Sessions

Writing

What Do I Write About? Connecting Your Core Values, Purpose and Vision to Your Writing (Pre-Conference)

Cynthia Cavanaugh

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Ever wonder what should be your next best writing project? Is there a formula for your writing success? Yes! When we effectively communicate what is important to us, that significantly influences the success of our writing. In this practicum, you will learn how your core values impact your writing and how to identify which ones are the most important. You will create a take-away that will bring clarity for your next writing project.

Writing Illuminating Devotions (Pre-Conference)

Glynnis Whitwer

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

What does your devotion illuminate? God or your great story? Will the reader feel closer to Jesus or you as the author? That’s the challenge when writing devotions; it’s easy to slip away from the primary goal. The Encouragement for Today devotion team struggles with this every day. To help them feel confident to know when a devotion is illuminating the right thing, they created a rubric with six key components. In this teaching, Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director over the devotions, shares those six crucial elements and how they combine to make a devotion that helps lead the reader to the heart of God. She’ll also help you develop a rubric for your writing project to help increase focus and consistency.

10 Common Writing Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Glynnis Whitwer

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

With 20 years of editing experience, Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director of Communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries, has experience helping writers turn their rough first drafts into publication-ready pieces. In this workshop, she’s identified the top 10 mistakes every writer can make and will show you how to easily self-edit your way to a stronger piece of writing. You’ll learn:

  • Why pronouns weaken your authority.
  • How to engage your reader with the right type of descriptive words.
  • The most common trait of lazy writing.
  • The most dangerous time to share your writing with someone else.
Writing Creative & Challenging Bible Studies

Barb Roose

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Imagine creating Bible study experiences that move women from checking off their daily quiet time box to a challenging study experience that inspires their souls. Discover how you can use five creative elements to write a scripturally sound, well-researched and in-depth Bible study that will draw women in and keep them coming back!

How to Write a Chapter

Karen Ehman

Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

You want to write a book; books are made up of chapters. So, first, you must write a chapter, right? But where do you begin? Stop staring at the blank screen and discover a simple strategy for crafting a strong and effective chapter, one step at a time. In this workshop, Karen will teach you:

  • The five key components of a strong chapter.
  • How to hook your reader right off the bat.
  • Ways to creatively weave in teaching, including biblical content.
  • A strategy for compiling and organizing content so you are ready to write.
  • A self-editing method that builds your confidence and strengthens your writing.
How to Write a Book

Lysa TerKeurst, Leah Chabai, Shae Tate

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Writing a book can sound like a great dream, but the reality can be a daunting task. Lysa has been through this “birthing process” 23 times. Join her for an honest and practical session on how to write a book from start to finish. Her experience will help you:

  • Understand what publishers expect from an author.
  • Break down the writing process into manageable, bite-size pieces.
  • Schedule writing time that allows you to keep a balanced life.
  • Write a book that will change lives and motivate people to recommend it.
Backstage Pass to a Seasoned Writer

Lysa TerKeurst, Karen Ehman, Nicki Koziarz, Sharon Jaynes, Glynnis Whitwer

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you ever longed to sit down with a seasoned writer just to pick her brain, asking many questions that are on your mind about the mission — and even the mess — of being an author? This special panel session is designed for you to do just that, not with just one, but with five speakers! Our featured Proverbs 31 team members, with over 65 years of combined writing 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 writing, join us for this helpful session.

Using Self-Publishing to Land a Traditional Contract (Sponsored by Redemption Press)

Athena Dean Holtz

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Whether you are a speaker who writes or a writer who speaks, having a professionally developed book in print can help expand your reach and prove yourself to a potential traditional publisher. This strategy of self-publishing is to build numbers and create engagement that agents and editors are looking for to be viable in the competitive market. Join publishing pioneer Athena Dean Holtz as she shares case studies, pros and cons of different publishing options, and the necessary aspects required to have a product that goes beyond your friends, family and local influence. Come away from this two-hour workshop with a solid road map to publication that includes worksheets and a “to-do” list to take the next steps toward accomplishing your ministry goals.

Speaking

Finding Your Unique Speaking Style (Pre-Conference)

Chrystal Evans Hurst

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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.

