We hope you’ll join us for the 2022 Abide Conference, hosted by NOBTS and Leavell College! It is our desire that you would be greatly encouraged in your walk with the Lord through the rich Bible teaching, engaging worship, and fellowship with so many other sisters in Christ. 

This conference is open to all women, from ladies within the NOBTS and Leavell College family and those in our community, both near and far. This conference is worth your time and investment, and it is our prayer that you will walk away abiding more deeply in Christ than ever before.

Abide 2022 theme

Featuring Bible teacher and author, Jen Wilkin

And our President’s wife, Tara Dew

“Hearing God’s faithfulness in the lives of other women was a timely salve to my aching heart.”

• Christi Hagans, NOBTS Alumni •

 

Conference Pricing

$40

Student pricing

(9/1/21 – 2/5/22)

$50

Early bird pricing

(9/1/21 – 9/15/22)

$65

Regular registration

(9/16/21 – 2/5/22)

Included

Each ticket includes admission to 3 main sessions, 2 break-out sessions, materials, Friday night snacks and Saturday lunch (Chick-fil-A®).

Add-ons

A Meal Plan includes both a fresh dinner on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning from our Cafeteria for $25 total. This is the only option available and it includes both meals.

Worship led by Mark-Anthony Thomas and the Vintage Church Band

Schedule

Friday

4:30Registration begins
5:00Dinner*
6:30Doors Open
7:00Plenary Session #1 (Jen Wilkin)
8:30Taste of NOLA

*For those who purchased the meal plan.

Saturday

7:00Breakfast*
8:30Doors Open
9:00Plenary Session #2 (Jen Wilkin)
10:45Breakout Sessions
11:45Lunch (Chick-fil-A®, included)
1:00Breakout Sessions
2:15Plenary Session #3 (Tara Dew)
3:00Conference Concludes

Breakouts

Each breakout will be offered twice on Saturday*

Communicating God’s Word

Building Your Women's Ministry on the Word

The Word of God: An anchor for every storm

Studying the Bible On Your Own

Comforting Others with God’s Word

The Secret Life of a Ministry Wife

Diane Nix

*For ministry wives only, offered only once.

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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 $2.50 off 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, 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?

Each food station will be manned by our volunteers who will be wearing gloves and/or a fask mask if required. All food will be plated by our trusted cafeteria staff and the Chick-Fil-A lunches will be individually boxed with a few of our volunteers distributing them. All breaktime refreshments will be individually wrapped and you will be able to pick them up as you go by.

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 ABIDE2022.

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

How do I register my church group?

Click the registration link, select Church Group Registration, and then just fill out the onscreen questions.

You can also download flyers here.

How are you going to properly clean your facilities due to Covid-19 concerns?

After each main session and breakout session, the facilities will be properly sanitized. In addition, bathrooms, door handles, and other surfaces will be cleaned frequently to minimize any spread of germs.

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.

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. 

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. 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?

Since allergies are prevalent in today’s culture, please look closely at the menu that will be served through the meal plan. Unfortunately, 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. 

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.

Can I print a flyer?

Yes! If you’d like to print a flyer to share with your church or Bible study group, you can download that right here.

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 2022 ABIDE conference.

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Communicating God’s Word

BY EMILY DEAN

Communicating God’s Word is essential for outreach and discipleship. Yet what are the most effective means to share the truth of the Gospel? This session will explore how to teach the Bible truthfully, passionately, and clearly to bring about life change.

Building Your Women’s Ministry Based on the Word

BY KELLY KING

Building a ministry to women in the local church begins with purpose and prayer, but the foundation should always be focused on studying and teaching God's Word. Local ministry isn't about meeting women's needs but pointing women to find life's answers in Scripture and to ultimately bring glory to God. Learn ways to develop your ministry with the essential foundation of Scripture.

The Word of God: An anchor for every storm

BY KATHY LITTON

Pain, loss and difficulty can thrust us into spiritual storms of doubt, fear, grief or profound weakness. In these spiritually fragile moments our heart and mind need biblical truth as we need to mistrust our feelings and perspectives. The truth of His Word is a strong, true anchor for us as well as those we lead and serve.

Praying God’s Word

BY ELIZABETH LUTER

Praying is not an option. It is an absolute necessity. We will spend time in Psalm 119 to find encouragement to develop our prayer lives. We will walk through the Scripture to develop a posture of prayer and commitment to consistency . The Scripture will remind us to pray without ceasing. Join us to discover the rewards of developing this spiritual discipline.

Studying the Bible on Your Own

BY STEPHANIE LYON

God’s Word is living and active, and speaks Truth into our lives that will change us when we read and study it. Together, we’ll look at some key tools that anyone, anytime, anywhere, can use when approaching the Word of God, to begin to draw out the meaning of the text and how it applies to your life. Come learn some practical tips that will transform your daily Bible reading to help you discover God’s intent and power behind His Living Word and how it will transform your heart and life each time you study it.

Comforting Others with God’s Word

BY KATHY STEELE

God's Word gives us great comfort, and can be a source of wonderful comfort for others. Sensitivity to what we share, who we share it with, and how we share is a crucial part of the effectiveness of comforting others with God's Word.

The Secret Life of a Ministry Wife

BY DIANE NIX

The life of a ministry wife can be daunting or emboldening. Ministry will take you to the heights of spiritual victory (yours and others) and the lowest valleys of defeat, depression, and discouragement! There will be days of great joy, and there are going to be days of deep sorrow, but take heart Jesus has called you. He will celebrate with you and call those days of joy to mind when the days of grief come. There are some secrets that hold us fast when we can’t see what the future holds. Join Diane and others as we discuss a few secrets that encourage us to “press on” when life seems to press in!

NOTE: This breakout is offered only to ministry wives and will only happen once.