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When: Saturday 7th May 2022.

Where: New Hope Baptist, Blackburn North or the comfort of your own lounge room. 

Cost:

Early bird $35

Early bird concession $30

Available until the 18th of April.

Regular $45

Regular concession $40

The ticket is the same price whether you attend New Hope in person or by streaming.

The in person ticket includes tea and coffee, but please BYO all other food. There are a number of places nearby where you can purchase food.

And if restrictions change we'll all be able to enjoy the conference, streaming at home.

This year at Entrust Women we will be asking the important question 

Who is Jesus?

Where better to find the answers than from Jesus himself? At Entrust this year, we will be continuing our three-year journey into the book of John, looking at the “I AM” statements of Jesus in their contexts.

And in 2022, our speakers Michelle Gerungan and Louisa Pfitzner will be looking at John 10 and 11, and the world altering claims of Jesus that he is the Good Shepherd, AND he is the Resurrection and the Life.  

 
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Speakers

 
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Michelle Gerungan

Michelle has called Melbourne home for the past 4 (and a bit) years, after moving from Sydney where she trained at Moore Theological College.
Michelle currently serves as the Women's Ministry Worker at Surrey Hills Presbyterian, and earlier this year she finished up serving as a staff worker with AFES at Deakin Christian Union. One of her great desires is to see more women trained and given the opportunity to teach the Bible.
She recently signed up for a half marathon and has since regretted her choices. She enjoys falling asleep in front of a good movie and would really love to be a plant lady (if she can keep any of her plants alive).

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Louisa Pfitzner

Louisa is currently experiencing a lot of change: change of work and church and all the things that go along with that. She is, however, very thankful to be loved by a God who doesn’t change and is completely trustworthy. She loves thinking and teaching about what God has planned for the future and thinks that confidence about Jesus’ resurrection can shape how we hope, how we grieve and how we persevere in the midst of our present circumstances.


Louisa is an Anglican minister along with her husband, Rene. They have three children aged 7-14. Currently, she is working at a yarn store on the Mornington Peninsula, as knitting is also one of her passions, along with good coffee and walking with friends. 

Seminars

Please choose 1 seminar to attend on the day.

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Jean Williams

Unrealised ambitions:

dealing with disappointment in life

Work. Marriage. Ministry. Family. Health. Home. Maybe you have a bucket list; but what about the bucket list you carry closer to your heart? What do we do when life fails to measure up to our dreams? When our story turns out differently from the one we would have written for ourselves? In this seminar Jean Williams, who knows more than she ever wanted to about broken dreams, will share what God's word has taught her about disappointment and how to replace our dearest ambitions with His ambitions for us.


Jean Williams is married with four children, supporting her husband, Steve, in uni ministry. She knows all the spiciest chai lattes and the tree-iest walks near her house, and loves listening to music (indiecoustica, according to Spotify), playing board games, and reading or watching fantasy. As life and health allow, she enjoys writing and teaching women. But none of that is who she is: she continues to learn that what matters is not her relationships or what she does, but that she's loved by Jesus.

Helen Bell

Embracing Weakness in a Post-Christian World

We live in a post-Christian world and increasingly find ourselves out of step with the broader community. Christians are seen not just as old-fashioned, but as destructive. We feel pressured to privatise our faith and keep it to ourselves. And, as stories about churches and ‘Christians’ misusing power continue to surface, we may even find ourselves wondering whether they are right. In this seminar we will explore ways of confidently standing for Jesus by embracing weakness and learning to say, with Paul, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness … for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10.


Helen Bell has worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) in student ministry for over 20 years. She spends her days talking with uni students about Jesus and the life He offers them. Helen is married to Andrew, loves op shopping with a good coffee, and is part of Bundoora Presbyterian Church.

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Fiona Scheffer

Bible Big Picture

Whether you have grown up hearing stories from the Bible, or are exploring it all for the first time, knowing how parts of the Bible fit together can be tricky, yet it is so helpful in understanding what God is saying to us in his word. In this seminar we will explore this - learning about the big picture of the Bible, what it teaches us about God, and what it mean to live for him.

Fiona lives out in Pakenham, where her husband Matt is the local Anglican minister. She has a background in uni ministry, but these days finds herself involved in youth and kids ministry in her church, as a part time school chaplain, and as a mum to her two kids.  You'll usually find Fiona talking to somebody - often about Jesus, and preferably with a coffee in hand.

