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Conference targets empowerment and restoration

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 11:00 AM

On October 11-14, at the 'Breakthrough Not Breakdown Conference' set to take place at the Seventh-day Conference Centre, Salem, Montego Bay, men and women will have the chance to be empowered for all spheres of life.

Reverend Shirley-Ann Chong said the catalyst for the conference started as a result of the deep concern for "women who were needing help in order to maximise their potential in fulfilling their purpose".

Three years later, the conference has grown to include both genders in its outreach.

"It grew so rapidly that we had to expand the scope to include men," she said.

According to Chong, "There can be no true transformation without the women and men working collaboratively to impact their sphere of influence."

Chong said she is anticipating that, at the end of the conference, men will be strengthened and empowered in their capacity, "so that families can be restored, strengthened, and that there can be national transformation".

At the conference, there will be a day designated specially for men, where focus will be on their health - spiritual, physical, financial and emotionally.

Dubbed 'Men's Day: MANdate', among the topics that will be explored are 'Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits, and 'Preparation for the Journey to Manhood'.

Chong said: "If you are seeking a holistic approach to your role in the Church, health and your overall outlook on life, then this one is for you."

Other topics that will be explored at the conference are: 'Unlocking Prophetic Purpose and Destiny', 'Overcoming Health Crisis', and 'Understanding the Call to the Threshing Floor'.

Chong, whose family has been in pastoral care, said she "inherited" that ministry.

She started off in banking, then went on to life insurance, being an entrepreneur, and now she shares her pastoral duties with her marketing and distribution career.

For her, the two complement each other as when she is out on the work field, it affords her the opportunity to "get the word in the byways and highways".