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Keynote Speakers

Lysa TerKeurst

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Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of more than 25 books, including It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Forgiving What You Can’t Forget and Uninvited. Her book Embraced won the ECPA book of the year award for 2019. Lysa was also recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has appeared on The Today Show many times as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.

Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at events all across North America and online, including the Global Leadership Summit and the Catalyst Leadership Conference. She has a passion for equipping women to share their stories for God’s glory through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference and her writer training program called COMPEL: Words That Move People. She is also the co-founder of The Book Proposal Bootcamp, a 10-week course helping want-to-be authors make their publishing dreams a reality with a chance to secure a real book contract through Nelson Books of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Connect with Lysa on social media at @lysaterkeurst or at lysaterkeurst.com.

Amanda Pittman

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Amanda Pittman is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and the founder of Confident Woman Co., a ministry that equips women to stand confidently upon the finished work of Jesus. Amanda leads her Confident Woman Community in monthly challenges, and offers Christ-centered events, content, resources and more. Her newest book, Stand in Confidence, releases in September 2022. Amanda lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband Michael and her two children, Elijah and Lily.

Carey Nieuwhof

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Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. 

Carey speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. His podcast, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, has 18 million downloads and features interviews with many of today’s top leaders. 

In addition, Carey writes one of today’s most influential leadership blogs at CareyNieuwhof.com. His online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He holds degrees in law, theology, and history.

Carey’s mission is to help people thrive in life and leadership. He has extensive experience helping organizations lead through change, develop high-capacity teams, deepen their personal growth along with their health.

His best-selling book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, is designed to help every leader escape stress and begin living at a sustainable pace and has been profiled by Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider. 

His other books include Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences,  Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church GrowLeading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, co-authored with Reggie Joiner.

Carey and his wife Toni live north of Toronto, Ontario and have two grown sons. In his spare time, you’ll catch him barbecuing on his Big Green Egg, cycling, or boating.

Jess Connolly

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Jess Connolly is a woman who wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She is passionate about family, God’s Word and seeing women take their place in the Kingdom. She’s an author, a church leader and a coach. She’s written nine books — including Wild and Free with Hayley Morgan, You Are the Girl for the Job, and Breaking Free from Body Shame. Jess and her husband, Nick, live in Charleston, SC, where they’ve planted Bright City Church. They have four wild and hilarious kids: Elias, Gloriana, Benjamin and Cannon. They also have an unruly dog named Deacon.

Main Session Workshop Presenters

Lysa TerKeurst

Thursday Session: The Makings of a Highly Engaging Book Outline

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As the author of many bestselling books, Lysa knows the pitfalls of underdeveloped content and the beauty of a successfully written message that connects deeply with her readers. One of the most common temptations for writers is to plan out their chapters like a tower … a tall list of things for your reader to cross off on their journey through your book. But towers don’t move. And if you really want your message to connect with the heart of your reader and create momentum in their life, it’s time to shift your thinking when it comes to book outlines. In this workshop, Lysa will help you:

  • Stop feeling overwhelmed by all you need to cover in your book and discover the four stages of a complete outline that keeps your reader engaged until the very last page.
  • Set up your book to be the go-to resource for your topic by staying focused on one clearly defined purpose and leading your reader through a fully developed message. 
  • Become a better writer by learning proven teaching strategies that help you write a book where you reader feels empowered to apply and remember what you’ve taught them.

Dr. Heather Thompson Day

Thursday Session: Give Me Your Hand

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What do you do when you feel called to make an impact, but your arms are tired? How do you pick up your dreams for tomorrow when your hands are already full from today? 

In “Give Me Your Hand,” Heather will use the writings in Exodus 17:8-13 to reveal to you through Scripture why you must pursue like-minded people if you are going to finish this race. Dr. Heather Thompson Day will uniquely combine the Word of God with communication research and relationship studies that will forever change the value you place on community-building. 

How do you balance your purpose when the expectations of life feel so heavy? Give me your hand. We will do it together.

In this session we will:

  • Learn why we must pursue like-minded people to support and encourage us. 
  • Acknowledge why we are exhausted and take a first step toward gaining energy.
  • Discover the gift of Christian community and why it is non-negotiable.  
  • Ask God together to strengthen our hands as we continue to do the work before us.

