Evangelical Views on Women in Ministry & Marriage: Differences in Interpretation, not Inspiration
May 20 @ 4:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:00 pm
A guided, interactive workshop for brothers and sisters in Christ (men and women both welcome!)
May 20-22, 2022 (Fri, 4-8pm – Sat/Sun, 8:30am-8pm)
Breaks, Lunch and Dinner included
Post Falls, Idaho at Ross Point Conference Center
Register by Monday, May 16
Presenter-Facilitators (scroll down for more about them*):
Heather Althoff – LifeWay Church, Assoc Missions Pastor
Don Turner – Global Focus, Pres/CEO
Wendy Wilson – MissioNexus, Advisor for Dev of Women; Women’s Development Track, Exec Dir
As evangelicals we believe in the inerrancy of Scripture and hold a high view of God’s written Word to us as the basis of our belief and practice And we all love and worship the Living Word, Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior, and God Almighty. So how can it be that evangelicals – whether serious academics, ministry leaders or other devoted disciples – have come to such a wide variety of conclusions about God’s design and heart for women in the Body of Christ? Who they are, what they can do or not do, how they relate to God and His purposes, how they relate to their brothers in Christ. (And so, this discussion is really about men and women both!) And how can it be that evangelicals who may hold the same position, actually practice it quite differently?
When it comes to texts that have greatly influenced modern evangelical thought, we are dealing with issues of interpretation of Scripture, for we are agreed on the inspiration of Scripture. And so we can expectantly and graciously engage together in an exploration of what the interpretive challenges actually are in those passages. And the interpretive decisions we all make that impact the way we walk out our faith in the area of men and women in Christ.
In this workshop we will look at the spectrum of thought, the different ways and whys believers have come to different conclusions, all pursuing God’s heart and honoring His Word. We’ll consider closely some passages that are most often contested in this conversation: Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, 1 Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 11 & 14. Come and enjoy a respectful conversation, guided by Kingdom colleagues who are experienced in this rich discussion (and love it!) Our hope is to give you information and perspectives that encourage your own continuing journey in faith and practice.
Advance reading suggested:
Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian,(Baker Books, 2016), by Dr Michelle Lee-Barnewall (Assoc Professor of New Testament at Biola University)
After you read the book, listen to her 40-min podcast in an interview that highlights her journey into a more fruitful conversation.
Begin Friday evening, May 20, at 4pm with opening session before dinner. End Sunday evening, May 22, at 8pm. 8:30 am – 8:00 pm Sat/Sun (including breaks, lunch and dinner).
Friday, May 20:
4pm Session 1: Introduction and Overview
6:30 – 8pm Session 2: Eight Views within the Inerrancy Camp – Position and Practice
Saturday, May 21:
8:30 – 12:30 Session 3: Breaking it Down – Interpretive Challenges
Genesis 1-3 Eph 5: 21-33
1:30 – 5:30 Session 4: Breaking it Down – Interpretive Challenges
1 Pet 3: 1-9. 1 Tim 2: 8-15
6:30 – 8:00 Session 5: Wider Defining Themes and Narratives
Sunday, May 21:
8:30 – 12:30 Session 6: Breaking it Down – Interpretive Challenges
1 Tim 2:8-15 (contd). 1 Cor 11: 2-16
1:30 – 5:30 Session 7: Breaking it Down – Interpretive Challenges
1 Cor 14: 26-40 + what discussion needs more time/other questions
6:30 -8:00 Session 8: New Historical/Cultural Discoveries – 1st Century Context
We will be hosted for our sessions by the Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, ID, situated in a beautiful location on the Spokane River. The cost includes access to the beautiful grounds, facilitation and facilities, with dinner on Friday then lunch/dinner on Sat/Sun, plus coffee breaks. Accommodations not included. (Because this is an event fee, it is not tax-deductible.)
Register and pay through the link in the top right corner of this page. (Notation for MAY 20-22). If you prefer to send a check, mark the “pay later” option on the registration form then send your check made payable to Women’s Development Track PO Box 894 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816
(Your place cannot be reserved until payment is received.)
If you are flying from out of the area please fly into Spokane, WA (GEG) by Friday afternoon, May 20, no later than 2pm, so our scheduled start at 4pm is protected. Flight departures anytime Monday, May 23. Thanks for arranging your travel times so that you will be present from beginning to end, not arriving late/leaving early. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the Spokane airport to Ross Point.
If you are driving to Ross Point Camp, please plan to be there by 4 pm on Tues, May 20, to get checked in and settled before our training time begins.
ACCOMMODATIONS if you need them:
There are a wide variety of accommodations available in the Spokane/Coeur dAlene/Post Falls area. If you would like to stay at the Ross Point conference center, you can contact them directly at the number below, citing your participation in this workshop. Rates are $55 for the first night and $45 for any additional night for single occupancy, and $70/50 for double occupancy (breakfast not included, but you can pay about $10 extra for a hot breakfast if you request it when you reserve.)
Ross Point Camp and Conference Center
820 S Ross Point Rd
Post Falls, ID 83854
Tel: 208/773-1655 www.rosspoint.org
QUESTIONS about the experience?
Call or email Wendy Wilson, 208/665-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org
*More about your facilitators:
Heather Althoff currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Missions at LifeWay Church in Federal Way, WA. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Greek from Trinity University and a Master’s of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Heather developed a deep love for studying and teaching theology. From 2008-2019, Heather served as the Community Life Pastor, leading the assimilation and discipleship efforts at LifeWay. In 2019, Heather brought these same passions to LifeWay’s missions efforts. In addition to teaching, she trains small group leaders and wrote discipleship curriculum and small group materials. She has a passion for encouraging, training, and resourcing people to develop their relationship with Jesus, know their theology, and live out their calling to share Jesus with others.
Don Turner is the President of Global Focus, a ministry that helps local churches strategically enhance their involvement in missions. He also currently serves on the Council of Elders of LifeWay Church in Federal Way, WA. Don’s background is a unique blend of corporate and ministry experience – from the United States Air Force to a Fortune 500 company in the Seattle area as Manager of Strategic Planning and Management Control Systems, and the Assistant General Manager of Management Information Systems. In 1987 Don left the corporate world to accept an invitation to pastoral ministry, first as an executive pastor and then as a lead pastor, a position he held for 21 years. He has a strong understanding of the church and global missions and is passionate about helping every church member maximize their impact for God’s global mission.
Wendy Wilson has served in various capacities in leadership training ministry and missions since 1984. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings years of experience in engaging the spectrum of views in the ongoing evangelical discussion about women in ministry and marriage. Wendy lived and travelled abroad with Entrust, a pastoral training ministry, for 28 years. Then in 2012 she was asked to serve as the Mission Advisor for Development of Women to the Missio Nexus network of 350 agencies. In 2015 she became founder and director of a collaborative project, Women’s Development Track, to help agencies and churches bring the full spectrum of gifts of women more fully to bear in accomplishing the Great Commission alongside their brothers – as the Blessed Alliance!