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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
OTHER FAVORITE SPEAKERS
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.”
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:
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.