister with the PAOC and serves on the preaching team of Living Waters Church in Fort Langley. She loves helping others understand who they were created to be and then assist them in walking it out through their passion, purpose and gifting. Darcy and Leanne have three young adult children and have just become empty nesters.
LEANNE MCALISTER (FRANÇAIS)
Leanne enseigne le cours IDENTITY (anglais). Elle aime aider les autres à comprendre le but pour lequel ils ont été créés, et ensuite elle les aide à cheminer dans leurs passions, leurs objectifs et leurs dons. Leanne, est ministre ordonné avec les APDC et elle coordonne le réseau Zoe, qui est composé des femmes des Assemblée de la Pentecôte du Canada. Leanne et son époux Darcy habite à Langley, en Colombie Britanique où Darcy est impliqué en tant que directeur des soins personnels et soins à la famille pour les missions internationales. Darcy et Leanne sont les parents de trois enfants adultes, et d'un jeune chien nommé Merry.
Marvelyn and her husband Gary recently returned from Southern Africa, where they served as PAOC Global workers for over a decade. While serving in Africa, Marvelyn worked as the South Africa Project Manager for Child Care Plus. She also worked with the mothers of her CCP kids and developed a leadership training program that offered micro-finance loans to women starting small businesses. Marvelyn loves to see women do well! She is now based out of London, Ontario where her husband pastors. Gary and Marvelyn have two young adult daughters who are currently furthering their studies.
MARVELYN SCHELL (FRANÇAIS)
Marvelyn enseigne le cours Activate (en anglais). Marvelyn et son mari sont de retour au Canada après avoir servit en tant que missionnaires en Afrique du Sud pour plus d'une décennie. Durant son service en Afrique, Marvelyn a été chargé de projet pour Child Care Plus dans le Sud de l'Afrique. Elle a aussi travaillé avec les mères des enfants de CCP et elle a développé un programme de formation au leadership qui offre des prêts à des femmes dan le but de les aider à débuter des petites entreprises. Marvelyn aime voir les femmes réussir! Elle habite maintenant à London en Ontario où sont mari est pasteur. Gary et Marvelyn sont les parents de deux filles adultes qui poursuivent leurs études.
Anne is a women of vision who desires to see every women develop their full potentiel and take the place that God has prepared for them. She is the director of Women of Vision, the new name for women's ministries in the district of Quebec of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Anne holds her diploma with Institut Biblique du Québec and she is an ordained minister with the PAOC. She is also assistant pastor in her local church alongside her husband Jim. Anne and Jim have been married for over 40 years, they have five children and one grandson.
ANNE YANK (FRANÇAIS)
Anne est une femme de vision qui désire voir les femmes développer leur plein potentiel divin, et prendre la place que Dieu a pour elles. Elle est directrice du ministère FEMMES DE VISION, nouvelle appellation pour les ministères de la femme du district du Québec des Assemblée de la Pentecôte du Canada. Anne est diplômé de l’Institut Biblique du Québec et ministre ordonné des APDC, et elle est pasteur-adjointe dans son assemblée locale où elle sert auprès de son mari Jim. Anne et Jim sont mariés depuis au delà de 40 ans, ils ont cinq enfants adultes et un petit-fils.