Jan Martin

Loving Your Church

We are encouraged as Christians to be part of a church and we know it’s important. We all have different experiences of going to church and, in the last few years, new and strange ones as we navigate COVID 19. So how do we love our church well, find encouragement to persevere and be an encouragement to others? In this seminar we will think hard about our motivation, our actions and most importantly; what the Bible has to say.


Jan is married to Dave with three grown sons and three precious grandchildren. They have spent many years ministering to University students with AFES while being involved in a local church. They are now fours years into planting a Presbyterian church in Melbourne’s outer south east where they get to live on the land the church bought. This means plenty of room for veggie gardens, calves, chooks and a lamb. An extra delight is the joy these bring to church and playgroup families.

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Lexi Chiswell

Teen Seminar: Who do you follow?

It's a pretty noisy world. 

Influencers, followers, friends and trends all have opinions on who we should be, how we should live, and even what we should believe. 

So how do we cut through the noise? 

In this seminar for teens and young adults, we'll take a step back to notice this noise and think about some strategies for how to follow Jesus when the culture around us doesn't. 

Lexi has followed Jesus since a young age through both life’s joyful seasons and challenging ones. She is married to the lovely David and mother to two gorgeous girls, Eden and Freya. Before devoting her time to raising the girls Lexi studied psychology and theology. She is passionate about connecting local communities with the church and walking with people through life’s valleys.

Lexi is more of a hobby dabbler. Currently she’s into running, tennis and growing her own vegetables. 

Gillian Asquith

Can We Trust the Bible?

What would you say to someone who questions the trustworthiness of the Bible? This seminar will look at ways in which people may challenge the Bible and it will equip you with answers. We’ll look at how we come to have the Bible today and how we can be sure it is reliable, especially when there are verses in the King James Version that don’t appear in modern English translations.  We’ll also look at how the Bible stacks up against archaeological finds and whether claims from prominent archaeologists that find their way into headlines, such as David not being a real king, are cause for concern. At the end of this seminar you will be able to explain why we can trust that the text of the Bible is reliable, and why we can confidently believe what it says.


Gillian grew up in England and gained an MA in Oriental Studies at Oxford University followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification. She taught on and off in the public and private sectors in both England and Australia before moving into theological studies. Gillian teaches New Testament and Greek at Melbourne School of Theology and has previously lectured in Early Christianity at the Australian Catholic University. She is also currently engaged in part-time doctoral studies looking at how everyday personal documents help us understand of the vocabulary of the New Testament. Her wider academic interests include the transmission of the text of the New Testament and biblical archaeology. She loves to take students on archaeological digs to Israel and is at her happiest when hot and dirty on a dig site with a trowel in her hand.

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Laura Paul

From bad analogy to everyday reality:

The Trinity in the nitty-gritty of daily life.

What comes to your mind when you think of the Trinity? Boring doctrine? Bad analogies? Maybe nothing at all. The Trinity is complex, no doubt. But what if, before it is confusing, the Trinity is actually the reality that holds the whole story of God together? This seminar will explore God’s three-in-oneness as the glue of our daily Christian life. 


Laura is a  PhD candidate at Ridley College.  With a background in children’s  and youth ministry, she is passionate about bringing the riches of ancient Christian thought into conversation with current questions. Laura is married to J., a curate in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. They have an adorable one-year-old son, Justin. Together they enjoy serving in their delightful and diverse multi-cultural church. 

 

What they're saying:

It is so important for Jesus’ church that women are challenged in their obedience to Christ, mobilized in their gifts, and have an ever deepening vision of the beauty & power of a life lived for him. Women teaching women is such a powerful way that Jesus brings this into being. I am thankful for the contribution of Entrust in this unique and vital work.

Stephanie Judd

City on a Hill, Executive Director - Leadership Academy 

It has been a great joy to see the timely emergence of the Entrust Women conference in Melbourne: young and able evangelical women committed to ministry among women based on the exploration and exposition of God’s word and mutual encouragement for ministry.  I warmly commend this new venture and am glad to be associated with it. My hope and prayer is that through it Christian women across Victoria will be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in righteousness so that they might be capable and equipped for every good work that God has prepared for them in their families, among God’s people, and in the workplace.

