Presbyterian Women Annual Conference 2019 Keynote Recordings
Keynote Speaker: Helen Warnock
'He restores my soul' (Psalm 23:3)
Around 1,600 women from across Ireland gathered in PCI's Assembly Buildings in Belfast on Thursday 9 May 2019 for Presbyterian Women Annual Conference. Our keynote speaker for 2019, Helen Warnock, principal of Belfast Bible College, delivered two talks exploring the theme for 2019-20, Restore.
During the afternoon session, she explored Psalm 23 in more detail, and asked us to consider whether we know God as the one who restores; who his restoration is for; and how he restores. In the evening, Helen focused on 1 Kings 19: 1-18, and how God's gentle restoration ushers in purpose to our lives, using the life of Elijah as an example of this.
Both talks are available to listen to below. If you would like to order a CD version of the talks, please contact the Presbyterian Woman office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian Women’s Leadership Forum – February 2019
Rick Hill on Disciples Living for Jesus
Rick Hill is PCI’s Discipleship Development Officer. He is married to Sarah, a Special Needs teacher, and together they have two young boys – Noah and Micah. Rick is an elder in Carnmoney Presbyterian, and enjoys running and reading, though not at the same time!
Rick spoke twice during the Leaders’ Forum, sharing first on how prioritising proximity, practicing patience, pursuing presence and pushing participation in our leadership will enable us to ‘push past the surface in what we are doing (as leaders)…and pursue depth.’ He encouraged us to move from distance to proximity, not to become preoccupied with programmes, projects or preaches, but to think of people and our relationships with them. You can listen to Rick’s full talk below:
Rick’s second talk, titled ‘Living for Jesus’, focused on Luke 24:30-33, the Emmaus Road story. He drew four images out of this passage: The Table, The Fire, The Road and The Chair. Each relates to four environments we need to prioritise as leaders: our invitation to others, the power of God, our witness to the world and our devotion to the King. You can listen to Rick’s full talk below:
Pauline Kennedy, PCI’s Women's Ministry and PW Development Officer, has written a blog post called ‘Women living for Jesus side by side’, reflecting on the importance of journeying in our faith together, regardless of any age gap. She explores the need to live our faith alongside one another in an age in which women can feel increasingly isolated and disconnected, and looks to biblical examples of such side by side relationships to help us to catch the vision of this intergenerational discipleship. To read the full piece, click here.
PW Forum - September 2018
Claire Ebbinghaus on Biblical Leadership
Claire Ebbinghaus has been the Ministries Facilitator at Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church since 2015. She supports, both practically and pastorally, all the leaders of Kirkpatrick’s ministries and organisations, including her husband, Christoph, who has been the minister at Kirkpatrick for 15 years.
Claire shared that, ‘Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. To be a leader, we need to be clear about the goal of our leadership. We need to be clear about what goal we are trying to achieve and how we go about achieving it.’ That goal for Presbyterian Women is to encourage women to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to grow together as His followers.
In order to achieve this goal, Claire explained that we needed to recognise that ‘you cannot make disciples if you are not a disciple yourself’, and that good, biblical leadership is ‘about obedience rather than expertise’ because Jesus will be at work in us and through us when we are willing and when we are open to Him.
You can listen to her full talk by clicking on the recording below: