Day 1 Recap: 2017 Delight Leadership Conference
BEST WEEKEND EVER! There are no words to describe the things that God did in the hearts and lives of every single person that attended, volunteered, or led at the Delight Conference. It's a weekend that we will be talking about for years and years to come! Our time together was full of stories, fellowship, worship, great food, transformation, and so much more. I'm so excited to fill you in on all that happened at our 2017 Leadership Conference.
In all honesty, the past few months of my life have been really tough personally, and I've been struggling with seeing the value and purpose behind what I do at Delight every day. I've had moments when I wanted to give up, throw in the towel, and run in the opposite direction. I decided a couple of weeks before the conference that I was going to have to take on the attitude of just trying to get through the craziness of the conference with my head down. I honestly couldn't wait for it to be over so that I could get to the other side and take a deep long breath for the first time in a long time. I had no clue what God has in store for myself and the rest of the Delight community.
Day 1 started bright and early on Friday morning with all of our leaders coming in in waves. At one point I stopped to look around the room and was shocked at how many people we had crammed into one room. It was such a beautiful depiction of the joy and energy within the Delight community. Every leader received a goody bag full of treats and gifts from our amazing sponsors after checking in at the registration table. Our space was decked out in all things pink-- from pink triangles to pink balloons, lanterns, and more--it was honestly quite the sight to see. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that they had come to the right place! (You know we love our pink here at Delight!) All of our volunteers did such an amazing job bringing the vision I had for this space to life. It was a Delight wonderland! Thank you for every last balloon that you blew up and every time you had to tape them back up when they fell down. The volunteers were seriously my heroes!
We started off the morning with donuts from our pink donut wall and lots of coffee! Our friend Kirsten, who has been a part of Delight since the very beginning, and her husband led us in an AMAZING time of worship. They set the tone for the whole weekend and ushered us into the presence of Jesus. After worship, Rebekah Lyons came to speak about the difference in living out of a daughter identity and an orphan identity. It was incredibly powerful and challenged everyone in the room to dig into the places of their hearts to look for where they were truly finding their value. Thank you Rebekah for speaking with such passion and authenticity.
We spent the rest of the morning in workshops discussing ways to strengthen our leadership teams and ideas for how to deepen weekly meetings. So many great ideas were shared and we can't wait to watch our leaders implement them through out the next year. We rounded out the afternoon with a leadership panel with four of our veteran chapter leaders. They shared so much wisdom and it was definitely a huge highlight of the weekend for everyone. Thank you to our incredible four panelists!
We finished out day 2 with two of our absolute favorite things--mexican food and testimonies! It was such a special night. Everyone came back after a short break and ate lots of tacos from one of favorite Nashville spots, Baja Burrito. After dinner, one of our new regional directors, Brenna, got up to share her testimony. It was an incredible act of vulnerability and it created an atmosphere where everyone in the room felt comfortable to be vulnerable too. So many walls were broken down that night because of it. This is what Delight is all about! Everyone spent the rest of the evening with their breakout groups sharing their stories. It was so cool to realize that you weren't alone in your struggles and that women from all over the country were going to be thinking and praying for you in the months to come!
Needless to say, Day 1 was incredible! God did so much in my heart that I know I will be reflecting on for many days to come. I'm so grateful for so many people in the Delight community for helping to make this weekend what it was. We could not of done it without you! Be sure to watch our recap video below to see more of what our day included. Also, check back later in the week for a recap of Day 2! I can't wait to share more!
All my love,
Mac // @macleighwilson
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Life way Women, Catalyst Conference, Pure Barre, Rifle Paper Company, This Bar Saves Lives, Fave4 Hair, Horacio Printing
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Megan Miller, Sean and Dianna Baker, Tad and Kelly Thormodsgaard, Karen and Chuck Wilson, Lynn Taylor
THANK YOU TO OUR STAFF + INTERNS
Melanie Riddick, Brenna Mckamey, Kailey Coiner, Bryson Satariano, Mackenzie Davis, Emily Jordan, Emma Eells, Emelie Harris, Whatley Hamilton, Haley Gilliand