June 14 – 16, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana


Join us for TGC’s 2018 Women’s Conference, a conference that’s for women but not all about women. Together we’ll exalt the Lord Jesus and grow together in his Word.

Plenary speakers will expound key passages from Deuteronomy, to help us take it in deeply and personally. We’ll sing and celebrate this Word of grace. A host of workshop speakers will address topics that show in practical ways how God’s grace shapes every aspect of life in this fallen and needy world. Teaching from the Word . . . fellowship around the Word . . . hearing the voices of sisters living out the Word all over the world . . . TGCW18.



Kristie Anyabwile


Don Carson


K. A. Ellis


Nancy Guthrie


Jackie Hill Perry


Kathleen Nielson


John Piper


Jen Wilkin


Registration Opens

Hoosier Hallway

Afshin Ziafat

Pre-Conference: Loving the Sojourner

Main Hall

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat is the pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. He helped launch Vertical Bible Study at Baylor University and regularly travels to the Middle East to train Iranian pastors. Afshin has an MDiv from Southwestern Seminary. He is married to Meredith, and they have two daughters.

Tony Merida

Pre-Conference: Loving the Fatherless

Main Hall

Tony Merida

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. He also serves as the Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Kimberly, with whom he has five adopted children. Tony is the author of "Faithful Preaching" and "Ordinary." He is also the co-author of "Orphanology." Along with David Platt and Danny Akin, Tony serves as a general editor and as a contributor for the upcoming commentary series with B&H entitled "Christ-Centered Exposition."

K.A. Ellis

Pre-Conference: Loving the Widow

Main Hall

K.A. Ellis

K. A. Ellis writes and lectures on theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is president and co-founder of the Makazi Institute, which trains and equips the next generation of cultural analysts. She’s a PhD candidate in missiology at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England, and holds an MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has also been named the RTS Cannada Fellow for World Christianity.

Mary Willson

Session 1: A Faithful God and His Unfaithful People

Deuteronomy 1

Main Hall

Mary Willson

Mary Willson serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and is presently engaged in doctoral studies on the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her academic work, she enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has many nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.

Jackie Hill Perry

Session 2: Defining the Relationship

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:3

Main Hall

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is a writer and artist whose work has been featured in The Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. At home she is wife to Preston and mommy to Eden.

Listening In Conversations

Various Workshop Rooms

Kristie Anyabwile

Session 3: The Greatest Commandment for Every Generation

Deuteronomy 6:4-25

Main Hall

Kristie Anyabwile

Kristie Anyabwile is a pastor’s wife, mom, Bible teacher, and writer. Married for more than 25 years, she joyfully supports her husband, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. She has written contributions to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved, and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Kristie and Thabiti have three children.

Don Carson

Session 4: The Greatest Commandment in a Pluralistic Age

Deuteronomy 12:1-7

Main Hall

Don Carson

Don Carson is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is president of The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois, and have two children.

Workshops: Round 1

Various Workshop Rooms

Workshops: Round 2

Various Workshop Rooms

Workshops: Round 3

Various Workshop Rooms

Jen Wilkin

Session 5: Open Wide Your Hand!

Deuteronomy 15:1-18

Main Hall

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, author, and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe. You can find her at

Corporate Worship


Kathleen Nielson

Session 6: A Prophet Like Me

Deuteronomy 18:15-22

Main Hall

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson serves as senior adviser and book editor for The Gospel Coalition, after directing women’s initiatives from 2010 to 2017. An author and speaker, Kathleen has taught literature and directed women’s Bible studies. Kathleen holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel leads a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.

John Piper

Session 7: A Matter of Life and Death

Deuteronomy 29-30

Main Hall

John Piper

John Piper is founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of more than 50 books. More than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available for free at John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren.


56 Speakers
53 Workshops
14 Listening In Breakouts


Afshin Ziafat


Tony Merida


K.A. Ellis

A Faithful God and His Unfaithful People
Deuteronomy 1

Mary Willson

Defining the Relationship
Deuteronomy 5:1-6:3

Jackie Hill Perry

The Greatest Commandment for Every Generation
Deuteronomy 6:4-25

Kristie Anyabwile

The Greatest Commandment in a Pluralistic Age
Deuteronomy 12:1-7

Don Carson

Open Wide Your Hand!
Deuteronomy 15:1-18

Jen Wilkin

"A Prophet Like Me"
Deuteronomy 18:15-22

Kathleen Nielson

A Matter of Life and Death
Deuteronomy 29-30

John Piper

The Care and Catechizing of Children
Betsy Childs Howard, Melanie Lacy, Lucy Olson, Irene Sun

Using a catechism in family devotions and children’s ministry is a time-honored way to impart to children a biblical view of the world. As children learn to talk and think about God, a catechism gives them a theological vocabulary with biblical definitions. This panel will focus on practical and fun ways to learn and apply catechisms in the life of a family or a church. The world is catechizing our children every day, but are we?

