Pre-Conference (Friday Only)
On Friday, attend a build-your-own-experience training event. You can choose from a long list of relevant breakout sessions to focus on what you need to learn most. Whether you serve in women’s ministry, lead a corporate office, or organize a small group week after week, you will find the practical wisdom you need to lead where God has placed you.
Main Event (Friday Night and Saturday)
Join us Friday night and Saturday for focused time on reflecting Christ-like character. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow His will and are conformed to His image.
LifeWay Training Event and VIP seating* at the Jen Wilkin Conference
LifeWay Training Event and Jen Wilkin Conference
LifeWay Training Event Only
VIP seating* at Jen Wilkin Conference only
Jen Wilkin Conference only
*VIP ticket holders will be granted admission 30 minutes early Fri. night and Sat. morning to find a seat. Seats are not assigned.
8:00 AM | Registration/Check-In
8:30 AM | General Session
9:30 AM | Break
9:45 AM | Breakout Session 1
10:45 AM | Break
11:00 AM | Breakout Session 2
12:00 PM | Network Lunch | Q & A Panel Discussion
1:15 PM | Breakout Session 3
2:15 PM | Break
2:30 PM | Take Ten
3:30 PM | Adjourn
Leading In Times of Crisis
Throughout scripture, leaders faced crises–whether it was famine, political upheaval, or persecution. Church history is filled with examples of leaders who also faced disease, wars, and corruption. So, how do you face and prepare for the crises of today or the unknowns of our future? In this short session, we’ll examine some simple truths of God’s word and be confident of God’s character and His promises. We’ll quickly look at some practical ways you can minister to women in light of today’s technology and how you can use it for His glory.
Theology for Every Woman
You may not consider yourself a Biblical scholar, but most ministry leaders desire to handle scripture well. Why is theology important to your leadership and those you lead? Should it be important? This breakout will help you understand that good theology is important for every woman.
Small Groups for Women
Are you intentionally gathering women around God’s word in a small group setting? Do you often wonder how you can deal with different personalities or challenges that occur within a small group? This breakout will focus on biblical goals for small groups, different types of resources, and how you develop community among believers within the context of a small group setting. You’ll even learn ways to be more creative in leading a Bible study and teaching God’s word.
Trials, conflict, fear, anxiety, stress–can you relate? We often have a powerful urge to avoid these pressure points in life. But God often uses challenges to develop our character and open doors of opportunity that we never imagined. This breakout will look at pressure points and ways God works to develop our spiritual muscle and help us resolve to stand firm in our faith.
Girls Ministry Basics
Did you know there was such a thing? Ministry to this new generation of girls is one of the best Kingdom investments your church could make; after all, girls are just “little women.” If you’re just getting started or you just love teenage girls, this is for you! Be encouraged and challenged as we discover new ways to reach girls and dialogue about this important ministry.
Leading Women to Know and Love God’s Word
When women understand the importance of knowing God’s Word, it changes everything. The Bible is foundational to our lives, but are we leading in a way where they want to know and understand what it’s all about? Let’s talk about some intentional ways to engage women in the Word of God.
“Abound, A Call to Purposeful Servant Leadership”
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “the call of God,” but maybe you don’t know exactly what it means. Does the Lord still call people, or was that something He did only in biblical times? The answer is yes, God is still in the business of seeking followers. He places many calls on our lives, and they can be wrapped into two types—lifelong and seasonal. Have you felt God calling you into a leadership role? Now what? Maybe you felt the call many years ago and it has not come to fruition yet and you find yourself in the waiting game or you may be in the throes of that very calling. No matter where you find yourself, together we will unpacks your call to a Person, a Purpose, a Passion, and a People, encouraging you to walk with intentionality before God and your team—Always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
An Effective Leader is a Good Follower
The greatest leaders are the closest followers of the one true Leader. How we lead is determined by how well we follow. We must follow Christ first, and learn from the earthly leaders God places in our lives. Although some may not be good examples, we can learn from both. The ability to discern good leadership helps us lead others more productively. Who you follow matters—who follows you counts!
This session will have you:
Identifying and Enlisting Leaders
Through this session, you will see the importance of establishing a well-rounded team and enlisting like-minded people who are not exactly “mini-me’s.” You will learn how to identify and enlist those who have the same passion but different giftedness, which in turn will make your team successful. Explore how to identify God’s call using His wisdom and discernment to apply the gifts He has given you to build a healthy and balanced team for his work and glory.
This workshop will:
Common Ground (for all ministry wives)
Ministry life can be challenging. Ecclesiastes 4:9 reminds us that two are better than one. Because we share so much common ground as pastors’ wives, we should support each other. In this session, we’ll take a look at what God’s Word has to say about encouragement and connection. We’ll also discuss how the SBCV’s new Ministry Wives Team can be a support and blessing to you!
Discipling Middle and High School Girls
What is it like being a middle or high school girl in today’s world? How do we engage them where they are and steadily point them to Jesus? Join us as we talk about some of the biggest struggles facing gen-z girls and the most effective ways to connect with them through discipleship.
Doing Ministry With Difficult People
Do you ever feel stifled in ministry because of those you serve with? How do you walk out your calling when you feel inhibited by others? Together, we’ll look at the truths of God’s Word when it comes to doing ministry with difficult people.
