The Gospel Coalition

 

Here Is Our God!
God’s Revelation of Himself in Scripture

The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference is for women but not all about women. It’s about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to learn more of what Scripture says to us—and to say it to each other. A time to dig deeper into the character of God and his purpose for his people. A time to gather together and share biblical encouragement  as sisters, daughters, wives, mothers, and friends.

Several renowned Bible teachers, including three TGC founding members, will explore the theme “Here Is Our God!” by guiding us through the Bible’s unfolding revelation of God to human eyes and hearts. Plenaries will offer exposition of biblical texts in which the Lord shows himself to his people. Seminars will feature women living out the Word, seeing and serving God with transformed and transforming lives. We’ll worship together through music led by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

This time together in Orlando will fix our eyes on Christ, in whom God has shown himself fully, to enable us to see him more clearly and serve him more powerfully.

Kristie Anyabwile Mindy Belz Paige Benton Brown Lydia Brownback Don Carson Lauren Chandler Kathleen Chapell Miyon Chung Nancy Leigh DeMoss Elyse Fitzpatrick Keri Folmar Colleen Gallagher Keith and Kristyn Getty Nancy Guthrie Susan Hunt Mary Kassian

Kathy Keller Tim Keller Adrienne Lawrence Deborah Lorentsen Karen Loritts Carolyn Mahaney Mary K. Mohler Kathleen B. Nielson Jani Ortlund John Piper Noel Piper Jenny Salt Carrie Sandom Leeann Stiles Jessica Thompson Mary Willson



Beginning with the Gospel

Tim and Kathy Keller, Don Carson, and John Piper

Join us for three one-hour talks before the conference begins. Tim and Kathy Keller will share their story and their thoughts on reflecting the gospel through marriage and family. Don Carson will help us grasp the import of Paul’s words to Timothy about speaking gospel truth. John Piper will discuss how a singleminded pursuit of joy in God is essential to a life of glorifying him and loving others well. The specific focus of application in these talks will be for women living out the gospel in the twenty-first century church.

Keith and Kristyn Getty will lead us in corporate worship

Pre-Conference Events

Marriage in Gospel Focus

Tim & Kathy Keller Mandarin Chinese  |  French  |  Spanish
Plenaries
Workshops
Round One

Kingdom Matters

Paige Brown

Called to Work (Audio Unavailable)

Lydia Brownback
Round Two

Training Women to Teach the Bible: Why, What, Where, and How?

Kathleen Nielson, Carrie Sandom, Jenny Salt, Colleen Gallagher, Deb Lorentsen

Counsel from the Cross

Elyse Fitzpatrick
Round Three

Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required (Audio Unavailable)

Paige Brown
Focus Gatherings

Parenting Issues: A Mother and Daughter Perspective

Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Women Writing: Perspectives on the World of Publishing – Online and Off (Audio Unavailable)

Gloria Furman and Lydia Brownback, hosted by Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, TGC
Conference Pictures




Kristie Anyabwile

Kristie is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University with a degree in history. She is a wife, mother, and homemaker who loves cooking, hospitality, reading, and long walks with her hubby. Kristie is passionate about mentoring young women and watching them grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. She and her husband, Thabiti, live in the Cayman Islands where Thabiti serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman. They have been married 20 years and have three children by birth, and several adult “adopted” children who have become a part of their family.

Mindy Belz

Mindy Belz has written for WORLD Magazine since 1986, becoming the magazine's international editor in 1994 and its editor in 2004. She has covered war in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Her reporting has been published overseas and in other U.S. publications. She has appeared on Fox News and ABC News. She is a former Capitol Hill staffer, attended George Washington University, is married to graphic designer, editor and writer Nat Belz, has four children, and makes home in Asheville, North Carolina

Paige Benton Brown

Paige Benton Brown (M.A. Covenant Theological Seminary) is a native of Cleveland, Mississippi. She completed a masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Paige served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Vanderbilt University for many years, and again at the University of Virginia. In between campuses, she was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. After a couple of years in New York City, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in the Washington D.C. area with their three young children.

