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.
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.
Choose Wisdom: Finding Freedom in the Book of Proverbs
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 designed Proverbs to give us freedom in the fear of the Lord.
Digging Deeper: How to Read and Understand the Hard Parts of Scripture
This topic can be a hands on workshop or a traditional speaking session style. This topic goes over why we need the hard parts of Scripture and outlines a simple Bible study method so that women are equipped to read and understand Scripture on their own. I can also teach this topic for children or teens.
Take It to Hearts: Finding Simple Truth in the Complex Book of Revelation
Did you know that Revelation wasn’t just written to let us know the future? It was also written for us to apply to our hearts today. Take It to Heart can be a 12 week course, a 3-4 session retreat, or a one session overview of the book of Revelation and how we can apply it to our lives today.
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 think 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.
Speaking Topics for Writer’s Groups
Find Your Readers on Social Media
You have just poured your heart and soul into an article, blog post, or book and you are ready to let the world read it. How do you find your readers? On social media! Through this workshop you will find out the basics about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Medium. Find out how social media can be exciting for an author. You don’t need to dread or be daunted by it. Come with questions; leave with sheets of simple tips and strategies for each platform.
How to Get Started as Devotional Writer
Learn how to write short-form devotionals for various publications including how to study the Bible when you have a writing assignment and where to submit your devotions.