Walking Women Through Trauma
Whether we are walking through trauma ourselves or walking another woman through it, it is crucial that we have the tools necessary to do so effectively. With Scripture and practical application steps, we will look at useful tips and tools for dealing with traumatic situations.
Developing a Social Media Strategy
Nothing prepared us for COVID-19 and the effects it had on us. If you found yourself scrambling to reach out to your small group, team members, and those who were hurting, you are not alone. Take steps now to connect, teach, and show the compassion and love of Christ using technology strategically.
Becoming Established in the Faith
This world has a way of shaking us to our core. The enemy is real and wants you to doubt, question, and withdraw. Discover ways to strengthen your faith for times when it is tested, battered, and targeted by the world.
Truth in Leadership
Now, perhaps more than ever, we need leaders who demonstrate honesty and truth. As history is written, good character and moral compass are crucial. Develop ways to seek and model truth in your leadership, and how to discern it in others
Kelly King is the Manager of Magazines/Devotional Publishing and Women’s Ministry Training for LifeWay Christian Resources. She is the author of Ministry to Women: The Essential Guide to Leading Women in the Local Church and the Bible study Living By Faith: Women Who Trusted God. Prior to coming to LifeWay, she served as the Women’s Missions and Ministries Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, taught women’s ministry courses at Oklahoma Baptist University and served as the Women’s Ministry Director at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. She holds a Master of Theology Degree from Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA. In addition to her work at LifeWay, she serves as the Women’s Ministry Leader for Green Hill Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
Michelle Hicks is the managing editor for Journey devotional magazine with LifeWay Women. Michelle served as a freelance writer, campus minister, and corporate chaplain before coming to LifeWay to minister with the event and publishing teams. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Michelle has a deep hunger for God’s Word and wants others to discover the abundant life they can have with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Mary Margaret West has been leading in women’s and girls’ ministry for the last 15 years and is currently serving as a middle school Bible teacher at Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, FL. She will be stepping into a new role this summer as the director of women and young couples at First Baptist Church in Orlando, FL. She has a passion for equipping girls and women to dive deeply into God’s Word and live out their calling. Mary Margaret lives out her passion by training, consulting, and speaking at events and conferences. She has a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Show Her the Way: Your Guide to Discipling Teen Girls. Mary Margaret and her husband, Jonathan, live in Orlando. Connect with her on Instagram at @marymargaret.west.
Jessie is the founder of More of Him Ministries in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has been leading women in the local community and churches for over twenty-five years. Jessie offers an annual women’s conference called SHE Leads. She has also worked with LifeWay as a Living Proof Live, Going Beyond Live, The Word Alive City Coordinator and Northeast Simulcast Specialist. She enjoys seeing women get into the Word of God and the transformation it brings into their lives. Through God’s Word, Jessie shares what true leadership looks likes along with practical teaching from her personal experiences. Her message inspires women to move into a whole-hearted lifestyle, one devoted fully to God. Jessie’s passion and wisdom is to use the gifts God has given her to speak into the lives of her listeners and readers. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and wonderful sons-in-law, and is enjoying her new role as Mimi. Most days you can find Jessie walking her two golden-doodles, Bella and Murphy.
Elisabeth Fiordelise has been a pastor’s wife for over 20 years. With her degree in teaching and her extensive piano education, she spends her days teaching classes, giving private piano lessons, and homeschooling her children. She serves as the children’s ministry director and plays the piano for the worship band at her church. An avid runner and reader, she also enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking in the mountains, and sitting at the beach. Elisabeth has a passion for supporting and encouraging other ministry wives and currently serves as the leader of the SBCV Ministry Wives Team. She and her husband, Pat, have been married for almost 23 years and are the proud parents of three wonderful teenaged children.
Lexi Shipp is a passionate writer, speaker, and Bible teacher. She is an author, childhood cancer survivor, and spent five and a half years on staff at a crisis pregnancy center. With a degree in religion specified in Christian ministry, Lexi is currently serving alongside her Tik-Tok-famous-student-pastor husband Quin as girls student ministry director at London Bridge Baptist Church. Working with middle and high school girls for years, she has a heart for connecting all generations of women and championing the next generation for the cause of Christ. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her dogs and finding good new restaurants. Lexi is the blog team lead for the SBC of Virginia’s Women’s Blog, serves on the SBCV Women’s Ministry Team, and is part of the SBCV Ministry Wives Team. Connect with Lexi on Instagram at @AlexisLeeShipp. To read more of Lexi’s writings or to book her as a speaker, visit alexisshipp.com.
Years of experience in Christian leadership and service have given Dolly Mink a unique perspective, and she is eager to share her observations, insights, and words of encouragement in a way that honors her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Passionate about leading women to a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus, Dolly serves on the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team at River Oak Church in Chesapeake and is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for the SBC of Virginia.
5:30 PM | Doors Open for VIP Tickets
6:00 PM | Doors Open
7:00 PM | Welcome & Worship
7:30 PM | Session One
9:00 PM | Conference Concludes
8:00 AM | Doors Open for VIP Tickets
8:30 AM | Doors Open
9:00 AM | Welcome & Worship
9:30 AM | Session Two
10:30 AM | Break
11:00 AM | Session Three
12:30 PM | Conference Concludes
Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. She currently serves on the staff of The Village Church Institute. Jen and her husband Jeff have four children and have been married for twenty-five years. You can find her at JenWilkin.net.
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