Ruth Schwenk

Friday Session: Creating a Social Media Strategy To Effectively Share Your Message

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You want to make an impact on people’s lives but struggle with the ever-changing world of social media. You wish you knew what to say, where to say it and how to get it all done in a way that doesn’t feel like a constant chore.

With over a decade of experience, trusted author and blogger Ruth Schwenk wants to teach you how to build a foundational strategy that will help you overcome the overwhelm and effectively share your message on social media for years to come. With year after year of steady and meaningful growth on her numerous social media platforms, she will coach you to:

  • Grow in confidence as you learn to post the most effective words to reflect who you are.
  • Find clarity by focusing on who you're writing for and the best social platform for you.
  • Stop feeling burdened by social media and start using a proven strategy and techniques that will help your social media platform grow and establish you as a trusted voice.

Phylicia Masonheimer

Thursday Session: A Gentle Defense: How To Present Biblical Truth With Grace

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Christian communicators have a responsibility to teach the Bible with accuracy. Stewarding God's Truth, and the minds of our hearers, is not to be taken lightly! In the Apostle Peter's first letter he admonishes his readers to "always [be] prepared to make a defense" for their faith. In other words: know what you believe, why you believe it and how to explain it. Peter adds that this defense must be with "gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15, ESV) — a hard balance to strike in an age of outrage! In this session, bestselling author Phylicia Masonheimer teaches you:

  • How theology impacts our communication and how to check theology against Scripture.
  • Why clarity of belief is vital in today's age and how to express your ideas succinctly.
  • Mistakes Christian teachers make when communicating biblical Truth — and how to avoid them. 
  • How to uphold the Truth of Scripture with a gracious and respectful tone.

Crystal Paine

Friday Session: My Unlikely Journey to Becoming a Bestselling Author

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Writing a book wasn't even on her radar when Crystal Paine got a call from a publisher offering her a book deal. In this workshop, Crystal will share her story of starting from a tiny little blog that only a few people read to landing multiple book deals, becoming a New York Times bestselling author and bringing her husband home full-time from his job as an attorney. While everyone's journey is different, you'll leave feeling inspired and encouraged by her candid recounting of the hard-won lessons she's learned, the many mistakes she has made and how she's seen God's faithfulness through it all.

Barb Roose

Friday Session: Jump-Start Your Podcast Dream and Amplify Your Platform Impact

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Jesus called us to go into the world to share the gospel, and podcasting is an amazing modern-day tool to make that happen! But how do you get started, especially if you feel intimidated by technology? Join speaker and author Barb Roose, host of the Better Together podcast, for a down-to-earth, practical session on how you can plan, produce and launch a successful podcast. Barb will explain all of the podcast lingo and provide a step-by-step podcast planning resource to jump-start your podcast development.

Wendy Blight

Friday Worship and Prayer Night

On-demand Workshop
Presenters

Amanda Bacon

Workshop: Organize Your Content Like a Pro so You Can Work Like a Team Even When You’re a One-Woman Operation

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Get ready for this important teaching by Amanda Bacon, Content Coordinator for Lysa TerKeurst, that could revolutionize how you organize, create and share content to help your audience. Lysa TerKeurst didn't start out with a team to help organize her work, and you don't have to either! In this session, you will learn how to: 

  • Gather and sort your past and present content into an easy-to-find and organized system.
  • Repurpose impactful words and social media posts across different platforms as you continue to reach those who need your voice the most.
  • Easily find what you've already written, recorded and posted to help you work on new projects.

Meredith Brock

Workshop: How To Make Your Podcast Worth Their Time

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How we spend our time indicates what’s most important to us. So … when you’ve got a podcast (or an idea to start one), how do you get someone to use their valuable time to listen to your podcast? 

In this session hosted by The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast co-hosts Meredith Brock and Kaley Olson, alongside podcasters Ruth Schwenk from Rootlike Faith and Nicki Koziarz from Lessons From the Farm, you’ll hear the answers to some of the most common questions content creators ask about podcasting.  

