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 $89. 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 learn more, you can visit our webpage. We are grateful to Parkview Church for hosting this event!

Keynote Sessions

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

Keynote 2: 2 Timothy 2:1-2 – Vanessa Hawkins

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 – Courtney Doctor

Workshop 2: How to Study the Bible – Ann Westrate

Workshop 3: Genres of the Bible – Irene Sun

Workshop 4: Hands on Bible Study Practice – 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 Teach Someone to Share the Gospel – Jen Pollock Michel

Workshop 2: How to Disciple the Whole-Hearted Woman – Rebekah Johnson

Workshop 3: How to Read the Bible One to One – Wendy Alsup

Workshop 4: How to Serve Towards a Multi-Ethnic Community – Shar Walker

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 – Vanessa Hawkins

Workshop 2: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Evangelism – Jen Pollock Michel

Workshop 3: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Discipleship – Laura Wifler

Workshop 4: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Teaching – Irene Sun

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: Disciples who Make Disciples – Shar Walker

Workshop 2: Discipleship and Reading the Bible Together – Wendy Alsup

Workshop 3: Discipleship and Spiritual Habits – Jen Pollock Michel

Workshop 4: Discipleship and Apologetics – Vanessa Hawkins

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 Leviticus in Historical Context – Vanessa Hawkins

Workshop 3: Interpreting Kings in Literary and Redemptive Context Courtney Doctor

Workshop 4: Interpreting Jeremiah in Light of Its Use in the New Testament  – Wendy Alsup

Wendy Alsup is the author of Practical Theology for Women, Is the Bible Good for Women?, and the upcoming Companions in Suffering: Comfort for Times of Loss and Loneliness (IVP, 2020). She lives on her family farm in South Carolina, where she teaches math at a local community college and is a mother to her two boys. She is actively involved in ministry at New City Fellowship, a multi-cultural church plant in her home town.
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!
Vanessa Hawkins (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the director of women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia. She is currently pursuing her DMin at Covenant Theological Seminary with a focus on cultural apologetics and serves the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Women’s Ministry as at-large diversity adviser. She is honored to be the wife of her third-grade friend Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kayla, Sydney, and Chelsey. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Rebekah Johnson is a happy wife and busy mom to three young boys. She serves as the Women's Ministry Director at Veritas Church in Iowa City. Rebekah loves nothing more than serving the Word of God to other hungry souls, like herself. She enjoys the challenge of writing Bible studies for the women of her church and is passionate about equipping women to love God with their minds, hearts, and hands.
Jen Pollock Michel lives in Toronto with her family. She’s the author of Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of ‘And’ in an Either-or World (IVP, 2019), Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home (IVP, 2017), and Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith (IVP, 2014). You can follow her on Twitter.
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.
SharDavia "Shar" Walker lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and son, and they are members of Blueprint Church. She serves as the Senior Writer for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Shar is a writer and a speaker and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Christian Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find more of her work at www.sharwalker.com.
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.
Laura Wifler is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood and currently serves as the executive director and co-host of the weekly podcast. Laura, her husband, and her three children reside in central Iowa. Her first book, co-written with Emily Jensen, titled Risen Motherhood, releases in September 2019.
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.

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