Women's Ministry


Welcome to Women’s Ministry Wednesday!

As a leader of women’s ministry, I know how important it is to choose good speakers for women’s gatherings.  This year I heard some really good speakers from several women’s conferences, and several really stood out to me.  I thought I would highlight my personal favorites for you to reference the next time you plan a women’s conference, simulcast or get-away.  Some will be familiar to you and some may be new.

Favorite Female Christian Speakers


Priscilla Shirer / Going Beyond Ministries

I have heard Priscilla speak before and have taken some of her Bible studies, too.  This year I heard her speak again at Lifeway’s Women’s Leadership Forum for women’s ministry leaders.  Because I love expository teaching of God’s Word and a good sense of humor, I greatly enjoyed her.

I highly recommend her for your conference, simulcast, or for a women’s get-away if she is speaking somewhere nearby.   A few years ago, I loaded up my ladies and we drove 2 hours to hear her speak one weekend.  It was well worth the trip!  Visit her here.


Lysa Terkeurst / Proverbs 31 Ministries

I have had the privilege of hearing Lysa speak several times, and this year I heard her speak at both a women’s conference and at the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks writers/speakers conference.  She is excellent, to say the least.   Lysa has a great gift for leaving you with profound sticky statements that stick with you long after her message comes to a close.

Lysa was the first speaker we used for our very first women’s conference, and we could not have chosen anyone better.  Her contractual obligations were so detailed and specific that it provided an excellent guideline for creating a successful conference. This conference was a large undertaking for us, so her contract and assistant were extremely helpful.  She even invited our women’s ministry team to have lunch with her, which was a real treat.  Book her here.


Lynn Cowell / Proverbs 31 Ministries

This year was the first time that I got to hear Lynn speak, and it was at the opening session of She Speaks.  One word – WOW!  Her message was point-on perfect!  Meet her here.


Kelly Minter

Kelly has also been a speaker at one of our women’s conferences.  We have done all of her studies, too. Kelly has a unique communication style that is very girlfriend-friendly and funny.  This year I heard her speak at Lifeway’s Women’s Leadership, and became excited about her all over again.  Check her out here.


LeeAnna Tankersley

LeeAnna came out of nowhere for me.  I had not heard of her until I attended Allume where she was one of the keynote speakers.  I found her to be tremendously funny; she is borderline Christian comedian.  And she says things about motherhood that most of us think, but would never say.  They say a sense of humor makes a good speaker, and that would be true of this gal.  Learn more about her here.


Christine Caine

This year was the first time I got to hear Christine Caine speak in person and I was pretty excited!  She did not disappoint, as she spoke very boldly.  I heard her at She Speaks, and believe me, she checked our motives, yes she did!  Christine is a refreshing straight-shooter of the gospel.  You probably cannot book her for your event, but she is worth checking out when speaking locally.  See her here.


Whitney Capps / Proverbs 31 Ministries

I love Whitney Capps!  I appreciate her sense of humor and the way she imparts biblical truths.  I have heard her speak twice at She Speaks, and each time I have left longing to hear her again and again!  Visit her here.


Sophie Hudson

Sophie is also new to me, I am sorry to say.  I heard her speak at the Allume bloggers conference.   What I found refreshing about her was that she was not only extremely funny, but she was also seriously committed to God’s Word and precepts.  I enjoyed her and recommend her.  Check out this BooMama here.



Since I attend conferences for bloggers, writers and speakers, I also get to hear some amazing speakers that teach and train on such topics.  Of all that I heard speak this year, these were my favorites.  By favorite, I mean they are the ones I learned the most from.  If you attend similar conferences, you will want to hear these speakers if they are on the schedule.  They are…

Rob Eager.  Subject:  Building Your Platform and Marketing Your Book (Allume)

Ruth Soukup.  Subject: Pinterest Guru and Making an Income from Blogging (She Speaks)

Nickie Koziarz. Subject: Twitter Tips (She Speaks)

Lysa Terkeurst. Speaking and Writing (She Speaks)

Sharon Glasgow. TIps for Booking Speaking Engagements (She Speaks)


Favorite Guy Speaker of the Year

Timothy Willard.  I heard him speak at Allume and thought he was great.  He is not a resident of the U.S., but watch for him on the international “stage.”


All-Time Favorites

Because this is the first year to put out such a list, I still wanted to list some of my favorite speakers from the past that are at the top of my list for my all-time favorites. Here they are:

Lisa Bevere

Lisa Harper

Liz Curtis Higgs

Beth Moore

Wasn’t this fun?  It was for me!  I hope to make this an annual feature at Churchtown Ministries.  Praying God’s best for you and your women’s ministry in the New Year!

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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.


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  1. I appreciate this post, actually I want to bookmark it, because I’d like to visit all the links you suggested and get to know the speakers I have not read from and be reacquainted with those I have. I have been able to start speaking at some conferences in the last few years and I love being able to encourage others. It is a little daunting becuase I want to be able to reach everyone in the audience but I know that ultimately it is the heart of the Father who needs to touch the hearts in the seats and when I prepare with that in mind it always brings life sustaining words.

    Thanks so much for the research material. 🙂

  2. I agree with the first two so I have a feeling that I will appreciate the other speakers…I bookmarked this so I could listen in to each one. I love listening to podcasts while I clean the house. 🙂 Thanks for writing this post Gina.

    1. Cheree, Glad you like! The only bad news is that the links are not to podcasts, but to their websites. Hope you check them out! ~gina

  3. What a wonderful list and so many great (American) speakers. I haven’t heard enough speaker this year to do one for the Brits 🙂 It is also though one of those posts that niggles at my comparison demon as I feel small and insignificant. Knowing that I may never make such a wonderful honour roll and yet Jesus touches my heart and reminds me that I am on the list that is written in the Book of Life – Now that’s an honour roll that I will be on alongside these wonderful women of God 🙂

    1. Sweet Tania, I hoped this list would be helpful to those considering speakers. I hate it made you feel any insecurity about your own calling and ministry, but it looks like God turned you around :). Thanks for stopping by from across the pond! ~gina

  4. I chose your post from the Fellowship Friday blog hop because I wondered what criteria one might have to meet to make your list. A dream of mine is to be a writer/speaker at this level. I have never been to a conference for bloggers, writers, or speakers, but am considering She Speaks after hearing about it for the first time last week.

    Imagine my surprise, or was it confirmation, when I read through your list. I’m not certain I can “afford” this conference, but now I have even more motivation to make a plan and make it happen.

    1. Hi, Carrie Ann! Thanks for choosing my link. My list was something I put together at the end of the year after hearing several speakers. I am excited that God is leading you to minister His Word. I definitely recommend you go to She Speaks and choose the speaker’s track. God is faithful to equip those He calls. Please stay in touch. ~Gina

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