Andrew Reid

Pastor of Discipleship & Training, Cross & Crown: Melbourne

I've enjoyed previous Entrust conferences for the stimulating Bible talks and seminars, on both practical and theological issues; the opportunities to see friends and acquaintances, and to meet other women who are striving to live for Jesus; and for the encouragement and joy of gathering with like-minded women - young and old, city and rural, mothers, students, workers, of different ethnicities and backgrounds, working in ministry or simply living for Jesus in everyday life.


Fiona McLean

A conference for women, led by women, who desire to see women across Victoria established in their faith, equipped in their ministries, and encouraged in their cross-bearing, Christ-centred life, how can it not be wholeheartedly commended.  I am grateful for the evangelical women who lead this conference with a commitment to faithful expository preaching.  It has been a delight to see the fruits of this conference and how it has shaped the lives and ministry of the women in our church, as they seek to live their lives as daughters of the King.  My prayer is that this will be seen amongst more women and more churches for the glory of God.


John Huynh

Minister, Surrey Hills Presbyterian Church 

 
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FAQ

Helpful Information

 

What are the goals of Entrust Women?

We have two goals, represented by the two Ts in enTrusT:

• to provide clear, faithful Bible teaching from women and to women in Melbourne

• to provide training to women from Melbourne and wider Victoria as they learn to teach and train other women.  


We took the name Entrust Women from 2 Timothy 2:2 – “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will be qualified to teach others.” That’s what we want to do: pass on the gospel by giving women an opportunity to teach one another, and to learn how to teach one another, from God’s word.

Why do we need another conference?

What’s different about Entrust Women? There are lots of great conferences with speakers from various places. Our conference is unusual because most of our speakers are women who live in Melbourne or wider Victoria. That’s because one of our goals is to give local women opportunities, models and training as they teach the Bible to other women.

Who runs the conference?

We’re run by a small group of women from different churches in Melbourne, who share the same convictions about the centrality of the cross and the Bible, and the same dream: to encourage ministry by women and to women. Our committee includes Louisa Pfitzner (St Alf's, Blackburn North),  Casey Blythe (Surrey Hills Presbyterian), Jean Burley (Surrey Hills Presbyterian), Sharon Cheung (City on a Hill), Belinda Grant (Grace Christian Community),  Helen King (Mentone Baptist), Rebecca Ooi (City on a Hill) and Kellie Vanderkruk (Mentone Baptist).

What happens on the day?

God-willing our conference will still run on Saturday 7th May 2022. You can either attend the conference in person at New Hope Baptist, Blackburn North or watch the conference from home. Either way, we'll have two great talks, a seminar, music, an interview, book reviews and other activities to make the day memorable and fun.

What COVIDsafe practices will be in place?

We will be practicing whatever COVIDsafe practices are in place at the time. 


However, please stay home if you are unwell. You'll still have access to the livestream so that you can participate at home.

If restrictions change we hope to still be able to stream from the New Hope studio if permitted. Otherwise we'll provide a refund.

What about our regional delegates?

You are of course welcome to attend at New Hope Baptist. However, you could consider organising a watch party with other women from your church in your city. Each of you can buy your own streaming ticket but you could watch together at church or in someone's home.

How will Entrust Women help women from my church get to know each other better?

During the day there will be an opportunity for church groups to talk and pray about what they’ve learned. So not only will you be encouraged by seeing Christian women from different churches, you’ll get a chance to hang out as a church group too.
But please don’t feel like you have to come with a church group: if you’re there on your own, or with a couple of friends, you’ll have the same opportunity to reflect on, and pray about, what you’re learning.

Will the conference be suitable for teens and young adults?

Yes, our aim is to have teaching that will be accessible to all.  We will also be having a teen seminar again this year.
So if you’re a pastor or Christian worker, encourage the young women in your youth group, young adults’ group, or university group to attend. *Please note that delegates under 18 years of age must be supervised by their parent/guardian at all times throughout the conference, apart from the teen seminar.

I’d like to encourage women from my church to come along, but don’t know how.

Just email entrustwomen@outlook.com, give us a postal address, and we’ll send you a media pack. There will also be promotional material on our resources page.

Can I Bring My Baby?

Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate children. However, nursing mothers are welcome to bring their baby.

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