Abide 2023 theme

Join us February 3-4, 2023

Through rich Bible teaching, practical breakout sessions, and sweet times of fellowship, we hope you will leave this conference knowing how to abide with God by being a woman who lives missionally — in your home, neighborhood, community, and around the world.

Meet our Keynote Speakers

Kelly Minter

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Tara Dew

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Stephanie Lyon

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“The rich teaching and fellowship I experienced at Abide was refreshing for my soul. Learning about God’s word and worshipping together with 1,200 other women felt like a small taste of Heaven. It was deeply encouraging to my walk with the Lord.”

• Hannah Smith, NOBTS Student •


Conference Pricing


NOBTS Student & Student Spouses


Regular Registration

Group registration and alumni discounts available

Lunch Included

Lunch is provided by Chicken Salad Chick. You may choose one of the following entrees: Chicken Salad Sandwich, Classic Salad (Gluten Free), or a Scoop of Chicken Salad. Hover over the images below to read the full description of each meal.

Sandwich - Classic Carol chicken salad served on a croissant with a pickle spear, cookie, and one fresh side that you may choose as you go through the lunch line on the day of the event. (Sides: Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Fresh Fruit, Pasta Salad, and Chips)

(Gluten Free) Classic Salad - Green salad topped with a scoop of Classic Carol chicken salad, served with a pickle spear and cookie (cookie is NOT gluten free)

Scoop - A scoop of Classic Carol chicken salad (gluten free) served with a pickle spear, cookie, and one fresh side that you may choose as you go through the lunch line on the day of the event. (Sides: Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Fresh Fruit, Pasta Salad, and Chips)

Conference Add-ons

$15 2023 Abide T-Shirt

Order and enjoy your Abide 2023 T-Shirt with this year's theme, "Women Living Missionally," printed on the back for just $15!

$20 “Media Pass” (MP3 Breakouts)

We are recording all of the breakout sessions this year! That way, you can hear all of the breakout sessions, even the ones you couldn’t attend live. For only $20 the MP3 audio files will be emailed after the end of the conference.

Worship led by Nate Jernigan

With guest vocalist Jaleesa McCreary



2:30Pre-Conference: Coffee & Conversation (tickets go on sale Jan 1)
4:00Registration Opens (Legacy Plaza)
5:00Dinner (Cafeteria)*
6:00Doors Open (Leavell Chapel)
6:30Plenary 1
7:30“Taste of NOLA” Snack Break
8:00Plenary 2
9:00Dismiss for the evening

*For those who purchased the meal plan.


7:00Breakfast (Cafeteria)*
8:00Doors Open (Leavell Chapel)
8:30Plenary 3
10:00Breakout 1
11:15Breakout 2
12:00Lunch (Quad)
1:00Breakout 3
2:00Plenary 4


All of the breakout sessions will center around the role of missions in the life of a believer

Helping Hurt People in the Messy Parts of Life

Taught by Kay Bennett

—In this breakout session we will learn basic tools for helping everyday people around us whose lives may be a little messy. Skills will be introduced to ease the pressure of reaching out to assist hurting persons with complex issues. You will walk away realizing it is Jesus working through us, who shows up and shows out in changing peoples lives.

A Table and a Candle: Using Your Home to Share Christ

Taught by Tara Dew

—Do you ever let the size–or the cleanliness– of your home keep you from inviting others over? In this breakout, we will discuss true biblical hospitality, and how our homes can be used to share the love of Jesus with others. At the end of this breakout, we hope that you will be inspired to use your home as a way to engage with the lost and undisciplined around you. All you need is a table and a candle.

Let’s Serve Where God Has Us: SCHOOL!

Taught by Heather Johnson

—Your school campus is a great place to share the hope of Christ! We will discuss common experiences and unique challenges Christian young people face at school. We will walk through Scripture to identify steps to prepare for daily ministry opportunities at high school or college, and discuss ways we can share our faith through a missional lifestyle. Together we will look at school as a place where we prepare for life, but help others prepare for eternity.

Living on Mission from the Glass House

Taught by Diane Nix

—Ministry life and missional living should go hand in hand for the ministry wife but, in reality, will be put on the back burner – if she is not intentional. We can get so caught up in the work of the church we can forget the focus. The writer of Acts wrote, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” What does it look like for a ministry wife to live missional? Where does it start? How does she navigate her role’s expectations while living with the mission in mind and keeping her sanity? Join Diane for a conversation on living a missional life as a ministry wife.

Done With Lesser Things: For Me to Live is to Share Christ

Taught by Cindy Townsend

—Come discover how God can use your story for His glory and His eternal purposes. This time will focus on how to intentionally share the hope of Christ with hurting, anxious, and confused people living in this post-Christian and post-pandemic world.

Littles to Launching: Missional Motherhood

Taught by Michelle Woodward

—How do we raise our children to love the Lord and want to share His love with others? What does that look like when training toddlers and discipling teenagers? Come join “Littles to Launching” as we consider these things.

God's Heart for Making Disciples

Taught by Emily Dean

—Woven through the pages of Scripture is God’s heart for His people to know Him and make Him known. In this session we will examine the over-arching theme of discipleship included throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. How does God’s heart for making disciples impact our daily lives? What does it mean to be a disciple maker as we go throughout everyday life? Join us as we examine God’s plan for living out the Great Commission making disciples wherever you serve.

Reaching the Nations, here and beyond!

