Pre-Conference Schedule


Our Pre-Conference Seminar provides more information on three relevant topics:

Writing – Speaking – Leadership

This special offering is a half-day of training on Thursday afternoon before our main conference begins Friday morning. Pick and choose workshops, and tailor them to your passion and experience.

The Pre-Conference fee is $175, which covers all materials but does not cover meals. It is not available for purchase alone and is only available as an addition to our main conference attendees.

For those attending the Pre-Conference, the hotel will offer a buffet lunch. This is an extra charge and will be paid directly to the hotel.



Session Key: W = Writing, S = Speaking, A = All




10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pre-Conference Seminar Registration

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Welcome, Worship and Devotion

Karen Ehman

2:15 – 3:15 pm

(W) The Bonus Round: Coming Up With Additional Content

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Have you been toying with a certain book idea but you’re not sure the topic will be a hit with your audience? Is there an upcoming—or even older—book you want to promote? Generating additional, related content can allow you to gauge interest in a new topic idea. It can also be an effective tool for getting the word out about an already written book. Karen Ehman has created numerous bonus content pieces such as printable PDF’s, devotional documents and email drip campaigns—both written and video-based. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through the process of generating bonus content that will be related to your book’s topic without being redundant.

Karen Ehman

(W/S) Teaching by the Book

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

“How did she know that?” Have you ever asked this question of a dynamic speaker whose message strongly impacted your life?  Discover how to use the Scriptures in a life-changing way, not only in your messages and writings, but also in your life.  Walk through the development of a powerful message and gain insight into how to:

  • Develop a scripturally-based message from beginning to end
  • Use Internet Bible study tools to enhance the depth of your message
  • Bring authenticity to your speaking and writing by living by the Book

Wendy Pope and Wendy Blight

(A) What to Do When You Can’t Do it All

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Are you overwhelmed with growing your reach, honing your craft and juggling the daily demands of your life? Join Proverbs 31 Ministries writer Alicia Bruxvoort in an honest and practical discussion on what to do when you can’t do it all.  In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Stop feeling guilty about what you can’t do, and begin passionately pursuing what you can do.
  • Develop an effective plan for growing your reach using the 3 P’s of prayer, passion and priorities.
  • Maximize your time by aligning your energy and efforts with your audience’s greatest needs.
  • Strategically build your platform without sacrificing your peace.
  • Leverage the life you have to enhance your impact.
  • Build God’s kingdom from where you are, with what you’ve got.

Alicia Bruxvoort

(A) Discovering Jesus Through the Pages of Scripture

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Often when we think about Jesus and the Scriptures we instinctively begin frantically flipping to the back of the Bible and start searching for the red letters. What if by doing that we are missing out on beauty of Jesus throughout the entirety of Scripture? Is it possible to see Jesus throughout the Old Testament? It is, and it’s vital we do so. As we see Jesus and know Him, every aspect of our lives change, from our living, writing and speaking. Join Joel on this incredibly important journey to find Jesus in all of Scripture. This journey will equip you to teach, speak and write about Christ in a powerful and unique way.

Joel Muddamalle

3:35 – 4:35 pm

(W/S) Wardrobe Hacks for Women in Ministry

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

You lead. You speak. You write. But are you representing Jesus well? Maybe you think your outer appearance doesn’t matter because you’re in ministry. Think again.

Shari has been educating women for over two decades on how to have a compelling presence; on and off the stage. If you intend for an audience to really “hear” you, they must not “see” you in a manner that distracts.

Let Shari show you how to:

  • Understand your body shape and learn how to dress its challenge areas
  • Find your personal “Color Code” so you shine on stage
  • Determine the 27 pieces you should have in your closet
  • Find your “Star Style” and take your look to a whole new level

Shari Braendel

(S) Refreshed: Making Old Messages New Again

Level:  Intermediate, Advanced

If you’re a woman who has been speaking for years, you may find some of your tried-and-true messages feeling worn and tired. Amy share tips for revitalizing these solid-core messages in a way that will leave you inspired to present them again. Amy will help you to:

  • Identify how your message can speak to the felt needs of today’s woman.
  • Unearth anchor stories and examples from your own life to punctuate your presentation.
  • Strengthen the effective elements in the existing message and add relevant new ones.
  • Take the pulse of current culture to discover message content that engages your audience.
  • Find the gaps in a current message that can be filled with strengthening content.

Amy Carroll

(A) Brave Enough to Keep Going

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This journey you’re on, whether it includes speaking, writing, and/or leading, will be filled with many twists and turns. Some of those will lead to advances, yet others will feel more like retreats. No matter what season of trials and triumphs we are in, we can be empowered with God’s confidence to keep moving forward no matter what comes.

Based on her own experience with triumphs and defeat, Lynn will share practical takeaways to help you:

  • Take practical steps to overcome obstacles keeping you from moving forward
  • Arrest your fears, empowering you to move toward accomplishing your personal assignments
  • Recover from defeat to move forward toward a strong self-worth.
  • Position yourself to not lose your poise – even in the worst circumstances.

Lynn Cowell

(A) How to Host a Women's Event

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Hear from conference CEO, author, speaker and host Logan Wolfram on all you need to know to host a women’s event.  Whether you’re a leader looking to host a brunch at your church or a citywide women’s event, this session will discuss some ins and outs of what you can and should expect when planning an event.  Logan’s candid style and years of experience will help ministry leaders uncover some of the mechanics behind hosting an event that attendees and speakers will want to return to year after year.

Logan Wolfram

4:35 – 5:15 pm


5:15 – 6:15 pm

(W/S) Building and Maximizing Your Email List

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Do you want to impact as many lives as possible with your writing? Building an email list could be your most powerful asset to succeed in doing so. This one tool can turn a one-time opportunity into a life-changing connection. And it’s something every publisher will want to know about.

This session will help you:

  • Evaluate your options for creating an email list
  • Develop a strategy to drive traffic to your email list
  • Identify two easy ways to build your list
  • Maximize the impact of your list

Katy McCown

(S) Delivery That Delivers

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

Whitney Capps

(A) Developing Spiritual Confidence

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Do you want to minister in your calling with more authority?  Do you want to pray from a place of greater confidence? Join Wendy for this session as she teaches you to take hold of God’s promises and minister in the authority God has given you.  Wendy will help you build confidence in your calling as she equips you to:

  • Identify the authority behind your calling.
  • Position yourselves under that authority.
  • Stand in that authority.
  • Pray in that authority.
  • Speak, Write and Lead in that authority.

Wendy Blight

(A) Leading Well

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Do you have what it takes to lead others and lead them well?  You most certainly do! But leading others well does require an intentional and focused effort. Leadership always starts with a deliberate development of self that overflows into the development of others.  In this workshop you will receive practical tips for identifying strengths and gifts of both yourself and those you are leading.  You will also learn how to create opportunities for those you lead, show others how to serve effectively, and guide those you influence to work together as a team.

Are you in a leadership position and want to grow stronger in that role?  Do you aspire to lead others and want to know what leading well looks like? Do you want to encourage and inspire others to grow in their God-given gifts and abilities?  If you currently lead, desire to lead, or want to love others well through your leadership, this workshop is for you!

Chrystal Evans Hurst