Lydia Brownback

Lydia Brownback is the author of several books, including A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything (Crossway, forthcoming in 2012) and a speaker at women’s conferences. Lydia serves as the director of editorial at Crossway, and she blogs at The Purple Cellar. Previously she worked as the writer-in-residence for Reverend Alistair Begg and as the broadcast media manager for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, where she produced The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice. Lydia holds degrees from Syracuse University and Westminster Theological Seminary and resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

Don Carson

Don Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is co-founder (with Tim Keller) and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.

Lauren Chandler

Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren is passionate about writing music and leading worship, not only at The Village Church, but also for groups across the country. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren on a challenging journey, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in Matt. The Lord has been infinitely merciful to provide peace and comfort in uncertainty, and joy in times of victory and healing. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and his cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms.

Kathleen Chapell

Kathleen Chapell holds a B.A. in music education and performance and an M.A. in music performance (with flute as her specialty) from Southern Illinois University. A longtime resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathy directs the choir of Covenant Presbyterian Church and enjoys participating in the music ministries at Covenant Theological Seminary, where her husband, Bryan Chapell, serves as president. Kathy and Bryan have four children.

Miyon Chung

Dr. Chung has been teaching systematic theology and ethics at Torch Trinity since the fall of 2002. She was born in Seoul, Korea but immigrated with her family to the US in 1979. She received a B.A. (Government/Pre-Law) from the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently received master's degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Church Social Work and in Theology. While working on her PhD in Theology, Chung served as academic dean of Dallas Korean Seminary and Guatemala Baptist Seminary. Internationally, she is a working member of Baptist World Alliance, Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship, and Global Diaspora Network. Her home church in Korea is Suwon Central Baptist Church.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Nancy Leigh DeMoss mentors thousands of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Her books have sold more than 2,000,000 copies.

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse and her husband, Phil, have been married for nearly four decades and have three children and six grandchildren. She and Phil attend Valley Center Community Church in Valley City, California, where Phil is an elder. Elyse holds a master's degree in biblical counseling, is the author of sixteen books and is a frequent conference speaker.

Keri Folmar

Keri is the wife of John Folmar, pastor of the United Christian Church of Dubai (UCCD) in the United Arab Emirates, and the mother of Ruth (12), Chloe (10) and Andrew (9). She writes, teaches and leads ladies' Bible studies at UCCD with an extraordinary group of ladies from every habitable continent. In a former life, Keri was the chief counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, where she had the privilege of being the staff writer of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban.

Colleen Gallagher

Colleen Gallagher has worked since 2007 for the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping the next generation of Bible expositors. Prior to working with the Trust, she was in the corporate world for six years, most recently as a business development manager at a major insurance corporation. Colleen earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the College of Business, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is presently pursuing an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She serves on the board of Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources. Making her home in Chicago, Colleen is a member of Holy Trinity Church where she teaches women regularly and trains women to read the Bible one-to-one.

Keith and Kristyn Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade, bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. They currently live in the United States where they have just finished their second album together, Awaken the Dawn, a collection of hymns that takes believers on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This follows their first collection of hymns, the 2006 release In Christ Alone.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie is a Bible teacher and author of seven books, including Holding On to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better, When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One, Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion-Starters, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 6,000 churches nationwide for small group ministry to grieving people. They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Along with their 20-year-old son, Matt, the Guthries are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt is a pastor's wife, mother, grandmother, and former director of women's ministry for the Presbyterian Church in America. She has authored several books, including Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Mandate for Women Mentoring Women, and Women's Ministry in the Local Church (co-authored with Ligon Duncan).

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian is an author, speaker, and professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and The Feminist Mistake. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She speaks at conferences nationally and internationally, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored. She and her husband, Brent—chaplain for a professional football team—enjoy a life full of athletics and adventure with their three sons.

Kathy Keller

Kathy Keller holds an MA in theological studies (summa cum laude) from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, has worked as an editor for Great Commission Publications, and presently serves on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where her husband, Tim, is senior pastor. In Redeemer's early years, Tim preached and Kathy was the entire staff; now she serves as assistant director of communications. Kathy and Tim have three grown sons.

