7200 women singing In Christ Alone will undoubtedly bring you to tears; which is basically how I spent much of my three days at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference. My tears came with joy, conviction and a ginormous hope. That hope has always been there, but lately, it feels as though it has been sleeping way down deep, in the crevices of my heart.
During the conference there were exactly 0 attempts to stir emotion. No rally cries, no repeated lines of worship for effect, and no overly emotional pleas to change. There was simply God’s Word, people who were committed to teaching it, and the most gospel-rich songs one could imagine. There was much discussion among my friends about how refreshing it was to experience true emotion, that could not be conjured up by humans, but that could not be suppressed in light of the character of God.
To say last week was refreshing would be an understatement.
I wish I could write out everything I learned, but it will take me a while to process through it all. This conference is like drinking water from a theological fire hydrant. Every speaker requires your full engagement, both in mind and spirit. Each of the girls I went with, left with pages and pages of notes. There were few breaks, and little time to socialize. At the end of each day, you basically wanted to eat and go to bed. At the end of three days, I left wanting to dig deeper into God’s Word, cling more tightly to the cross, honor Him in everything He calls me to, and do things, both big and small, that will have an eternal impact for the kingdom of God. There were lots of small practical things I left with, along with quite the haul of deeply discounted books. I even made a few new friends at a meet-up hosted by Grace Laced and Deeply Rooted.
If you are at all able to attend this conference in 2018, do it! The links to all of the main sessions and workshops just posted today. I will be going back through everything I attended again (I am telling you, there is so much to go through), in addition to listening to most of the other workshops I couldn’t get to. I will highlight where to start below, but I encourage you to work your way through as many of them as you are able to!
You can find the Pre-Conference, Plenary and Workshops Here!
This series was great; it’s focus was prayer. Listen to all 3 of them!
All of these were fantastic. They go through the book of 1 Peter in order. So, my recommendation is to listen to them that way. However, the ones that stood out most to me were:
- Jen Wilkin
- Mary Wilson
- John Piper
(The Panel on the Persecuted Church was amazing. It wasn’t part of the 1 Peter Series, but is something every believer should listen to.)
Each attendee is allowed to attend 3 workshops. I went to:
Raising an Alien Child (Jen Wilkin)
I basically love everything Jen does. There was a lot of good, practical things to consider for parents as we seek to raise children who are not at home in the world. I love Jen’s down-to-earthness. If you are a parent, this is a must-listen-to. Also, it should be noted that my sweet friend Kristin went over to Jen at the end of the conference and got a selfie with her…which the rest of us thought was awesomely hilarious. Kristin, you are the best!
Sojourner Citizens (Jennifer Marshall)
Jennifer Marshall works for the Heritage foundation and speaks knowledgeably and practically about the believer’s role as citizens of the U.S. I really love how she gives you an overview of theological concepts as they relate to politics and then breaks it down into specifics for you.
Living Our Theology as we Disciple Others (K.A. Ellis)
This workshop wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but K.A. Ellis is a phenomenal speaker, with tons of wisdom on a number of things. She walks you through applying God’s Word to life, by walking you through a real life example.
Other Workshops I Plan to Listen To
Cross Shaped Discipleship (Panel)
Standing Beside the Persecuted Church (Mindy Belz)
When Women Pray Together (Megan Hill)
Deepening Our Walk With Jesus (Melissa Kruger)
The Thorns and Thistles of Our Work (Kathleen Alsdorf)
A Peculiar Glory (John Piper)
Help Me Teach 1 Peter (John Piper and Nancy Guthrie)
I will eventually work my way through almost all of the workshops and plenary talks, because, as I have already nauseatingly overemphasized…this stuff is just so good!
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