Co-Laboring in the Gospel: A Conversation For Pastors’ and Elders’ Wives
Lauren Hansen, Megan Hill, Latoya McCutcheon, Noël Piper

Serving Christ’s beloved church alongside your husband is a great privilege. And engaging in hospitality, evangelism, and discipleship as a couple is exhilarating. But it can also be exhausting. In this workshop, we’ll hear from the wives of church leaders about how to navigate both ministry and marriage with grace and gospel-centered mission.

Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ
Courtney Doctor

Scripture says Christians have died to sin and been made alive with Christ, but do you ever feel just the opposite—dead to Christ and alive to sin? This workshop will look at what God has done for us in Christ, how we can seek to live in the freedom won for us through his victory, and how that freedom empowers us to join him in his ongoing mission of redemption.

Faith, Politics, and Public Life
Mindy Belz, Bethany Jenkins, Trillia Newbell, Stephanie Summers

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors, which requires stepping into the public square—beyond the doors of our homes and churches—to advance the gospel and advocate for the common good. Yet in this space we encounter brokenness and animosity to the Christian worldview. How do we live as good neighbors in such a context?

Growing in Discernment
Melissa Kruger

The apostle Paul prays for his friends, “It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent” (Phil. 1:9–10). How can we grow as women able to discern truth from error with regard to reading, entertainment, teaching, relationships, and ministry? How can we encourage others around us to grow in discernment for the glory of Christ?

How Does Jesus Fulfill the Law?
Don Carson

One of the greatest challenges in studying and teaching the Bible is understanding how the new covenant relates to the old. Jesus said he didn’t come to abolish the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them (Matt. 5:17). What did he mean by this? Does he fulfill all Old Testament laws in the same way? What difference does Jesus’s fulfillment of the law make to how we read and apply the Old Testament as Christians?

In His Image: Answering the Call to Reflect God’s Character
Jen Wilkin

By the grace that is ours through Christ, we are “being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Cor. 3:18). God is in the business of restoring his image in his image-bearers. This session will consider the calling to be holy as he is holy, thereby reflecting his character to a world that desperately needs to see it.

The Irresistible Jesus: The Effectiveness of Seeker Bible Studies in Reaching Unbelievers Today
Becky Pippert

One of the greatest means of evangelism, along with prayer and cultivating friendships with unbelievers, is inviting unbelievers to take a fresh look at the person of Jesus. Even the most hostile are often curious about Jesus. Evangelism at its core isn’t about techniques or formulas; it’s about bringing people into the presence of Jesus and letting them discover who he really is. One way to do this is through a seeker Bible study. We will explore why seeker studies have been so effective worldwide, how to lead one, and how to use this tool in the context of sharing the whole gospel.

On Adoptive Parenting
Tony Merida

In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer says, “Adoption is the highest privilege that the gospel offers.” When we adopt children into our family, we reflect God’s adoptive love and grow in our enjoyment of it. This workshop will lay a gospel foundation for adoption, and address in practical ways the peculiar joys and challenges that adoptive parents face.

Principles of Perseverance: Learning from the African-American Church Experience
K. A. Ellis

This workshop discusses the stealth methods of a small community of emancipated, literate African slaves and Europeans in the 18th century who persevered under restricted religious freedom. With genius poetess Phillis Wheatley at the center of this stealth community, they wrote theology, smuggled slaves to freedom, and created art. In fact, they may constitute the first recorded mission activity from our shores—predating George Lisle and Hudson Taylor.

Sharing Christ with Unbelieving Family
Rosaria Butterfield, Sandra Hardy, Colleen McFadden, Mallie Taylor

Sometimes the hardest people to share the gospel with are the ones we love the most. Come hear a discussion about some of the joys and challenges of evangelism among family members. Panelists will offer practical counsel and encouragement for those aiming to share the gospel in this context. This workshop will not be recorded.

Shining Gospel Light on Loneliness
Lydia Brownback

Single or married, young or old—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt. We try to fill the void or change our circumstances to duck the emptiness we feel. But what if the pain of loneliness is meant to point us to something greater?

