Verity Forum: Equipping in the Bible
“What exactly does the Verity Fellowship do?” I get asked this question a lot. Sometimes my imperfect answer is “Um… stuff?” But when I’m on my game I tell them we talk about how to use the Bible, then about the blog and our events. “Each school year we shoot for three events; we have a conference, a forum, and a training.”
Our conference gathered women from all over the Northwest a few weeks ago. Next up is the Verity Forum, and if you’re like me, you’d have lots of questions about what exactly a forum is. The first image in my mind is of the Roman government buildings still standing in Italy. That’s not what we’re talking about.
It can feel like four conferences intertwined in one day.
The forum is a day of workshops with four tracks, each tying a series of sessions together with a theme. It can feel like four conferences intertwined in one day. Strategies include sending a different friend to each track to be able to glean from all the speakers or bouncing yourself between the tracks to hear the workshops that fit you in each theme.
It’s a day spent with women who have walked the road of ministry and can teach the practical insights you need as you teach, disciple, love, and walk together with others, talking about the Bible. It’s a day to remember that you’re not alone when you gather in optional groups during lunch. You want to be there; trust me.
Why We Have a Track on Bible Interpretation
When ... we delight in seeing Jesus in the Bible, and we are better equipped to help others see him.
You can read about each of the tracks we’ll have on the event page, but the first one will sound familiar to many: Growing in Bible Interpretation. Some could say that this is what we always do. “Verity is always talking about interpretation…” Well, yes, we are. It’s at the core of our mission. We exist to encourage and equip women to use scripture well. Because we believe that when we do this, we delight in seeing Jesus in the Bible, and we are better equipped to help others see him.
The Bible is God’s powerful and precious communication to us. It is an endeavor of a life time to grow in studying it. We ALL have room to grow, as the Word always has more to teach us. Whether it be at the forum hearing Katie dig through a book of the Bible, applying and explaining interpretation as she goes, or hearing some fundamental interpretation principles from another teacher, we think you’ll love your Bible more as you walk out of this track.
I don’t think these workshops will be repetitive, though some of you may have heard one of our speakers teach on something similar at another Verity event, because returning to the basics bolsters our understanding. We can read the Bible and confidently see what God is teaching. This strengthens the frame of truth we’ve learned from the Scriptures, so that like those Roman structures from thousands of years ago, our faith can stand the test of time.
You’ll Have to Pick
The tracks at the Verity Forum are not designed to follow a trend or even be the most attractive (though we think they are very interesting!). They’re chosen because they’re what we think is helpful. They’re the practical things we should be talking about to be women equipped to minister the Bible to others. We pray that is exactly what they will do for you.
Verity Forum is designed to encourage you and equip you with great joy.
Verity Forum is coming. You’re going to have to pick workshops eventually, and just to make it more difficult, expect more blog posts about why each track is worth your time. We’ll cover the track on practical ministry, creativity and the arts, and even our own pain and suffering. The tracks may seem quite different, but each of them will be grounded in this first one and focus on how the Bible speaks into each of the themes. Because, at the end of the day, Verity is about how to use Scripture well. And Verity Forum is designed to encourage you and equip you with great joy. It’s what our own hearts need, and it’s what we need as we love and speak to others.
Verity Forum is January 14th. Read more about the event on our event page. Registration is now open.