I am very excited to see that The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2020 has just opened registration. It takes place June 11-13, 2020 in Indianapolis and the theme will be “Steadfast: A Study of the Book of James.”
The website design looks fantastic and they have a great lineup of speakers including the likes of Jen Wilkin, Tim Keller, Nancy Guthrie, Paige Brown, Karen Ellis, and Ligon Duncan.
My wife Melissa and I will be doing a breakout session with Tim and Kathy Keller on “Navigating the Realities of a Ministry Marriage,” hosted by Collin Hansen. That should be a lot of fun and Collin always does an incredible job at moderating discussions like this.
Melissa will also be doing a session with Jen Wilkin on “Mothering in the Little Years: Principles to Practice in the Home.” Those two women will be able to provide a lot of insight and wisdom for mothers with young children.
I will be speaking at the conference as well. My breakout session will be, “Can I Lose My Faith? Understanding Apostasy.” Although that topic was picked long ago, it has become very relevant in recent months with the slate of deconversion stories making the headlines.
Here at RTS Charlotte we are particularly excited about this conference. In addition to Melissa and I speaking, our own Mallie Taylor, Community Life Coordinator at the Charlotte campus, is also speaking. In addition, we have a rich community of female students on the Charlotte campus that will no doubt take some road trips to Indianapolis!
That growing community of women here in Charlotte is due to a number of recent initiatives:
1. RTS Charlotte Women’s Bible Study. For the last five years, I have taught a morning Bible study just for women in the Charlotte community. You can read more about it here. You can also watch the video series in Romans and Hebrews.
2. Biblical Counseling. A number of years ago, we launched our new Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. While that degree is for both men and women—and is essential training for future pastors—we are pleased to see so many female students in the program.
3. Women in Ministry Scholarship. Just this past Spring, we announced a new scholarship in Charlotte just for female students called the Women in Ministry Scholarship. This is the first of its kind in the RTS system and we hope it is a great help to female students who want to pursue ministry.
To learn more about the TGCW 2020, check out this wonderful video of my wife Melissa introducing the conference: