No Limits: Empowering Women Through Theology

WHAT: a symposium for women interested in what the Bible teaches about women.

WHEN: 10-11 February 2023, Friday evening 7-9pm and Saturday 9am- 4:30pm.

See below for full program.

WHERE: Riverlife Baptist Church, 47 Jennifer St, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Qld, Australia.

COST: $129. To register click on the link below. Please note: If you are travelling from the Pacific region outside of Australia and New Zealand please contact us for a discount code. This includes a yummy morning tea and lunch.

Registrations are now available.

This event is open to all women who love to go deep into the Word of God. We will be exploring Bible verses regarding the role, purpose and potential of women and challenging theological notions that have limited women. There will be keynote messages and Ted-X style presentations plus worship and time to enjoy time with our sisters.

We have four incredible keynote speakers.

Dr. Christa McKirland

Christa L. McKirland (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is lecturer in systematic theology at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, New Zealand. She is the founder and executive director of Logia International, which seeks to support women across the divinity disciplines for the sake of the academy and the church.

Margaret Mowczko

Margaret Mowczko lives on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia, with her extended family. She has a particular interest in the mutuality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry. Margaret has a Bachelor of Theology from the Australian College of Ministries and a Master of Arts, with a specialization in early Christian and Jewish studies, from Macquarie University. She blogs at

Rev Megan Powell du Toit

Rev Megan Powell du Toit is a Baptist minister who has worked as a pastor, academic, editor, writer, speaker and podcaster. She works for the Australian College of Theology as Publishing Manager, and is Co-Director of the WADR Project, which produces the podcast she co-hosts with Rev Dr Michael Jensen, With All Due Respect. Born and bred in Sydney, she is married with two adult children and another one in high school.

Revd. Sela Havili

Rev. Sela Otoota Havili is an Anglican Priest who has a profound love for God and people. She has ministered and walked as a priest in Tikanga Polynesia for over six years. She is a mother to four teenage children and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Theology from Carey Baptist College. For the past two years, she has been working for Te Takiwā o Manukau and has been blessed as a Tongan Priest to be called to walk alongside and serve in Tikanga Maori under the guidance of Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (printable version)

FRIDAY 10 February

6:00 pm Expo and refreshments

7:00 pm Welcome and worship

Setting the scene Elissa Macpherson,  President, Baptist Women of the Pacific

Limiting Interpretations: How the Text can be Used to Inhibit or Empower Women Dr Christa  McKirland

9:00 pm CLOSE

SATURDAY 11 February

8:15 am Expo and refreshments

9:00 am Welcome and worship

Paul’s Theology of Ministry Margaret Mowczko

10:20 – 10:40 MORNING TEA 

The Story of God With Women: a Bible Overview Megan Powell du Toit

Q and A, facilitated by Savean Cameron, Australian Baptist Women

12:30 – 1:30 pm LUNCH and Expo

Baptist Financial Services greeting 

Local and global impactfour perspectives

Outworking in a local Pacific congregation Tina Vaka
Māori theology and women Rachel Renata
Sense of self- a theology for women Jaimee van Gemerden
Theology’s impact on women overseas Melissa Lipsett, Baptist World Aid  

Q and A  facilitated by Karen Wilson, President, Baptist World Alliance Women

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK

Exegesis in Action: A Story of a Woman Released  Sela Havili

What’s next for you? Elissa Macpherson

4:30 pm CLOSE


It will be your responsibility to organise your accommodation but we do these options may be helpful:

Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments: 3 km from the church. Approximately AUD $169 per night per room. Also available a 2 bedroom apartment that can sleep up to 7 for AUD $217 a night . To book go to:

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