Teaching Old Testament Narrative to the Heart
Carrie Sandom

We know the Scriptures make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15). But what tools do we need in order to mine the treasure of Old Testament narrative? Using part of the narrative sections in Deuteronomy, we will explore how to teach these accounts so that they speak to the heart and point to Christ.

There’s No Place Like Home
Jen Pollock Michel

Research shows that women are getting married and bearing children later in life—if at all. As the nature of women’s lives shifts in the 21st century, Christian women can remember our true home is an eternal one. This workshop will explore how the gospel consoles our homesickness and meets our deepest longings for home.

Trusting God in Grief
Danielle Anderson, Nancy Guthrie, Vaneetha Risner

In the darkness and chaos of grief, we can somehow think that our tears reflect a lack of faith or that our questions about what God is doing constitute rebellion. But is this true? Is it possible to hurt deeply, question God boldly, and not only remain firm in faith but even grow in faith and confidence in God? A panel of those who have dealt with grief and loss will share their experience with these questions—as well as the grace they’ve discovered along the way.

University and Beyond: Discipling Students for a Lifetime with Christ
Aimee Joseph, Kori Porter, Danielle Sallade, Shar Walker

How can we help students apply biblical truth to issues of identity, relationships, goal-setting, and cultural engagement—all in a way that prepares them to persevere in Christ beyond their student years? The women on this panel will discuss ways we can wisely disciple university students to embrace the Lord Jesus and his church for the long haul.

Wisdom for Our Hearts as We Minister to Broken Hearts
Ellen Dykas

Ministry can be tough and wearying in this broken and painful world. What does it mean to entrust our souls to God while serving as caregiver or mentor for hurting and broken-hearted women? This workshop addresses both the dangers and also the joys of being poured out into the lives of others, with a focus on Christ-centered practical wisdom for our own hearts.

Spanish Track: La Suficiencia de Cristo
Patricia Saladín

Nuestras vidas están llenas de demanda y presiones, y eso nos lleva a sentirnos insuficientes y, francamente, cansadas. En este taller veremos la suficiencia de Cristo y cómo es posible recibir Su fortaleza en y a través de nuestra debilidad, a la medida que corremos el Evangelio de Marcos y vemos al Señor multiplicar panes y peces.

Embracing the Beauty of Diversity
Jackie Hill Perry

Different races, cultures, and demographics that God intended for his glory have become dividing lines for us, with God’s image-bearers not loving but warring against one another. To reject these wars and embrace the beauty of diversity, we must begin with embracing the glory of God, revealed in Christ his Son. In this workshop we will aim to unveil the lies that keep us from embracing diversity, and replace them with biblical truths that lead us to glorify the Creator of us all.

Heavenly Focus in Everyday Lives
Gloria Furman

While we live in the world, believers in Jesus long for eternal perspectivewith eyes fixed on the horizon of eternity. Is it possible to be zealous now about what we will be zealous about 30 zillion years from now? Colossians gives us the perspective we need to live for eternity in the midst of our ordinary lives.

Help Me Teach the Bible Live Recording with Don Carson on Teaching the Bible as One Book
Don Carson, Nancy Guthrie

How do we as Bible teachers grow in our ability to teach the Bible as one story—no matter what genre we’re in? And how do we keep from flattening out or ignoring the use of the Old Testament by New Testament authors? In this live recording for the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast, we’ll ask Don Carson to equip us with tools for both working in and giving out God’s Word in an increasingly sound and effective way.

How the Gospel Addresses Shame
Mary Willson

Many of us know from experience the destructive power shame can have in our lives and in the lives of those to whom we minister. It’s vital that we bring God’s truth to bear on this issue, and see clearly how God equips his people by his Spirit to live and minister in light of the finished work and imminent return of Jesus Christ.

Knit Together: The Image of God and Body Image
Lauren Hansen

God tells us he intentionally knit us together and calls his handiwork very good. Yet we’re so often ensnared by lies that we’re not beautiful, or at least not beautiful enough. This workshop will explore how God created us, how we’re tempted to see ourselves falsely, and how we can view ourselves truthfully as God sees us.

Living as Titus 2 Women in a Romans 1 World
Kristie Anyabwile

We live in a world that is unabashedly opposed to biblical womanhood, dependence, and Christianity as a whole. This workshop will explore why it is so vitally important to live as Titus 2 women in this Romans 1 world—and what this looks like in our personal relationships and local churches.

