To all the women who are feeling hurt, neglected, and broken down, Shelia Stubbs wants you to know that it can and will get better ... because she has been there herself. A few years ago, Stubbs was feeling so broken down in so many aspects of her life. She was watching her life crumble, but found the strength that she never thought she had. She preserved through her life crisis and got stronger.
“Three years ago when I was in a car accident, I was just feeling so broken as a woman — spiritually, financially, emotionally. I was rehabbing for three years after a major car accident and watching my life totally change,” Stubbs tells The Madison Times in an interview at Jade Mountain Café on Madison’s near east side. “In the midst of that all, my spirituality got me believing in hope and it kept me empowered. In the midst of physically being so helpless, spiritually I was getting more fulfilled. My belief in God pulled me through these dark moments in life.”
Stubbs is a women’s ministry leader and will be the host pastor for End Time Ministries’ first annual International's Women of Excellence Leader’s Conference: Brokenness Brings Breakthrough which will be held Sept. 13-15. End Time Ministries International is a popular church under the direction of Stubbs’ husband, Bishop Godfrey A. Stubbs.
“I know that there are other women who are going through similar experiences or may be struggling with their own issues of a broken relationships, health issues, financial issues,” Stubbs says. “They might feel like things have changed dramatically and might not know how to get things back together.”
Today, Stubbs feels like she’s far beyond where she was during her lowest points. “I’m hoping to be able to help other women and that’s why our theme is ‘Brokenness Brings Breakthrough” because in the midst of all these things happening to you that seem negative, the spiritual piece of your life can progress,” Stubbs says. “Sometimes, we see negative things in our life as the end-all ... But it can definitely be a beginning of a new adventure in your life. I am hoping that this conference helps women come together. We’re going to laugh together; we’re going to cry together. But we will come together. And there is strength in unity.”
The women’s conference is something Stubbs has been thinking about for a long time and she is excited about the guest speakers which include Dr. Brenda McCauley, senior pastor of New Generation M.B. Baptist Church in Chicago and First Lady Latoya Holiday Pentecostal Tabernacle Church of God in Christ of Beloit, Wis. “Lady Holiday is a dynamic speaker and full of energy,” Stubbs says. “I know the ladies will really enjoy her and they are going to be empowered. She's just a wonderful speaker. I believe her message will be talking about unity.
“On Sunday morning we have a speaker coming from Chicago — Dr. Catherine Davis — and what's unique about Sunday morning is that all of the women are going to wear hats,” she adds. “This will be our 'Women's Day.'”
At the conference, there will also be breakfast, lunch, networking, and Zumba fitness workouts led by Lady Jenna Collins of End Time Ministries International. There will be workshops on money, financing, housing, and more. James Johnson of UW Credit Union will speak on finances and Carola Gaines from Unity Health will speak on women's health and wellness. Bryan Foster will talk about his new multicultural funeral home. Conference attendees will get keepsake items and t-shirts.
From that car accident more than three years ago, Stubbs birthed the Women’s of Excellence Ministry which was established to encourage women in their walk and growth in the Lord. The purpose of the WOE Ministry is for women to grow in their relationships with God and each other through worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.
“How do you give people hope in a helpless situation? I’m trying to give hope to some woman who might think that they are helpless,” Stubbs says. “That in the end they don’t have to live like they think they should. You can get to a place where you ought to be. I hope this conference does some deliverance and some healing and some empowerment. And it gives the ladies another avenue for networking.
“My goal is to grow this conference whereas it's not just local. I want to be able to reach women all over the United States.... my mindset is global. I want the conference to keep growing,” Stubbs says. “But right now we’re concentrating on this first annual conference. It should be a great time for the women. This is going to be very exciting. “
The 1st Annual Women's of Excellence Leader’s Conference: Brokenness Brings Breakthrough
will be held at End Time Ministries International, 6723 Seybold Road in Madison.
For more information, call (608)257-1750, visit www.etmionline.org or e-mail email@example.com.