Tim Keller

Tim Keller (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Keller was raised in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and holds degrees from Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Tim became a Christian at Bucknell owing to the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with which he later served as a staff member. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years, while also serving as director of church planting for the PCA. He also served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife, Kathy, were involved in urban ministry, and he continues as an adjunct professor of practical theology. Tim is co-founder (with D.A. Carson) and vice president of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods.

Adrienne Lawrence

Adrienne is a graduate of Duke University and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She has been active in ministry for many years discipling women, leading women’s Bible studies, and speaking at women’s retreats. However, her greatest joy is in supporting her husband who was an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for many years and is now senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. She has been married to Michael for 22 years, and they have five children.

Deborah Lorentsen

Deborah Lorentsen lives in Wheaton, Illinois, where she and husband John have raised three boys. She is an RN BSN having attended Taylor University, West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Presently she is active in the Women’s Bible Study at College Church in Wheaton where she serves as a regular lecturer, small group leader and curriculum coordinator. She also serves on the board of the Charles Simeon Trust.

Karen Loritts

Karen Loritts and her husband, Crawford—the senior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia— are associate staff with Campus Crusade for Christ International where they previously served full-time for 27 years. Her ministry includes speaking and teaching at conferences, seminars, and retreats. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism/mass communications. She and her husband have four adult children, two sons-in-love, two daughters-in-love, four adorable grandsons, and three precious granddaughters.

Carolyn Mahaney

Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, homemaker, and the author of Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood (written with her oldest daughter, Nicole) and Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and Not Be Overwhelmed (written with all her daughters). During her more than 30 years as a pastor’s wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences, including those of Sovereign Grace Ministries. She and her husband, C.J., have three married daughters and one 18-year-old son, Chad.

Mary K. Mohler

Mary serves in ministry as the president's wife at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and as the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute, an academic program for student wives at Southern Seminary and Boyce College. Mrs. Mohler has contributed to several devotional books as well as the forthcoming book Recovering the Christian Woman’s Home. Her favorite role is that of wife and mother. She and her husband, R. Albert Mohler Jr., have two grown children, Katie and Christopher. The Mohlers have been married for 29 years.

Kathleen B. Nielson

Kathleen B. Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) serves as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College. She authors the Living Word Bible studies (P&R), as well as various articles, poems, and a book, Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word. Kathleen speaks extensively at women's conferences, has directed and taught women's Bible studies at several churches, and serves on the board of The Charles Simeon Trust. She loves the community at Covenant College, where her husband, Niel, serves as president. The Nielsons have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter.

Jani Ortlund

Jani Ortlund is executive vice president of Renewal Ministries and loves spending her energies connecting women with the Word of God. Serving Jesus Christ through writing, speaking, and discipling are her chief passions in life. Jani and Ray—pastor of Immanuel Church—have four married children and seven grandchildren, and minister in Nashville, Tennessee.

John Piper

John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God's call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught biblical studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

Noel Piper

Noel Piper is a speaker and the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and several other books. She has traveled extensively internationally for missions purposes and blogs at noelpiper.com/. But her main calling is to her family. She and her husband, John, have ministered 31 years at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis. They have four married sons and twelve grandchildren. Their daughter is a high schooler and is home schooled.

Jenny Salt

Jenny Salt (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) hails from Sydney, Australia, and is a proud Aussie! She also has a soft spot for Chicago after living there on and off for a few years between 2003 and 2009, while studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since 1997 Jenny has served at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, for most of that time as dean of women but most recently as dean of students. Jenny’s ministry extends to women’s conferences throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and New Zealand. Her passion is expository Bible teaching as well as equipping other women to do the same. Jenny has contributed to a number of books, including How to Write a Bible Talk and What Women Really Need. She loves spending time with her family (including six nieces and nephews) and making the most of the numerous walkways around Sydney Harbour.

