The Heart to Home Conference will be launched on February 6 & 7, 2015 in Monroe, Louisiana. This conference, founded by Dr. Joneal Kirby, will feature the Women of Duck Commander, Jace Robertson, Mary Beth Chapman, and Tracy Eyster, along with Kirby and many others.
I already knew Joneal and some of her family, so when I heard about the conference I had to be involved on some level. What a pleasure it has been working on the conference as a part of the promotional team…and getting to know Joneal better. She is the most amazing woman! As the founder of this Titus 2 ministry, she lives out these principles in her own life…opening her home to others, sharing and encouraging, mentoring. You can feel her passion for helping women connect in authentic relationships and grow spiritually after spending just a few minutes with Joneal.
Joneal had a meeting with her local team several weeks before the conference which enabled me to meet some of the women who have been a part of Heart to Home…some of the Heart Moms and Heart Sisters. I heard their stories of how this group has changed their lives. There was an undeniable comradery that is very attractive to see in real life situations. It’s such a beautiful and unique thing to see the whole heart to home concept lived out before your eyes! I heard Joneal share her story of how she started the ministry and what her goals are. This business meeting, including serving a lunch she personally cooked, continued after the official ending when she encouraged us to hang out as we had time.
And I did! I continued to meet with Tammy Daughtry, owner of Mason Jar Productions from Nashville, as well, as we talked PR until about 10 o’clock that evening. Tammy will also be a speaker at the Heart to Home conference and is the event producer. I have sat back in awe as I see how this conference is unfolding under her direction. She is an event planner and promoter extraordinaire!
During another lunch meeting with Joneal, I listened as she shared with Candy Christmas about her ministry. Candy is another lady with a big heart for ministry. Candy, part of the famous singing Hemphill Family with roots in West Monroe, now lives in Nashville where she founded the Bridge Ministry. Joneal talked about helping women get past their “foyer faces” so they can get into each other’s lives. “We’ve done Bible studies for years. But small group mentoring is different,” said Joneal. She described how part of the ministry involves being intentional about developing meaningful relationships. “It changes your church. It starts as a formal program that is structured but, in time, it becomes organic.”
As this organization has wormed its way into my “heart” (pun intended!), I have busied myself about getting out the word over the past three weeks. It’s going to be an awesome conference. We are expecting to pack out the Monroe Civic Center Arena. If you are a Monroe local, you know you’ve got to be there! But even if you live in another state, gather your girlfriends, hop in the car and come on over to Monroe, Louisiana: the home of the Robertson’s of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” and the birthplace of the Heart to Home Ministry! If you can’t make it in person, you can always attend via simulcast and watch the conference take place in your own living room! For more information and to order tickets, go to www.hearttohomeconference.com.