Since 2001, Mia Wright, Co-Pastor of The Fountain of Praise, in Houston, Texas, sought to develop a conference that would empower women and charge them to embrace their destiny in Christ. In a personal and in depth interview, Gospel Today sits down with her to discuss her passion, her ministry life, work. and her present season of ministry as she celebrates 13 years as the Founder and Director of the Metamorphosis Conference. The conference is set for March 12-14th this year and will be held at The Fountain of Praise church with special guests: Tamela Mann, Kathy Taylor, Jekalyn Carr, Dr. Jazz Scurlock, and Pastor Sheryl Brady. This conference hosts over 3,000 women from all over the nation, and many international guests who travel to Metamorphosis to experience God and true change within their lives.
GT: What was your inspiration for starting the Metamorphosis Conference?
MW: After traveling and speaking at many conferences across the state and nation, when I would return to some of those same venues, I would ask the women, how they were doing. I was concerned that many had not made strategic changes in their lives. As a result, I asked God to help us to create a conference that would inspire real change with formidable steps of action because we believe as Christians that faith without works is dead.
Metamorphosis seeks to give biblical strategies and practical resources to show women how to embrace change and true empowerment in their lives. We are a 501(c)3 organization that provides empowerment seminars, real fellowship, life-changing and soul-stirring preaching to the women who attend our annual conferences.
GT: What is your goal in the Houston area as well as globally for the Metamorphosis Conference?
MW: We pray that women become the voice of change. Our hope is that change becomes contagious for the women who attend Metamorphosis events. My prayer is that they will not only change themselves to live better, holistic lives for Christ, but that they become influencers and community leaders. They will be the voice of redemption and change. Our desire is that women learn to release their past and anticipate their future in Christ.
In five years, we pray that Metamorphosis will possess branches and offices in different cities and countries. There are also plans to expand our teen leadership programs and compassion outreach project. We desire to illustrate a conference model that can travel the globe for Christ and help women to reach others with mentorship and encouragement.
GT: How are the roles of women being defined in the Church currently? What books would you recommend for women who are called to serve as preachers, co-pastors etc.?
MW: Women have always played major and supporting roles in the church. Some women are dually aligned where they serve as First Ladies, Co-Pastors, ministers of the Gospel, music ministries, and other roles. The call of God is individual, personal, and unique. Generally, First Ladies set the standard for other women in the church to follow. Co-Pastors are those who are called to shepherd God’s people. You must possess a passion and heart for it. Many women have served in these exact roles and/or both roles, but without the titles per se. Over the last few decades, many churches, began affirming these roles. This affirmation helps to spread the Word of God to this present generation.
I would recommend the following books to women church leaders: Called: Two Views on Women in Ministry edited by James Beck and Stanley Guidry which examines the egalitarian view (equal ministry opportunity for both genders) versus the complementarian view (ministry roles differentiated by gender) as well as the book, I Suffer Not a Woman by Richard Clark Kroeger which details women being called into servant ministry.
GT: Who is Mia Wright? And do you find it personally challenging being a professionally trained, educated woman helping to lead a church? Oftentimes, we are tolerated, but not celebrated.
MW: I am originally from California and reared in Austin, Texas. I am from a pastoral family. My grandfather was Rev. E.M. Franklin and we have great gospel singing and preaching roots in Texas. Despite my roots, I always felt like the misfit in a very talented family, so there was a time that I strayed away from the church. However, I was readily affirmed in the world with my University of Texas at Austin degree, pharmaceutical career, the right connections, elite clubs, and sorority affiliation. Then the Lord later called me back to His church as a young adult and into Christian leadership.
I have been gifted to share in the church leadership development, preaching, and the pastoral role. Merging my business side and church hasn’t always been easy. It can be challenging at times to help people to understand that the church is an organism, yet it also possesses a business side and we must be good stewards of God’s resources. The people of God give to the House of God and it is their investment to the Kingdom, so we must manage it professionally and biblically in a spirit of excellence. I believe that every gift and every opportunity I have been afforded in life, in school as well as in the workplace, had already been destined to be used in the Kingdom of God.
GT: What do you believe God is saying to the Church in this season and how can we found out more about Metamorphosis 2014 and The Fountain of Praise?
MW: God is calling for the church to prepare. It is time for the Church to get right and establish a biblical standard. The church is being socially and globally challenged. Women, start preparing yourself to be called a Christian and all that comes along with it. Mothers, educate your children about Who God is by training and preparing them. We must showcase a belief that is not easily shaken in spite of persecution and alienation.
We are approaching the last days and the church; God’s Church must be prepared to take a stand. To take a stand, you must be ready in the knowledge of the Word of God, know it, study it, and most importantly, live it.
At Metamorphosis 2014, our theme is “I Am My Metamorphosis” or simply put: “I am my change.” We invite you to Houston, March 12-14th each night at 7pm. It’s time to embrace your change! You can visit our website at metamorphosis.org and please feel free to visit our church, The Fountain of Praise, at our website at tfop.org to learn more about our church and location.
Thank you so much Pastor Mia, for taking the time to speak with Gospel Today and we look forward to seeing you at Metamorphosis 2014!