Posts in Session B
Practicing the Presence of God

You have commited to spend these 3 days to growing as a teacher, a leader, and one who faithfully disciples others. You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed or confused about your next steps. We invite you to intentionally spend time in prayer and engaging God's Word on purpose. Lacey will guide you through these 90 minutes and allow you to experience rest and recharge through a time of prayer and engaging scripture. We are confident that this time will be extremely well invested in hearing from God and transforming your future practice of walking with Him.

Lacey Rozell, her husband Scott, and 3 kids live in New York City. She has led in many capacities in the church over the last 15 years including Steps and Prayer ministry. She is devoted to studying and teaching specifically about prayer in her community and church.

The Teacher's Toolbox

As teacher's we feel a great responsibility that our students are understanding the content and ultimately growing and being transformed to the image of Christ. Prof. Howard Hendricks says, "Good teachers can't be focused on what they do, but on what their students are doing." If you have wondered why the content is not affecting transformation in your students, then consider this workshop. There is a reality that not everyone learns in the same way, and there are tools that you can use to creatively help others know God at any age and in any setting. Erin will walk you through understanding different learning styles and give you the best tools to add to your curriculum that will effectively encourage gospel transformation in your students.

Erin Duffy is a 4th grade teacher at Evangelical Christian School Germantown, Tennessee. Erin taught for 15 years in Dallas before becoming a wife to Brian Duffy and step-mom to four wonderful children (ages 9, 11, 14, and 15). She is passionate about teaching academic content in creative and engaging ways, helping her students recognize the beauty and wonder of the world around them. She loves using her teaching skills within the context of Bible instruction, and it has been a joy for her to be able to do this for many years in the world of Christian education.

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Knowing Faith Podcast: Live Recording

Spirit and Word: The Inspiration and Illumination of God's Word.

The Christian faith is not mindless or irrational. Knowing Faith is a podcast exploring how our faith is founded upon Scripture. We believe the Bible is for everyone and are committed to helping the Church understand where their faith is rooted. This will be a live recording for the Proclaim Truth audience that will feature a helpful discussion of the Spirit's role in inspiration and illumination of God's Word.

Hosted by Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley, Knowing Faith podcast dives into Christian story, belief and practice in a way that is accessible to everyone.

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Teaching the Story of Scripture

Because we believe that the Bible is the true story of the world, we want to be faithful to teach the story accurately. Many of those we disciple are not as familiar with the true story and tend to see Scripture as a series of disconnected short stories rather than one unified narrative that reveals God's purpose for us and all of creation. In this workshop Elizabeth will provide a helpful resource and outline so that you can teach others the overarching narrative and themes of the Bible as well as helping others find their own place in the larger story of Scripture.

Elizabeth Woodson is a passionate Bible teacher whose deepest desire is to know Christ and make him known! She currently has the joy to serve on staff at The Village Church writing curriculum, teaching, and developing leaders. Elizabeth is also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a master’s in Christian education. You can find her at www.elizabethwoodson.org.

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Sharing the Gospel with Children

It is an amazing gift to be able to help children understand and respond to the Gospel but sometimes we don't feel as equipped to do so as we would like. Whether you are presenting the plan of salvation once or are making consistent investments in a child's spiritual future, Jenni will give you the framework to do so with simplicity and honesty.

Jenni Hamm is passionate about teaching others the truths of Scripture and the greatness of our God. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their four children and serving with women’s Bible study and the NextGen ministries at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX.

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Mothering and Ministering: Is Balance Possible? (a panel discussion)

Making time to study the Word, especially to lead and teach, is valuable. But for those of us in the season of mothering young children, finding the right time and balance to be faithful to the Word and faithful to our families can be particularly challenging. How do we balance being first and foremost a daughter of God and on mission for the Kingdom, knowing that our families are a very valuable expression of our mission but not always our only mission? Joined by a panel of women who are faithfully teaching in their own community, Caroline will guide us through a helpful discussion that will speak encouragement and creativity into finding balance in ministry and mothering. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but a glimpse into different perspectives in the midst of this season of life.

Caroline will be joined by Colleen Searcy, Angie Likens, Kelsey Hency, Melissa Deming and Aina Carruth.

Caroline Smiley lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three young children where she teaches Bible study at her home church, Eastside Community Church. Her passion is making theology accessible to the church, especially women. Caroline is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament.

First Steps: Discipleship of Women in the Church

Church size does not dictate the need, value, or method of teaching God's Word to others faithfully. In this workshop, Courtney will provide the biblical basis for ministry to women in the local church, and share practical tools and ideas for beginning a word-based ministry among the women in your community. By the end of your time together, you will have a vision and planned path to move forward in serving your local body.

Courtney Reissig is a writer and bible teacher. Courtney is a mom to four boys and a wife to Daniel. They are members of Midtown Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR, where her husband serves as an elder and she leads the women's ministry.

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Living and Loving with Hope in the Midst of Suffering and Trauma

As a leader in the church, you may face the moment when a woman in your community suffers trauma or a woman shares the effects of past trauma with you. Do you feel inadequate in that moment, or fear causing more damage in trauma related counseling? We believe in the hope of the ultimate healer; but how do we share that with the women we are walking with? In this workshop, Angie Durham will answer these questions so you can understand and recognize trauma symptoms and know how to best walk alongside suffering women with wisdom and compassion.

Angie Durham is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LMFTS and LPCS). She has been a Biblical Counselor at North Texas Christian Counseling since 2007. She is also a Care Deacon at The Village Church in Flower Mound and has two sons.



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Equipping Women to Facilitate Bible Study in Small Groups

Friends, we can't do it alone. If you are doing it all, then you most likely feel overwhelmed with the demands and responsibilities. Summer has personally learned the joy of identifying other women to join her in leadership, and how to help equip those women to take on the role of small group facilitator in the Bible study context. You will be given practical tools to identify potential leaders, to address obstacles and objections women may have in regards to taking leadership roles, and to equip these women to lead their small group with excellence.

Summer Lacy is the author of His Word Alone; A call to put down your Bible studies and pick up your Bible. It is her great joy to write and teach for the women of Church Project, The Woodlands, which she and her family call home.

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Foundations for Building a Large Group Bible Study

When a Bible study goes from a small group to a large group, your team will need to adjust logistics, leadership, equipping and communication in order to effectively and faithfully serve the women attending the study. Join Ann Hastings as she shares the administrative side of large-group Bible study. Learn how to put together a leadership team, communicate well, handle logistics, and organize instruction.

Ann Hastings is the Donor Relations Manager for Acts 29 and serves as Executive Director of Women’s Bible Study at The Village Church. She and her husband Tyler have two children and live in Flower Mound, TX.

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