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Women Teaching the Word

A Workshop for Women in Ministry

April 30 - May 02, 2021 | Dubai, UAE

What Is It?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God. The Workshop includes times set aside for 1) Principles of Exposition (instructional sessions on how to better handle biblical texts), 2) Small Group Practice (when you will share and receive feedback on two passages you prepare in advance), and 3) Expositions (the opportunity to sit under the word). Each of these sessions is carefully designed to be interrelated for the greatest value in improving your work. In other words, this is a Workshop and not a conference. If you cannot be at all the sessions, then it really isn’t for you.

It is important to note: Partial participation is not permitted. Our pedagogical commitments in the small group sessions as well as the cumulative relationship between the small group and plenary sessions, full participation is required. Extenuating circumstances should be discussed with the Charles Simeon Trust and exceptions will be granted very rarely.

Who Should Attend?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for people who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry. We also have Workshops for women who are responsible for teaching women.

Given our understanding of Scripture, most of our Workshops on Biblical Exposition are for men who are responsible for regularly opening up God’s Word for God’s people. Specifically, they are for those men currently in pastoral ministry and, as such, are responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word in congregational settings. Though vocational preaching pastors are our priority, the Workshops are open to those in general teaching ministry: including some lay-preachers, teaching Elders, seminary students or professors, teaching missionaries, and those serving in similar roles. Again, our priority is those who regularly preach or teach from God’s Word.

I noticed you just said “men.” What if I am a woman?
We are fully committed to training women for ministry through our Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women. But we also have theological commitments as to what that means. The Charles Simeon Trust adheres to a position on church leadership that is often identified as “complementarian.” While we do not support the ordination of women for pulpit ministry, we do believe that women are called to teaching ministry for women in biblically appropriate settings and should be trained for it as such. It is our conviction that the Church in North America has been particularly slow in this kind of training effort, and as such, we need to do a better job of training women. Women need to be equipped for this task. While the local church should and will do much of this work, we believe that we can support the church in further enabling women. As such, we have established Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women in ministry. We believe that women who are working in ministry in churches need encouragement in their ministry and hope that, by encouraging women to participate in the Workshop for women in ministry, we can also establish a base for fellowship and encouragement. Knowing this, women who wish to attend a Workshop on Biblical Exposition, regardless of where they identify themselves on an egalitarian-complementarian spectrum, are welcome to participate in a Workshop for women in ministry. It is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches. Women who are interested in this Workshop or have questions about our position or philosophy on this matter are encouraged to contact the Director of Women’s Workshops, Colleen McFadden (cmcfadden@simeontrust.org).

How Should I Prepare?

During the small groups, you will have an opportunity to get feedback on work you’ve prepared in advance.

 

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Leaders

Anyabwile Kristie Anyabwile Associate Director of Women's Workshops, Charles Simeon Trust

Kristie Anyabwile

Associate Director of Women's Workshops, Charles Simeon Trust

Kristie joined the Charles Simeon Trust in 2017 and serves as the Associate Director of Women’s Workshops. Kristie is a pastor’s wife, mom, speaker, and Bible teacher. She has bachelor’s degrees from NC State University in History and African American Studies. She joyfully supports her husband, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C. She edited the volume His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God and she has written or spoken at conferences for the Front Porch, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC), The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Revive Our Hearts, and Christianity Today. You can follow her on Instagram at @kristieanyabwile or Twitter at @kanyabwile.

Sandom Carrie Sandom Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care, St. John's Church

Carrie Sandom

Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care, St. John's Church

Carrie is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St. John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells in England. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years. Carrie also trains women for Bible teaching ministry at the Cornhill Training Course in London and is a frequent speaker at ministry conferences and conferences for women all over the world. Carrie is the author of Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women.

Folmar Keri Folmar Bible Teacher

Keri Folmar

Bible Teacher

Keri is a Bible teacher, women’s ministry leader and pastor’s wife at the United Christian Church of Dubai. She earned her degree from the University of California, Irvine, and began leading Bible studies while she was a student at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she earned her J.D. She speaks at retreats and conferences, as well as leading women’s Bible studies at her church. She has written The Good Portion: Scripture and Bible studies on the Gospel of Mark, Ephesians, Philippians, Titus, and James.

United Christian Church of Dubai

United Christian Church of Dubai
Dubai Evangelical Church Centre
Jebel Ali, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
https://uccdubai.com/

Schedule

5:30-9pm, Friday
9am-4:30pm, Saturday
9am-3:30pm, Sunday

Registration

Registration is being organized by the host church. Please email Lina at lina@uccdubai.com to learn how to register.