Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Heart to Give

It’s hard to be in ministry all by yourself.

I remember the feelings well. I was new to the calling to speak, and I was constantly swimming in questions. “How do I improve my messages?” “Where would I get sample CD produced?” “What’s the most appropriate and effective way to let event coordinators know about my availability?”

She Speaks, Proverbs 31 Ministries’ summer conference for speakers and writers, was where I first began to get my questions answered. The conference was like a life preserver thrown to a woman struggling in the surf. I remember being completely overwhelmed by the P31 staff’s heart to give all their experience and knowledge away. When I came home, I explained it to my husband this way. “It was just like Apple giving a conference with all their trade secrets and inviting IBM staff,” I exclaimed in wonder. “In the secular realm, all those speakers and writers would be competitors, but Proverbs 31 Ministries really understands Kingdom building!”

My friend Amy Lively, founder of The Neighborhood Café, recently wrote this about her experiences at She Speaks:

“Because of the training I received at She Speaks, I’ve been able to walk through the doors God has opened with confidence. I’ve done the speaking gig, the writing gig, the peer groups and publisher appointments. It’s all golden! Several of my closest friends are from She Speaks. The networking is priceless, but it’s organic and natural and gracious. Many of the features on my website were learned at She Speaks. Speaking skills that were modeled and instructed enabled me to share this story on FamilyLife Today.

I’ve been to She Speaks seven times now. You could say I’m a slow learner. Or you could say I’m a wise woman who knows a good thing when I see it, experience it, and witness it being lived out in my faith, relationships and ministry more and more each year. Each year I question whether or not I should go again. And each year I simply cannot imagine missing the impartation and revelation God releases through the exceptional teachers and the Proverbs 31 staff.”

Wow. I couldn’t say it better myself. (I’ll post the rest of Amy’s inspiring story of ministry growth when She Speaks registration opens. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!)

Proverbs 31 Ministries has a heart to give sacrificially to women in ministry, and our leadership has lived it out by creating all kinds of training for speakers, writers and leaders.

Has our ministry impacted yours? If so, I’d like to ask you to consider showing your heart to give. Your gift helps pass it on to the next woman in ministry. We’re all in this together, so thank you for clicking on the button below for more information and prayerfully considering an end-of-year gift.

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ps. Congratulations to Mary T for being the winner of Encouragement for Today! I loved reading all of the comments left about thankfulness.


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  1. Amy, it is so funny that your post today was about SheSpeaks. I’ve been pulling out my notebook from the conference and harvesting ideas and tips over the past month or so. I had the conference notebook out last night, as a matter of fact.

    And this morning, I was thinking about how much I want to go to SheSpeaks again. I’m setting it as a goal to return. The wisdom and knowledge that was poured into me at that conference was absolutely priceless. I have returned to my notes and the recordings again and again. I cannot imagine what these past few months in ministry would have been like had I not been in Charlotte in July at SheSpeaks. Plus, I was able to meet you in person!! That was a huge bonus! 🙂

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