In partnership with my writing ministry, Read the Hard Parts, I speak from God’s Word finding simple truth in the complex parts of Scripture. I also speak about church life drawing on my experiences and observations from my 16 years as a pastor’s wife.
Here are a couple of possible speaking topics, although I am also open to developing a new talk that will fit the needs of your group.
My favorite topic is Loving My Church Life: Rediscovering Joy and Contentment in the Body of Christ. Women love their church when they start to attend. After a time the honeymoon wears off because of a personal conflict, an unmet expectation, not fitting in, or being too busy in the church or out of the church. How can a woman regain this love for their church that they had at first? This retreat topic encourages women with Scripture, real-life examples, and practical how-to’s so women can rediscover joy and contentment in their church life.
Another topic is Choose Wisdom: Making Everyday Decisions in Light of God’s Eternal Truth. This is an overview of the book of Proverbs. Too often when women read the book of Proverbs, they get stuck in chapter 31 and view it as a massive to-do list that is impossible to accomplish. Is that really what Proverbs is all about for Christian women? This topic uncovers how God really wants women to read the book of Proverbs and how the Proverbs work for our everyday lives.
I also have a more workshop-type of topic where women can learn how to read and understand the Bible for themselves. This is called Digging Deeper: How to Read and Understand the Hard Parts of Scripture.
I am also willing to create new retreat topics to suit your needs.
Please contact me for pricing. If you are a smaller church and you are thinking you cannot afford a speaker, please reach out. I am willing to work with you.
One thing I hear from retreat organizers is that they want the speaker to not just speak, but to get to know the ladies who attend.
I am not the kind of retreat speaker who squirrels herself away in her room!
I think that talking together and spending time together on the retreat is so valuable. I will take initiative to get to know the ladies who attend and to spend time with them.
In addition to writing and speaking, I keep busy with my four school-aged children. I love reading and crafting and have been known to run a few mud races, too. On a Sunday afternoon, after a wonderful morning at church, you will probably find me at home with my husband playing a board game or two like Carcassonne or Settlers of Catan.
Rachel has a degree in Bible and a degree in Early Childhood Education from Cairn University which means that she knows God’s Word and can explain it simply.