Every year we gather for a day of equipping at Verity Forum. It is a day held together by multiple tracks of workshops, giving you choices of what to attend and the ability to glean as much as you can from different topics. Verity Forum is taught by a dozen women who have studied (many of whom at Western Seminary) and lived out ministry for several years. They come together to create a forum of equipping and discussion to serve the women of the Northwest.
We cannot wait to see you February 3, 2018 at Hinson Church in Portland, Oregon for Verity Forum 2018. Register now for $30, before the price goes up on January 20, 2018.
This year we will gather together for one plenary session and then spread out into the following four tracks:
Unity and Dignity Track
Justice. Race. Refugees. As Christians, we must proclaim dignity and value for all. We also strive for humility and unity. This track will strive to begin conversations on the justice we see in the Scriptures, the need for racial reconciliation in the Church, and how we respond to the refugees around us.
God’s Heart for Justice, Katie Roberts
Justice is not a word that comes to mind when you think about the times in which we live. Instead, injustice, hatred, and mistrust seem to rule the day. What we see around us, however, is not the end of the story. God’s heart for justice is revealed from the first pages of Scripture to the last, and he has a plan for justice to prevail. In this workshop, we will trace the theme of justice over the contours of redemptive history. Seeing God’s plan for justice will give you the framework and hope you need to pursue gospel unity.
Loving Your Muslim Neighbor: Living and Sharing the Gospel Cross-Culturally without Leaving Home, Lily Rees
What does it mean to know God and to make him known? Are your definitions of righteousness and faith biblically grounded and big enough to deal with the social issues confronting our world today? In this workshop, we will look at God’s heart for the world, discuss what our part should be, and look at local opportunities to get involved with refugee women.
Racial Reconciliation in the Church, Cynthia Mathai
The gospel is the story of reconciliation between God and people, and it is also the good news which reconciles people to one other. Because of this, the Church should explore and engage in racial reconciliation. In this workshop, we will be exploring a few questions: What does the Bible have to say about racial reconciliation? How can believers work towards racial reconciliation in the Church? What are some hurdles to be cognizant of in our pursuit of unity in diversity? You will leave this workshop better equipped to engage in racial reconciliation through a gospel-centered lens.
Bible Interpretation 101
If you know the Verity Fellowship, you're not surprised by this one. We want to provide training in how to study your Bible every time we gather. This track will give instruction on how the Bible fits together in redemptive history, Bible study methods, and a hands on workshop working through a book of the Bible together.
The One Story of Scripture, Mary Liebert
When we read our Bibles disconnected from the overarching story that runs through Scripture, we miss out on the depth of what God is doing. He has been working from Creation and continues all the way to the New Creation. He is the God who saves. Come learn about the grand story of the Bible and how we read every passage in light of God’s big picture plan.
How to Study the Bible, Adrienne Lawrence
Maybe you’ve been studying the Bible for years and want to refine your skills or maybe you’ve just started to read God’s Word. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools you need to study any passage of the Bible. In this workshop, you will grow in your ability to understand a Bible passage in its context and to apply it to your life and the lives of others.
*This workshop is closely tied to “Hands-On Bible Study.” It is highly recommended that you attend both workshops.
Hands-On Bible Study, Katy Shaw
Let's take the skills you've learned about studying the Bible and put them into action! Step-by-step we will be working together to interpret passages of Scripture, make applications, and see how it points to Jesus. We will work on passages from the Old and New Testaments.
*This workshop is closely tied to “How to Study the Bible.” It is highly recommended that you attend both workshops.
Bible Interpretation 301
You can read about how Verity's workshops are targeted at different levels of Bible knowledge. This is a level 3 track, where the workshops will be at seminary level on topics like studying prophetic literature, the depths of Galatians, and more. Hungry to dive in to the Scriptures together? This one is for you.
A Framework for Reading the Prophets, Taylor Turkington
We’ve read the prophetic books before, being warned regarding sin and judgment and encouraged by hope and God’s mercy. They are a treasure for us! At the same time, we often miss the historical context for some of these books, forgetting the foreign unrest, the corrupt leadership, and the changes in power that move between one book to the other. To add to our confusion, they are not in chronological order. Let’s talk about a framework for reading a few of these invaluable texts.
The Tension Resolved, Katie Roberts
There’s a tension in the Old Testament. Have you felt it? God made unconditional promises to Abraham and his descendants. And then he seems to add stipulations when he brings the Law to Moses. What does this mean for Israel? Moreover, how is it possible for all the nations to get Abraham’s blessings? If you’ve wondered about these things, you’re not alone. Paul resolves the tension in the book of Galatians, and this workshop will explain it for you.
Digging into Mark’s Gospel, Adrienne Lawrence
The Gospel of Mark may seem simple upon a first reading, but there is a rich tapestry underneath this straightforward account of Jesus’ life. In this workshop, we will explore the themes and structure of Mark’s gospel, as well as his use of the Old Testament. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the book as a whole as well as a fresh perspective on how to fit each passage into both its immediate context and the overall structure of the book. You should leave this workshop better prepared to teach the book of Mark or study it on your own.
Speaking of Jesus
We believe that everyone needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, but how do we speak about this? How do we tell friends, neighbors, and family? Where do we start and how do we do this in a loving, clear, and helpful way? That's where this track is going, and we pray many conversations will be born out of it.
Hearing Their Story, MeeHee Kirby
The Bible calls Christians to share the gospel with the world. It can be so challenging! The first step to bridging the gap between people is to determine just where the other person is starting. Come explore how to connect with others and draw out deeper conversation that can open windows to the soul for the gospel message. By focusing on the spiritual story of another and identify their starting place for the gospel, we can more effectively connect the deep truths of Christ.
What is Christ’s Story? Shana Powell
Just what is the gospel? The good news is more than the plan of salvation, more than the Roman road, or the Four Spiritual Laws. The good news is so good. The good news is so full! Let's dig into Scripture together and think deeply on what is the gospel.
Connect Christ's Story to Others, Malisa Ellis
Reflecting on the full message of just what is the gospel will leave us wondering how we could ever share the message without a lifetime of conversations! The gospel message is not something we are ever done learning and applying to our story. In a gospel conversation with another, just what are the essentials to leading a person to faith in Christ? What are the principles for those important conversations? This will be a deeply practical and principled discuss of sharing the gospel with those who don't know Him.
Birds of a Feather Groups
There is something special about gathering with other women who serve in the same ministry context. At Verity Forum we offer the opportunity to network over lunch with women who are seeking to serve faithfully in ways similar to you. Share wisdom and ideas with each other, and begin to develop those relationships that will offer support as you all move forward after Forum.
Books, Books, Books
Did we forget to mention there will be books?! Books we recommend, books to buy (at prices well below Amazon’s), and of course, everyone’s favorite – books to give away! Stay tuned for more information and descriptions of what we will have for you!