Hey Beautiful,

    Can you believe that it has been almost 20 years since the start of Sistas? What an inspiring, life-changing 20 years it has been. For those of you who have been part of the journey with us, I want to personally thank you for your support and encouragement. We have received countless testimonies of miracles from women just like you who have been a part of the atmosphere of faith at conference over the years, and I know that this is only the beginning for what God has in store for us.

    The theme for 2019, Love Louder, has always been at the core of Sistas. Through Jesus, we have a love that calls us to step out boldly and be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. We are all called to love without exception and without limits. As it says in 1 Corinthians 13, that “Love never gives up, Love never stops loving” (TPT). I pray that you would be encouraged by these words and choose to be known for the love that flows to us through Christ, and through us to others. 

    I am believing that Sistas 2019 will be more than just a celebration of what God has done for us through the past 20 years. It also marks a coming of age for us as a conference and as a company of women. would love for you to join together with us and be a part of Sistas 2019 – it really wouldn’t be the same without you.

    Much love.
    Maree XX



    Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. She and her husband, Nick, founded the global anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to activate women to fulfill their God-given passion, purpose, and potential. Christine is the author of several books including her most recent: Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure.


    Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.

    Lisa was the director of Focus on the Family's national women's ministry, has published twelve books and also has three best-selling video-based Bible study curriculums with LifeWay, but describes her greatest accomplishment to date bringing home her adopted daughter home from Haiti. 


    Laura Toggs and her husband Peter are youth pastors at Hillsong Church (Sydney, Australia), and are involved in many aspects of church and music. Laura and Peter lead Hillsong Young & Free, giving young people a stimulating new sound to worship to. With a mix of upbeat, electronic dance music and slower, beautiful ballads, all with the focus on Jesus alone, the group is topping the charts and breaking down barriers.

    In addition to this, Laura also runs The Secret Garden TV, a space to share the journeys of women and discuss the things that consume our inner-worlds. It's dedicated to placing value on young women through real conversation with a clear mandate to encourage and build one another up. Laura is honest and transparent, with a passion for seeing youth rise to their potential.

    Maree de Jong

    Founder and Host of Sistas Conference

    Maree and her husband Paul are the Senior Pastors of LIFE, a church that has grown to become an influential ministry since it began in 1991. Maree initiated the Sistas Women’s Conference which has inspired and encouraged thousands of women from all over New Zealand and the South Pacific.

    Maree’s heart is to see women empowered and for them to recognise their full potential and see beyond their own circumstances so they can make a difference in this generation and the next. Maree has practical wisdom and knowledge of the Word and a powerful testimony of the grace and forgiveness of God, in which her complete trust in Him has given her a power and truth that she can confidently speak from.

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