Sessions

She Speaks Pre-Conference & Conference

Writer Focused

Express Yourself! Finding and Refining Your Writing Voice*

Alicia Bruxvoort

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Editors claim that it’s a writer’s voice that captures them — or not, and publishers say they are looking for “new voices.” So what is your “writer’s voice” and why does it seem so hard to find? Join Alicia Bruxvoort, member of the Encouragement for Today writing team as she debunks the mystery behind this thing called “voice.” Learn how to find and refine your writer’s voice and develop it in a way that will magnify your message and expand your reach. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to uncover your unique voice on the page.
  • How to refine your voice through practice and purpose.
  • How developing your voice can enable you to connect more deeply with your readers.
  • How strengthening your voice can expand your reach and enhance your impact.
  • How to let your voice shape your message rather than your message shaping your voice.
Adding Impact to Your Short Pieces*

Glynnis Whitwer

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Mark Twain is claimed to have said, “If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter.” He knew what experienced writers have always known: It’s harder to write a short piece than a long piece. Between blogs and social media, writers are challenged to condense their thoughts and present them with impact. In this teaching, Glynnis Whitwer, author and executive director of communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries will offer tips to make your words count in a shorter piece.

Writing that Book Proposal*

Lynn Cowell

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The ideas started swirling in your mind and are making their way to words and sentences. You're ready for the next step, taking you closer to actually writing that book. You need a proposal. Where do you start? In this session, Lynn Cowell will help you to:

  • Build a proposal to garner the attention of a publisher.
  • Know what to put in your proposal and what to leave out.
  • Provide direction on obtaining information to create your power-filled pitch.
Memories Worthy of Your Memoir

Karen Swallow Prior

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

A memoir is not the same as an autobiography or a journal. What’s the difference? How do you choose which memories to share? How can your life be made interesting to readers? How do you honor your experiences while honoring the other people who helped contribute to those experiences? This workshop will address all these questions and more, along with the powerful possibilities (and risks) that come with writing a memoir.

Building the Blog You’ve Always Dreamed of

Ruth Schwenk

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Have you always wanted to start a blog, but feel overwhelmed, lacking the information to get started? Or maybe you already have a blog but it isn’t quite what you’d imagined it would be and you feel lost as to where to go from here? If you are struggling to build the blog you have always dreamed of, Ruth Schwenk, founder of TheBetterMom.com wants to help! Blogs are our homes helping us build community and communicate our messages online. In this inspiring and highly practical workshop you will learn:

This workshop will consider:

  • What your site should look like to set it apart online.
  • Steps for successfully launching (or re-launching) your blog.
  • How to craft blog posts for the most impact.
  • How to build your email list.
  • How to monetize your blog.
  • Tips for using (and growing) your social media platforms effectively.
Nurturing the Heart of a Writer: How to Cultivate a Rich Inner Life that Overflows onto the Page

Denise J. Hughes

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

As writers, we work on our craft. We wrestle words onto the page, then ruthlessly revise everything. Amidst all this writing and learning and rewriting, there’s a heart behind every word, and the heart of a writer is the most important part of the whole process. Together, we’ll examine how our hearts influence everything we write, and we’ll discuss the practical ways a writer can nurture her writing heart to create beautiful prose. This session will help writers:

  • Examine the connection between a writer’s private world and public work.
  • Evaluate the influence of a writer’s heart in the subtext she writes.
  • Explore the different ways a writer’s tone can affect the reader.
  • Establish a repertoire of daily practices that deeply cultivates a writer’s inner life.
Repurposed: How to Make Your Content Work for You

Katy McCown

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Multitasking isn’t great when you are driving, but it helps when you are managing your own written content. Write a blog, guest post on other people’s sites, generate free and engaging content, stay active on social media … do you ever feel like you need to do so many things to realize your call to write, speak or lead, but you’ll never have time to do it all? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take one piece of content and use it in multiple ways to increase your impact and grow your ministry. You’ll also learn tips for organizing and keeping track of your content. From a free download that gathers email addresses to a blog series, this workshop shows you how to maximize and manage content that connects with your audience.

