The bond between a mother and her daughter is unlike any other.
It’s a relationship that lasts for decades and undergoes many transitions—especially when daughters are in middle and high school.
To help moms and daughters navigate these transitions and seek Christ in their relationship, Southeast Christian Church’s Student Ministry is hosting its first Daughters Conference for mothers and daughters, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Block at the Blankenbaker Campus.
Mothers and their middle- and high-school-age daughters from all Southeast campuses and the community are invited to spend the day investing in relationships with each other and with the God who calls every woman and girl His daughter.
“We had been hosting Girls’ Nights at the Blankenbaker Campus for the last couple years, and we noticed there was such a need for an established base where moms and daughters could come together,” Blankenbaker Campus High School Girls Ministry and Connections Associate Taylor Starr said. “We’re excited to be able to collaborate with our other campuses and bring moms and daughters this opportunity to connect with others.”
Starr, who has a 3-year-old daughter, Willow, said she hopes the conference will create a space for moms and daughters to take a break from the busyness of life and invest in two of the most important relationships in their lives: one with God and one with each other.
“Life is really busy, especially with holidays coming up,” Starr said. “As a mom and a minister to high school girls, I know the mother-daughter relationship can be hard in this stage of life. We’re setting up a day that is just for you. You don’t have to fight over what the day looks like or where to go; this day is for you. It’s a day where, hopefully, moms and daughters can find healing, refreshment and tools to be able to step into this holiday season, or any new season, in a healthy way.”
During the conference, moms and daughters will engage in worship and breakout sessions designed specifically for them, and will hear an encouraging message from Tiana Spencer, a mom of three, Bible teacher and worship leader at Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, California.
“We’re excited for Tiana to join us and teach from God’s Word,” Starr said. “She’s a great teacher and a gifted speaker who works under Albert Tate’s leadership, and I know both mothers and daughters will be encouraged and challenged by her message.”
The first breakout session will offer specific, unique messages for middle school girls, high school girls and moms. The second breakout session will offer different topical teachings that moms and daughters can participate in together.
Starr said that her goal is that the conference doesn’t just end on Saturday afternoon.
Women’s and Student ministries from each campus will have information available for moms and daughters who are looking to take next steps.
“I hope that people who come don’t leave without knowing what’s available to them next,” Starr said. “I don’t want this to just be a one-day thing, but something that spurs on more growth and more connection for moms and daughters.”
The Daughters Conference is for every student and the mother-figure in her life.
“This is an event where every girl is welcome,” Starr said. “Whether you bring your mom, your grandmother, your aunt or a female spiritual leader in your life, we have a space for you.”
Registration for the Daughters Conference is $10 and includes a journal, pen and T-shirt.
Lunch will not be provided, so attendees will need to make offsite lunch arrangements.
Registration will be open up to the day of the event.
To register for the Daughters Conference, visit bit.ly/daughtersconference.