Speaker: Phyllis Bennett

Phyllis Bennet


Home City/State: Washougal, WA

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Phone: 978.618.5162

About Phyllis

In retreat and classroom settings, Phyllis is passionate to help God's Word come alive in a captivating, life-transforming manner, enabling women to experience healing, new vision, and greater intimacy with Christ and others. As Director of the Women's Center for Ministry at Western Seminary, published author, adjunct seminary professor and retreat speaker, Phyllis loves shepherding women of all ages and life stages to their full potential for Christ. An inspiring communicator, Phyllis specializes in training women to exposit God's Word and to write life-transforming Bible study curricula.

Speaking Topics

Celebrating the Seasons of Life

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11

From birth to death, God is sovereign over every season of our lives. Spend the weekend reflecting and anticipating on all God has in store for you in each season. Join Phyllis in learning about a time to be born and a time to die, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to search and a time to give up, and a time for war and a time for peace. When seen from God’s perspective, in every season of life our God does all things well, making everything beautiful in His time.

(4 talks, 40 minutes each plus 20 minute introduction)

Touched by the Master Physician

The woman with the issue of blood had one compelling thought––to touch the edge of Christ’s garment! Her zeal was unstoppable, her trust unwavering, and her view of Christ crystal clear. We all have a need to get intimate with Christ, to pursue a closer heart connection with Him. Come join Phyllis as she helps us press into the Master Physician who longs to touch us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Come expecting to be blessed from touching His garment!

Growing in Contentment

Paul says in Philippians 4:11 that he had learned to be content in all circumstances.

(4 talks, 60-75 minutes)

Lessons for Leaders

Jonah was God’s reluctant leader. Have you ever been unwillingly drafted by God? Has He ever left you in the dark? Or made you angry regarding His plan for your life? Join Jonah on a quest to learn from life’s confusing seasons how to allow God to turn you into His willing and victorious leader. Since leadership “is influence, nothing more, nothing less” (John Maxwell), you are a leader to everyone you affect whether you know it or not! Let Jonah’s life challenge you to influence for good and not for evil!

(4 talks, 45-60 minutes each)

Self-image and Freedom in Christ

“Mirror, mirror, on my inside wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” We all have images of ourselves we form in the earliest classroom of our lives (childhood). How are those images formed? What kind of power do they hold over us? Can they change? How do I parent effectively to produce a healthy self-image on my child’s inside mirrored wall? God longs for us to “have a sane estimate of our capabilities” (Rom. 12:3). Yet many of us are crippled in our effectiveness for God because of the distorted images we hold of ourselves. This retreat brings you face to face with “the truth that can set you free” (John 8:32).

(4 talks, 45-75 minutes each)

A Weekend in the Psalms

 Few portions of Scripture bring us into a more profound and soul-laid-bare experience with God than the psalms. Eugene Peterson says it like this:

“There is no literature in all the world that is more true to life and more honest than the Psalms, for here we have warts-and-all religion. Every skeptical thought, every disappointing venture, every pain, every despair that we can face is lived through and integrated into a personal saving relationship with God. The psalms are great poetry and have lasted not because they appeal to our fantasies and our wishes but because they are confirmed in the intensities of honest and hazardous living.”1

Come enjoy a weekend of honest, adventurous and hazardous pursuit of God via a journey through four types of psalms: the creation psalms, the thirsting psalms, the “being real in victory and defeat” psalms and the worshiper’s psalms of ascent.

1Trent Butler, Chad Brand, Charles Draper, Archie England. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville, TN. B& H Publishing Group, 2003), 1342.

Experiencing God

Do you wonder if God speaks today? Jesus said, “You who have ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15). If we’re not sure God is speaking today, perhaps the problem is in our capacity to listen, not in God’s ability to articulate. This weekend will tune your ear to the voice of God as you explore such topics as how to recognize His voice, the ways He tends to speak, hindrances in our ability to hear, and the role obedience plays in the listening process. It promises to be a weekend that gives you “ears to hear.”

(4 talks, 60-75 minutes each)

Best Fit Audience

  • Women of all ages
  • Available for all types of speaking situations. Enjoys weekend retreats or speaking opportunities both nationally and internationally.
  • Audience size could range from less than 50 to more than 500

Additional Information

  • Women’s Ministries Consultant: Phyllis is available to consult with your church in starting a women’s ministry with an emphasis on strong Biblical teaching, community outreach, and small group discipleship. Her expertise will enable you to discover the spiritual gifts of your women and create proper job descriptions for leaders needed to run an effective women’s ministry. She can help train you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of published curriculum and to modify curriculum with life-changing applications and personal reflective questions. Her personal missions statement is “to draw out and train up the giftedness in women,” particularly those called to full time women’s ministry.
  • Publications: In addition to several self-published workbooks, Phyllis has authored three Bible study workbooks: Our Wise Counselor, published by NavPress; Our Pure Example, published by Zondervan; Spiritual Gifts, published by Zondervan for Women of Faith.