Martin Luther said, “A simple lay[person] armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it.” His thesis #62 says, “The true treasure of the church is the most holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.” Luther would have loved Women in the Word Workshop!
Women in the Word serves the church by helping women study Scripture in a way that is informed, reasoned, and reverent – strengthening both those who teach and those who study on their own. In large group sessions and interactive study groups, this annual event focuses on women helping women interpret, apply, and present the Bible to others. The Workshop also produces audio and written resources to further that goal. (See previous section, "Listen and Read Resources" or www.womeninthewordworkshop.org )
October 13 and 14, 2017 was our twelfth Workshop. Ninety-five participants, from a wide range of ages, represented 35 different churches, 13 denominations, and 2 independent congregations.
Study Groups, a unique feature of Women in the Word, are practice times -- times in which women assume the responsibility of helping each other grasp how wide and long and deep God’s Word is. The required study beforehand is considered part of the Workshop experience. During the Workshop, women give and receive feedback on their understanding of a passage so that the strengths of some in the group become the strengths of all in the group. There were 13 Study Groups this year, led by women who invest 10 hours in training plus huge amounts of time meditating on and working through their book. In 2017 there were Study Groups in Proverbs, Daniel, Exodus, Malachi, Zephaniah, Jonah, James, Titus, John, Hebrews, and Philippians.
Large group teaching sessions are Study Groups on steroids! That is, women get to learn from what good study produces. Our 2017 Bible teacher was Dr. Karen Jobes, the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School, and a prolific author. She spoke about “Walking in the Truth: Studies in John’s Letters.” Her first session was entitled, “Genre: What? So What?” Her other three lectures were on walking in the truth about Christ, about sin, about love. You’ll want to listen to the recordings: www.womeninthewordworkshop.org
Here are what two women said about their experience this year:
“When I came to Women in the Word for the first time last year, I did not know what to expect. I received my materials and dutifully studied and prepared beforehand, but I did not get it! My study group leader patiently guided me through the process to understand how to develop a Central Idea. What I found was that being laser-focused on finding what the passage says about the nature of God and His redemptive plan was revolutionary. The concept of finding a Central Idea has opened up a new world for me when I open the Bible to study now because I am looking for God, and He always shows up!”
“When asked at my church’s Bible study this morning to share my experience, I told them how encouraged I am to see so many young women so excited about teaching and dedicated to handling God’s Word with reverence and joy.”
October 12 and 13, 2018 will be our thirteenth year! Kim Monroe, our plenary Bible teacher, will be speaking on “The Good News about God’s Judgment.” Kim is a seminary graduate, a long-term Study Group Leader at Women in the Word, and an editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling.
The Workshop – by its very format -- proclaims that the Word is worth our work and the Author is worthy of our worship!
"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.