When: 9th May 2020, 8.30am to 3pm
Where: New Hope Baptist Church, Blackburn North
This year at Entrust Women we will be asking the important question
Who is Jesus?
And where better to find the answers than from Jesus himself? At Entrust this year, we will be beginning a three-year journey into the book of John, looking at the “I AM” statements of Jesus in their contexts.
This year our speakers Belinda Grant and Heather Reid will be looking at John 6 and 8, and the world altering claims of Jesus, that he is the Bread of Life, AND the Light of the World.
Join us on the 9th of May when we'll reflect on the life changing reality we read in John 8 verse 12, that whoever follows Jesus will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.
Choose your seminar from the list below and then...
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is available until the 13th of April.
We have a variety of tickets for adults and concession holders, catered or BYO food. These tickets range in price from $35 to $60.
FULL PRICE is from the 14th of April onwards.
We have a variety of tickets for adults and concession holders, catered or BYO food. These tickets range in price from $45 to $70.
Belinda Grant was first struck by the gospel as a kid, when her Dad sang her to sleep with hymns. She has had the privilege of sharing that Gospel in Children’s and University ministry, and now to her four young kids.
She loves serving at her church, Grace Christian Community, along-side her Pastor husband Tim, and spends most of her (fairly limited) free-time writing Fantasy Fiction. Laundry is the bane of her existence.
She has a particular passion for seeing women engaging deeply with God’s Word, and is so excited to see lives changed through the powerful truths of John 6.
Heather is a mum of 2, grandmother of 6, and former physiotherapist. Her long-term passion has been helping women grow in Christ through both church and student ministry around Australia.
After a varied career as Physio, Mum, Healthcare Educator and AFES Staffworker, she is currently completing doctoral studies in the Old Testament while lecturing part-time alongside her husband, Andrew, at the Evangelical Theological College of Asia (ETCAsia) in Singapore, where they share their apartment with a terrapin called JoJo.
Please choose 1 seminar to attend on the day.
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.
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.
But how can I really know?
Maybe you know the feeling, you read certain passages of Scripture and you wonder: 'What if that's me? What if I'm the one being described here? The one who falls away, the one who doesn't endure to the end, the one who was never chosen in the first place...?' Or you've read those passages and thought: 'That's my friend, is there any hope for her?'
How can we know that we are saved? What assurance does the Bible offer us that we are? How should we read passages in the Word that seem to suggest that we're not safe?
I don't have all the answers, but in this seminar, we'll dig into God's Word together to see what He has to say to assure His children that He will never let them go.
I was born and raised in Kenya and became a Christian when I was 16. I came to Australia to study commerce but my involvement with Christian ministry at university and eventual role as president of the Melbourne University Christian Union made me realise that ministry is my passion and that's what I want to do for the rest of my life. I went back home and worked in an organisation doing university and radio ministry for just over a year. Currently, I am studying my Master of Divinity at Ridley College and interning with Pioneers Australia. I live with my twin sister and my adorable one year old niece.
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. Her research explores how medieval Christians taught theology through stories of suffering. 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. Together they enjoy serving in their delightful and diverse multi-cultural church. When not buried in the depths of a library, Laura enjoys baking, old books, and long walks.
Loving Your Church
We all have vastly different experiences of going to church. We are encouraged to be part of a church and we know it’s probably important. So how do we go to church well? How do we love our church? How do we serve well in our less than perfect group of local believers? How do we find encouragement for ourselves and how can we encourage others? In this seminar we will think hard about our attitudes, our actions and most importantly, what the bible has to say.
Jan is married to Dave. They have spent many years ministering to university students with AFES while being involved in a local church. Now they are planting a Presbyterian church in Melbourne’s outer south east. They have three grown sons and three precious grandchildren. Jan grew up on a farm and loves to be outside attending to her vegies, chooks and calves. A special joy is sharing these loves with playgroup and families from church.
Found in the cross of Christ
In a world of identity demand, where we strive for approval and relevance, where we feel forced into playing a game of consume or be consumed, where “Who am I?” is in a constant state of flux. Is there a place for the weary soul? Come and explore how we are to be found in the cross, where Christ has disarmed the powers that demand and raised us to fullness of life in him.
Hannah is the Youth Minister at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Camberwell. In her time at St Mark’s she has enjoyed reading God’s word with others, playing endless games of Empires, and learning the fascinating language of Gen Z (she’s still a beginner). Hannah lives in Ivanhoe with her much smarter husband, Ricky, where she enjoys eating, cooking, making music, and watching Asian dramas.
Jesus - history or hoax?
Every so often somebody comes out with a new theory about Jesus - was he married? Did he have kids? Did he even really exist? In this seminar we will ask, how can we trust what we know about Jesus? Is there evidence for the big claims that the Bible makes about him? Whether it's you asking these questions, or somebody you know, come along as we explore this together.
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.
Registration will open at 8.30 am.
Coffee and Tea available. And check out the book stall.
Belinda Grant will be speaking on Jesus' claim :: I AM the bread of life (John 6)
Water, Tea and Coffee will be available for all.
There will be morning tea available for those with a catered ticket.
The church cafe will also be open to purchase coffee etc.
Choose one seminar from the selection above.
If you bought a catered ticket then lunch will be served onsite.
If you have a BYO food ticket there will be space onsite to eat your lunch. Alternatively there are a number of outlets selling food nearby where you could purchase your lunch.
Heather Reid will be speaking on Jesus' claim :: I AM the light of the world (John 8).
The conference will wrap up.
Take care getting home and we'll see you next year.
What they're saying:
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, Principal of ETC Asia
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 Luke’s, Frankston), 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 (St Mark's Camberwell) and Kellie Vanderkruk (Mentone Baptist).
What happens on the day?
Our conference runs from 8.30am to 3pm on a Saturday 9th May 2020. We kick off with a Bible talk, have a break for morning tea, and enjoy a seminar of your choice, followed by a time to reﬂect and pray in small groups. In the afternoon, we'll continue on with our second bible talk. We provide morning tea and lunch (if you purchased a catering ticket), great music, a testimony or two, book stalls, and other activities to make the day memorable and fun.
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, the teaching will be accessible to all, and there will be a seminar especially aimed at teens and young adults. 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 all attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the conference but may attend seminar without their accompanying adult. Accompanying adult may attend the seminar of their choice.
I’d like to encourage women from my church to come along, but don’t know how.
Just email , give us a postal address, and we’ll send you a media pack.
Can I Bring My Baby?
Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate children. However, nursing mothers are welcome to bring their baby. A cry room with full view and audio of auditorium where main talks are held is available for nursing mothers.
NewHope Baptist Church is located at 3 Springfield Rd, Blackburn North VIC 3130. There are limited car spaces available on site and we recommend allowing an extra 10 to 15 minutes to find a car park within the neighbourhood. Car Park entry is via Springfield Rd only.
If you're coming by:
CAR. Come East along the M3 take Middleborough Road exit, follow to Springfield Road, we are on the corner.
TRAIN/WALK.Take the Lilydale or Belgrave line towards Laburnum Station, walk up to Middleborough Road/ Springfield Rd, we are on the corner (Approximately 15 minutes walk).
BUS. From Box Hill Station. Bus number 279 towards Doncaster, stop on Middleborough Road/Springfield Road, just opposite NewHope