The Verity Forum 2016 Workshop Details

Below you will find the four workshop tracks for the Verity Forum 2016.

Each track has a set theme and three workshops in that theme. There's so many great ones to choose from! You may access the majority of the audio and worksheets on our Verity Forum 2016 Event page

Teaching the Bible

"Your Text in the Light of Christ" by Katie Roberts

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In Luke 24, Jesus explained to the disciples that the entire Old Testament testifies of him.  This gives us a framework within which we can understand each passage in the Bible.  But how do we take a text and tie it to Jesus in the way the Holy Spirit intended?  This workshop will help you take your text and do just that.  Drawing on the work of Sidney Greidanus and Graeme Goldsworthy, we’ll look at ways to rightly understand Christ in the Old Testament, including redemptive history, typology and the fulfillment of promises.  In an interactive format, we’ll take these ways and apply them to various texts.  You’ll leave even better equipped to understand the text you’re teaching in the light of Christ.

Katie Roberts has taught women's Bible studies for the past twelve years and has led women's ministry at her church in Eugene for the past six. She is passionate about teaching the Bible to women, especially in the light of how all of the Scripture points to Jesus, and loves watching the Spirit transform hearts. Katie is currently a student at Western Seminary and will gradate with her MA in Biblical and Theological Studies in April. Katie is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship.

"Grasping the Genre of Your Text" by Whitney Woollard

The Bible is a work of literary brilliance best understood when the multi-faceted nature of its genres is fully appreciated. As you learn to identify and read these different genres you will comprehend the whole biblical message in a more accurate and transformative way. This workshop is designed to teach you how to do just that! Outline the literary genres of the biblical books and discover how to read each one according to its unique style. Learn how to avoid interpretative pitfalls and common misconceptions with simple instruction on genre. Leave equipped to better grasp the meaning of Scripture and apply it correctly in a meaningful way. This practical, hands-on workshop is for any one who desires to clearly understand the Bible by grasping the genres of each text.

Whitney Woollard earned her M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, where she’s currently pursuing further theological training and working part-time. She is most passionate about equipping others to read and study God’s Word well so they might grow in affection for Jesus and His glorious gospel message. She is a regular contributor to "Gospel-Centered Discipleship" and writes for various guest blogs. Whitney and her husband Neal live in Portland, Oregon where they call Hinson Baptist Church home.

"Your Text from Manuscript to the Microphone" by Taylor Turkington

So, you know how your text points to Jesus. You know its genre, stylistic emphasis, and main point. You even see how it would change the hearts of the original audience and how it applies today. Yet, it's one thing to study and interpret your text. It's quite another to form it into a message that explains, illustrates, and applies it with clarity and passion. Right interpretation is essential, but that's not the end. In this workshop, we'll talk about the important pieces of teaching the word of God, including structure, focus, illustrations, and remembering the power of the Scriptures. With the gracious God and his gracious message, we'll start with the good interpretation of your text and walk through the steps to crafting a message ready for a microphone.

Taylor Turkington has worked for a church in the Portland area for the last six years, teaching, discipling, and training. She loves being involved in the equipping and encouraging of people for the work God has given them. Before her church life, Taylor worked as a missionary in Eastern Europe and graduated from Western Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Currently, Taylor is a student at Western in the D.Min. program. Taylor is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship.

 

Discipleship for All

"Discipleship is Intentional Directed Relationship" by Shana Powell

Jesus says, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19) Jesus modeled a relational discipleship process that had a purpose, a destination, and a goal! He challenges his disciples to do the same, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-10). Everything? Really!? How do we teach those we are discipling to grow up in their faith and in turn disciple others? In this workshop we will build a discipleship framework that can be a guiding tool in your discipleship of others at every stage of development.

Shana Powell has been a missionary with Cru working with college students for 16 years and currently gives leadership throughout the Northwest region. She also spent time serving with a church in adult discipleship and missional mobilization. She loves to help others think strategically and practically about building multiplying disciples and spiritual movements. Shana and her husband Tyler live and minister in Bozeman, Montana. Shana is currently a student at Western Seminary and will graduate with a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

"Helping Others Overcome Shame" by Karan Malpass

We all struggle with shame at times, but for some people shame is a paralyzing and painful daily way of life. In your discipling relationships you will encounter women who are suffering in shame. How do you come alongside a woman when shame has clouded her view of herself? What role does the gospel play in helping her to overcome this stubborn and stealthy killer of her joy?

In this workshop we will brainstorm together from our encounters with shame to expose the nature of shame and its lies. Then we’ll unpack scriptural truths that bring hope and nurture a growing understanding of who they are in Christ because of His gospel.