Living Sacrifice: Learning from the Life of Helen Roseveare
Betsy Childs Howard

Dr. Helen Roseveare, who died on December 7, 2016, served as a medical missionary in the Congo between 1953 and 1973. Roseveare experienced extraordinary answers to prayer alongside horrific suffering, including beatings and rape. This biographical workshop will give special attention to that juxtaposition and consider the question, “Did the same loving God send both?”

Loving Whole Families of Children in Need
Rosaria Butterfield, Sandra Hardy, Dennae Pierre, Regina Robinson

It is easy for our hearts to break at the thought of a vulnerable child experiencing need, but often much harder to care for the needs of that child’s mother or father. Yet local churches have profound opportunities to engage in gospel ministry through holistic care for the families of children with special needs, children in the foster care system, and children facing various other challenges. This panel will explore these opportunities and offer practical suggestions for such ministry within the local church.

Marriage and Family: Practicing the Principles of Scripture in the Home
Melissa Kruger, Michael Kruger

What does it look like on a day-to-day basis for a wife to submit to her husband, or for a husband to provide sacrificial love and leadership in the home? How do both husband and wife work together to raise their children in the Lord? From the perspective of one couple, this session will offer practical examples of applying biblical truths.

Sexual Issues Women Face
Ellen Dykas, Trillia Newbell, Kori Porter, Carrie Sandom, Leila Todd

Our local church congregations are filled with women struggling with pornography, the effects of sexual abuse, complicated sexual decisions, and painful challenges in relationships. How can we cultivate a community where we all experience God’s grace and healing together? How can we come alongside fellow strugglers, listen compassionately, and offer Word-filled encouragement? This workshop will not be recorded.

Shaping Women’s Ministry in the Local Church: A Practical Discussion
Danielle Anderson, Courtney Doctor, Colleen McFadden, Jen Wilkin

This panel will discuss questions relating to structuring and tooling a formal women’s ministry area within the local church, including: What are the essential elements of an effective women’s ministry? What are some of the best designs for women’s ministry within varying local church contexts? How can women’s ministries effectively cultivate multi-generational fellowship? What are some keys to developing solid leadership for this ministry area?

Talking About Jesus without Sounding Religious
Becky Pippert

The challenge of evangelism today is significant. Formulaic, cookie-cutter approaches don’t work. We need a holistic understanding that is biblically faithful, culturally relevant, spiritually empowered, and relationally effective. We will explore ways to be effective communicators of the gospel: establishing authentic relationships; understanding how the gospel connects with issues skeptics are genuinely interested in; and raising the topic of faith and moving naturally from a “normal” conversation to a “spiritual” one. Even those of us who feel terribly inadequate in witness can, by God’s grace, gain confidence and competence.

Teaching Old Testament Poetry to the Heart
Kathleen Nielson

Why did Moses recite a song for God’s people just before he died? Why all this poetry in Deuteronomy 32—and all the poetry filling God’s Word? Starting with the Song of Moses, we’ll explore the ways God speaks through poetry and the ways we can take it in deeply and transformatively as his people today.

Triumphing Over Sinful Fear
Laura Powell

What does it mean to fear God? How does fear of God drive out ungodly fears that threaten us? In Triumphing Over Sinful Fear, Puritan preacher John Flavel (1628–1691) helps us understand how to cultivate godly fear and how God grants his children freedom from debilitating fears. Flavel dives deeply into the Word of God, and we will follow him as we consider what it means to fear God and live unafraidafter the pattern of and for the sake of the Lord Jesus.

True and Beautiful Words for Weak and Weary Pilgrims
Quina Aragon, Elicia Horton, and Janette...ikz

Join three spoken word artists as they perform various Scripture-based compositions and share about how the gospel shapes their craft and fuels their mission. A time for Q&A will follow these performances.

Welcoming the Stranger: Fear or Compassion?
Mindy Belz

From a global perspective, we are witnessing the greatest number of people forcibly displaced from their homes since World War II. What are the realities of displaced people, and how should we respond as followers of Christ? This workshop will explore the biblical and missiological implications of global migration, and will provide practical steps for local church communities to engage.

Women’s Bible Study: Keeping Focused on the Word
Keri Folmar

Women’s Bible study should be a catalyst for delighting in the Scriptures, but there are so many ways to be drawn away from focusing on God’s Word. In this workshop on interactive, expositional Bible study, we’ll address questions like: What are the key elements of effective Bible study? How can we engage women from a variety of different backgrounds, levels of biblical understanding, and personalities? We’ll also take time for questions from you.