5 Habits of Happy Writers

Alicia Bruxvoort

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The writing life is an interesting paradox. It can feel both fulfilling and draining, meaningful and mundane. It can be encouraging one moment and discouraging the next, filled with community yet wrought with loneliness. So how do we remain happy, healthy and whole we as we embrace both the gratification and the grind of this unique calling? Join Alicia Bruxvoort, member of the Encouragement for Today devotion writing team, as she shares five habits that can help writers guard their hearts and maintain their joy in the midst of the ups and downs of this writing life.
In this workshop, we’ll explore five habits that help writers:

  • Deal with disappointment
  • Guard their passion
  • Steward success
  • Stay connected to Jesus
  • Enjoy the journey
Getting Your Story on Paper in an Impactful Way

Tracie Miles

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Every woman has a story, but how we write that story determines whether the story is ordinary or extraordinary and the impact it has on the reader. In this session, you’ll not only be encouraged about the call God has placed on your heart to tell your story but learn why how you write is as important as what you write. Tracie will share how to create a content map, the benefits of mapping out a life timeline, a simple 5-step process for preparing a great story, and the do’s and don’ts of writing a compelling story including what and how much to tell.

The Agent/ Client Relationship: What You Need to Know

Michelle Lazurek

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Every author dreams of being published. That's why working with an agent is so vital to your career. What do you need to know before working with one? In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Five ways the agent/client relationship is so unique.
  • Five common misconceptions about the agent/client relationship.
  • What you need to do before contacting an agent.
  • Five things you need to create a stellar proposal that catches an agent's attention.
Writing Content that Unleashes the Power of Conversation, Part 1 & 2

Lysa TerKeurst

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

It’s not whole books that change people’s lives. It’s usually sentences within books that have a profound and wonderfully lingering effect on people. So, when every word matters so intensely, we must write every syllable with great intentionality. In this workshop, Lysa will uncomplicate the difficult process of writing and dare you to discover the writer within you’ve dreamed of being. These five steps will frustrate you unless you give yourself permission to rethink, rework and rediscover the delight of putting pen to paper. This workshop contains two parts. If you sign up for part 1, you will automatically be signed up for part 2 in the next workshop block.

From Blog to Book Deal (without a million followers)

Kelsey Bowen & Niki Hardy

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate

You’re certain God’s called you to write a book and share your story, but everyone tells you you’re "too small" to persuade a publisher to offer you a contract. Or are you? With insights from both sides of the publishing journey, acquisitions editor Kelsey Bowen (Revell) and first-time author (and small-time blogger) Niki Hardy encourage you that getting a book contract with a small platform is possible and share key game-changing ingredients that make all the difference.

  • Learn what a publisher is looking for above and beyond pure numbers.
  • Understand how to maximize the potential of your small but mighty platform.
  • Avoid the common mistakes first-time authors make when writing and pitching their proposal.
Self-Publishing Simplified

Ruth Schwenk

Level:  Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you always wanted to self-publish but you aren’t even sure where to begin? Although the idea of self-publishing seems overwhelming, it isn’t complicated and doesn’t need to cost tons of money. In this highly practical and helpful workshop you will learn:

  • The step-by-step process from idea to finished book of self-publishing on Amazon/Createspace.
  • Tips to make your book stand out.
  • How to successfully launch and sell your book on Amazon and in your own shop.
  • How to generate an ongoing income from self-publishing.
First-time/Second-time Author Secrets for Success

Blythe Daniel and Amy Carroll

Level:  Beginning, Intermediate

If you’re writing either your first or second book, this class is for you! Blythe Daniel, literary agent at The Blythe Daniel Agency and first-time author, and Amy Carroll, Blythe’s client and second-time author of Exhale, look at what authors learn in their first book process that they can improve upon in their second book. Through personal experiences, practical ideas and Q & A, Blythe and Amy will help you to:

  • Meet the challenges and expectations of a first book with greater insight.
  • Learn from the mistakes of other authors and soften the blows of the school of hard knocks as you write again.
  • Pinpoint how to set yourself up for success the second time around no matter whether your experience was good, bad or ugly.
  • Strategize beyond “one and done” thinking to broaden your influence and share your message.
Essential Writing Strategies: Exploring the Elemental Principles that Experienced Writers Practice

Denise J. Hughes

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate

As writers, we seek to share our lives and encourage others. We want our words to possess truth, beauty, and clarity. Most importantly, we want to create messages that have lasting kingdom impact. Together, we’ll discuss the principles of strong writing that experienced writers practice to create eloquent prose with a clear message. This session will help writers:

  • Craft opening paragraphs that captivate the reader.
  • Transform dull sentences into vibrant passages.
  • Overcome the most common mistakes writers make.
  • Harness the use of form to enhance the reader’s experience.
How Reading Well Can Help You Write Well

Karen Swallow Prior

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Writing is to reading like the cart is to the horse: reading the well-crafted words of others propels one’s own writing. This workshop will highlight reading samples from a survey of gifted writers through the ages, representing a range of writing styles and subjects. Reading writers like those we will explore together will help you develop your own reading appetite, increase your skills in reading well, and see how reading can inspire and equip your own writing. Most importantly, this workshop aims to help you fall in love all over again with the delightful art of words.

 

Speaker Focused

From Amateur to Professional: Taking Your Speaking to the Next Level*

Karen Christian

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

You feel called to be a speaker. You’ve even spoken at several events and love the ministry God is giving you. But you realize there is so much more to consider — before and after you step onto a platform to share your stories with an audience. Especially since event leaders are looking for speakers who are confident, professional and well-organized.

In this workshop, you’ll discover the secrets of taking your speaking ministry to the next level. Are you looking for ways to receive more speaking requests and repeat bookings? Trying to stay organized while working with multiple event leaders? Not sure how much to charge for a keynote message or weekend retreat? Worried about negotiating your fee with an event leader? This workshop is for you! In this highly requested session you will learn:

  • Five ways to capture the attention of event leaders.
  • Practical tips to keep you professionally organized.
  • How to set and increase your speaking fees.
  • Presenting and negotiating your fees with confidence.
  • Key components of a speaking contract and why you need one.
Eight Skills of a Great Speaker*

Micca Campbell

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

There are many gifted speakers today, but talent alone will not get you to your desired destination. While God-given ability is significant, it has to be cultivated. A great speaker works to nurture and perfect her gift by implementing eight specific skills. When applied, these skills will transform a talented speaker into a powerful, influential speaker — who is not easily forgotten.

Finding Your Unique Speaking Style

Chrystal Evans Hurst

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you watched other speakers and wondered if you should copy something about their presentation style because you are unsure of your own? Are you struggling to find the balance between sharing the “real you” and sharing too much? Do you want to speak with confidence but feel insecure, unsteady or maybe even a little fake or phony? Has your desire to be interesting or intriguing made you feel like you are trying too hard or stretching too far?

If you are having difficulty discovering your “voice,” then let’s find it! It’s possible to create a speaking style that combines the authenticity you desire with an engaging and impactful communication that is all you. You can find your voice through awareness and assessment of both yourself and your audience. In this workshop, you will receive practical tips for identifying the uniqueness in your personality that can naturally flow into your unique speaking style. This workshop will give you specific strategies to find synergy in your tone, topics and technique in presentation, while also using your story to complement not compete with your main message. If you desire to speak, currently speak, train or coach others, then this workshop is for you.