Karan Malpass is a certified biblical counselor, who has been practicing for nine years.  She loves working with kids and women, bringing them compassion and counsel from a uniquely gospel-centered viewpoint.  She directs those with whom she meets to find their hope in the person and work of Christ.  Karan lives near Eugene with her husband of 40 years, Tom.  Karan spent 25 years as a (literal) shepherd and a mom.  In addition to counseling, Karan now spends lots of time with her grandchildren.

"The Heart of Discipleship for Children" by Jeanine Smith

Jesus taught clearly that children are valuable and that their spiritual wellbeing is of great importance.  As parents, we have the high calling of teaching our children to follow Jesus.  As women in the body of Christ, the hearts of children are as important to us as those of adults.  But what does it mean to disciple children and how do we do it?
We will meet together to answer these questions in three ways:

  • We’ll discuss the importance of the gospel and how it convicts and changes the heart.
  • We’ll talk about ways to help and nurture children to take the gospel from the heart to outward actions.
  • We’ll brainstorm ways to avoid producing pharisaical children, who simply “do the right thing” rather than obeying out of love for Christ. 

Jeanine Smith ministers the gospel as she homeschools her three boys.  Although discipling her children is her primary calling, Jeanine also teaches women’s Bible study at her church in Eugene.  She loves learning and growing in her understanding of biblical truths, so that she can know Jesus more. She also enjoys seeing other women grow in their excitement and adoration of Jesus Christ through the preaching of God's Word.  In addition to her sons, she is also married to an amazing husband, Grant. 

"Thoughts on Discipling Women" by Bethany Allen

One of the most catalytic moments in the life of a believer is when she decides to take spiritual responsibility for another. Undoubtedly, it is easy to get lost in what we believe are our inadequacies and quickly discredit ourselves from pouring into the lives of those around us.

Yet, if there has ever been a need for women in the Kingdom of God to rise up and take their place as disciple-makers, the time is now. But how? How do we tangible move beyond ourselves to a place where we are genuinely and joyfully investing in the lives of other women?

In this session we’ll address and unpack the fears and hurdles that keep us from living faithfully as disciple-makers, and discuss the heart behind and cost of discipleship. Finally, with the Gospel at the center, we’ll address practical ways to cultivate discipleship in your life and in the lives of the women around you.

Bethany Allen is the Pastor of Women at Bridgetown Church in downtown, Portland. She has a deep passion to see women defined, not by what they do, but by who they were created to be: image bearers of God. Compelled by her deep affection for the scriptures and her genuine desire to be an effective learner in order to be an effective teacher, Bethany works hard counseling and encouraging woman, developing curriculum, and planning alongside Bridgetown’s pastoral team. A southern belle by birth, Bethany left the Bible belt for the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She earned a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry with a focus in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary in 2011.

Quality Bible Study

"Power, Purpose, and Practicality of Bible Studies" by Taylor Turkington

Bible studies take work-organizing, facilitating, praying. Sometimes it’s sweat and tears poured out for the people who attend. And if we don’t have a big vision for what Bible studies do, we can become worn out and ready to be done. Moreover, if we do this poorly, people can walk away with the idea that not only are we unintelligible and irrelevant, but God is as well. 

But the reality is that Bible studies are important. They are transformative. They are the places where God’s people use their gifts, engage with each other, and meet with God Himself.

So, let’s do this. (Read in Home Depot “let’s do this” voice.) Let’s talk about why we gather. Let’s talk about the doctrine that motivates our studies. Let’s talk about the nitty gritty of how we do it and do it well. Let’s remember the significance of Bible studies, so we are encouraged to continue in this worthy task.

Taylor Turkington has worked for a church in the Portland area for the last six years, teaching, discipling, and training. She loves being involved in the equipping and encouraging of people for the work God has given them. Before her church life, Taylor worked as a missionary in Eastern Europe and graduated from Western Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Currently, Taylor is a student at Western in the D.Min. program. Taylor is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship.

"Guiding Great Discussions" by Mary Liebert

Have you ever found yourself stuck while leading a discussion? Ever struggled to know the right thing to say? Ever felt a discussion missed the mark?
Discussion leading is wrought with challenges. Come explore Jesus' heart for our Bible study discussions. Come be encouraged as we learn practical tactics for handling sticky situations. Come see how we can use group discussions to help women see Jesus ever time we study Scripture.

