Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 events. This decision has come after much consideration and prayer, and we believe it is the wisest and safest course of action at this time. Thank you for understanding.

2 Timothy reminds us that we have been entrusted with a message to proclaim and a gift to steward. We hope you can join us for this Women’s Training Network event to hear from 2 Timothy and be further equipped to pass on what has been entrusted to us.

Registration fee is $99. Saturday lunch is included in your registration fee. When registering, you will select the track you’d like to attend; please see track descriptions below. To see a basic schedule and learn more, you can visit our webpage. We are grateful to Houston Chinese Church for hosting this training!

Keynote Sessions

Keynote 1: 2 Timothy 1:6-14 – Courtney Doctor

Keynote 2: 2 Timothy 2:1-2 – K.A. Ellis

Keynote 3: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 – Courtney Doctor

Available Tracks

Bible Interpretation 

This is our foundational track that we believe everyone can benefit from, whether you are learning these tools for the first time or thinking through how you can teach them to others. This track covers Bible study methods through a series of sessions, including an entry-level story of Scripture workshop, genre work, introduction to the interpretation process, and hands-on practice in groups. If you’ve never thought about tools for Bible interpretation, we hope you consider attending this track, as these tools are assumed in the other tracks offered.

Workshop 1: The One Story of Scripture – Caroline Smiley

Workshop 2: How to Study the Bible – Caroline Smiley

Workshop 3: Practicing Bible Interpretation – Ann Westrate

Ministry Practicals

This track is intended for women hoping to be further equipped in practical ways to minister in the local church, our neighborhoods, our families, and our spheres of influence. Assuming a basic understanding of Bible interpretation, the workshop discussions will take the next step and get very practical about how we use our Bibles to serve others!

Workshop 1: How to Use the Scriptures in your Mentoring – Suzanne Wells

Workshop 2: How to Lead a Bible Study – Alison Mezger 

Workshop 3: How to Teach Someone to Share the Gospel – Kori de Leon 

The Story of Scripture in Your Ministry

In this track, we will look at the metanarrative of Scripture, and then discuss in each workshop how it influences a specific area of Christian life. This track builds upon a basic understanding of Bible interpretation, seeking to better understand how biblical theology influences all of our ministry.

Workshop 1: The Beauty of the Story of Scripture – K.A. Ellis

Workshop 2: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Teaching – Irene Sun

Workshop 3: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Evangelism – Courtney Doctor

Making Disciples

Jesus made it clear – his followers are commanded to make disciples. Where do we start? How do we continue? What are the practical pieces of walking with another in growth? Let’s talk through how Christ enables us to obey  this commission, to be transformed ourselves and to grow in service to others.

Workshop 1: By What Are We Discipled? – Alison Mezger

Workshop 2: Discipleship in the Frame of Biblical Paradigms – K.A. Ellis

Workshop 3: The Story of Scripture in Discipleship – Caroline Smiley

Advanced Bible Topics: Old Testament

This track is designed for women who are ready for higher-level workshops, giving the opportunity to do a deep dive into specific biblical principles with one passage in view.  We will focus on important topics relating to the Old Testament. In all of these discussions, we will see how individual parts tie to the whole and point to Christ. This track is intended for women who are already teaching the Bible and want to continue to grow in their understanding.

Workshop 1: Interpreting Psalms as One Story – Irene Sun

Workshop 2: Interpreting Kings in Redemptive Historical Context – Courtney Doctor

Workshop 3: Interpreting Biblical Theological Themes in Proverbs – K.A. Ellis

Kori de Leon is the author of Age of Crowns: Pursing Lives Marked by the Kingdom of God and Adoring Christ: Beholding God's Beauty and Becoming Like Him. Kori is a speaker, teacher, and the director of Adoring Christ Ministries. She graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of arts in theology. She is also a leader and teacher in the women's ministry at her local church, where her husband Bobby is the Director of Discipleship and Soul Care. Kori lives in Houston with Bobby and their daughter Jade, whom she enjoys homeschools two days a week through a university model school.
Courtney Doctor (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) serves as the Coordinator of Women’s Training and Content at The Gospel Coalition. She is a Bible teacher, conference and retreat speaker, and author. She also serves on the advisory board of Covenant College and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story. Courtney and her husband, Craig, have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and four amazing grandsons!
K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is the director of the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization, International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England and is continually astonished by God’s grace.
Alison Mezger serves as the Women's Director of the Austin Stone Community Church (West Congregation). She loves serving on a ministry team that passionately supports the flourishing and discipleship of women within the church by providing opportunities for connection, equipping, and leadership development. She holds an M.Ed. in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Kyle have three elementary-aged kids. She loves calling Austin, and the Austin Stone, home, and would prefer to eat tacos for every meal.
Caroline Smiley Caroline lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Brian, and three young children, where she volunteers teaching both children and adults at her home church, Eastside Community Church. She served in vocational ministry for several years before returning to school, graduating with a M.A.R. from Redeemer Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Southern Seminary. Her passion is making theology accessible to the church, especially women. Caroline is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament focused on Mary.
Irene Sun was born in Malaysia but has lived all over the world. She studied liturgy and literature at Yale University (M.A.R.) and the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Th.M.). She is the author of the picture book God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World. Many characters in the Bible delight her to no end; among her favorites are Lady Wisdom in Proverbs and the women in the book of Judges. She teaches her four boys at home with her husband Hans, a preacher in the Chicago area.
Suzanne Wells is passionate about teaching God’s Word (and training others to teach it) as well as serving in the church (and training others to serve). As a “PK”, she gravitates toward ministry to pastors and their families through prayer and encouragement. She has been teaching the Bible since high school and has served as a Teaching Leader in Bible Study Fellowship for the last 16 years. Suzanne has also been involved in international student ministry, ESL ministry and missions. She is married to Bret and has two children, Abby (20) and Jonathan (18). She rejoices to call BridgePoint Bible Church in Houston, Texas home where she serves on the Women’s Bible Study teaching team.
Ann Westrate serves as Coordinator of Women’s Training Network for The Gospel Coalition. Ann earned a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where God grew in her a heart for discipleship and for training women in studying Scripture. Ann, her husband, and their son live in Batavia, Illinois, where they attend River Valley Community Church. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and drinking tea.
About Women's Training Network

The Women’s Training Network is part of The Gospel Coalition that exists to train women to use the Bible well, for the purpose of their own growth and for service to others, all for the glory of Christ. If you are interested in hosting a future training event in your area, please complete this form to help us envision what a training would look like in your area.


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TX 77025-5509
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