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Day of Courage - EmpowHer Tasmania. 18 Nov 2023 EmpowHer Day of Courage En-courages

ABOVE Top: Jenny Baxter asks for volunteers to demonstrate C-O-U-R-A-G-E; Below: Speakers on the day

The EmpowHer Day of Courage

Baptist Financial Services


By Fiona Bradley

On Saturday 18th November, women from across Tasmania gathered at Longford for the inaugural statewide event, hosted by EmpowHer. 

The Day of Courage sold out weeks ahead of time, with over 120 people from different denominations across Tasmania. The event provided an opportunity to connect with others learning to live out their God-given potential, hearing stories of courage.

Keynote speaker, Rev. Karen Wilson (Perth WA), opened and closed the event. Currently the President of Baptist World Alliance Women, Karen spoke openly and warmly. In particular, she focussed on a recent accident, which taught her courage in the midst of her international schedule. 

Mixing humour with insight, she also told of her hiking trip in 2018 along the famous Camino de Santiago trail. Karen explained how the hike forged courage at a key point in her life, and inspired listeners to be well-grounded in courage. As she spoke, she provided practical tips and challenged the audience to do the same.

Four other Tasmanian women provided candid testimonies about how their lives had been shaped by courage. Each story was very different and described courage in grief, change, trauma and at work.

A “Gathering”, not a “Conference”

Jenny Baxter, State Director of EmpowHer, explained how the event and theme emerged as an idea with the EmpowHer team.

“We wanted to make it more of a gathering than a conference, and focused on small touches toward this. Such as having people sitting around tables rather than facing the stage. As well, we provided grazing platters over lunch with live background music, rather than singing during the event itself.”

According to Jenny, Karen Wilson was an obvious choice for main speaker.

“I know her personally. She’s warm, very accessible. And she has great stories from her travels meeting with courageous women in all parts of the globe,” she said.

One highlight of the day was the Baptist World Day of Prayer* session, when attendees prayed for women worldwide. Funds were raised for projects, in particular those organised by Baptist Women of the Pacific.

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By standing shoulder-to-shoulder, women affirmed that Courage is stronger when with others.

Jenny said the Day of Courage exceeded expectations, going way beyond what she thought was possible. “The event highlights the power of our stories and the benefit of showing up and getting together as women on the journey.”

Others present on the day agreed

Attendee Michelle Walters said, “It was lovely to spend time with like-minded women. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this beautiful day together and sharing your gifts and talents with us”. 

“Excellent, well organised, loved the little extras like gift bags, coasters. Food was superb. Great to have women from different denominations come together. Karen was excellent. Thank you to all those who made the day happen,” said attendee Anita Brooker.

“Well done on a beautiful event and doing such a great job gathering people from across denominations and from around the state,” said attendee Danielle Ratcliffe.

Fiona Bradley
Hobart Baptist Church

In Other News
Fiona has agreed to take on the position of Tas Baptist Communications Manager from January 2024!

EmpowHer Team: Jenny Baxter (S), Jenna Blackwell (N), Wendy Marston (N), Gabe Fife (NW). Ann Robertson (S), while unable to attend on the day, assisted with the organising of the event.

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Karen Wilson shared dinner with the team before the Day of Courage. From left: Jenny, Karen, Jenna, Wendy, Gabe.

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It’s a New Day

It's a New Day. By Karen Wilson

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Working Together in Ministry

Let’s be catalysts to change and transformation

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson is the President for Baptist World Alliance Women. She lives in Perth WA, and is the keynote speaker for the EmpowHer Day of Courage at Riverlands, Longford on Saturday 18th November.

When I stepped into the position of President for Baptist World Alliance Women 2020-2025, I sensed God asking me to find and/or create spaces for women and men to flourish together.

This would mean creating ministries that are open to both, affirm both, have mutual respect for one another, and give equal voice one to the other.

Silent contributors

For too long, women have been asked to be the silent contributors to the Kingdom. Their ministries and efforts have been greatly appreciated, yet their voices have been hushed. That time has now finished. It’s a new day.

For too long, women have been asked to be the silent contributors to the Kingdom.

Back in July 2019, the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education met in Nassau, Bahamas. The decision was made to not only re affirm the resolution of the Baptist World Alliance entitled “Women”, adopted in Nassau in 1988 but to take it further[1].

READ the resolution here: Recognizing and Affirming the Calling of Women in the Church.