Carrie Sandom

Carrie Sandom has been involved in women's ministry for more than 20 years, working with students in Cambridge and young professionals in London before moving to St John's, Tunbridge Wells, where she is currently working with women of all ages and stages of life. An experienced conference speaker, she also trains women for Bible teaching ministry at the Cornhill Training Course in London and co-hosts the annual Proclamation Trust

Leeann Stiles

Leeann Stiles has been active in ministry for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities from directing short term mission trips to writing and leading Bible studies for women. She and her husband, Mack, have spent the last 10 years in the United Arab Emirates, where they’ve spearheaded a ministry to university students and been involved in church reform and church planting. They have three grown sons. Leeann currently oversees women’s ministries at Redeemer Church of Dubai. She’s also the coauthor of a book, Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short Term Missions.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica grew up in southern California, completed her B.A. in theology, and married her high school sweetheart, Cody Thompson. They enjoy homeschooling their three children and worshiping at Westview Church, an Acts29 church plant in San Diego county. Jessica co-authored (with her mother Elyse Fitzpatrick) Give Them Grace: Dazzling your Kids with the Love of Christ, and is presently writing a devotional for children and parents, to be published by Crossway in 2013.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson, a native Tennessean, now serves as the director of women in ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2009 (MDiv and ThM), she joined the staff at First Presbyterian where she focuses on biblical exposition, discipleship of women, and spiritual formation.

On the Mountain: The Terrifying and Beckoning God (Exodus 19)

Tim Keller
 

In the Temple: The Glorious and Forgiving God (1 Kings 8)

Paige Benton Brown
 

In the Throne Room: The God of Holiness and Hope (Isaiah 6)

John Piper
 

From a Miry Swamp: The God Who Comes and Delivers (Psalm 40)

Carrie Sandom
 

In the Third Heaven: The God Who Can’t Be Talked About (2 Corinthians 12)

Jenny Salt
 

On Another Mountain: The God Who Points to His Son (Matthew 17:1-15)

Nancy Leigh DeMoss
 

Through the Open Door: The Transcendent and Redeeming God (Revelation 4-5)

Kathleen B. Nielson
 

Home at Last: The Spectacular God at the Center (Revelation 21-22)

Don Carson
 

Women’s Ministry in Complementarian Contexts

Kristie Anyabwile
What are the ingredients for effective, encouraging women’s ministry in a biblically committed complementarian church? What are the pitfalls? How can women focus fruitfully on many diverse areas of ministry—neither being confined to nor scorning the typical areas of hospitality and children’s work? This seminar will encourage women to pursue every liberty in Christ, according to the Word, as they worship and serve in their local assemblies.

A Journalist’s Call to Speak Truth

Mindy Belz
This seminar will ask us to grapple with the Christian’s responsibility to speak true words about what God is doing in the world – through the eyes of one who has spent 25 years as a journalist, wrestling with discerning the news of the day from a Christian perspective. How do we hear accurately what the Lord is doing in the world and understand our place in it? How do we reflect the Bible’s central redemptive story, with Jesus Christ at the center, in the way we understand and articulate all the stories that fill our part of history? In this Age of Information we are all communicators; how can we be wise and godly ones?

Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required?

Paige Benton Brown
Bible studies, small groups, prayer partners . . . all for the sake of ministry. Is it enough? What kinds of relationships are necessary to ministry? Organized or organic? Discipleship or friendship? Mentoring or mutuality? Sign-up or serendipitous? This seminar will address the relational aspect of transformational gospel ministry.


Kingdom Matters

Paige Benton Brown
What about our life outside of church and Bible studies?  After we listen, take notes, do homework, learn . . . what do we DO? Jesus came bringing and proclaiming a kingdom.  Kingdom citizenship is a broader assignment than simply being a ministry leader or a church member. Starting with the biblical gospel, how do we understand kingdom citizenship and its reach into all of life?

Called to Work

Lydia Brownback
In Proverbs we find a portrait of an ideal woman whose excellent qualities include the ability to purchase a field and produce profitable merchandise, and in the New Testament we find Lydia, who ran a successful fabric business. Today, there are more women in the working world than ever before, many of them Christian women. How can we live out our professional calling to the glory of God without compromising our faith or our femininity? In this workshop we will consider women's calling and vocation in the light of Scripture.