Brass Tacks: Message Development Essentials

Amy Carroll

Level:  Beginning, Intermediate

Developing a strong message is the beginning of building a growing speaking ministry.  Amy shares the essential basics of a strong message along with tips she’s learned along the way from other speakers with decades of experience.  She’ll guide you to write like a speaking pro as she leads you to:

  • Embrace Scripture as the springboard for a fresh, personal message.
  • Identify the core idea in your message to give it laser-like focus.
  • Compel your audience to passionate response to the truths you’re sharing.
  • Create the opportunity for life-transformation in your audience.
Backstage Pass to a Seasoned Speaker

Expert Panel: Karen Ehman, Sharon Glasgow, Amy Carroll, Whitney Capps, Nicki Koziarz

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you ever longed to sit down with a seasoned speaker just to pick her brain, asking many questions that are on your mind about the mission — and even the mess — of being a speaker? This special panel session is designed for you to do just that, not with just one, but with four speakers! Our featured Proverbs 31 team members, with a combined 75 years of speaking experience, will be presenting a few “What I wish I would have known” tips and then answering your questions — sent in via email before the conference — and also a few asked in person if there is time. If you feel you could use some advice and encouragement from a mentor in the ministry of speaking, join us for this helpful session.

God Called Me to Speak, Now What?

Tracie Miles

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Feeling God’s call to be a speaker is exciting, but the reality of making it happen can seem overwhelming and seemingly impossible. If you’ve been struggling with how to get started and desire to open doors to share the messages God has laid on your heart, then this workshop is for you. You’ll learn why we are called to take a leap of faith in marketing our ministries and leave inspired to begin investing your talents. This session will help you:

  • Replace fears of being self-promoting with increased self-confidence by understanding how God calls us to faithfully invest in ourselves.
  • Uncover the basics of laying the foundation for a strong speaking ministry.
  • Glean advice for building an online professional image that will motivate event planners to contact you.
  • Walk away with a list of marketing ideas for how to begin building or growing your platform and speaking opportunities.
Delivery That Delivers

Whitney Capps

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Pursuing excellence as a speaker requires time and attention in a multitude of areas. Appropriately, most speakers give great attention to the quality and veracity of their messages. However, the delivery of those messages can often affect their impact and longevity. How do we use our natural style and giftedness in conjunction with tactical elements of good public speaking to allow God to use us most effectively? In this session Whitney will:

  • Equip speakers to leverage their natural style to its full potential.
  • Identify and explain practical skills of effective public speaking to enhance delivery.
  • Provide tips for self-analysis, practice and development.
Living a Life of Influence On and Off the Stage

Sharon Glasgow

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

It’s easy to become focused on a speaking ministry as what we do on the stage. But to have sustainability as a speaker, we must live our message, not just give it. Sharon Glasgow has been speaking for two decades and consistently gets invited back. In this workshop, Sharon will share how to become a speaker with influence and grow your platform to increasingly share the message that God has given you. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Seven things that great Christian leaders have lived that earned their influence.
  • How to leverage influence into more speaking and ministry opportunities.
  • How to make yourself more valuable to event planners and women’s ministry leaders.
  • How to (and not to) use your social media accounts to offer an authentic peek into your life in a way that connects with your audience and leads to more bookings.

 

Multi-Focused

Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience*

Suzie Eller

Level: Beginner

Attending a conference for the first (or second) time can feel overwhelming. As a veteran conference teacher, Suzie shares five things that have the potential to enrich your conference experience from the first day and continue after you return home. Those attending this workshop will:

  • Confront the need to do it all today to capture your next step.
  • Ditch the comparison trap to find common ground.
  • Replace intimidation with the power of connection, networking and like-minded community.
  • Substitute awkwardness with editors, agents and authors with a confident, appropriate approach.
  • Exchange post-conference chaos to create a plan for rejections, acceptances and follow-up.
Designing a Ministry-Focused Website*

Amy Carroll and Bethany Mix

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

In today’s world, establishing a website is a required step toward building a credible ministry. Amy Carroll, writer and speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Bethany Mix, senior web developer, teach this breakout together to give you both the techie/expert point of view and the non-techie/struggler perspective. Together, they’ll help you to:

  • Identify the questions that must be answered before you ever work with a web developer.
  • Implement a pre-planning strategy that leads to a website that you love and that others respond to with excitement.
  • Choose the right web developer for you.
  • Launch a site with the newest, most effective trends recommended by an expert in her field.
Establishing A Biblical Framework for Writing/Teaching/Speaking*

Lysa TerKeurst, Joel Muddamalle, Leah Chabai

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you ever had an idea that popped into your mind and wondered what the Bible had to say about it? Many of us start with a topic or an idea and then go to the Scriptures to affirm what we want to teach. But, what if the Bible doesn’t affirm it or teaches something different? What do you do? We would love to invite you into the biblical research and writing process used by Lysa Terkeurst and the First 5 Team at Proverbs 31 Ministries. In this unique workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Take a teaching or writing idea and deal with it in a biblically faithful way, ensuring God’s Word drives your teaching and writing.
  • Learn how to keep your theological research, writing and ideas organized.
  • Walk through the process of theological review that considers both the audience and accuracy.
  • Learning practical steps that will enable you to be more efficient and effective in your Bible study, theological research, and leveraging theological and Bible tools.
Establishing the Business Guardrails to Protect Your Ministry*

Amy Lykins

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

As you step into your calling to write or speak, you’ll soon discover it’s more complicated than what to put on a bio sheet or where to submit an article. Questions will arise the first time a church asks you to submit a W-9 or your accountants asks for documentation of your expenses. In this workshop, Amy Lykins, founder of a business and project consulting firm, will provide some basic information to help you establish an ethical and strong foundation for your growing ministry. You’ll learn the answer to questions like:

  • What am I?  Learn the basics of the different legal entities and determine which one best suits your ministry.
  • Why do I need to track expenses and what can I deduct? Spreadsheets and tracking receipt information can be your friend and will keep you from being audited.
  • How do I keep my content from being reproduced or plagiarized without my consent? Understand your basic rights with regards to intellectual property, the difference between copywrite, trademarks and patent, and disclaimers to protect your content and website.
Building Your Personal Brand *

Meredith Brock

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Whether you are called to speak, write or lead and, whether you know it or not, you have a personal brand. This personal brand, when intentionally developed and harnessed, can maximize your reach and impact dramatically. When neglected, it can dilute the effect you intended to have on your audience. Meredith Brock is Lysa TerKeurst’s publishing manager as well as the Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at Proverbs 31. She has helped develop and hone the brands of Lysa and Proverbs 31 Ministries. In this workshop, you will learn the essential components involved in identifying and developing your brand as well as the practical tools you’ll need to build and advance your unique, God-given brand.

Starting and Funding a Nonprofit Ministry*

Danya Jordan and Vonna Laue

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

What cause or issue inspires you to make a change? Do you feel God’s call to start a nonprofit ministry to serve others? What great news and what a high calling! You are passionate, innovative and persevering. The transformation from vision to reality is an important undertaking, accomplished prayerfully and properly. Are financial resources a concern? Most nonprofits are started with little money and a lot of faith.

Danya Jordan and Vonna Laue will deliver some practical steps to start and fuel that ministry that fuels your passion. In this high-energy, passionate workshop you'll learn:

  • Seven integrity standards for nonprofits.
  • Real-life examples of nonprofit mistakes to avoid.
  • How to establish funding.
  • How to build and steward relationships.
  • How to become an ECFA member and utilize their resources.
  • Basic tips for running a nonprofit.
Be Your Own Publicist: Get More Media Coverage with Your Unique Message

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

In this class, participants are introduced to the idea of seeing marketing as part of evangelism. We’ll cover key topics such as: 1) Why promoting your faith-inspired works is not about self-promotion but about promoting a message of hope, 2) What expectations to have with marketing and media coverage, and 3) Specifics on how both nonfiction and fiction writers can benefit from media coverage. We then do a deep dive into getting publicity coverage for your books and making your pitches media magnets. This class will also show you 4) Key sections you must include in a successful media pitch, 5) Help you identifying radio/TV/podcast shows where your ideal reader congregates, and 3) When and how to reach out to the media.

