Weekend conferences and seminars can consist of from three to four talks spaced throughout the weekend. Talks are usually about 40-45 minutes and preferably are followed with some small-group discussion or interaction focusing on the talk just given.
One Day seminars are usually 3 shorter presentations and are scheduled from 9:00 to 3:00 or 4:00 PM with a break for lunch.
Single talks can be modified from any of the larger groupings of talks. A list of single talks is included at the end of the seminar topics. A single talk might be used for a keynote address for a one day seminar or as the program at a mother-daughter luncheon.
Talks can be developed to meet the specific needs of a particular group.
Sonoma County, CA talks in keeping with your budgeted honorariums.
Outside of Sonoma County = $1,200 to $1,500 plus expenses for a three or four talk weekend retreat.
One day conference: (2 or 3 talks) $500 plus expenses
One-half day seminars: $300 plus expenses
Single talks: $125 plus expenses. Outside of Sonoma County = to be negotiated.
Titles of Talks
“The Four Gardens” (1) Eden – The Garden of Contentment (2) Gethsemane – The Garden of Surrender (3) GardenTomb – The Garden of Transformation (4) City Garden of Revelation — The Garden of Praise.
“Becoming a One Thing Woman” (1) David: “One thing I ask …” Psalm 27:4 = Praising (2) Paul: “One thing I do …” Phil. 3:13 = Pressing On (3) Martha: “One thing I need …” Luke 10:38-42 = Focusing (4) Blind man: “One thing I know …” John 9:25 = Telling/Proclaiming
“Putting Balance in Your Life – Spirit, Soul, & Body (1) God’s Presence … Be still and know … “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (2) The Discipline of Awareness … There is a war against our Souls “ … in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” 2 Cor. 2:11 The problem? Oft times we ARE unaware of his schemes (3) The Discipline of Kindness … Treasure your body. Treasure your life!
Have You Lost Your Mind of Love? We HAVE the Mind of Christ ! Looking at 1 Cor. 13 through the Mind of Christ (1) The Priority of Love (2) The Meaning of Love (3) The Reality of Love
“Living as a Christian Woman in a Non-Christian World”
This series of talks challenges women to ask themselves the questions (1) Where am I? (2) Do I have a Biblical self perception? (3) Can I trust God in times of anxiety? (4) How close am I to God in prayer and quiet time? (5) Have I faced up to the “inescapable question”? (6) Where do I go from here?
“Becoming a Woman of Influence”
During this weekend women discover in the talks that becoming a Woman of Influence requires: (1) A Biblical self perception; only when we think rightly about ourselves from God’s point of view can we become WoI. (2) A commitment to prayer; as we make time for prayer and pray specifically, we can influence our family & surroundings. (3) A sense of the process; sanctification is a process! We are all in process. Using the parable of the Sower we will discuss how change occurs. (4) An awareness of their personal circle of influence; Acts 1:8 says we have influence in many spheres. (5) A comfort with personal evangelism; this is just overflow from someone who is so full of Christ that she can’t keep quiet about it.
“A Woman After God’s Own Heart” (select from these choices)
David was a “man after God’s own heart.” This series of talks explains how we too can please God in similar ways. (1) Creating a heart that is Grounded — we need to be “planted by streams of living water.” (2) Creating a heart of Praise — it is by praise that we enter His courts. Here we write a personal psalm of praise. (3) Creating a heart of Prayer — prayer is our lifeline to the “God who hears.” (4) Creating a heart of Reconciliation — we are reconciled to each other and to God through the Cross. (5) Creating a heart of Contentment — without contentment we are “striving after the wind.” (6) Creating a heart of Security — in Christ Jesus we can be both safe and secure.
”Living the Joyful Christian Life”
A joyful life is born from a disciplined life. This series of talks covers: (1) The Joy of Believing — Letting go of what we “Do” and relaxing in what has already been “Done” for us. (2) The Joy of Restraint — David says, “set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth …”, Paul says, “let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths …” How do we restrain ourselves from focusing on the negative? (3) The Joy of Contentment — How can we live in the present with what “is”? (4) The Joy of Being a “One-Thing Woman” — David was! Psalm 27. Paul was! Phil. 3. Mary was! Luke 10. The Blind Man was! (One thing I know, once I was blind, now I see.)
”Forgiveness — The Key to Healing”
How do we respond to the offenses of life? It’s up to us how we let it affect our relationship with God and others. (Resourced from C.S. Lewis and Fredrick Luskin, Forgive For Good. )
“Let the Walls Come Down”
In our attempt to protect ourselves and keep ourselves safe, we build walls which are not in our best interest. (1) Inner Walls: Alienation from Self = Self Esteem vs. God Esteem. (2) Outer Walls: Alienation from Others = Offense and Forgiveness. (3) Upper Walls: Alienation from God = Sin and Reconciliation. (4) Building Bridges, Not Walls = Your Personal Circle of Influence.
“Pathways to Power in Prayer”
A weekend conference that focuses on the many facets of prayer and how to build a strong prayer life. (1) Prayers of Praise = with opportunity to actually practice different types of praise and worship. (2) Prayers of Reconciliation = including a service of reconciliation. (3) Seeking a heart of Prayer = exploring methods to consider in building a discipline of prayer.
Single talks have included but are not limited to the following titles:
(These talks can be tailored to last from 45 to 60 minutes)
The Friendships of Women – outlining the importance of female friendships and how to nurture such friendships.
Attitude is Everything! - develops the idea that perspective drives attitude; attitude impacts behavior; behavior created results. If you want to change the results in your life — change your perspective.
Dealing with Holiday Stress - tips on how to survive the holiday madness.
Depression: Is There a Way Out? – looks at some of the men and women in the Bible who were depressed and how God dealt with them. Also addresses the question, “When do grief and depression overlap?”
God’s Rx for Anxiety – looking at Phil. 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing …” Is that possible?
“Planted in the house of the lord …“ Palm Tree Christians: Surviving the Droughts of Life - looking at Psalm 1, Psalm 92 and Jeremiah 17 … how do we get out roots down deep and still bear fruit in old age?
The Four Faces of Love: Our Many Faceted Selves - “Agape, phileo, storge, and eros;” how do each of these fit into the life of a vibrant Christian? (Resourced by C.S. Lewis)
“Unplug the Christmas Machine”
Based on the popular book, Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli, this workshop help people reduce their stress and increase their enjoyment by making simple changes in the celebration. Participants will be given a chance to examine their current practices, define their values, create a fantasy Christmas, then combine all their insights into a workable plan for the coming holiday season.
To date, this innovative workshop has been sponsored by over a thousand institutions in the United States and Canada.
This day long workshop takes approximately four hours to complete. The preferred time would be 10:00 AM to 2:30 or 3:00 PM with a break for lunch. It could also be held from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
Because this workshop is interactive the number of participants is suggested to be: Minimun 12 and Maximum 35-40.
Scheduling for this seminar is preferred from mid-October to early November.