BROOKSVILLE — The pastors at Great Life Church are praying that two special events they are hosting in the coming weeks will offer people hope and an opportunity to change their lives.
Pastor Ellen Bilsborough will be one of two speakers at a women's conference called "It's Time."
"I come across many women that have come to a point in their lives where they can't face the day or the situation they're in," the women's pastor at the church said. "So we decided to do a conference to rejuvenate women's hearts and lives and get them on fire and on track and motivated to live life. We call our church Great Life because we believe in living life to the fullest."
The other speaker, Pastor Liz McGuinnes from New York, will talk about her experiences, including rearing five children and being married to a husband who overcame alcoholism.
"(This conference) is about real women," Bilsborough said. "We're real, not a facade. We've actually been through what we're talking about."
Bilsborough believes it's important for women to minister to each other.
"It's not that we don't love our men; we do," she said. "But we just know what it feels like to be a mom, to be divorced or a single or working mom. We can relate better to one another with our experiences."
The foundation for the conference will be the Bible.
"I believe totally that it is the Word of God that changes us completely," Bilsborough said. "In a secular conference, you will hear a motivational speaker give nine or ten points as to what to do, but it will never be life changing. I can get up there and speak and share what I've been through, but it is the Holy Spirit that brings conviction, love and instruction to tell us which way to go."
The conference, which is open to all women age 13 and up, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and run for about two hours. On Saturday, the starting time is 8:30 a.m., and it is expected to run until noon. Along with the messages, there will music and worship, led by the church's worship team.
Meanwhile, Senior Pastor Steve Bilsborough hopes the church's revival in November will reach out to people beyond Hernando County.
"We extend an open invitation to those from other churches in the community and bordering counties," he said. "It's open to those who want to draw closer to God, those who need a miracle and those who need to come to Jesus."
Tiff Shuttlesworth, who will conduct the services with Bilsborough, has ministered at the nondenominational church three times previously. He is president and founder of the Lost Lamb Association.
"He has been an evangelist for more than 30 years and has ministered in message and music in more than 25 countries of the world," Bilsborough said. "Your life will be forever changed through his ministry, which is marked by miracles, revival, restoration and salvation."
These meetings, which will be at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 to 6, are part of an ongoing outreach to the community, Bilsborough said.
"We hope it will bring a greater awareness to the need for a life-changing experience in people," Bilsborough said. "It's to bring the church alive to fulfill the purpose of the church. That's what revival is."