Danya Jordan and Vonna Laue will deliver some practical steps to start and fuel that ministry that fuels your passion. In this high-energy, passionate workshop you'll learn:

Better Together: Joining Forces for Bigger Impact

Lynn Cowell and Michelle Nietert

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

A few years ago, Lynn Cowell and Michelle Nietert met and realized they shared an interest in the spiritual well-being of young girls. Though living in different states, they started to connect and develop partnerships that have helped expand both of their ministry impact and platforms. In this workshop, Lynn and Michelle share the richness they have gained by sharing their different and distinct passions for similar audiences and the increase they have both experienced. In this session, we will cover:

  • Developing partnerships between authors and/or speakers living in different areas of the country for increased impact.
  • The empowerment that comes from working with others who have similar passions but different strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to develop co-led projects.
  • Capitalizing on your unique strengths to increase each other's platforms.
  • Creating networking partnerships with local churches.
Ready to Launch

Nicki Koziarz

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

You’ve got the website, the blog, the book, the podcast, the online course, the business, the ministry or the Bible study ready to go. You are ready to launch! But you don’t want to do this alone. You need some people in your corner helping you do this. Word of mouth marketing is still the number one tool of the trade. When people love something, they talk about it. So how do you get people to love what you’re doing? A launch team is one of the most valuable tools an influencer can build.

Join author and speaker Nicki Koziarz in this workshop as she shares with you lessons she’s learned from leading two launch teams of her own and helping many others with their teams. Nicki will share what’s worked with these teams, what didn’t work at all and what are some of the most valuable steps you can take to building a successful team. You can launch and launch well; Nicki will help you do it!

How to Prepare for Your Next Live Video

Kaley Olson & Madi Vincent

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

The “live” social media video trend isn’t going away, and it’s your turn to jump on the bandwagon! Join Madi Vincent and Kaley Olson to help you take your God-given message live to your social media audience. With their combined experience working for Proverbs 31 Ministries and producing videos for Facebook, Instagram and livestreams, they’ll help you know what your next right step is as you venture into the video world!

In this session, you will:

  • Leave equipped with tools and tricks to confidently self-produce your next live video.
  • Understand what qualifies as valuable “live” content to keep your listener engaged from start to finish.
  • Design your very own home production studio with our list of tips for styling and staging items you’ll find right under your nose.
  • Take your iPhone videos up a notch by knowing how to properly light a set and control your sound quality.
Called, Confident and On-Mission to Clarify My Why

Lisa Allen

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Imagine someone shooting a bow and arrow blindfolded. How likely are they to hit their target? Yet, often, we approach our lives without taking aim and focus with our decisions that guard the things that matter the most and make room for the ministry God has called you to. This workshop is designed to help you roll up your sleeves to create a succinct statement that will serve as a filter for decisions, activities, and scheduling.

In this session, you will:

  • Prioritize your time with God.
  • Identify the 3 parts of a Life Mission Statement.
  • Learn to make no-regret decisions designed to protect your ministry calling.
  • Shift from vague awareness of your calling to a clear statement of purpose.
Catchy Titles, Sticky Statements and Content That Packs a Punch

Karen Ehman

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

As a writer, speaker or woman in ministry, you use your words to communicate. Whether written, spoken or posted online, when generating so much content, sometimes our writing can become passé and predictable. We develop vocal crutches, overuse clichés and even become lazy. As a result, we might be hitting our word count but our words aren’t really hitting the mark. In this session, Karen Ehman, a New York Times’ best-selling author, will provide you with tips and tools for creating content that stands out, making your material memorable.

Making Disciples Through Your Writing or Speaking Ministry

Judy Dunagan

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Has God placed a call on your life to teach/disciple through writing or speaking and you’re missing that calling? Join acquisitions editor Judy Dunagan for a practical workshop filled with lots of ideas for using your gift of writing and teaching as a strategic discipleship tool to make disciples who make disciples.

