Enjoy talks from the Bible, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to connect with like-minded women over coffee and a light lunch.
Main Speaker – Fiona Millar
Fiona will give two talks on the topic of forgiveness.
Fiona is passionate about sharing Jesus with women and children, Fiona delights in opening up the Bible with groups of women and having God challenge and shape her in the process. After 18 roller-coaster years of ministry in Presbyterian Churches in Ireland, Fiona now serves Jesus at Queensland Theological College and in her local church and community. She revels in waking up each day in this land of blue skies and bold colours. Fiona is looking forward to spending the day with us at TWED, soaking in the marvel of God’s forgiveness and its impact on our relationships.
There are two opportunities to attend workshops during the day. The options are below. Please select one morning option and one afternoon option.
Morning Workshops (Participants choose one):
1. Helping Others Forgive – Fiona Millar
As we minister to others we will come across situations in which the person we are ministering to needs to forgive someone else. These situations can be sensitive and complex but extending forgiveness is an important part of the Christian life. This workshop will look at how to encourage others to forgive and what to expect through the process.
2. Avoiding Burnout in Ministry – Susan St Clair
Ministry can be stressful and can take a toll on individuals and families, physically, relationally and spiritually. This workshop will help you to identify burnout and explore some practical things you can do to stay healthy and keep going in ministry.
Profile: Susan is a GP and palliative care doctor. She enjoys talking to people about Jesus and mostly does that with women and children at Three Crosses Church. She’s a reluctant exerciser who stays up too late reading novels. She’s learning that prayer is the most refreshing activity of all.
3. Core Ministry Convictions – Sarah Thorburn
Ministry can take lots of different shapes in lots of different contexts. So where do we start? This workshop will help you to think through the core convictions that underpin ministry whatever shape it takes.
Profile: Sarah was born and raised in Perth and now serves with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students with Curtin Christian Union. She loves opening God’s word with women on campus, helping them discover the joy of knowing Jesus and encouraging them to live for him.
Afternoon Workshops (participants choose one)
1. Ministering to Women with Unbelieving Husbands – Eryn-May Wicks
Being married to someone who does not share your Christian beliefs raises particular challenges. This workshop will look at how we can encourage women in this situation to be godly wives and mothers when their husbands are not believers. It will draw on both the biblical material and the wisdom of women who have experience in this area
Profile: Eryn-May grew up in a lovely “no traffic light” town. In year 12 her life was turned around after coming to an understanding of God’s grace. She is currently Associate Minister (Women) at St Matthew’s Shenton Park, having previously served there in children’s ministry.
2. Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Local Church – Bianca Van Beek and Christine Thomas
Children with ASD can struggle with communication in the world and with God. This presents challenges in how to include these children in church ministries. What is ASD? How can these children be best supported in church ministries? What implications can ASD have theologically and in prayer? This workshop will provide practical strategies for use in your church.
Profiles: Bianca has been working as a special needs Education Assistant for about 15 years. She has been involved in children’s ministry at Thornlie Baptist Church for about the same amount of time. She has extensive experience working with children with ASD in schools and in church ministries.
Christine has been teaching in primary schools for many years and has been working as a chaplain in primary schools for over 10 years. She has also served in children’s ministry at Thornlie Baptist Church and has extensive experience working with children with ASD.
3. Sharing the Gospel with Roman Catholics – Clare Deeves
About a quarter of the Australian population are Roman Catholic. Catholics come from a range of cultural backgrounds and hold a variety of views on faith and religion. This workshop will provide a framework for thinking about the diversity within Catholicism and practical strategies for sharing the gospel with Roman Catholics.
Profile: Clare has recently taken up a new position at Kallaroo Anglican Church as Assistant Minister (Women) and is still finding her feet. Happily, she has been able to continue at Trinity as a part-time lecturer in Church History. Her workshop draws on her experience of having grown up in the Roman Catholic Church.
Cost & Registration
- Early Bird Registrations: $45 (closes on 12 February)
- Standard Registrations: $50
Your registration includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
Registrations close on wednesday, 24 March, unless sold out prior.
Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
9:00 Session One
10:15 Morning Tea
10:45 Morning Elective
1:15 Afternoon Elective
3:00 Session Two