Christine Caine—an evangelist out of Hillsong Church and international activist against trafficking—talks with resolute conviction, humor, and an Australian accent.

She's become one of the best-known Christian women speakers around the globe. Caine has preached at megachurches in the U.S. (including Rick Warren's Saddleback Church and Steve Furtick's Elevation Church). She's spoken at the major conferences: Catalyst, Women of Faith, Passion, and yes, The Nines.

One of three women on a lineup of over 100 speakers this year, Caine focused her message on Isaiah 43:19, "Behold I do a new thing … ." She reminded Christian leaders to not let today's trends distract from God's new works in their lives.

Following the event, Her.meneutics editor Kate Shellnutt asked Caine by email about women's representation in Christian leadership, and she again pointed to God's work among us, encouraging women to trust that God will make a way for them.

On your podcast earlier this year, you talked about how your gender felt like a non-issue for much of your ministry, especially at Hillsong. What's your reaction to the discussion over women's representation at conferences like The Nines?

I always welcome lively discussion amongst leaders as long as it is directed towards advancing the kingdom and done with a spirit of love, humility and hope.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve leaders at conferences like The Nines, and I think the very fact that some one like me is included as a speaker in leadership conferences all over the world suggests that the church is very willing to hear from women as well as men … .

The discussion over women's representation over conferences like The Nines is a valid one, and I think as more ...

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