Our goal for the workshops at ONE2018 is to help us put action to the questions raised from Jen's main session teaching topics. We want to ask and attempt to answer the question: "How does the fact that in Christ we are new creations, that we have been given new names and set on new paths influence our interactions, motivations, and decisions in these eight areas of life?"
Meet our session leaders.
WHEN YOUR SEASON IS HARDER THAN YOU EXPECTED:
GAINING CHRIST IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE
Are you living the exact life you expected? Most of us aren’t. Whether we’re single, married, mothers, or grandmothers, our version of how things would play out doesn’t usually match reality. Life is often harder than we’d hoped it would be––from the mundane hardships of daily living to the massive blows that knock us over, life is full of trials. But, in every difficulty there is something precious to be gained: Christ himself. Often, it is only through a measure of suffering, whether small or large, that we begin to know how vast our need for him is––and that is a gift beyond measure. It’s how he makes us fit for his presence.
Abigail Dodds is a regular contributor at Desiring God and the author of (A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ (Crossway, 2019). She’s married to Tom and the mom of five great kids. Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities, MN is where they call home. Her desire is “to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” so that all may be presented mature in Christ (Colossians 1:27-28). She recently started back to school pursuing her M.A. in Theology and Exegesis in order to be better equipped as she teaches the Bible to women in her local church.
THE BIBLE: KNOWING GOD THROUGH HIS WORD
Do you struggle to stick with a Bible reading plan? Do you find it difficult to study the Bible on your own? So many of us desire to read our Bibles regularly, and to find greater insights and encouragement when we do. We know that the Bible is more than just a quick fix for our feelings, but we struggle to go deep on our own. This session will be a workshop of several Biblical literacy skills and will give you ideas on how to approach your Bible in a way that has lasting rewards. We will work through some text together and even show you how you can start your own study at your local church!
Rebekah Johnson is a happy wife, busy mom of boys, and Women's Ministry Director at Veritas Church in Iowa City. She loves playing sports with her little men, drinking good coffee with wonderful women, and digging deep into the Word of God.
Instagram: rhopejohnson and veritaswomen
EVERY MOMENT MADE NEW:
HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO YOURSELF
In motherhood, the question isn't if you're going to have a bad moment, but when and how many. Thankfully, the gospel gives us hope in the midst of failures and weaknesses. Whether it's ignoring your child's misbehavior, giving a harsh, unwarranted response, or expressing impatience about the inconveniences of motherhood, preaching the gospel to yourself provides an opportunity to reorient your attitude and emotions according to God's word. As a new creation in Christ, we no longer have to live suffocated by guilt for our reactions, instead, we can repent and change with bold faith in Christ. This session will equip a mom in her bad moment, week, or season, to practically speak truth to herself and focus on Christ, rather than her sinful tendencies. Session includes discussion to work out real-life situations and tangible tips for preaching the gospel to yourself.
Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen are the co-founders of Risen Motherhood, a ministry that encourages, equips, and challenges moms to apply the gospel to their everyday lives. Coming alongside women with weekly podcasts, articles, and free Bible study resources, Emily and Laura are passionate about peer-to-peer discipleship with other moms in the thick of raising young children. Laura has been married for eight years, has three children, likes her coffee black, and can be found reading online restaurant menus word-for-word, then recreating those recipes at home. Emily has been married for nine years, has five children, likes her coffee black, and can be found crafting hardy wood-burning fires in her living room fireplace, eight months out of the year. Laura and Emily both reside in Ames, Iowa.
THE GOSPEL AND FEMINISM
How should our new name and new path given by the Gospel change the way we think about feminism and womanhood? All too often we interact with the idea of womanhood based more on our cultural influences rather than approaching the subject in view of the Bible. Dive in with author Courtney Reissig as she unpacks the question: "What does it mean to be a Christian woman?"
Courtney Reissig is a wife to Daniel, mom to four sons, writer of stuff, and bible teacher. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist (Crossway 2015) and Glory in the Ordinary(Crossway 2017). Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and The Washington Post. She has a BA in English from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN and did some graduate level study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They are members of Midtown Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR, where her husband serves as an elder and she leads the women's ministry. If she has a spare moment, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends.
PROCLAIMING FREEDOM TO THE CAPTIVES
Homelessness. Unplanned pregnancy. Abuse. Loss.
It only takes a moment to really look around you to see a world in pain, friends in difficult circumstances. What is your response to the needs you see each day? Hear from some of our ONE Conference exhibitors and discover opportunities to make a difference in Central Iowa and beyond.
THE GOSPEL INTERSECTION: LIVING WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN
What does it look like to live life with your eyes wide open? Meet a group of gals who do just that - seeking opportunities to engage their communities, their generations, their neighbors with the truth of the Gospel message. Loving others through daily living, each of these women would proclaim "I don't really do anything special!" But their lives are testimonies of MISSIONAL LIVING - taking the gospel with them day in and day out. Let their stories inspire you to do the same.
Panelists: Amalie Parmerlee (Madison, WI), Kaci Kennedy (Des Moines, IA), Magel Taylor (Lubbock, TX), Marie Nesbitt (Ames, IA), Sally Bartlett (Kelley, IA)
FINDING REST IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS
Too much of a good thing is still too much. When the world around us clamors for our attention and begs us to be busy, what does God call us to instead? If joy can be found smack dab in the middle of suffering, might it just be possible to find rest in the midst of chaos? We will explore this topic, and if it is a total snoozer, finish out the time with a nap.
Mom, grandma, home birther, homeschooler, missionary, teacher...are just some of the labels that have colored Darlene's life. Her heart worships on her bike and inflatable kayak, and she longs to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant."
THE ELEGANT CONFIDENCE OF AN ANCHORED IDENTITY
Who am I? How do I know the difference between who I’m to be and what others expect of me? Am I fighting to “fit in” or am I willing to experience “true belonging?” How do I stop playing the comparison game, always coming up short? Will I go on being controlled by fear, or do I want to be released by an “Elegant Confidence” to love others well? The road by which we arrive at the answers to these life challenges will determine much about who we actually become. To have an Anchored Identity I have to be willing to walk a new path, one to which the gospel warmly invites me. I have to be willing to give up other identities that crowd the way to freedom. Join us to consider how to forsake false identities and to become women who image a generous and welcoming God.
Denise Brown Nebeker has a passion to help women develop the wisdom and discernment that 21st century challenges demand. Serving at home and abroad with a large missions organization for 34 years gave her a deep desire to see Christians grow to discover and enjoy all that a calling to follow Jesus offers. She has lived in Russia, Ukraine, and Mexico discipling and training leaders, and seeking to broaden the effectiveness of small groups. For the last 20 years Denise worked as a Mental Health therapist. In 2013, with her husband, Gary, she developed LeaderCareOnline.com, a leadership coaching ministry. Denise and Gary love working with folks all over the globe on the marital, personal and developmental changes that bring life and flourishing. They both love good coffee, books, the outdoors and conversations that matter. Denise values long walks and is looking for the next great trek.