FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO YOU SPEAK ABOUT?
I can work with a theme that has already been decided, help the event leaders with coming up with a theme, or I can seek the Lord and see where He leads. I never repeat messages and speak from where God is moving in my life at the moment. The only exception to this is during the holidays because I'm often asked to speak about making the most of the holidays due to my work with Sacred Holidays, so those messages are all very similar.
My speaking style is adjusted based off of the size of the group, but I try to be very casual and conversational. I speak very similar to how I write. You can read some of my most recent blog posts to get a sample of how I process things out. I share a lot of "me too," letting women know that I am right there with them with their struggles, joys, fears, hopes and dreams. Always weaved into any message is that God is enough and able, He is worthy of our pursuit, He wants to use us, and there is great joy and freedom in Him.
I consider myself apart of your event team. I am not there just to give a message (or a few messages for bigger events) but to partner with you in ministering to the women that come. I am available the whole time to help you with the event and further connect with the women that have come.
Do you have any of your past speaking engagements recorded? Or do you have a contact list of references?
Sure do! I recorded many of my teachings walking through the book of James with my weekly Bible study at our church, Church Project. (One thing to note, this is my home church and a group I know really well. So my approach is a bit more casual and I have studied hard to speak the language that is best for them. During our pre-speaking call I will assess with you what is the best approach for your ladies to best hear God’s Word.) Click the links below to listen:
I do not have any videos of my teaching a group of women at this time, however, I do have some videos of me talking on camera when Lifeway came to my house to film videos for the release of my book. (Note that all of these were unrehearsed and unscripted, and I will definitely prepare when I come to your event! However, this will still give you an idea of what I’m like in person.)
In addition, here is a video I recorded live recently on the 700 Club:
Also, I am happy to connect you with the ministry leaders that I have recently worked with for you to get a reference both about my speaking and how I am to work with. Contact me today if you'd like this list.
WHAT ARE YOUR SPEAKING FEES?
This is always the hardest question for ministries to ask but I know it matters, so I always like to answer it first. (Grin.) I know, after working at several churches and being a part of several ministries, that every budget is different. Let me know what your speaker budget is and we will work from there together. I do require that any travel outside of the Houston area is covered in addition to the speaker honorarium.
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I am willing to travel anywhere in the United States. I will drive up to three hours from Houston, Texas, further than that and flights will need to be provided. In addition, as I said in the fees section, all travel must be covered.
WHAT ARE YOUR BELIEFS? WHAT DENOMINATION DO YOU ALIGN WITH?
I believe in Jesus and aim to follow Him. I know there are one million variations of that answer these days. The most specific way I can answer is below in my Statement of Beliefs section. I wouldn't say I align with a certain denomination. I was raised Methodist, after I became a Christian I was a part of a Baptist church, and since been in Non-Denominational churches. I consider myself a spiritual mut. One thing I've learned is that we are all a part of the church, all following Jesus together. Our expressions of that pursuit differ from time to time, but the core of who we are is the same. During our pre-speaking call I will find out if there are any things I need to be sensitive to or aware of about your specific denomination. For the most part, all of what I teach is denomination-neutral.
IF YOU AREN'T available, DO YOU RECOMMEND OTHER SPEAKERS?
Of course! In fact, I LOVE getting to share my friends and favorite speakers with you! If I'm not available I'd still love to help you find the best speaker for your ladies. There are so many wildly gifted women and I know several personally and am happy to pass along their information to you.
If you have any questions about specific stances I have on theology or anything else, you are welcome to contact me anytime.