How to Build a Message (Pre-Conference)

Sharon Jaynes

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

You’ve got an idea for a message. Maybe you have a good story. Perhaps you’ve prepared solid Bible teaching. But how do you merge the two together to build a message that is powerful, purposeful and life-changing? In this session, Sharon will share the principles for building a message from the ground up. Whether writing a book or preparing a speaking session, these principles will help you to craft a message that touches the reader’s or listener’s heart, transforms the mind, and gives practical ways to apply the principles in everyday life.

Develop Your Core Message that Will Work for Any Speaking Event (Pre-Conference)

Micah Maddox

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

When you get asked to speak at an event, it can take hours to prepare. First you have to decide what to speak about or you have to create a talk around the theme the event planner gives you. Then you have to study, prepare your talk, practice and hope you are offering the listeners the value they are hoping to hear. Along with your preparation comes questions like: Should I write out my talk word-for-word? Should I use a detailed slide presentation? What if I lose my train of thought? Should I use more stories, include funny jokes, be serious, talk louder or softer? Do I move around the stage or stand still behind a podium? Do I create a new talk every time I speak? What if I told you, you can cut your prep time down to one afternoon by crafting your unique core message that will work for any audience?

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to decide on your core message that will work for any audience and how to tweak the message for each specific event.
  • How to begin your talk to help yourself and the audience relax.
  • How to move from word-for-word notes to a simple outline.
  • Why less is more when it comes to slides, notes and visual illustrations.
  • How to tell your story in a way that engages even those who cannot relate directly with your experience.
  • How to adjust your core message for each event without recreating your outline.
How to Get Invited Back

Sharon Glasgow

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

It is one thing to get booked to speak at an event. It is quite another to have such an impact that you get invited back again! Veteran Proverbs 31 speaker Sharon Glasgow gets repeat requests to speak to the same group year after year. Come learn from her how to connect with all the people involved — from the event coordinator to the committee members to the attendees in the audience — in a meaningful and ministry-focused way that will lead to an invitation to return. She will also cover the logistics of keeping your material fresh and relevant each time, and documenting the content you’ve already used so you don’t replicate it in your subsequent messages.

40 Practical Ideas for Speakers

Liz Curtis Higgs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Drawing from nearly 40 years in professional speaking, Liz Curtis Higgs will address everything that happens OFF the platform — booking events, creating appearance agreements, managing travel details, connecting with your meeting planner, preparing your messages, getting the word out, setting up your resource table and more.

Delivery that Delivers

Whitney Capps

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Great messages hinge on great content, but delivery competency makes sure that our content is understood and remembered. This practical workshop will teach and demonstrate the delivery tactics that enhance our messages as well as the delivery pitfalls that sabotage our effectiveness.

The Step Before Killing It: How to Rehearse Until You are Ready

Barb Roose

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you ever walked off the platform beating yourself up because you should have rehearsed your talk more? Discover how to step up onto the platform assured that not only have you written an inspiring message, but you’re well-prepared to deliver that message, too. Barb Roose will equip you with the PREP tool so that you can step off the platform every time knowing that you delivered your presentation with confidence, clarity and class.

Making Your Speaking All About Ministry

Liz Curtis Higgs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Shifting gears from the business of speaking to the ministry of speaking, Liz Curtis Higgs will address everything that happens ON the platform — beginning on the right note, speaking from the heart, telling stories, reading an audience, adjusting your message on the fly, watching for engagement, putting Scripture first, pausing to pray, using humor, being vulnerable and glorifying the Lord above all.

Writing and Speaking

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle (Pre-Conference)

Amy Carroll

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Great ideas are like rare, hidden gems found in a flea market. Most of us aren’t bottomless wells of genius. Instead, God has given us a specific ministry niche in which we have a slowly expanding store of concepts, sticky statements and stories which we use to connect with the hearts of our audience.

