NO LIMITS Women’s Symposium

No Limits Women's Symposium

Women in Leadership

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Encouraging Women

Ann Herbert (Citywide) explains what took place at the recent No Limits conference. Other attendees pictured above are Jenna Blackwell (City), Zahara Rehrmann (Summerhill), Tracey Avery (City), Jenny Baxter (Hobart), and Kez Hutchison (Wynyard).

Inspiring, challenging, thought-provoking, impactful!

These were some of the words 105 women used to describe the No Limits women’s symposium held in Brisbane on 10-11 February 2023. Not only that, there was awe-inspiring worship, and opportunities for great fellowship.

Baptist Women of the Pacific, which is part of the Baptist World Alliance, organised the conference with the intention of connecting, equipping, and mobilising women for Christian ministry across the Pacific region. They successfully did this with women attending from New Zealand including Māori, Tonga, PNG and Australia.

No Limits Women's Symposium
Rousing worship times; Short talks speakers respond to Q&A

Six Tasmanian women, from Wynyard, Launceston and Hobart, enjoyed attending the conference together. The sessions explored what the Bible teaches about women, particularly with regard to their role, purpose, and potential to serve the Body of Christ and help grow God’s kingdom on earth.

The sessions explored what the Bible teaches about women, particularly with regard to their role, purpose, and potential to serve the Body of Christ and help grow God’s kingdom on earth.

Historical and cultural contexts

On the Friday night, Dr Christa McKirland, lecturer in Systematic Theology at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, noted the importance of understanding the historic and cultural contexts in which the books of the Bible were written. She also emphasised the importance of being careful not to interpret individual verses in isolation from the whole of the letter or book in which these are located. She especially encouraged in-depth study of gendered passages, which historically have caused controversy.

God has given each of you a gift.
Use it to build up others in the Lord.

Marg Mowczko

Saturday morning began with some rousing worship, followed by theologian Margaret Mowczko, who has specialised in early Christian and Jewish studies. She spoke about the apostle Paul’s theology of ministry. In particular, she looked at Paul’s teaching about the mutuality of women and men in Christian marriage and ministry. She finished her presentation with the encouragement: “God has given each of you a gift. Use it to build up others in the Lord.

No Limits Women's Symposium
Megan Powell du Toit; Conference speakers and panellists

Bible survey with a twist

Rev. Megan Powell du Toit, from the Australian College of Theology[1], provided a stimulating overview of the biblical story of God with women. Starting at Genesis, she explored how God sees and values woman, sees the pain sin has caused them, and how he acts to mitigate sin’s impact. From the matriarchs of Genesis and Exodus, through the female judges and prophets, Jesus’ foremothers, to the female leaders of the New Testament, Megan showed how God has continually used women to help achieve his purposes.

The stories show that God’s mission for the church includes women and that God releases their gifts for God’s glory. Rev. du Toit encouraged each of us to fully use our God-given gifts for the sake of the Gospel.

Empowered women

Sela Havili

The final speaker, Rev. Sela Havili, shared her journey of becoming an Anglican priest who serves New Zealand’s Tongan communities. Hers was an inspiring story of the challenges she faces, and the blessings she is receiving, as God uses her to help build His kingdom amongst these people. She passionately encouraged us to be “women empowered by the Spirit to reveal the love of Christ.”

In addition to these four presentations, we enjoyed lively and stimulating panel discussions, plus inspiring presentations from five women about the local and global work they are doing across the Pacific region. 

Responses to the No Limits women’s symposium

Inspired
Tracey

The conference encouraged me to learn and question things that I have just gone along with. And I was inspired by all those passionate women who have stepped into their calling. I want to encourage other women to go next time!

Tracey Avery, City Baptist

Encouraging
Jenna

I found it so encouraging to see women empowered in utilising their gifts, strengths and calling from different nations. I want to emphasise that women just GO if there is another opportunity.

Jenna Blackwell, TB Leadership and Mentor Coach; TBW Team (North); Ministry Team Assistant City Baptist

Authentic
Christa

Even though in the past I have always been very sceptical of women’s conferences, I loved having a women’s space to be sisters together. It was a time of theological depth and the relational authenticity, and it was inspiring. I loved hearing from my sisters across the South Pacific.