This session will help you:

  • Feel less overwhelmed about getting started,  as you’ll hear “me too” from podcasters who started with little to no experience, just like you!
  • Overcome the fear of being lost in the crowd, and understand how to leverage your unique personality and life experiences to help others in your same season of life.
  • Learn the techniques for asking better questions and helping your listener understand how to immediately apply what they’re learning to their life today.

Karen Ehman

Workshop: Turning Your Ideas Into Published Pieces

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As a communicator, you have ideas. You also have available to you a multitude of places where you can present your ideas: social media posts, magazine articles, online devotions, website blog posts, free digital PDFs and even entire books. How do you determine the best landing places for your various concepts? And — most importantly — how do you take an initial concept and turn it into impactful content? In this session, New York Times bestselling author Karen Ehman will teach you:

 

  • How to identify and clarify your current ideas as well as unearth new ones.
  • Ways to test-drive your initial concepts to determine if they resonate with your audience.
  • Strategies for rounding out a topic: making it broader, narrowing the focus or developing a sub-theme.
  • A process for discerning where best to post or pitch your completed ideas.
  • A step-by-step guide for turning your content into a published piece.

Denise J. Hughes

Workshop: How To Land a Book Deal With a Modest Platform

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In the world of publishing, we hear the word “platform” a lot. We may even hear that we need a big one in order to pursue our dreams of writing and publishing. In this workshop, you will:

  • Gain insider insight into what publishers are really looking for.
  • Learn how to develop a writer’s portfolio that catches a publisher’s attention.
  • Identify your unique strengths that position you as a strong publishing candidate.

Ashley Morgan Jackson

Workshop: A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Social Media Graphics

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Do you feel frustrated with wanting to start sharing on social media, but a lack of practical know-how is stopping you? In this step-by-step guide to creating your own social media graphics in CANVA, you will learn how to ...

  • Create your own branding so people recognize your work using unique colors, fonts, images and watermarks.
  • Craft posts and find out what works best on social media.
  • Maximize your time by “batch creating” multiple graphics at once.
  • Streamline your process by pre-planning your posts and transferring graphics from your computer to your phone.

Nicki Koziarz

Workshop: How To Make Your Podcast Worth Their Time

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How we spend our time indicates what’s most important to us. So … when you’ve got a podcast (or an idea to start one), how do you get someone to use their valuable time to listen to your podcast? 

In this session hosted by The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast co-hosts Meredith Brock and Kaley Olson, alongside podcasters Ruth Schwenk from Rootlike Faith and Nicki Koziarz from Lessons From the Farm, you’ll hear the answers to some of the most common questions content creators ask about podcasting.  

This session will help you:

  • Feel less overwhelmed about getting started,  as you’ll hear “me too” from podcasters who started with little to no experience, just like you!
  • Overcome the fear of being lost in the crowd, and understand how to leverage your unique personality and life experiences to help others in your same season of life.
  • Learn the techniques for asking better questions and helping your listener understand how to immediately apply what they’re learning to their life today.

Kenda LeGrand

Workshop: Building a Community You Have Always Wanted

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We aren’t called to do life on our own. In fact, Scripture tells us that community was God’s original idea beginning in Genesis. Throughout the Bible we see verses calling us to help others, encourage one another and hold each other accountable. So, when it comes to building community, whether in your town or online, what does this look like? What is needed to build a community you’d want to be a part of?  

In this workshop, Proverbs 31 Senior Manager of OBS and First 5 Kendra LeGrand will help you hone in on the key principles of building community. She’ll do this by introducing four “bricks” needed to lay the foundation to build lasting community and godly relationships:

  • Being consistent.
  • Building trust. 
  • Showing up. 
  • The beauty of social listening.

These “bricks” of building community will lay the foundation to a strong and healthy community ready to thrive. 

Joel Muddamalle, Ph.D.

Workshop: 5 Keys To Avoid Misunderstanding, Misinterpreting and Misapplying Scripture as a Content Provider

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We all know how important the Bible is, and this is why we turn to it to help us learn how to live out God’s will and desire for our lives. But what happens if we don’t read the Bible with accuracy? We can look back at church history and find numerous examples of people with great hearts who misunderstood the Scriptures, which led them to misinterpret them and ultimately misapply them. In this workshop, Dr. Joel Muddamalle will unpack five essential keys to create a framework for your study of the Bible to read it with clarity and interpret God’s Word with accuracy. Joel will teach you his personal method that he applies to the projects he works on at Proverbs 31 Ministries and for Lysa TerKeurst’s books and Bible study projects.