Although Amy Carroll dwells amongst prolific speakers and writers on the Proverbs 31 team, she had to learn to reuse, repurpose and recycle the ideas that God has given her into messages for different settings. You can learn to make a slightly tarnished idea sparkle again too! Amy will lead you to:

  • Reuse a message in different settings by using a “sliding scale.” For example, reuse a keynote as a breakout session with maximum impact.
  • Repurpose previously generated material in a new message with an upcycling approach that gives it a fresh, new life.
  • Recycle great ideas from your speaking into your writing with the skill of a practiced flipper.
Mastering the Art of Storytelling

Sharon Jaynes

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Rick Warren once said, “Shared stories build a relational bridge that Jesus can walk across from your heart to others.” But how do you tell a story in such a way that it will have the most impact? Draw others in? Put them in the story with you? In this session, Sharon will share key elements in the art of storytelling to make your stories move from black and white to living color. You’ll also learn how to discover stories in your own life and craft them into vivid examples of biblical principles.

Mastering Your Interactions With Your Audience Before They Master You

Jessica Collazo, Karen Ehman, Christina Patterson, Kendra Schwarz, Shae Tate, Madi Vincent

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Whenever you put your thoughts out into the world (whether on paper, a blog, on social or at a speaking event), someone will have an opinion. If it’s a strong enough opinion, they will let you know — sometimes privately, sometimes publicly. How is a woman in public ministry supposed to respond? In this panel discussion, we’re bringing together some of our Proverbs 31 staff and writer team members to discuss how we handle these interactions with our audience.

When you come to this session, you will learn to…

  • Recognize the difference between truth and opinion and leave empowered to handle hard feedback.
  • Build boundaries with your audience while still serving them intentionally.
  • Overcome fear of conflict and know how to handle angry people.
  • Diffuse tough situations and recognize when they become serious.
Writer/Speaker Productivity Hacks

Chrystal Evans Hurst

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Don’t you wish every time you needed to write or prepare for a message, you could write in the perfect environment, for the perfect amount of time, with the perfect measure of inspiration?

The reality is that most speakers and writers are making the most of the time available and attempting to do great work in the most productive way possible. None of us have time to spare or waste. While many content creators would love to devote unending time to develop their craft, in a favorite location with absolutely no distractions, the truth is that we simply need to create excellent content within the boundaries of our everyday.

If you need practical help for maximizing your time as a speaker and/or writer, Chrystal Evans Hurst has tangible tools that will help you get the job done.

Over the years, Chrystal has come across quite a few apps, hacks and tools to help her to be a more effective writer and speaker. From storing her favorite material, to consistent content for social media or writing a bestselling book, Chrystal will share apps and hacks that have helped her get content created and messages mapped out. After attending this session, you will be better prepared to effectively and efficiently prepare for your speaking opportunities and to get your writing done!

Unleashing Inspiration: Life Hacks for Cultivating Creativity

Alicia Bruxvoort

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Has your creative edge been buried beneath your daily demands? Do you feel more tired than inspired as you live out your God-given calling? Join Alicia Bruxvoort, seasoned speaker and member of the P31 devotion writing team, as she shares some simple life hacks that consistently help her kindle creativity and serve from a place of inspiration rather than a rut of obligation.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Cultivate creativity without sacrificing productivity.
  • Glean inspiration from the life you’re already living.
  • Identify and eliminate creativity killers in your daily routine.
  • And rediscover the courageous creative in you!
What Should I Do Next?

Melissa Spoelstra

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

When we sense God’s call to write and/or speak, it can be tricky to navigate our next steps in pursuing that calling. While each person’s journey is unique, we can discover some helpful questions and guidelines as we navigate our paths. This workshop will include topics like taking bold risks, waiting patiently and having discernment to hear God’s voice in the process. As each of us seeks the Lord with this question, “What are you asking of me?”, we’ll find unexpected turns that draw us nearer to God through seasons of course correction. As we try to discover what’s next on our path, we’ll also discuss how much weight we give to the opinions and ideas of those around us. Some may cheer us on in our pursuits, while others may not understand our God-given desires. We will end our time with practical ideas of some potential next steps for those who long to serve God as writers and speakers.

How to Book and Conduct Irresistible Interviews

Kia Stephens

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Whether you have a podcast, YouTube channel or host a monthly Facebook live for your audience, you are always in need of new content. One way to manage the demand for fresh and engaging content is through the use of live interviews. This session will teach you how to book and conduct irresistible interviews that will have your audience asking for more. In this session, you will learn how to get interview guests, software tools, practical conversation tips and ways to repurpose your content on multiple mediums.

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.