Being and Embracing the Christian Communicator of Color

Kia Stephens

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Although we are all Christian communicators, our experiences are not the same. Join Kia Stephens, founder of Entrusted Women, as we explore some of the unique challenges faced by Christian communicators of color, discuss biblical and practical solutions and examine ways to embrace diversity in writing and speaking. All women welcome.

Jesus Over Everything and Other Deal Breakers in Ministry

Lisa Whittle

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The ministry road is wild, wonderful and not without its complications. While most of us start out with a burning passion to serve God, we quickly discover there is more required to stay steady and faithful on our journey. If we are to have longevity and true effectiveness, there are deal breakers we must honor along the way — commitments of integrity, courage and strength that come from the highest priority order of Jesus over everything in our life. From a place of deep understanding, author and ministry leader Lisa Whittle shares 5 other deal breakers every author, speaker and ministry leader must settle if we desire long-term ministry success.

Connecting Through Social Media

Madi Vincent

Level: Beginner, Intermediate


Social media is here to stay, and investing time into your platform will never be wasted. However, with the ever-changing landscape of social media, it’s difficult to know how to invest your time. Join Madi Vincent from the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ social media team to get insider insights on how to build a community on social media and connect with your audience. In this workshop, you will:

  • Discover best practices for a strategic approach to social media for your ministry.
  • Walk away with the three C’s that lead to connection on social media.
  • Leave understanding social media algorithms.
  • Understand how to build Facebook ads click by click.
  • Learn how to build a monthly social media calendar.
Avoiding Frustration While You Wait for God to Move

Wendy Pope

Level: Beginner, Intermediate


Is the biggest challenge in your writing the waiting? Maybe you are waiting for a publisher, an idea, or an opportunity. In the 13 years of waiting to be published Wendy Pope learned some dos and don’ts. In this workshop, you will discover ways to:

  • Maximize your wait time and minimize your frustration.
  • Hone your craft and keep the important things close.
  • Be renewed in your calling and equipped to move forward.
Let the Story Teach

Nicki Koziarz

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

As communicators, we live our best messages in the midst of stories. Crazy things happen to us. Interesting conversations take place around us. We walk through hard situations. And we want to share our life experiences with our audiences in an effective and powerful way.

Stories have the ability to break down the big emotional barrier between the person on a stage or behind the screen, and the person hearing or reading the message. But they also offer a way to connect a teaching point to a person more effectively than any tool of verbal communication we could use.

In this interactive workshop, Proverbs 31 speaker and LifeWay author Nicki Koziarz will help you understand what type of storyteller you are, learn how to tell stories that stick not slip, and discover how to allow your audience to put themselves into your story in a way that benefits them.

Nicki will show you a variety of ways to incorporate your stories into your messages, how many you should tell during a message, and help you personally think through what stories you should tell the next time you speak.

How to Market Your Message Without Losing Your Soul

Meredith Brock

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Using the word “marketing” in a ministry setting can sometimes feel like a dirty word at worst and a necessary evil at best. But, what if we could see marketing as the creative means to reach more people with the unique, God-given messages the world so desperately needs? Meredith Brock is Lysa TerKeurst’s publishing manager as well as the Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She has helped present the life-changing messages God has given Lysa and the content creators at P31 to reach people all across the world in a God-honoring way. In this workshop, Meredith will help inspire you to see marketing as a mission and equip you with tools to share your message in a God-honoring way.

How to Authentically Grow a Facebook Group

Kia Stephens

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

In this platform-focused world, how can we create genuine community? Whether you are looking to engage with your peers or respective target audience, a Facebook group is ideal for fostering authentic connection, marketing services and products and launching a book. In this session, you will discover a systematic approach to creating and sustaining vital connection for writer and speaker and their followers.

Maximizing Your Unique Message Through Podcasting

Mary Scott Mercer and Kaley Olson

Level: Beginner

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I want to start a podcast!” and then felt stuck on taking the next step because it felt so overwhelming? Or maybe you feel like there are so many people already podcasting, you wonder what would set you apart?