Dr Christa McKirland – conference speaker

Blessed with new birth

I was so encouraged to have the opportunity to take five stellar Tasmanian women to Brisbane to attend the No Limits women’s symposium. It made me aware we are blessed to have so many women in our midst who are willing to rise to the challenge, take a lead, and use their God-given gifts. They are the shoulders upon which others will now stand.

Jenny and Elissa

Jenny Baxter, State Director Tasmanian Baptist Women

While it was my dream as a leader in women’s ministry to see this event happen, I was still overwhelmed by the response. The need to speak justice into this area is even greater and devastating than I realised. There are new seeds to create an online community of support and similar events in other parts of Australia and the Pacific. Most overwhelming were the stories women shared in the breaks. There were stories of frustration, sadness and grief. Incredibly intelligent women, given amazing gifts, were being limited if not oppressed, my heart broke anew. I felt like God was birthing something new that day so we will pray and listen.

Elissa Macpherson, Conference Organiser and President, BWP; National Director, ABW


1 Megan also co-hosts the podcast, With All Due Respect, with Rev. Dr Michael Jensen

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HEARTLANDS News Winter 2022

HEARTLANDS is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

Table of Contents

    Diary Dates

    Check the details on these events by scrolling down.
    Have you subscribed to Heartlands to find out about events in your region?

    • Fri/Sat 24/25 June SOUTH Shelter Retreat – read the overview!
    • Sunday 31st July NORTH Cosy Cuppa, Chat & Craft at Westbury Baptist
    • Saturday 17th September NORTHWEST Coffee and Walk, Latrobe
    • Late Oct/Early Nov World Women’s Day Of Prayer – events across the state

    OVERVIEW: SHELTER Retreat

    Southern Event

    FRI/SAT 24-25 June 2022, Blackmans Bay

    How the Shelter retreat weekend unfolded

    OUR THEME: SHELTER

    Shelter Retreat, Heartlands Autumn 2022

    Everyone needs it. God provides it. We sleep, eat and live in it.

    But how do you live in the SHELTER of the Most High God?

    “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

    Psalm 91:1

    Overview of the SHELTER Retreat

    Denise Stephenson and Jenny Baxter
    Denise and Jenny
    • The retreat was led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
    • A rejuvenating literal Sabbath, from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday
    • Delicious home-cooked meals, in an intimate setting
    • Great connection with old and new friends
    • Amazing harp music – live and in-person!
    • Times of input, plus silence and reflection
    • Creative activities to keep minds focussed, and hands busy
    • A trip to the beach to explore and reflect
    • Private counselling and prayer opportunities
    • A real sense of God’s SHELTER in this busy world

    Denise and Jenny are available to run similar women’s retreats in other parts of Tasmania.

    To express interest please contact Jenny at empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

    What’s Coming Up?

    Pig Island Walk, Latrobe

    Northwestern Event

    10:30am Saturday 17th September
    Pig Island Walk with EmpowHer, Sept 2022

    Invite Others! Download Brochure

    Join a friendly leisurely walk at Pig Island Latrobe on the Mersey River.

    Continue with coffee at at Monclair of Latrobe and Madame M Cafe.

    All women welcome!

    RSVP or MORE INFO:

    Gabrielle – 0421 434 138

    International Women’s Day of Prayer

    Late October/Early November 2022

    This year there will be Day of Prayer events held in the north, northwest and south of Tasmnia as we pray toether and raise funds for Baptist women working on some amazing projects in developing countries.

    Subscribe to HEARTLANDS to find out details of these events as they come to hand!


    Cosy Cuppa, Chat & Craft

    Northern Event – NOW OVER!

    2:30PM, SUNday 31st JULY 2022

    Invite Others! Download brochure

    Come along for a cuppa and craft at Westbury Baptist for a relaxed afternoon together.

    We will be joined by special guests Maria Hutchison (Newstead) and Lacey Holloway (Westbury).

    RSVP or MORE INFO:

    Jenna – 0488 330 390; Belinda – 0408 267 188 | Or via our Facebook group: EmpowHer (North)


    Action for You

    Invite someone along

    Have you noticed that not everyone is back yet?

    Winter walk at the beach
    We all need each other!

    Post-Covid hesitancy is a thing. Maybe it’s because people are reluctant to move out of their houses and safe spaces. Or maybe we got used to managing on our own.