There was a call for churches, and church leaders, to repent from the teachings and practices through which they have prevented women from flourishing as human beings created in the image of God and full members of the body of Christ.

The call went further – to be open to the Holy Spirit to bring conviction, inspire discussion, and provoke transformation in individual lives and communities by affirming the God-given call of women for service in the church, so their stories may take rightful place in the wider story of Christ’s body in the world.

The All-encompassing Challenge

The challenge? For all of us to learn, and then use, language which is affirming to both women and men in worship, communications, and publications. In addition, to work intentionally to create equal space for women in all leadership roles in the church, Baptist conventions and unions, and across the entire Baptist World Alliance.

As I look at the place women have in our Baptist churches, and with this call being proclaimed globally, I believe there is a need for us to understand how to stand together and discuss issues together. As well, we all need to learn how to make room for one another, and how to avail each other of the others’ gifts.

God has a Kingdom-purpose for the entire body of Christ to flourish – male and female alike – and we are being ushered into that era where we will see it come to pass.

I, for one, am excited that we get to not only see it, but be catalysts of change to bring this transformation.

So what do I see?

I see a global ministry where women and men . . .

  • Champion one another and stand together (Zeph 3:9)
  • Understand the responsibility in the Kingdom and encourage one another forward (1 Thess 5:11)
  • Meet regularly (Heb 10:25) and are aware they are not alone (1 Cor 14:26)
  • Gather and await the move of the Spirit of the living God. (Acts 2:1)
  • Stand firmly alongside one another (Gal 3:28), in the one Spirit,
  • Strive together as one for the sake of the gospel (Phil 1:27).

Men and women alike have a mandate to love God fully and love others with acceptance and dedication. So let’s do this! Let’s:

STAND RESPECTFULLY and confidently together in the calling God has given us.

SEEK OUT spaces of commonality to work for the mutual benefit of all.

OPENLY SHARE tables of discussion for the strengthening of the Kingdom.

LET’S STAND alongside the Next Generation 

TOGETHER SEEK the Kingdom first.

GO INTO ALL THE WORLD with a spirit of unity to proclaim the name of Jesus.

It’s a new day.

More Deep Thought

Expanding Horizons by Stephen Baxter | The God of Bethel by Maddy Svoboda | Being Family Together by Christa McKirland

* This article was originally published in the Summer 2020-21 Heartlands for Women, newsletter.

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Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women. It's a new day

Karen and Mark Wilson live in Perth WA. In addition to being the President Baptist World Alliance Women, Karen
is also the CEO of the Global Leadership Network Australia/NZ, and this year founded the Women Leaders Network.

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EmpowHer Day of Courage

Day of Courage 2023, All women are welcome to this special women's gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

Women’s Gathering

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    So sorry – we have sold out!

    But it isn’t too late to join the waitlist

    Become Well-Grounded

    Learn to live out your God-given potential at this special women’s gathering

    On Saturday 18th November, all women are invited to attend the EmpowHer Day of Courage gathering at Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford.

    This is the first statewide event to be hosted by EmpowHer and promises to be a fantastic day of growth, challenge and connection.

    The day will commence with morning tea at 9:30am, and conclude at 3:30pm.

    Watch the video introducing keynote speaker Karen Wilson


    Earlybird $45 – finished on 5th September

    Regular $55 – 6th September to 31st October
    Maximum capacity has been reached – but you are still welcome to join our waitlist.

    Late $65 – From 1 November
    If you do need to join our waitlist, this will be the price if you are successful.

    Major sponsor for the Day of Courage – Baptist Financial Services

    Baptist Financial Services

    What to expect

    Here’s what will happen on the day . . .

    Keynote speaker sessions
    Karen Wilson

    Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women.
    Karen lives in Perth WA, and has a long association with women from all walks of life in Australia and globally.

    READ Karen’s article It’s a New Day >

    Local content and participation

    Including . . .


    * Kelsea Clingeleffer, Program Coordinator Baptist World Aid.

    * Short talks from three Tasmanian women explaining their personal moments of courage: Bianca Murray (N); Jing Priest (S); Jacqueline Austin (NW)

    * Beautiful, delicious and thoughtfully-prepared food during morning tea and lunch.

    * Round table discussions in small groups.

    supporting women globally

    * Pray for women overseas for World Day of Prayer.

    * The Tasmanian launch of the global Women’s Leadership Network.

    * Opportunities to donate to Baptist World Aid through Transform Aid International.