It is Mary's deep desire to equip women to love the Word of God and to study it faithfully. She has had the joy of being part of the women's Bible study at Hinson Church in SE Portland for nearly a decade, as participant, facilitator and teacher. The majority of her time is spent being wife to Jeff, to whom she's married nearly 11 years, and mom to Zachary, Eli and Addie. She and her family love spending time outdoors - playing, biking, hiking, camping and swimming. Always ready for adventure!

"Writing and Picking Bible Study Material" by Whitney Woollard
 

Writing or choosing the perfect Bible study material for your particular ministry can be challenging. You want to write a Bible study for the women under your care but don’t know where to start. You need to pick the right Bible study for your small group but feel overwhelmed with endless options. This interactive workshop is designed to simplify the process of writing and/or picking Bible study material. Grasp the greatest need of every woman in your ministry and see how that need is the interpretative grid for all other Bible study needs. Learn basic steps to follow as you write or pick a Bible study so you don’t lose precious time starting from scratch with each new study. Leave empowered to write or select Christ-centered curriculum for your specific ministry!

Whitney Woollard earned her M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, where she’s currently pursuing further theological training and working part-time. She is most passionate about equipping others to read and study God’s Word well so they might grow in affection for Jesus and His glorious gospel message. She is a regular contributor to "Gospel-Centered Discipleship" and writes for various guest blogs. Whitney and her husband Neal live in Portland, Oregon where they call Hinson Baptist Church home.

Gospel Ministry for Each Heart

"Getting the Gospel" by Keri Seavey

The gospel is heralded in Scripture as the good news, the power of God unto salvation, the wisdom of God. These few descriptions alone ought to compel us to strive for a clear, robust understanding of the content of its message. While we could spend an eternity talking about its glory, we should likewise be able to tweet about it in 140 characters or less.

In this workshop, we will take the time to unpack the actual content of the gospel in order to bring clarity and precision to its powerful message.  You’ll leave being able to state it succinctly and clearly.  We’ll also discover that the gospel gives both the grace that anchors our faith and the grace to powerfully transform us as we walk. Having a firm grip on this truth will guide you as you minister the gospel to yourself and others.  Come and see anew the good news of what Jesus Christ has done – it really is the A-Z of the Christian life.

Keri Seavey has ministered alongside her pastor/husband, Jeff, for over 20 years. She has served as a women's Bible study leader and teacher, Biblical counselor, speaker and writer. She has four children, Tyler, Cristian, Daniel and Anna. She loves spending time with family and friends, studying theology, and spreading a passion for the gospel for all of life.

"Gospel Ministry for You" by Katie Roberts

When we think about the growth of the gospel, we often view it in terms of quantity, the lost being saved.  Yet the growth of the gospel is also about quality, the maturity of believers.  This means that we need to have the gospel ministered to our own hearts continually.  This workshop will delve into the biblical teaching on our own need for the gospel and then how to apply these truths.  Specifically, we'll look at what it means to be in partnership with our heavenly Father, how to depend on Jesus every day and the benefits of the gift of the Holy Spirit.  As a result, you'll be better equipped to love others well.  Along the way, you'll be reminded of the beauty of Christ, so that you will leave with his song in your heart again.

Katie Roberts has taught women's Bible studies for the past twelve years and has led women's ministry at her church in Eugene for the past six. She is passionate about teaching the Bible to women, especially in the light of how all of the Scripture points to Jesus. Katie is currently a student at Western Seminary and will gradate with her MA in Biblical and Theological Studies in April. Katie is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship.

"Gospel Ministry for Others" by Kari Felten

How do you use the gospel when you minister to others?  When a woman from your Bible study tells you her husband is having an affair, how do you respond?  If one of your teenage daughter’s friends confides in you she was abused as a child, what is your reaction?  When a stranger approaches you asking for spare change for food, do you have an answer?  The way we minister to others greatly changes when we use the message of the gospel as our response to those the Lord calls us to counsel. 

In this interactive workshop we will discuss -

  • The importance of knowing the gospel
  • The relevance of using Scripture
  • The significance of praying with others
  • The freedom of relying on the Holy Spirit as we counsel others

If the Lord has called you to minister to others, especially those who are in the depths of suffering, my hope is our time together will equip and encourage you in your ministry.

Kari Felten currently leads a high school/college girls Bible study at her church in Eugene. With 27 years of working in children and youth ministries, Kari has a love for sharing the gospel to the younger crowd.  In addition, the Lord has given her a heart for those in the midst of suffering and loving them in practical ways.  Kari lives in Eugene with her husband and three children, one college age son and two daughters she homeschools.  As a California native, she is at her best when the sun is out and she has on a pair of flip-flops.

 

You can read other details about Verity Forum 2016 here.