Unlocking the Power of Your Personal Testimony

Tracie Miles

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

A testimony is a written or spoken story, such as one given in a court of law, which serves as evidence or proof of something that happened. It’s basically a factual recounting of an experience. But a Christian’s God-inspired testimony is more than just a statement of facts and memories. It’s a raw, real-life, heartfelt story shared by a believer that serves as a proof to others of the power of our living God to change someone’s life. People may not listen to “facts,” but when they can see and witness proof of God’s activity and how He changed someone’s life, their lives might be changed as well.

Each of us has a story of which we know every last detail, whether it’s how we came to Christ or the miracles He has performed in our walk with Him, especially through our trials and troubles. As believers, we long for God to open the door for our story to impact the hearts of others and for the right opportunities to share it. However, how we tell story, in written form or from the stage, can make all the difference and either turn someone “off” to Christ or spark a burning desire in their heart for Him to work in their life as He did in ours. Knowing how to tell our God-story is just as important as having one.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to push past the fear of sharing your story with transparency, how to make a timeline of your life’s experiences which make up your testimony, how to package your story in a way that keep people intrigued, the dos and don’ts of writing a powerful testimony, and how to use a simple, impactful five-step process for putting your story together in a way that will can be life changing for those who hear it or read it.

Laser-Like: How to Make Your Big Idea Unique, Potent and Powerful

Amy Carroll and Melanie Chitwood

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

You’ve got a topic you’re interested in, one you think you want to turn into a written or spoken message. But what do you do next? Narrowing the idea for your speech, chapter, article or devotion will make your idea more unique and appealing to your audience. From over two decades of combined experience speaking, writing and editing, Melanie Chitwood and Amy Carroll will help you to:

  • Take steps to go from the chaos of overwhelming ideas to a unique message.
  • Learn to listen to God and others in a way that brings focus to fuzzy concepts.
  • Honor the process that leads to a great idea, whether you’re a more organic thinker (like Melanie) or a more linear thinker (like Amy).
  • Find your most potent idea through practical hands-on exercises that can be replicated over and over when you get home.

Biblical Training

Teaching the Scriptures: How to Prepare and Deliver Biblically Accurate Messages (Pre-Conference)

Lysa TerKeurst, Joel Mudamalle, Leah Chabai

*** Note: This is a three-part workshop.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

In this practical and inspirational three-hour training, you’ll learn from Lysa TerKeurst and her theological research team (Joel Muddamalle and Leah Chabai) about how to study, prepare for, organize and teach biblically accurate material for both speaking and writing opportunities. In this rare invitation to learn from Lysa and her team, you’ll discover how to:

  • Take a teaching or writing idea and handle it in a biblically faithful way, ensuring God’s Word drives your teaching and writing.
  • Keep your theological research, writing and ideas captured in an organized way.
  • Walk through the process of theological review that considers both the audience and the accuracy.
  • Balance the divinity and humanity in the text.
  • Use theological and biblical tools that will enable you to be more efficient and effective in your Bible study research.

This session will be helpful for speakers, writers and Bible study leaders and teachers.

How to Study, Teach and Translate the Bible in a Modern World

Micca Campbell

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Do you wrestle with understanding the Bible and how it relates to present day? Although the Bible was written 1,900 years ago, its accuracy and relevance remain unchanged. The same truths that affected those who lived between the pages of the Bible then still direct our lives today. As communicators, our job is to bridge the gap between the past and the present. This can be overwhelming for the teacher without the right tools. In this session, learn how to study and prepare a message that translates the Bible and makes it applicable in today’s modern society.

Writing Creative & Challenging Bible Studies

Barb Roose

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Imagine creating Bible study experiences that move women from checking off their daily quiet time box to a challenging study experience that inspires their souls. Discover how you can use five creative elements to write a scripturally sound, well-researched and in-depth Bible study that will draw women in and keep them coming back!

Bible Study Basics

Melissa Spoelstra

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Writing Bible study material has unique benefits and challenges. We have questions like, “What kinds of studies are women’s groups looking for in today’s market? How can we write learning activities that will appeal to varied styles of learning?” We long to help women grow in their understanding of God through His living Word, but we also want to help them connect their theology with their reality. Together we’ll discover some practical insights to help women move up the ladder from knowledge to life change as they study God’s Word. We’ll also talk about the importance of good hermeneutics so that women learn to dig beyond the surface and understand the context of the passages they are reading. Then we’ll also tackle some practical nuts and bolts of Bible study writing such as piloting our study for feedback, establishing a good writing schedule and deciding what to include in teaching segments that might accompany our study.