Taught by Sarah Farley-Beall

—”God’s heart is for the nations, here and around the world. We are the Acts 1:8 “ends of the earth!” He created us to be part of His plan to see Revelation 7:9 come to pass! 46.6 million living in the US are considered foreign-born, with the United States being the top country in the world for diversity of second and third-generation cultures. The changing demographics, politics, cultural, and religious views show the shifting of America into an International country. The Lord has brought the nations here!
Let’s talk about how to reach the nations in your neighborhood and how that can impact the unreached and unengaged around the world. “

Your Workplace as Your Mission Field

Taught by Courtney Moore & Missie Branch

—God has called you to be on mission for Him, but have you ever considered how He could use you for His glory among your co-workers? Just like the rest of your life, those 40 hours a week at your job are meant to ultimately be lived for Him. Come learn the biblical reasons and practical ways you can live “sent” even in your workplace.

Engaging the Sexual Identity Crisis

Taught by Kathy Steele

—Many Christians are confused about how to respond to the Sexual Identity Crisis gripping our culture. This session will seek to enhance greater understanding of this crisis, the typical response of Christians to this crisis, and a biblical response to those struggling in areas of sexual identity crisis.

Engaging Individuals of a Different Worldview

Taught by Amy Williams

—Red and Yellow, Black and White, They are precious in His sight…..We know that the Lord created and loves all people but do we as his followers imitate the same heart? In this breakout, we will discuss how to be women who live missionally and who engage individuals of other cultures and backgrounds to develop friendships and share the love of Jesus.

Learn more about this year’s Speakers

“Abide allows for me to connect with women from all over, to hear their passions, and to pray with them. The moments are all the sweeter because they are grounded in what it means to Abide in Christ and in His Word.”

• Cortney Bruketta, Student Spouse •


This is a great Ladies Retreat!

Isn’t it nice when everything is planned for you, so every lady in your women’s ministry can enjoy a retreat weekend? Well, that is what we have done for you with the Abide Women’s Conference.

We provide lodging, all your meals, and a weekend of enrichment and training as we dive into God’s Word together.

All you have to do is register, reserve your rooms, and attend.

Also, when you register a group of 10 or more you will receive a 5% discount per registrant. To make your hotel reservations, please call Providence Guest House at (888) 886-7276. We also have a list of hotels in the area if you prefer or if PGH is full.

But hurry, space is limited!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will registration check-in be?

Registration check-in will be held on the Legacy Plaza porch (in front of Leavell Chapel), located in the center of campus when you go past the guard shack. Once you arrive, please approach one of our registration volunteers to have the QR code on your ticket(s) scanned and to receive your wristband for the weekend. 

How will I receive my meals during the event?

All food will be plated by our trusted cafeteria staff and the Chicken Salad Chick lunches will be individually boxed with a few of our volunteers distributing them. All break-time refreshments will be individually served and you will be able to pick them up as you go by. And for those that purchased a meal plan, both meals will be served in the Cafeteria. Saturday’s lunch will be served to all ladies on the Quad.

Will lodging be available?

Yes! Providence Guest House is our hotel that is located directly across the street from the Seminary campus at 4104 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126. If you would like to make a reservation, please contact the hotel front desk by calling (888) 886-7276. Please note that space is limited. And when booking with the Providence Guest House, please use promo code ABIDE2023.

If you would like more info about hotels in the area, click here.

How do I register my church group?

For groups of 10 or more, choose the “Group Leader” registration type and fill out the form with your (the group leader’s) information. In said form, you will be asked to select the amount of tickets you would like to reserve for your group, then a 5% discount will be automatically applied to your order. Please contact Brianna Oakley with any questions about your group registration at conferences@nobts.edu.

How should I dress for ABIDE?

Our women’s conference is designed to make everyone feel at home. So come as you are! You can come straight from work, dress up if you’d like, or be more comfortable and casual. Just make sure to bring a light sweater/cardigan in case you’ll get cold.

Is there a map of campus?

Yes! Just click here to see it.

If you have to cancel the event, will I receive a refund?

We know the uncertainty that surrounds planning post Covid-19. To alleviate any concerns, we will refund your money (minus a 5% transaction fee) if we have to cancel the 2023 ABIDE conference.

What should I bring to ABIDE?

If you don’t bring anything else, make sure to bring your Bible! We will be learning from God’s Word all weekend. (If you don’t have a Bible, please let us know and we would love to provide one for you.) You will also want to bring a pen or pencil so that you can take notes in the booklet we will provide for you. Lastly, please be sure to have your tickets with you when you arrive. You can either print them out or show us the confirmation email on your phone.
PS: Make sure to check the weather forecast before you come! Bring a rain jacket and/or umbrella if necessary.

Can I bring my teenage daughter with me?

This women’s conference is designed to minister to women. The content of the main teaching sessions and breakout sessions will be geared toward meeting the needs of ladies. We will, however, have two breakout sessions specifically geared towards students this year. If you believe that your high school daughter can learn from and engage with adult topics, then she is welcome to purchase a ticket as well.

If I have food allergies, can I still purchase the meal plan?

There will be a gluten free lunch option from Chicken Salad Chick for Saturday’s lunch that is included in the ticket price. However, since allergies are prevalent in today’s culture, please look closely at the menu that will be served through the meal plan. Unfortunately, in our Cafeteria meal plan, we are not able to accommodate beyond those meal options. So, if you have an allergy to something that is being offered, we ask that you make other arrangements for your meals.

Can I get more info on the food for allergy purposes?

Sure thing. Click here to see the food content for Chicken Salad Chick.

Will childcare be provided during this event?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare for this event.

Will there be resources available for purchase?

Of course! Lifeway will be selling resources during the event that will help you and your ladies go deeper into the Word of God. They will accept credit/debit cards as well as cash or check. If your church has a Lifeway Resource account, they will be able to charge the account at that time. Please be sure to have your account information with you during checkout to ensure a speedy checkout process. 

In addition, Worldcrafts will have items available from artisans around the world. (Click here to see some of what they offer.) And the breakout sessions will be available for purchase when you buy your tickets.

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