The Stability of Your Times: A Meditation on Isaiah 33:5-6

Lauren Chandler
Suffering is not limited to a certain group of people. We will all encounter suffering on this earth in one form or another. When that day comes and your world is shaken, on what will you be standing? What will prove to be the stability of your times? Hear Lauren speak out of her personal experience with suffering about how God has sustained her through his character revealed by his Word.

Parenting with Christ in Mind

Kathleen Chapell
What does Christ-centered parenting look like? How does a parent show love even through discipline, reflecting God the Father’s unchanging love and his purifying discipline of us his children? This seminar will encourage confidence and joy in the calling to shape our children’s hearts according to God’s redemptive purposes. As we grow in our understanding of God’s love for us, according to the Scriptures, we will better and better understand how to pass on such a love to our children.

Perspectives from Asia: Choosing Hope Against All Odds

Miyon Chung
Miyon Chung will expound the biblical theme of hope as it has sustained Christians in Asia, a continent where hope is often the only resource people have to survive and thrive. More than a mere idle wish, more than an impossible luxury, hope is a strong word that takes us straight to the cross of Jesus Christ. This seminar will address the theme of hope in the Bible from the vantage point of the cross and resurrection—in order that we might demonstrate the hope of Christ in our daily lives, no matter what the circumstances. The perspectives of our brothers and sisters in Asia can help illumine for us a biblical understanding of hope.

Daily Devotions: Duty or Delight?

Nancy Leigh DeMoss
This seminar may change your whole perspective on daily devotions! Discover why a consistent devotional life is foundational to cultivating an intimate, fruitful relationship with God. And gain practical insights that may transform your “daily devotions” into the most meaningful time in your day.

Counsel from the Cross

Elyse Fitzpatrick
Every woman is involved in counseling of some sort, whether in a formal setting or at the local coffee shop with friends. In this seminar, Elyse will take the beautiful declarations of Christ’s work on our behalf (his incarnation, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension and reign) and apply them to broken people and relationships. Learning how the gospel intersects with our brokenness is key to providing help that is informed by the Wonderful Counselor and offers hope for deep transformation by the Spirit.

Abayas and Burqas: Gospel Outreach to Muslims (and Others Who Don’t Look Like You)

Keri Folmar and Leeann Stiles
God’s eternal plan to create a people to glorify him from every tribe, tongue, people and nation cannot be thwarted, not even in the most gospel-resistant places in the world. Learn how the message of Jesus is breaking through on the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, and how you can participate – in your own neighborhood or overseas – in reaching the unreached with the glorious news of the gospel. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

God’s Singing, Worshiping People

Keith and Kristyn Getty
What happens when we sing together as God’s people? As leaders in worship and lovers of God’s gift of music, Keith and Kristyn will explore the various aspects and roles of this gift among God’s worshiping people.

Word-Based Ministry to Women

Nancy Guthrie
Should we do a topical study or a Bible book study? How much time in small groups should we give to personal sharing and prayer vs. discussing the Scripture? What difference does it make when we seek to understand the storyline of the Bible rather than assuming it is all about us? How can we help women grow in their love for God’s Word and go deeper in their study of it? We’ll talk about the needs women have and the issues we all face in ministering to women with a firm confidence that it is the Word of God that does the work of God in our lives.

Titus 2 Discipleship Ministry

Susan Hunt
Do you have a spiritual mother? Is your church preparing you to be a spiritual mother? Are the Scriptures or is the culture telling the women in your church what it means to be a redeemed woman? Is the legacy of biblical womanhood being given to teen girls in your church? Why do we need opportunities for gender-specific discipleship? This seminar will present a gospel-centered approach to womanhood and will offer ideas and resources for vibrant discipleship ministry among women and teen girls in the local church.

