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What is the IF:Gathering?

IF:Gathering was birthed in the heart of author/speaker Jennie Allen in 2007. She sensed a calling from God to disciple this generation of women. Jennie began to see a vision of making disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. a beautiful reminder of what Jesus did on this earth! She also knew that this calling to “disciple a generation” would take more than just her. So Jennie gathered a team and established IF:Gathering.

In 2013, influencers from all different backgrounds gathered to wrap their minds around this big question,“IF God is REAL, then WHAT?” During this gathering, they saw God do amazing things as they put their differences aside to be unified as the body of Christ. They saw unity happening across denominations, races, cultures and more!

So in early 2014, IF:Gathering launched with a website and a scheduled their first official gathering for February. They truly desired for all women to be able to access the event, so they had no set ticket price and live-streamed the event with a pay what you can structure.

Here’s what happened next as described on the IF Website:

“Women around the world stood up as IF:Local Leaders and took leadership in their own communities and hosted the streaming of IF:Gathering in their homes, churches, and theaters. It wasn’t just one age group, one race, or one denomination represented. Women tasted what it was like to be a part of a global move of God where each person had a place and lives were changed.

In the first two years, our gatherings have reached more than a million women in 50 countries worldwide.

The best metaphor we have to describe what has happened is this: each person in this story is a domino. Small acts of obedience to God result in the laying down of our lives, or our dominoes. Jennie and the IF team’s obedience is a very small part of a really huge matrix of dominoes. What has happened over the last two years is that an army of women have been obedient to their call and it has unleashed others to do the same. The result is simply that God’s glory is on display through the laying down of lives in the midst of a generation of women who want to see Him move.”

The dream is that ordinary women would become leaders who rise up to make disciples in every city in the country and every country in the world.

We have seen glimpses of this already, and we cannot wait to see what God does next.”

The mission of IF is to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out God’s calling on their lives. They do this through their annual IF:Gathering and through the many resources available on their website!

Access the IF:Gathering Live Stream HERE

(This live stream will be available to watch from 6pm Friday February 3rd until midnight on Monday February 6th. It will be an “On Demand” type experience that you can play anytime in that timeframe)

Purchase the Digital Download of IF:Gathering HERE

(If you aren’t able to watch the live stream this weekend. You can purchase the Digital Download which will be available on February 20th. Pre-order for $35)


Why I respect the leadership of IF:

There is a lot of noise in our world from all sides… even in the evangelical Christian world, so personally I have tried to weed out the noise and find voices of wisdom that I trust and respect! Are they perfect? Absolutely NOT, they don’t claim to be! Will they get it wrong sometimes? Absolutely! There is NO one, but our Jesus who can live a perfect holy life!

Here’s the reasons I respect the women that lead IF:

  • They provide Sound Biblical Teaching. 
    • In a world where opinions are a dime a dozen, the women of IF consistently point us back to scripture to find our answers. Their teaching does not water down the Word and dives head first into what God’s Word says and how it applies to our lives today!
  • They are NOT Seeking a Platform or Spotlight.
    • They are humble, authentic, genuine, vulnerable and real. They could each be out there seeking fame for themselves but they continue to be committed to the vision of IF and be unified to work together as a team!
  • They are NOT afraid to tackle hard controversial issues.
    • Whether it is racial reconciliation, sex trafficking, the refugee crisis or sexual orientation, they don’t shy away from being a voice of love and wisdom to Christians and to the world. They seek to unify and challenge in a way that holds God’s Word as the ultimate standard.
  • They seek unity, not division.
    • They are eager to cross racial, cultural, and denominational lines to unify and love all God’s Children.
    • As stated on their website, “In response to great division and theological disputes in the first three centuries of the church, a council formed to bring unity and agreement over the most essential doctrines of Christianity. One of the creeds that has stood the test of time is the Nicene Creed. This creed became a guiding statement of faith for the Church. We now find ourselves divided over many, many things – and yet about the most important things we whole-heartedly agree.”