Kaley Olson

Workshop: How To Make Your Podcast Worth Their Time

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How we spend our time indicates what’s most important to us. So … when you’ve got a podcast (or an idea to start one), how do you get someone to use their valuable time to listen to your podcast? 

In this session hosted by The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast co-hosts Meredith Brock and Kaley Olson, alongside podcasters Ruth Schwenk from Rootlike Faith and Nicki Koziarz from Lessons From the Farm, you’ll hear the answers to some of the most common questions content creators ask about podcasting.  

This session will help you:

  • Feel less overwhelmed about getting started,  as you’ll hear “me too” from podcasters who started with little to no experience, just like you!
  • Overcome the fear of being lost in the crowd, and understand how to leverage your unique personality and life experiences to help others in your same season of life.
  • Learn the techniques for asking better questions and helping your listener understand how to immediately apply what they’re learning to their life today.

Christina Patterson

Workshop: How To Write a Digital Bible Study

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As more people find enriching content online to help grow their faith, online Bible studies have become increasingly in-demand. Unlike writing a book, digital Bible study writing requires knowledge of how to teach the Bible in a way that speaks to an online audience. In this workshop, Christina Patterson shares simple yet effective keys to creating digital content to teach God's Word with clarity and authority. 

This workshop will equip you to:

  • Study the Bible as a teacher so you can effectively present God’s Word.
  • Discover the five types of online study formats to know which is best for you and your audience.
  • Present a digital Bible study to maintain audience engagement in an online setting. 

In a society constantly adjusting to the changes of this world, learn how to share the unchanging Truth of God's Word.

Meghan Ryan

Workshops: “What’s in It for Me?” The Secrets of Value-Driven Marketing and Why You Need an Email List and What To Do With It

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“What’s in It for Me?” The Secrets of Value-Driven Marketing

In today’s social media-driven market, most authors, speakers and content creators are asking … “How can I get people talking about this product?” But what if that’s the wrong question? 

What your audience really wants to know when they come across a book, free resource or video series is, “What’s in it for me?” So what’s the solution? Highlighting value that shows them what you’re offering is the exact thing they need right now.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the method Lysa TerKeurst created for crafting her signature “value statements.” These statements go on the back covers of her books and become the marketing language used when talking about any of her messages.

Join Meghan Ryan, Shae Tate and Madi Vincent as they teach you how to:

  • Discern what questions your audience is asking and problems they are facing, so you can create content that meets them in what they’re dealing with or talking about today.
  • Interject your unique answers to your audience’s questions, and your practical solutions to their problems, so they can begin taking steps forward in whatever they’re currently stuck in.
  • Craft value statements that highlight specific payoff for your readers so they will not only love your message themselves but will share it with their friends.

Why You Need an Email List and What To Do With It

We spend a lot of time building our platforms on social media, but what if we told you one of the biggest mistakes content creators make is not having an email list?

In this workshop Meghan Ryan will help you:

  • Discover the value in having an email list that continues to grow even when things change and evolve in the world of social media.
  • Build an email list you can directly communicate to when and how you want to by applying the tools of successful inbound marketing.
  • Cultivate and connect to your ideal audience with easy-to-follow steps for getting your emails opened, read and clicked through.

Mary Snyder

Bonus Sponsor Workshop: Create an Online Presence That Grows Your Ministry

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What does your online presence say about your ministry? When an event planner or potential agent looks you up online, what will they find? Social media is a powerful tool — use it to your advantage. 

In this workshop, Mary will help you take your online presence to the next level, as she addresses these topics:

  • Make sure your online presence and postings match your message.
  • Understand the power of a real-time resume.
  • Be authentic while growing your ministry.

Melissa Spoelstra

Workshop: First Drafts

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Have you had a strong desire to write great ideas and then started typing out a few paragraphs only to reread your words and feel like they’re all just terrible? You are not alone. Not only are we all our own worst critics, but writing is a process. We may write three horrible paragraphs to discover golden truths in the fourth. This workshop will help you:

  • Persist in first-draft writing with lower expectations.
  • Learn to separate writing and editing so that you aren’t doing both simultaneously.
  • Develop writing strategies through practice and learning from others.
  • Develop editing techniques to tighten and clarify concepts.