In this session you’ll hear from Mary Scott Mercer and Kaley Olson, both co-hosts of ministry-related podcasts focused on meeting women right where they are. They’ll help you define your unique message, and you’ll walk away knowing what you need to do to get started.

Mary Scott and Kaley will help you:

  • Understand how podcasting can help launch your ministry or leverage ministry growth by branching out into a new platform.
  • Establish your podcast as a go-to resource on your topic by leveraging the powerful combination of “felt need + urgency.”
  • Create a podcast idea bank by identifying and developing content you already have on social media, your blog or even in your journal.
  • Determine how to record at home and connect with the right professionals to help you launch an excellent podcast, all within a reasonable budget.
Self-care, Soul-care for Creatives: Working From a Place of Rest

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

If you are a writer or speaker who seeks to help others through your gifts and talents, it’s critical you learn how to rest well. Not merely to take a nap or to break away for a vacation, but a deep abiding rest where you can lay it all down when you feel God drawing you near. It’s the ability to step away from ministry duties for a time, while you focus not on the calling but the One who called you. Learn practical ways to develop a lifestyle of resting well in the middle of your to-do lists and endless responsibilities. Discover the types of rest needed as a creative to help keep your creativity flowing.

Decompression Session

Glynnis Whitwer and Karen Ehman

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

At the end of She Speaks, we often hear participants say something like this: I feel like I just drank from a firehose! We understand! We know we jam-pack this conference. During this session, you’ll enjoy workshop music, prayer, have a chance to process what you’ve learned with other participants, and create an action plan for what you’ll do after She Speaks.

Where Motherhood and Ministry Meet

Katy McCown and Alicia Bruxvoort

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Is it possible to walk confidently in your calling while driving carpool, nurturing teens and taming toddler tantrums? Join P31 mom-writers Alicia Bruxvoort and Katy McCown, for an honest and practical discussion about how to juggle the unique demands of motherhood and ministry. Learn how to ditch the mom guilt, set realistic goals, find a rhythm that works for your family and flourish in that place where motherhood and ministry meet.

Hearing God’s Voice Through Scripture: A Study of Biblical Hermeneutics

Joel Muddamalle

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

What if reading God’s Word actually required listening? As we read these ancient divine Words, one of the most important aspects before application is to hear clearly what God intends. Before we teach, preach, speak or write this process serves as the foundation that everything else is built on. Join Joel Muddamalle, director of theology for Proverbs 31 Ministries as he teaches through a process of reading and hearing God’s Word in a format that will allow you to teach, speak and write with confidence. These are the methods that are used in the theological process for research for Lysa Terkeurst, First 5 and other Proverbs 31 Ministries resources.

4 Boundaries Every Leader Needs to Set

Lisa Allen and Lisa Whittle

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Are you a leader, or spouse of a leader, who feels stretched beyond capacity? Do you wonder if you’ll last in ministry even one more year? If so, this extended workshop is for you. Take a moment to ponder the concept of how a fence protects a playground or guardrails keep you driving straight on the highway. How much time have you spent setting and protecting your boundaries as a ministry leader? Ministry boundaries can be particularly complicated because there will never be enough souls won. There will always be someone in need, and you will only have 24 hours in a day. Lisa Allen and Lisa Whittle, along with some of our Proverbs 31 staff who serve on church staff, understand and will present ways to manage the tension and thrive in leadership.

Choosing a Publishing Partner Wisely (Sponsored by Redemption Press)

Athena Dean

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

There are so many choices available when it comes to publishing, that navigating this intimidating jungle can be difficult. Utilizing a custom or hybrid publisher is a viable way to produce the quality product you need to establish or expand your writing or speaking ministry. Join Athena Dean Holtz as she highlights publishing models to steer clear of when taking the reins on the publishing process. After pioneering the independent publishing movement in the Christian market back in the early 90’s, she brings us insider information on the most critical questions to ask, steps to take and special deals to sidestep.

 

* Sessions with a single asterisk are part of Thursday’s pre-conference program