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 McLean Bible Church for hosting this training!

Keynote Sessions

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

Keynote 2: 2 Timothy 2:1-2 – Kathleen Nielson

Keynote 3: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 – Kristie Anyabwile

Tracks Available

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 – Kathleen Nielson

Workshop 2: How to Study the Bible – Ann Westrate

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 Think about Discipleship – Melissa Kruger

Workshop 2: How to Lead a Bible Study – Melissa Kruger 

Workshop 3: How to Read the Bible One to One – Rachel Gilson

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 – Courtney Doctor

Workshop 2: How the Story of Scripture Impacts our Sexuality– Rachel Gilson

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: Discipleship and the Spirit – Nana Dolce

Workshop 2: Discipleship and Bible Memory – Kristie Anyabwile

Workshop 3: The Heart of Discipleship – Melissa Kruger

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 Exodus in Light of Literary Context – Rachel Gilson 

Workshop 2: Interpreting Wisdom Literature in Proverbs 1 – Kathleen Nielson

Workshop 3: Interpreting Wisdom Literature in Proverbs 2 – Kathleen Nielson

Kristie Anyabwile serves as the Associate Director of Women’s Workshops at Charles Simeon Trust. Kristie is a pastor’s wife, mom, speaker, and Bible teacher. She has bachelor’s degrees from NC State University in History and African American Studies. She joyfully supports her husband, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C. She edited the volume His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God and she has written or spoken at conferences for the Front Porch, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC), The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Revive Our Hearts, and Christianity Today.
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!
Nana Dolce teaches women and children in her local church--where her husband is the Director of Discipleship. She has an MA in theological studies and serves as an instructor for The Charles Simeon Trust. Nana writes for various ministries, including Christianity Today, Risen Motherhood, and Modern Reformation Magazine. She is the host of Motherhoodandsanctity.com.
Rachel Gilson works for Cru as part of the national theological team, specifically giving leadership in LGBT+ engagement. She previously spent many years as campus staff at Yale, her alma mater, and at Boston University. Rachel is completing her Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is author of a forthcoming book on how to thrive in Christ as a same-sex attracted believer. Her writing has appeared in such places as Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and DesiringGod. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s content at The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, and In All Things: A Nine Week Devotional Bible Study on Unshakeable Joy. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children. She writes at Wits End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition.
Kathleen Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) - Author and speaker, Kathleen loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature, has directed women's Bible studies, and has a heart for training in biblical exposition. From 2010 to 2017 Kathleen directed The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Initiatives. She and her husband Niel make their home partly in Wheaton, IL, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters.
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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