    Why you should be there

    • To be encouraged and inspired.
    • To hear stories from other women of faith.
    • To make new friends with other like-minded women.
    • To be inspired and empowered to live out your God-given calling.
    • To take a day out for yourself to be nourished in body, soul and spirit.
    • To increase your global awareness of women’s challenges in other countries.
    • To increase your faith as you pray for women and their work within their communities.

    What women are saying

    “All women welcome”. I love that. Let’s be united!

    Ruth Hanlon, Ministry Development Officer for Women, Anglican Diocese Tasmania

    I can’t wait to be there!

    Jing Priest, Hobart Baptist Church

    We’re going to have such a good time.

    Keynote speaker Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance, Women



    Maximum capacity has been reached. There is now a wait-list system in place.

    Earlybird rate ($45) Finished onTuesday 5th September

    Regular rate ($55) Available 6th September to 31st October

    Late rate ($65) From 1st November

    The Day of Courage Team

    The organising team are a dedicated group of women, representing each region in Tasmania. They are planning a fantastic women’s gathering just for you!

    Each one has special giftings and skills in enabling, gathering and administrating events, and they are all working hard to create an exceptional day for every attendee.


    Jenna Blackwell

    Jenna Blackwell City Baptist Formation Pastor; Tasmanian Baptists Mission and Leadership Coach
    Jenna loves encouraging people to walk courageously in their God-given calling. She also loves tea, funny animal videos, the beach, and nature in general.

    Wendy Marston

    Wendy Marston TasRail – Customer Service Officer; Tas Baptist Council; Marriage and Funeral Celebrant.

    Wendy is Tassie born and still loving it here. She is involved in the leadership team at Newstead Baptist church.


    Gabe Fife

    Gabe Fife Teacher’s Aide, Leighlands Christian School

    Down-to-earth and friendly, Gabe desires to see all women empowered and living their fullest lives in Christ. She is married to Louis, and serves alongside him at Ulverstone Baptist Church.


    Jenny Baxter

    Jenny Baxter State Coordinator EmpowHer; Communications Manager Tasmanian Baptists
    Jenny enjoys creating connections between women locally and nationally. She also serves on the Communications team at Hobart Baptist Church, and walks a lot, mostly at the beach or in the bush.

    Ann Herbert* Now retired
    Ann formerly managed a social policy team in the Tasmanian Government. She is now an elder and active member of the teaching team at Citywide Baptist Church. 

    *Unfortunately, Ann is unable to attend on the day.

    FAQ for the Day of Courage women’s gathering

    Will there be accommodation available?

    We have secured Friday night accommodation (17th November) with the Poatina Chalet for attendees. This is a 20-minute drive from the venue.
    Please call or email the Chalet to book your motel room for $125. Includes breakfast.
    6397 8290 |

    I have dietary requirements, what should I do?

    If you added your dietary requirements to your registration info, then you are good to go. But if you need to change or confirm anything, please get in touch:

    Can I carpool?

    There is no official Day of Courage carpool. However, do get in touch and we may be able to arrange transport for you with another attendee:

    What’s the parking like at Riverlands?

    There is plenty of on-site parking available.

    Will I need to bring anything?

    Notebooks and pens will be provided. You may like to bring a Bible with you. Morning tea and lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost. While water will be available you may like to bring your own drink bottle.

    Is Childcare provided?

    Unfortunately there is no childcare. If you have children, we encourage you to find care for them. If this is not possible, you may bring your little one/s but you will be responsible for their care. There will be no child care available at this event.

    Is this event just for Christians?

    All women are welcome at this event. However, if you are not happy to learn about your God-given potential, then this gathering may not be for you.

    Is there a concession rate?

    There is no official concession rate for this gathering. We have subsidised the costs by finding a sponsor to make this special day affordable for everyone. However, if the cost is stopping you from attending, please get in touch to discuss:

    Refund Policy

    If you find you are no longer able to use your ticket, our preference is that you find someone to pass the ticket onto. Please let us know, so we know who to expect by contacting

    If you are unable to find someone, or if this is too difficult for you to arrange, given the circumstances, we can arrange a refund. Please note you will not be reimbursed your booking fee.

    If you need to request a refund, please email and state your name, account name, BSB and account number. Thank you

    If you have other questions . . .

    Please email Our team will be happy to answer your enquiries.

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    Empowher Day of Courage Women’s Gathering

    All women are welcome to this special women’s gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.