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.

Platform Building

Listen, Learn & Lead: Listen to Your Audience, Learn What They Need, Lead Them Through It (Pre-Conference)

Nicki Koziarz

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

In this workshop, author, speaker and Instagram-lover Nicki Koziarz will lead you through the three simple secrets she’s discovered about creating content, marketing content and selling content based on what her followers on social media tell her. Nicki will walk you through her social media strategy and will share with you what’s worked for her and what hasn’t. There’s plenty to learn from mistakes too!

Discover how to listen to your social media audience by speaking their language, develop free content that serves them based on what they’re saying and learn how to find ways to get your product into their hands without it feeling pushy. You’ll leave this workshop exhaling a little more, knowing you now know what to do with all those social struggles.

Building a Platform that Builds God's Kingdom (Pre-Conference)

Katy McCown

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Does platform-building make you uneasy or frustrated? Do you feel like you need a platform but want to make sure it honors God?

This workshop will help you build a platform that points people to Jesus’ name, not your own. Using two biblical platforms as a guide, you’ll learn:

  • The right time to build a platform and when to wait.
  • How to build your platform in a way that honors God.
  • The one essential reason for a platform.
5 Secrets to Growing Your Instagram Community from Scratch (Pre-Conference)

Ashley Morgan Jackson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

You pour your guts out in a post with the message God has placed in your heart, press “post,” and you are met with the feeling of a tumbleweed blowing across the endless Instagram desert. You scroll past others who seem to post one word and accumulate endless interaction, and you wonder if you should even keep trying.

If you know the possibilities of reaching many people through your Instagram but have felt frustrated with where to start or how to reach more people with the message God has given you, this will be the place where you will learn how to make that possible for you too!

In this workshop, you will learn 5 secrets to growing your Instagram account that you will be able to start implementing immediately.

You will walk away knowing:

  • How to create a bio that invites more people to want to click “follow”.
  • How to engage and lead a community that is more than just followers.
  • How to implement a plan that builds trust within that community.
  • How to activate the algorithm so it works for you instead of against you.
  • Which tools, apps and processes will help set you up for success.
Narrow Your Niche: Offer LESS and Reach MORE People

Promise Tangeman-Wurzell

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Are you stretched thin and tired of trying to be “all the things”?!? When your industry feels FLOODED with other people doing the exact same thing as you, it’s time to stand out by narrowing your “niche.” Find your specialty. Your thing. Your tribe. Your place in the industry. In this workshop, Promise Tangeman-Wurzell, the CEO and creative director of the web design company, GoLive, will share what exactly a niche is, why it pays to simplify your offerings and how it translates to your brand and website. Get ready to experience big growth and switch from reactive to proactive in your marketing approach.

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • The benefits of establishing a niche.
  • Examples of companies killing it in their niche.
  • How to discover what your niche should be.
  • How to target & attract your ideal audience.
How to Build and Expand Your Professional Network and Community

Ruth Schwenk

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Do you have a desire to build a network of relationships that will support and grow your business or ministry but simply have no idea where to start? Networking can sometimes feel overwhelming and even unappealing. The reality is we all network to some extent whether we call it that or not. The key is how and why we connect. In this highly practical workshop, Ruth Schwenk, longtime blogger, founder of The Better Mom and bestselling author of several books, will equip you to:

  • Implement a proven framework for building new and meaningful relationships.
  • Reach out to companies and people you want to partner with.
  • Stand out by making every connection genuine, personal and creative.
  • Strengthen connections through generosity and effective follow-up.
  • Create a powerful network that honors God, benefits others and also expands your reach.
How to Get Started with YouTube to Share Your Message and Increase Your Impact

Christina Patterson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Online video is not the future; it’s today. With 85% of internet users watching video content consistently, video presents a great way to share your message and increase your impact.

The idea of producing video, however, can be intimidating. In this session, YouTuber and Bible teacher Christina Patterson shares how simple it is to get started on YouTube, why you don’t need fancy and expensive equipment, and how to repurpose your video content to other social networks to expand your reach.