The 'WOW' of Womanhood

Mary Kassian
The women’s lib movement of past decades sought to level the playing field and give woman the opportunities she deserves. But in our quest for gender equality, we’ve lost sight of the unique and vital way in which womanhood testifies to the gospel and displays spectacular truths about God. We will look at 1 Peter 3, a Scripture passage that navigates a way through the gender jungle. It will help us overcome the fear factor . . . see womanhood with fresh eyes and approach male-female relationships with godly wisdom.

God’s Calling and Our Walking

Karen Loritts
How do doctrine and life go together? We will explore the way Ephesians links doctrinal truth to practical living out of that truth. How does this beautiful epistle speak into the body of Christ today, as we aim to walk in a manner worthy of God’s calling? As Karen connects the living Word to her own life, and ours, she will point us to a deeper connection between the call of God and the daily, real-life walk of faith.

The Snare of Compare (John 21:15-22)

Carolyn Mahaney
We'll consider the risen Lord's dramatic confrontation with Peter, in which Peter is called to face a future he would not choose but cannot change. Peter's first instinct is to compare—to look to those around him rather than to his Lord. How do we respond to challenges we don't want but can't change? The human temptation is to measure our lot against that of others. How can we turn this temptation to compare ourselves with others into a heart of gospel ministry to others? Jesus' challenging words to Peter can point the way.

Transformation by the Word: The Power of Scripture Memory

Mary K. Mohler
Is Scripture memory for those who have either “the gift” or extra time on their hands? This practical seminar will encourage and inspire us to take seriously the spiritual discipline of Scripture meditation and memorization. We will look at the biblical basis for this crucial activity, as well as some of its fruit—in prayer, and ministry of all kinds. We will examine the non-negotiable elements of the process as well as survey a selection of methods. Finally, we will employ one of those methods to learn a psalm together, live!

Panel: Training Women to Teach the Bible: Why, What, Where, and How?

Kathleen B. Nielson, Carrie Sandom, Jenny Salt, Colleen Gallagher, Deborah Lorentsen
Why is training in expository teaching of the Bible so important? What should the training involve? Where and how does this training happen effectively? Whether you’re looking for training or looking to train others, this seminar will help you think through such questions. We will hear from a number of women experienced in training women teachers and Bible study leaders in biblical exposition.

Marriage through Gospel Eyes: Mrs. Law or Mrs. Grace?

Jani Ortlund
How does the gospel shine light on marriage? Exactly how does one’s role as a wife connect to one’s relationship with Christ? We will explore the Scriptures to find the answers to such questions—and to discover what a wife’s respect, submission, and grace bring to a marriage. With wisdom both doctrinal and extremely practical, this seminar will encourage wives intentionally to fill their marriages with the grace and peace of Christ our Savior.

Treasuring Christ in Our Traditions

Noel Piper
Whether single or married, almost all of us have certain ways we observe special occasions. When we stop to think about the traditions in our homes, many of us will realize that we're just doing what's 'always' been done or what 'everyone else' is doing. In this seminar, we will think together how special seasons and everyday events can be what we want them to be--reflections of Christ, the treasure of our lives.

Singleness: What Does God Think?

Jenny Salt
For many, singleness can be an unpleasant word and a situation to be avoided at all costs. But what does God think about it? How should Christians respond to singleness in light of God’s Word? This seminar is not just for single women but for everyone who is part of God’s family and who desires to live in a way that not only honors the Lord Jesus but encourages others to do the same.

Equipped for Every Good Work: Profitable Handling of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:17)

Carrie Sandom
We know the Bible teaches, corrects, rebukes, and trains us in righteousness, but when we study and teach it how can we be sure we’re handling it correctly? What tools do we need to help us discover the main theme of a passage and its application in the post-resurrection era? In this seminar we will examine a variety of biblical genres and ways of studying them, with the aim of developing greater Bible handling skills.

The Sabbath: A Biblical Theological Approach

Mary Willson
In a weary and broken world, a gospel-centered Sabbath rhythm offers hope, rest, and joy to those who trust in Jesus Christ. Several Old and New Testament texts will help us address questions such as: How does the Sabbath teach us to depend on God as Creator, Redeemer, and provider? How does Jesus view the Sabbath? How can we practice a Sabbatical rhythm, enslaved as we are by the tyranny of the urgent? How can this practice advance the church’s global witness? As we trace this scriptural theme, we will encounter the radical implications of God’s Sabbath rest and his gift of that rest to his people.