Personally, I feel that Jennie Allen (the founder of IF) is just a beautiful vessel that God uses to equip women of our generation to disciple others. If you follow her online, through her books & bible studies, or through IF, you will see that she lives an authentic life as a wife, mom, friend and servant and I truly respect that so much!

Me and Jennie

Jennie has been such an encouragement to me on my journey! She is the real deal!

She really loves equipping women to do ministry right where they are!


 

My Personal Experience with IF:

  • 1st If:Gathering in 2014 – I heard about this and was curious so I paid what I could to watch the live stream. I sat alone in my living room that Friday listening to Jennie and the team speak directly to my heart! The messages of that weekend began to awaken something in my heart that I still to this day cannot explain. I felt chains being lifted and a whole new sense of freedom emerging! After the gathering, I began using IF:Equip, an online study through IF. I jumped right in and loved having that time in the Word with these IF women everyday!

In early 2015, I got an email from IF:Equip saying they were in my area filming a video to be shown at that year’s IF:Gathering. They asked if I was interested in being interviewed talking about my experience with If:Equip. My first reaction was NO, I just knew that I couldn’t do that, it would trigger a panic attack. God prompted me to say yes and I’m so glad I did!

That day was the first in a string of small steps of obedience that led me to where I am today. Since that moment in 2015, God has allowed me to speak to large groups of women about conquering fear and living in God’s freedom. I never could have imagined what God had in store for me when I said YES that day back in 2015!

Here’s the video…I share about my sweet Caleb and how being in the Word helps me be a better parent!

  • 2nd IF:Gathering in 2015 – I was so impacted by the first IF, so I gathered a team and we hosted an IF:Local in our town. It was a powerful weekend and I still hear the women that were there tell stories of the impact it made on their walk with the Lord!
  • 3rd IF:Gathering in 2016 – I wasn’t able to host an IF:Local last year, but purchased the digital download content and encouraged many other women to do the same!
  • This year…2017 – I will be watching the live stream as I travel this weekend and we will again purchase the digital download in hopes of hosting an IF:Local later this year for the women of our church!


Why you should move mountains to experience IF this year:

With the world as chaotic as it feels right now… I think it’s refreshing for us to get back to the basics of our faith! I think we overcomplicate things in the church sometimes and so I love that this year’s theme at IF:Gathering is going back to the early church and exploring how they did things! Watch this quick video from Jennie Allen about this year’s theme!

 From the IF:Gathering website: “At IF:Gathering 2017, we’ll look at one of the most influential generations that have ever lived — the early church. The way God moved through them was simple and pure. We believe they are the model we need right now. Our dream is that we would experience the power of God as He does big things through simple acts of faith. That we live unified, surrendered to God, not just in our minds and in our theology, but also in our daily lives. Our hope is that we would participate with the Spirit of God and see Him go forth in our generation in a most powerful way.”


 

How you can experience the IF:Gathering 2017:

  • Search for an IF:Local happening near you – Click HERE to find one, this is a great way to meet other women in your community
  • Gather some women in your home and watch the Live Stream together, register for the Live Stream HERE
  • Find some quiet time this weekend and watch the Live Stream alone, register for the Live Stream HERE
  • Purchase the Digital Download and watch the content on your own time at a later date, purchase the Digital Download HERE
  • Purchase the Digital Download and host a gathering at a later date, purchase the Digital Download HERE

 

Access the IF:Gathering Live Stream HERE

(This live stream will be available to watch from 6pm Friday February 3rd until midnight on Monday February 6th. It will be an “On Demand” type experience that you can play anytime in that timeframe)

Purchase the Digital Download of IF:Gathering HERE

(If you aren’t able to watch the live stream this weekend. You can purchase the Digital Download which will be available on February 20th. Pre-order for $35)

 


Have you experienced IF:Gathering? If so I would love to hear from you, Comment below.


Christy

Christy

Founder of The Praying Mom

This website was birthed out of Christy's passion to see women become intentional in their lives. She is passionate about helping moms discover their purpose in their homes, churches, communities & world! Follow more of her journey HERE

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