Women in the Word: A Workshop is an annual two-day conference of the World Reformed Fellowship in the USA. Women in the Word serves the church by helping women grow in their understanding of Scripture, strengthening both those who teach and those who study on their own.
In 2016, we held our 11th Workshop!! Participants come for a wide variety of congregations, denominations, non-denominational and para-church organizations. The Workshop format is unique: large group sessions and small Study Groups are interspersed so that women experience and practice good Bible handling skills. It is women helping women interpret, apply, and present the Bible to others.
“Women in the Word” requires participants to work hard before and during the Workshop! As one returnee commented, “There is no fluff at Women in the Word!” Each woman studies an assigned passage and comes prepared to share the results of her meditation and exploration with her Study Group. THE WORD IS WORTH THE WORK!
“Context is king” is a foundational principle of the Workshop. No biblical passage stands in isolation so placing its verses in their appropriate context, within the book and the entire Bible, is crucial to understanding it. Our Preparation Materials are designed to cultivate this approach. So, work done at home before the Workshop builds the foundation for further hands-on practice in Study Groups.
Study Groups are the heart of the Workshop and are offered in two tracks: a personal study track or a teacher track. Study Group Leaders are women who love God’s Word and who willingly invest time in mentoring others in the joy and challenges of Scripture study – “LEARNING, NOT FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING, BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.”
One participant commented, "I feel like the way I used to look at the Bible was flat, and I can see it three dimensionally now." A woman prayed, "Father, I'm not sure when the last time was - if ever - that I spent this many hours straight in your word." A third woman said, “It was particularly interesting to see how many young women we had this year, and to see their growing love for God's Word. I don't know if this was one of the intentions of the Workshop, but I definitely noticed the Titus 2 (older training younger) aspect this year.”
The words of “Speak, O Lord,” a hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, have become the theme song for the Workshop, and it is our ongoing prayer for this WRF ministry: Speak, O Lord, as we come to You to receive the food of Your Holy Word. Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; shape and fashion us in Your likeness, that the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us all Your purposes for Your glory.
"I feel that learning about and identifying a Central Idea where God is the subject has and will transform my study of Scripture."
Click here for photos of past workshops.
Click here for audio recordings of Workshop general sessions.
What past participants are saying:
"Good to have motivation to hone my Bible study and teaching skills."
"It revitalized my desire for the Word of God and studying it well."
"As a stay-at-home mom it was so good to get into deep adult study of scripture."
"Learned a lot from the other women and speakers."
"Awesome, amazing, new, eye opening, inspiring, humbling, and so helpful!"
"The Study Group sessions were the highlight of my time."
"My Study Group was a good mix of ages and ministries and excellent sharing."
"I loved how hands-on the Workshop was, how we had to practically do what we were being taught."
The WRF is grateful to Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove, PA for the use of their facilities and the involvement of their congregants.