Thursday, June 21st
6:00 pm - 8:00 PM
Lobby Level

Early Registration

Friday, June 22nd
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lobby Level

Registration

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Orange Ballroom

Exhibitor and LifeWay Bookstore Hours

12:00 PM
Main Stage

Pre-Conference - Marriage in Gospel Focus

Tim and Kathy Keller

1:15 PM
Main Stage

Pre-Conference - Preserving the Gospel

Don Carson

2:30 PM
Main Stage

Pre-Conference - The Search for Joy and the Supremacy of God in the Gospel

John Piper

4:00 PM
Main Stage

Introduction and Corporate Worship

Keith and Kristyn Getty

4:30 PM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 1 - On the Mountain: The Terrifying and Beckoning God (Exodus 19)

Tim Keller

5:30 PM
 

Dinner Break

5:45 PM
Main Stage

Focus Gathering - Urban Diversity: Fertile Soil for Church Ministry

Keri Folmar and Leeann Stiles

7:30 PM
Main Stage

Corporate Worship

Keith and Kristyn Getty

7:45 PM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 2 - In the Temple: The Glorious and Forgiving God (1 Kings 8)

Paige Benton Brown

9:00 PM
Main Stage

Focus Gathering - Parenting Issues: A Mother and Daughter Perspective

Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

9:00 PM
FL 5-7

Focus Gathering - Women Writing: Perspectives on the World of Publishing – Online and Off

Gloria Furman and Lydia Brownback, hosted by Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, TGC


Saturday, June 23rd
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Orange Ballroom

Exhibitor and LifeWay Bookstore Hours

8:30 AM
Main Stage

Corporate Worship

Keith and Kristyn Getty

9:00 AM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 3 - In the Throne Room: The God of Holiness and Hope (Isaiah 6)

John Piper

10:00 AM
 

Break

10:30 AM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 4 - From a Miry Swamp: The God Who Comes and Delivers (Psalm 40)

Carrie Sandom

11:30 AM
 

Lunch Break

12:00 PM
Main Stage

Focus Gathering - 9Marks Panel - The Pastor's Wife: First Lady, Piano Player, Hostess, Mother Extraordinaire, and All-Around Wonderwoman?

Kristie Anyabwile, Keri Folmar, Adrienne Lawrence

1:30 PM
 

Workshops Round 1

 
FL 4

Daily Devotions: Duty or Delight?

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

 
Lake Nona

Singleness: What Does God Think?

Jenny Salt

 
Lake Eola

Kingdom Matters

Paige Benton Brown

 
FL 5-7

Word-Based Ministry to Women

Nancy Guthrie

 
Lake Sheen

Perspectives from Asia: Choosing Hope Against All Odds

Miyon Chung

 
FL 2-3

The Sabbath: A Biblical Theological Approach

Mary Willson

 
Lake Mizzel

Called to Work

Lydia Brownback

 
Main Stage

The Snare of Compare (John 21:15-22)

Carolyn Mahaney

2:45 PM
 

Workshops Round 2

 
FL 5-7

Training Women to Teach the Bible: Why, What, Where, and How?

Kathleen Nielson, Carrie Sandom, Jenny Salt, Colleen Gallagher, Deb Lorentsen

 
Main Stage

Counsel from the Cross

Elyse Fitzpatrick

 
FL 4

Parenting with Christ in Mind

Kathy Chapell

 
Lake Sheen

Abayas and Burqas: Gospel Outreach to Muslims (and Others Who Don’t Look Like You)

Keri Folmar and Leeann Stiles

 
Lake Eola

Transformation by the Word: The Power of Scripture Memory

Mary K. Mohler

 
Lake Mizzel

Women’s Ministry in Complementarian Contexts

Kristie Anyabwile

 
Lake Nona

A Journalist’s Call to Speak Truth

Mindy Belz

 
FL 2-3

God’s Singing, Worshiping People

Keith and Kristyn Getty

4:00 PM
 

Workshops Round 3

 
Main Stage

The Stability of Your Times: A Meditation on Isaiah 33:5-6

Lauren Chandler

 
Lake Nona

The ‘WOW’ of Womanhood

Mary Kassian

 
FL 5-7

Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required?