    Whatever the reason, it’s true to say we all need each other. Being part of a community is critical to good mental and emotional health.

    Whether or not you are wary about getting back into circulation, why not ask a friend to come with you? That could be as simple as going for a walk together on the beach, grabbing a coffee at a local café, or heading off to the gym or church together.

    Or maybe you could invite someone to one of the EmpowHer events lined up in your region.

    It’s a good time to be the blessing!


    God’s Whisper

    It’s so easy to think up your own answer to a problem. Instead, remember to listen for God’s still, quiet voice.

    By Jenny Baxter

    Too many people and not enough food!
    How many times have you been caught in that situation? I have to admit, I’ve been there a few times. Tiny servings of apple crumble, and thinned-down pumpkin soup have featured on my table, much to my horror.

    Read More >


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    EmpowHer

    HEARTLANDS News Autumn 2022

    HEARTLANDS is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

    Table of Contents

      Diary Dates

      Watch out for more info coming from your region, directly to you.

      • Saturday 21st May NORTH Basin Café and Gorge Walk.
      • Saturday 24-25th June SOUTH Day-Retreat: “Shelter”
      • Late Oct/Early Nov World Women’s Day Of Prayer – events across the state

      What’s Happening?

      Basin Café and Gorge Walk

      9:30am, Saturday 21st May 2022
      EmpowHer Walk May 2022, Heartlands Autumn 2022

      Invite Others! Download brochure

      Join us for a cuppa at Basin Cafe (RSVP required)

      A walk through the Gorge to Duck Reach will follow (weather permitting)

      RSVP ESSENTIAL


      SHELTER Retreat

      5pm to 5pm, FRI/SAT 24-25 June 2022, Blackmans Bay

      SHELTER

      Everyone needs it. God provides it. We sleep, eat and live in it.

      But how do you live in the SHELTER of the Most High God?

      Shelter Retreat, Heartlands Autumn 2022

      “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

      Psalm 91:1
      • Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
      • $45/person Covers food and materials. (This is a non-residential retreat.) Contact us if you have hesitations about cost. There are other ways you can contribute. Contact us if you have any hesitations about cost. There are other ways you can contribute.
      • Get your Rego Form Call or SMS Jenny 0401 652 566
      • Invite Others! Download brochure

      Action for You

      Praying with intention

      Do you often pray like this?

      Praying with Intention; Heartlands Autumn 2022
      • God bless Mary
      • Lord, please look after my son
      • Jesus, can you please stop all wars
      • Father, give me a good life

      These are all good prayers, and quite legitimate, but they are so general! They are all “motherhood prayers” – prayers so broad it is impossible to know if God truly answers them.

      Instead, pray with intention. Fill those prayers with meaning and talk to God about what worries you. And, when prompted, follow up your prayer with action. Relationship is critical to answered prayer.

      How different are these prayers to those above?

      • God, how can I bless Mary today?
      • Lord, give me wisdom as I call my son, so I can encourage him.
      • Jesus, I pray about the war in Ukraine. Is there something I can do to assist?
      • Father, help me to love and care for others around me, even if my life is not so good.

      It’s a time to be the blessing!


      Undervalued or Super Loved?

      Undervalued or super loved, Heartlands Autumn 2022

      Women’s ministry at Beauty Point

      By Rachelle Hawkins

      Since the The Point* Baptist’s inception in 2006, we have endeavoured to hold many outreach events to reach our town of Beauty Point.

      The message is always about who Jesus is, and why it’s important. These events include men’s dinners, women’s dessert nights, concerts, kids’ clubs, and an annual visit by Texan missionaries who do all the above, and more.

      We, as a church, long to share the hope Jesus offers.

      Read More >


      The Science of Seeing God

      ANNETTE SPURR, Heartlands Autumn 2022

      Gratitude and thankfulness for the World, the Universe, and Everything!

      By A.J. Spurr

      Recently, I interviewed a young man who had been struggling with addiction since the age of 12. He had completed a program at a Christian rehab centre, and while he was there, he encountered Jesus.

      “The first thing I noticed,” he said, “was that I could feel the breeze on my skin. I’d never experienced it before, even though it had been happening the whole time. I was finally able to feel it.”

      So, what had changed?

      Read More >


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