Spanish Track: Disfrutando la Gracia en Medio del Dolor
Geraldina de Domínguez

“En el mundo tendréis aflicción; pero confiad, yo he vencido al mundo.” Estas palabras de Jesús en el evangelio de Juan nos dejan en claro que el sufrimiento no es ajeno a la vida del creyente, y que a través de la Palabra podemos aprender a ver la soberanía de Dios en medio del dolor. Es posible, y deseable, el llegar a vivir el gozo de su gracia y redención a los pies de Cristo.

Advice That’s Better Than ‘Follow Your Passion’
Bethany Jenkins

The main rubric by which most of us measure what job or vocation we should pursue is passion. But the passion hypothesis is flawed. In this workshop, we’ll look to the Caller to discover a better, truer way to discover our calling.

Christian Ministry and the Single Woman
Quina Aragon, Lydia Brownback, Jasmine Holmes, Jessica Hong, Mary Willson

What do the Scriptures say about singleness, particularly in relation to Christian ministry? How does a biblically faithful understanding of singleness confront alternative notions inside and outside the church? What challenges do we face as we seek to apply Scripture’s teaching on this topic? Married and single panelists will consider how God equips and deploys the whole church—including single women—for his redemptive purposes, for the glory of his Son.

‘The Church in Her House’: The Dynamic Ministry of Women in Early Christianity
Michael Kruger

One of the remarkable (and little-known) facts about the early Christian movement was its popularity among women. The ministry of women was critical to its success and expansion in the earliest centuries. This session will explore the impact of women during this time period (particularly the second century) and draw out lessons to be learned for the modern day.

Evangelism in the Workplace
Gloria Furman, Lauren Hansen, Jeany Jun, Regina Robinson

As believers called to make disciples of all nations, how do we carry out the Great Commission in our workplaces? What kinds of sensitivities and clarity are biblical and effective? What is the role of the church? How can we shine the light of the gospel in our various places of work—whether an office, a kitchen, an artist’s studio, or a classroom?

Even Better Than Eden: How the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story
Nancy Guthrie

Sometimes we hear the Bible’s story summarized as creation, fall, redemption, restoration. But the future of all who are joined to Christ will not merely be a restoration to the goodness of Eden. This story has always been headed toward consummation, toward glory. In the greater garden-city-temple to come, we’ll have a better bridegroom than Eve had, enjoy a more secure environment, be better dressed, and bear God’s image even more gloriously.

God’s Grace in Life’s Transitions
Noël Piper

The stages of life keep unfolding—and keep us in need of God’s grace. How can we aim to be women who move with joy and acceptance from one stage to the next? This workshop will encourage women to walk forward as Christ’s faithful followers through changing and sometimes surprising seasons.

The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation
Kristie Anyabwile, Courtney Doctor, Elicia Horton, Irene Sun, Shar Walker

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., famously observed that at “eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.” In this workshop we will talk about how the gospel can bridge this historical divide along ethnic lines, and how God can use us as agents of healing and peace in the church.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key
Rosaria Butterfield

We will discuss how to practice radically ordinary hospitality in a post-Christian world, with a special emphasis on spiritual preparation and practical application.

He Will Hold Me Fast: Exhausted Mothers and Our Inexhaustible God
Aimee Joseph

Motherhood is marked by nearly constant keeping: keeping up with the calendar, immunizations, laundry, relational needs, and on and on. In the midst of all this keeping, we desperately need the grace of Jesus Christ, who keeps us. Apart from his ministry in our hearts, we will tend either to endure our children or enthrone our children. This workshop will show how Christ’s keeping ministry frees us to enjoy our kids and entrust them to our perfect heavenly Parent.

How to Have a Good Fight: Biblical Principles for Resolving Conflict
Danielle Sallade

Even in the best of relationships, we all experience conflict. In this workshop we will examine key biblical texts that help us honor the Lord amid disagreements with Christians and non-Christians alike. With this foundation, we will draw out practical steps we can take to live at peace with those around us.

Sexual Issues Q&A
Ellen Dykas, Trillia Newbell, Kori Porter, Carrie Sandom, Leila Todd

This Q&A is offered as an option only to those who register for Session One of “Sexual Issues Women Face” (offered in the second workshop round). This workshop will not be recorded.