Paige Benton Brown

 
Lake Mizzel

Titus 2 Discipleship Ministry

Susan Hunt

 
FL 2-3

God's Calling and Our Walking

Karen Loritts

 
FL 4

Treasuring Christ in our Traditions

Noel Piper

 
Lake Sheen

Equipped for Every Good Work: Profitable Handling of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:17)

Carrie Sandom

 
Lake Eola

Marriage through Gospel Eyes: Mrs. Law or Mrs. Grace?

Jani Ortlund

5:00 PM
 

Dinner Break

5:30 PM
Main Stage

Focus Gathering - Stories from Asia: A Call to Celebrate, Learn, and Pray

Interview with Miyon Chung, Seoul, South Korea, with Mindy Belz, World Magazine

6:45 PM
Main Stage

Corporate Worship

Keith and Kristyn Getty

7:00 PM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 5 - In the Third Heaven: The God Who Can’t Be Talked About (2 Corinthians 12)

Jenny Salt

8:00 PM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 6 - On Another Mountain: The God Who Points to His Son (Matthew 17:1-15)

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

9:15 PM
Main Stage

Focus Gathering - Grieving a Loss

Nancy Guthrie


Sunday, June 24th
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Orange Ballroom

Exhibitor and LifeWay Bookstore Hours

8:45 AM
Main Stage

Corporate Worship

Keith and Kristyn Getty

9:00 AM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 7 - Through the Open Door: The Transcendent and Redeeming God (Revelation 4-5)

Kathleen B. Nielson

10:00 AM
 

Break

10:30 AM
Main Stage

Plenary Session 8 - Home at Last: The Spectacular God at the Center (Revelation 21-22)

Don Carson

12:00 PM
 

Conference Close


These are optional supplementary sessions in which women can hear more from and interact further with our speakers on a variety of topics. Attendees will be welcome to pick up boxed meals or snacks (available at central locations) and bring them to the gatherings.

Urban Diversity: Fertile Soil for Church Ministry

Friday, June 22nd, 5:45 p.m. | Keri Folmar and Leeann Stiles
Interested in urban life and ministry? From the context of strong international churches in Dubai, Keri and Leeann share what they’re learning about urban diversity as fertile soil for gospel ministry.

Parenting Issues: A Mother and Daughter Perspective

Friday, June 22nd, 9:00 p.m. | Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
Elyse and her daughter Jessica are co-authors of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus.

Women Writing: Perspectives on the World of Publishing – Online and Off

Friday, June 22nd, 9:00 p.m. | Gloria Furman and Lydia Brownback, hosted by Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, TGC
Write an article. Start your own blog. Publish a book. Learn and network with three experienced writers and editors.

9Marks Panel - The Pastor's Wife: First Lady, Piano Player, Hostess, Mother Extraordinaire, and All-Around Wonderwoman?

Saturday, June 23rd, 12:00 p.m. | Kristie Anyabwile, Keri Folmar, Adrienne Lawrence
Three pastors' wives discuss lofty expectations and this irreplaceable role in the church.

Stories from Asia: A Call to Celebrate, Learn, and Pray

Saturday, June 23rd, 5:30 p.m. | Live Interview with Miyon Chung, Seoul, South Korea, with Mindy Belz, World Magazine.
A personal and front-line perspective on the work and growth of gospel ministry in Korea.

Grieving a Loss

Saturday, June 23rd, 9:15 p.m. | Nancy Guthrie
This session will particularly address those suffering loss – as well as those learning to comfort others. In addition to her authoring and speaking, Nancy serves as co-host of Respite Retreat (for couples who have faced the death of a child) and of GriefShare video series.