Branding Hacks: Strategic Shortcuts For Creating a Stand-Out Brand

Promise Tangeman-Wurzell

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Branding yourself or your company can seem daunting, overwhelming and stress-inducing. Fonts. Colors. Logos. I can’t make up my mind. A website? I’m not techie. What’s a brand strategy? How do I stand out? In this workshop, Promise Tangeman-Wurzell, the CEO and creative director of GoLive will share her secrets and shortcuts to creating a dynamic brand that stands out online. And the best part? All of these strategies can be implemented within just a few days, not months or years.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategic shortcuts for:

  • Brand positioning.
  • Copywriting and messaging.
  • Visuals.
  • Web design.

Leadership and General Topics

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 us 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 three 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.
Why Numbers Matter

Hannah Schindler

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Have you ever struggled with understanding how and why numbers and metrics are important to the ministry God has given you? Numbers often scare people; however, there is great necessity to understanding analytics in order to support your goals. Join Hannah Schindler, from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ First 5 team, to discover how recording data can improve your followers’ or customers’ experience and your overall strategy. In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand how your ministry wins through the support of numbers.
  • Develop a clear direction for gathering analytics and metrics.
  • Gain confidence in discussing numbers while keeping Jesus at the center.
Hidden Potential: Revealing What God Can Do Through You

Wendy Pope

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Fears. Failures. Faults. Frailties. Everyone has struggled with at least one of these. Every woman has wondered in her secret heart of hearts — how can I ever measure up? Don’t I have to get past all my weaknesses before God can use me? Wendy Pope is happy to tell you no. No, you don’t have to overcome your fears, rise above your failures, correct all your faults or strengthen every frailty before you are qualified to be part of God’s fulfilling plan. He can use you right now. Right where you are — whether you are sitting on top of the world or at the bottom of a sea of shame — God can show you that you can be:

  • Faithful, even when you’re afraid.
  • Included in God’s plans, faults and all.
  • Worth something, even when you’ve failed.
  • Valuable, even though you feel damaged.
How to Continue in Ministry When Life is Hard

Tracie Miles

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Despite our desire to follow God’s call on our lives to write, it can be hard to get thoughts and words on paper when circumstances are difficult or our hearts are broken. In this session, Tracie will share some successful strategies she used while writing her last two books in the midst of devastating circumstances in her life. You’ll also glean some spiritual tips for how to keep persevering in ministry when life is hard rather than letting problems cripple your creativity or stifle your voice.

Starting and Funding a Nonprofit Ministry

Danya Jordan

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 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.
Creating a Product to Serve Your Audience

Christina Patterson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Whether you desire to sell your homemade crafts, a custom-designed journal or planner, books or digital downloads, creating a product is one of the best ways to serve your audience. In this session, Christina Patterson, owner of TheBelovedBoutique.com, teaches how to discover the best product to create for your audience, choosing your online storefront and best practices in launching your product. Product creation has never been easier, and Christina is here to help you learn how.

Where Ministry and Motherhood Meet

Alicia Bruxvoort & Katy McCown

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.

Signature Style: Dress for Impact

Shari Braendel, Denae Matherly and Nancy Iverson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

What you wear when you speak matters. Learn to showcase externally the work God has done internally so when you speak, your message and your outer appearance are in sync to make a greater impact on your sphere of influence. In this workshop, you will:

  • Develop a signature style statement that is true to who you are and the image you desire to reflect to the world as a speaker, leader and writer.
  • Identify colors that make you look your very best so you’re not a distraction when on stage. Each participant will receive their seven best colors in digital format to keep on their phones.
  • Learn insider style tips from three professional stylists to help you make the best decisions for clothing choices that flatter your body shape.
Expanding Your Reach by Embracing Intentional Diversity

Lisa Allen, Amy Carroll, Jessica Collazo, Alex Hoover, Karen McNary, Kia Stephens, Glynnis Whitwer

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

For most of us, it is easy to solely engage with women whom we identify and feel most comfortable with. But, as communicators and thought leaders, what if in doing so we are missing out on an opportunity to grow ourselves and our reach? In this session, you will hear from a multi-racial panel of women that have been broadened professionally and personally through embracing intentional diversity.