FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO YOU SPEAK ABOUT?
I can work with a theme that has already been decided, help the event leaders come up with a theme, or I can seek the Lord and see where He leads. Every talk I give is customized to the event and it’s attendees. I typically speak from where God is moving in my life at the moment in correlation with the event theme or purpose. The only exception to this is during the holidays because I'm often asked to speak about making the most of the holidays since I wrote Sacred Holidays, so those messages can be similar (while I do change up the general theme from year to year).
My speaking style is adjusted based off of the size of the group, but I try to be very casual, conversational, direct, and empowering. I share vulnerably, 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 conferences and retreats) 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?
Here is my Christmas message from 2018. Each year my Christmas talk changes and I’m also flexible to customize it for an event’s specific theme. While this is a Christmas recorded message and I’ve written a holiday book and Bible studies, I often speak at women’s retreats and gatherings all throughout the year.
*Note that this is for a Christmas Women’s Gathering, which is typically lighter in content than a retreat would be. These events are typically “seeker friendly,” and because of that it is a much more casual format and more conceptual teaching of scripture study, as opposed to exegetical. For retreats and other events that are more discipleship geared, we would obviously dig in deeper to the content of the text. However, either way, this is a true sample of my personality and approach to teaching.
I recorded many of my teachings walking through the book of James with my weekly Bible study at our church, Church Project, in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. (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:
For more samples of me in person, 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 live interview record on the 700 Club for their 2018 Thanksgiving Day Show:
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 early. (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. If your speaker budget isn’t something I can work within, then I am always happy to recommend other speakers that are!
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I am willing to travel anywhere in the United States, and am open to international events. 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. 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 want to check out my church’s statement of beliefs, go to this page, I would align 100% with these statements.
If you have specific theological questions, please ask!
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, you are welcome to contact me anytime.