Kia Stephens

Workshop: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!: How To Launch Anything From Scratch

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Whether you are starting a blog, launching a podcast, promoting a book or creating a Youtube channel, building your online presence is only half the battle. The next step is to share your new idea with the world. But how? How do you build momentum before you ever go public? How do you drive traffic to your website? How do you create anticipation in the minds of your ideal target audience? Launching something new does not have to be limited to hopeful marketing. There are proven steps to launching anything no matter what your audience size. This session will give you seven proven strategies to help you launch anything from scratch.

Shae Tate

Workshop: “What’s in It for Me?” The Secrets of Value-Driven Marketing

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In today’s social media-driven market, most authors, speakers and content creators are asking … “How can I get people talking about this product?” But what if that’s the wrong question? 

What your audience really wants to know when they come across a book, free resource or video series is, “What’s in it for me?” So what’s the solution? Highlighting value that shows them what you’re offering is the exact thing they need right now.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the method Lysa TerKeurst created for crafting her signature “value statements.” These statements go on the back covers of her books and become the marketing language used when talking about any of her messages.

Join Meghan Ryan, Shae Tate and Madi Vincent as they teach you how to:

  • Discern what questions your audience is asking and problems they are facing, so you can create content that meets them in what they’re dealing with or talking about today.
  • Interject your unique answers to your audience’s questions, and your practical solutions to their problems, so they can begin taking steps forward in whatever they’re currently stuck in.
  • Craft value statements that highlight specific payoff for your readers so they will not only love your message themselves but will share it with their friends.

Ruth Schwenk

Workshop: How To Make Your Podcast Worth Their Time

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How we spend our time indicates what’s most important to us. So … when you’ve got a podcast (or an idea to start one), how do you get someone to use their valuable time to listen to your podcast? 

In this session hosted by The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast co-hosts Meredith Brock and Kaley Olson, alongside podcasters Ruth Schwenk from Rootlike Faith and Nicki Koziarz from Lessons From the Farm, you’ll hear the answers to some of the most common questions content creators ask about podcasting.  

This session will help you:

  • Feel less overwhelmed about getting started,  as you’ll hear “me too” from podcasters who started with little to no experience, just like you!
  • Overcome the fear of being lost in the crowd, and understand how to leverage your unique personality and life experiences to help others in your same season of life.
  • Learn the techniques for asking better questions and helping your listener understand how to immediately apply what they’re learning to their life today.

Madi Vincent

Workshops: “What’s in It for Me?” The Secrets of Value-Driven Marketing and Social Media Engagement: Why You Need It and How To Get It

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“What’s in It for Me?” The Secrets of Value-Driven Marketing

In today’s social media-driven market, most authors, speakers and content creators are asking … “How can I get people talking about this product?” But what if that’s the wrong question? 

What your audience really wants to know when they come across a book, free resource or video series is, “What’s in it for me?” So what’s the solution? Highlighting value that shows them what you’re offering is the exact thing they need right now.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the method Lysa TerKeurst created for crafting her signature “value statements.” These statements go on the back covers of her books and become the marketing language used when talking about any of her messages.

Join Meghan Ryan, Shae Tate and Madi Vincent as they teach you how to:

  • Discern what questions your audience is asking and problems they are facing, so you can create content that meets them in what they’re dealing with or talking about today.
  • Interject your unique answers to your audience’s questions, and your practical solutions to their problems, so they can begin taking steps forward in whatever they’re currently stuck in.
  • Craft value statements that highlight specific payoff for your readers so they will not only love your message themselves but will share it with their friends.

 Social Media Engagement: Why You Need It and How To Get It

  • Debunk common social media misconceptions and myths by implementing best practices that encourage your audience to comment, like and continue to follow your accounts. 
  • Stop feeling confused about what your audience wants and instead use social media analytics to make thoughtful content decisions.
  • Overcome the frustration of building your platform, and discover action steps you can take today, next week and over the next six months to create an online community that lasts.