Girl Defined Conference Encouraged Hundreds


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More than 500 teen girls, some accompanied by mothers, packed the sanctuary of Shearer Hills Baptist Church August 3 and 4, for the third annual GirlDefined Conference. Participants traveled from 30 states and eight countries – Austria to Australia – to attend the inspiring event promoting God’s design for romance, love and purity. GirlDefined Ministries founders Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird discussed how girls can approach their longing for love through the boundaries of God’s design, rather than culture’s destructive model. Discussions covered true love, purposeful relationships and femininity to help girls discover a radically better and refreshingly biblical approach to navigating life and romance.

Participants enjoyed an ice cream social, live worship by Crossway Bible Church’s musical team, a concert by Willow City Band, breakout sessions and fun with like minded friends. 

"Hollywood’s version of love is all about the sparks and the chemistry. In reality, God’s design is nothing like that. It is easy to feel like they are the only girl who is trying to embrace God’s design for love and romance. We hope girls will take away that they are not in this alone."
Bethany Baird
GirlDefined Ministry

“The reason we think the message of love and romance is so important is who you end up with – who you marry – will change the course of your life,” Bethany said. “Hollywood’s version of love is all about the sparks and the chemistry. In reality, God’s design is nothing like that – it’s about Agape, self-sacrificial love. We want to encourage girls to be intentional with the dating and relationship process – not just going in with eyes half closed – to look for a man with character and a heart for God, because who you date will be who you will marry.” 

The sisters have written three books in just a little more than four years. Girl Defined was their flagship title, in which the attractive young-adult, blonde sisters share their story of how they walked away from careers in the modeling industry to find a greater purpose honoring God with their lives and work. In 2014, they began GirlDefined Ministries to inspire the next generation. Each felt she had reached a turning point in her life where it was important to make a courageous choice to serve God rather than follow the path of the world. 

“We wanted to use our lives for something more,” Bethany said. “Our goal has been to help modern girls understand and live out God’s timeless truth for womanhood. In a day and age when girls and women receive so many conflicting messages about their value, purpose, and identity, they desperately need to know that the only one who can define them is the One who created them,” the sisters post at GirlDefined.com. 

Last year, they wrote Love Defined, which released May 1, 2018, in response to questions raised by thousands of messages from girls who follow them. 

“The girls are sharing all these issues and struggles in the areas of romance and love. Every time we’d write a blog on one of those topics, the open rate would skyrocket,” Bethany said. “At the time we wrote the book, Kristen had been married for six years, and I was single.” The sisters were able to bring their different perspectives to the book, which is filled with stories of how they weathered crushes and difficult breakups, while still following God’s game plan. Bethany is putting their advice into action now, as she was recently engaged and planning an October wedding. 

Again, their ministry mirrored life, as Bethany and Kristen sent their third book, Sex, Purity and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart, to the publishers July 1. People have asked Bethany what’s changing now that she’s engaged.

“I have been grateful, God has been so good to give us the strength to stick with our boundaries,” Bethany said. “It has been incredible to study God’s design for sex as I have been writing this book – I wish every engaged girl could do that.” 

The sisters post several compelling blogs and YouTube videos weekly. Popular topics include “5 Wardrobe Hacks for Dressing Modestly,” “Practical Tips for Embracing Purity in a Romantic Relationship,” “6 Guys you Shouldn’t Date, Court or Marry,” and “Why We Gave Up Modeling to Pursue Ministry Instead.” 

Many of their offerings address the question, “How can we, as Christian girls, glorify God as we navigate THIS… issue where values clash with modern culture.” For example, they suggest keeping a shirt handy to tie around your waist to disguise a rear view that might be showing more than expected. (A useful tip for yoga-pants wearing moms, too!) These “hacks” are presented winsomely and attractively – pleasing teen girls and moms alike. 

Kristen and Bethany were born and raised in San Antonio, two of eight home schooled siblings who still attend the family’s church – Wayside Chapel. Girl Defined ‘18 was the sisters’ third conference in San Antonio and involved other family members in supportive roles. Sister, Rebekah, handled conference coordinating; 16-year-old Suzanna designed merchandise; Ellissa provided support; and brother, Timothy, videoed. For the first time their mother, Heidi Baird, hosted a breakout session for other mothers. Kristen and her husband, Zack, led a session on “how to know if he’s the one” and Bethany and her finance, Dave, shared the story about their purposeful pursuit of romance. 

The sisters have spoken locally at Concordia Lutheran and Geneva Schools as well as appearing with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth of Revive Our Hearts and on Family Life Today. They intend to “bloom where they are planted” in San Antonio, continuing to encourage girls through local youth groups, churches and schools. 

“We hope girls will take away that they are not in this alone,” Bethany said. “It is easy to feel like they are the only girl who is trying to embrace God’s design for love and romance. We want to help them feel encouraged to go out and live this the rest of the year.” 

For those who missed the conference, content can be found at GirlDefined.com or follow Kristen and Bethany on social media platforms @GirlDefined. 

Kristen and Bethany were born and raised in San Antonio. They are available to speak to encourage girls at youth groups, churches and schools. Find them at GirlDefined.com or follow Kristen and Bethany on social media platforms @GirlDefined. 

Be A Light.

Share. Tell others about this awesome ministry. Invite. Ask GirlDefined to speak at your school or church. Give. GirlDefined can use your financial contributions to expand their ministry efforts. Volunteer. Ask them how you can help. Pray. Pray for their new book to reach millions and for protection for them as they share and live out God’s design for womanhood. 

Kristen and Bethany were born and raised in San Antonio. They are available to speak to encourage girls at youth groups, churches and schools. Find them at GirlDefined.com or follow Kristen and Bethany on social media platforms @GirlDefined. 

 

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