Still Needed: The Importance of Discipling in the Teen Years
Melissa Kruger, Jen Wilkin

As teens, our children grow increasingly independent, which is exactly what we want them to do. However, they still need our guidance. How can we faithfully encourage, support, and foster their growth in the Lord? This session will consider the blessings and challenges of discipleship in the teen years.

Teaching Old Testament Law to the Heart
Colleen McFadden

If we’re not saved by the law, but by the gospel of Jesus Christ, how does Old Testament law apply to Christians today? Is it even relevant for us? In particular, we’ll explore law in Deuteronomy and consider how to apply it to the hearts of God’s people today.

The Wilderness Experience: How God’s Suffering People in Faraway Lands Can Teach Us in the West
Mindy Belz

This workshop will discuss the latest hotspots where Christians face persecution, look at biblical examples of wandering and suffering, and discuss ways we can share in that suffering as well as learn from it. We will explore how wilderness experiences present an opportunity to serve one another and witness to a watching world.

Women and God: Hard Questions, Grace-Filled Answers
Kathleen Nielson

How does God view women? Why did he create Adam first? Why does God allow women to suffer as women—often at the hands of men? If God is good, how can we discern his goodness to women throughout the Scriptures, and how can we show that goodness to a skeptical world? We’ll ask hard questions, looking to God’s Word for God’s answers.

Worshiper, Worker, Sister, Saint
Megan Hill

The church may be beautiful, but her members are not always easy to love. Remembering New Testament terms like “gospel partners,” “saints,” and “brothers and sisters” can help us understand and value the people who sit beside us each Sunday. In this session, we’ll consider the true identity of our fellow church members and explore how we can grow to love the communion of the saints.

Spanish Track: Mujeres de la Palabra: Por qué y cómo Estudiar la Biblia
Patricia Namnún

Muchas de nosotras queremos atesorar la Palabra de Dios y manejarla con precisión pero no siempre sabemos cómo estudiar las Escrituras. A veces, nuestros corazones son inconstantes y nuestra devoción flaquea. Este taller nos ayudará a recordar por qué necesitamos las Escrituras, cómo podemos perseverar en estudiarla en cada etapa de nuestras vidas y cómo podemos cultivar un corazón humilde hacia el Espíritu de Dios mientras estudiamos su Palabra.

“Listening In” discussions feature dialogue among several TGCW18 speakers on a particular topic. We hope that these unrecorded conversations will exalt the Lord Jesus and give conference participants more insight into God’s faithfulness in speakers’ everyday lives and ministries.

Anxiety and the Christian

Ellen Dykas, Jasmine Holmes, Colleen McFadden

Caring for Aging Parents

Lydia Brownback, Jessica Hong, Kathleen Nielson

Christian Women in Professional Leadership: Joys and Challenges

Dennae Pierre, Stephanie Summers, Jen Wilkin

Discipling One-to-One: A Practical Discussion

Aimee Joseph, Jackie Hill Perry, Mallie Taylor

Engaging in Global Missions

Mindy Belz, Gloria Furman, Jeany Jun

Evangelistic Bible Study: A Practical Discussion

Courtney Doctor, Melissa Kruger, Laura Powell, Shar Walker

For Women in the Midst of Formal Theological Training

Melanie Lacy, Irene Sun, Mary Willson

Godly Ambition in Our Vocations

Janette…ikz, Bethany Jenkins, Jen Pollock Michel, Danielle Sallade

Seeking Christ as a Mother of Young Children

Danielle Anderson, Quina Aragon, Megan Hill

Infertility and Miscarriage

Lauren Hansen, Betsy Childs Howard, Trillia Newbell

Ministering Among Youth in an Urban Setting

Latoya McCutcheon, Lucy Olson, Regina Robinson

Ministry and Burnout

Keri Folmar, Sandra Hardy, Carrie Sandom, Lelia Todd

Wrestling with Chronic Illness

Elicia Horton, Kori Porter, Vaneetha Risner

¿Cómo Podemos Perdonar?

Geraldina de Domínguez, Patricia Namnún, Patricia Saladín



How does the gospel shape our response to the most vulnerable ones around us: refugees, fatherless, widows? It’s a question that arises not just from Deuteronomy but from the whole Scriptures. It’s a question we followers of the Lord Jesus must answer, with our words and our lives. Biblical teaching and personal stories will call us to embody gospel-centered love for a needy world.

Registration for the pre-conference is included in the regular conference registration.



The Gospel Coalition's 2018 Women's Conference will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

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