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Special Speaker

Amanda is a gifted preacher and teacher and would love the opportunity to talk with you about speaking at one of your events.  She is available to speak at one of your special events whether it is a ladies’ event or all church event.  She is also available to fill in for Pastors when they are out of town.

Women’s Events

Whether it is a Women’s Retreat, MOPS meeting or a Ladies’ Luncheon, a day, evening, or weekend event, Amanda welcomes the opportunity to come share Scriptural truth with practical applications to everyday living. While Amanda enjoys discerning the Holy Spirit’s guidance in arriving at a message for your event, she is equally comfortable developing a message around a specific topic or theme.

Churches

Are you a pastor in need of someone to preach while you are away? Are you looking for someone to come inspire and motivate your leadership teams from an insider/outsider perspective with a relevant message? Maybe you’re simply looking for a special speaker for one of your worship services or events.  Amanda has the ability to connect with all age groups with a prophetic voice.

 


Speaking Topics

The 5 Core Practices of Faith-filled Living

While working on staff at a church, Amanda was introduced to these core elements as part of that church’s worship values.  However, with the blessings of the pastors there, she developed these “values” to translate into the bigger picture of life as humans created in the image of the almighty God.  The greatest goal in the life of the believer is to love God with everything in us and to love our neighbor as ourselves, in light of this all-surpassing love that flows out of our relationship with God (see Matthew 22:37-40).  These 5 Core Practices serve to help us grow in love with God and others.  Not only do they provide a context by which we can evaluate ourselves in areas of strength and weakness, but they also are the tools which aid us in living a more balanced and faith-filled life.

These 5 Core Practices are best taught as a series of messages, giving time to delve into each one; however, they can be condensed into one long message.  If time doesn’t allow for a series of messages, Amanda can also come and share with your group just one or two of the Core Practices if you’d like.

Core 1: Worship

What if we take worship out of the normal setting in which we’ve traditionally put it?  What if worship was the summation of a life lived oriented to Christ?

Worship is general and specific.  Worship can be about reading your Bible, but it can also be about baking cookies.  Worship can happen in Church, but it can also happen in the garden.  But, it might not happen in either of those places.  Learn what it means to worship God widely and deeply.

Core 2: First Fruits

Worship tells us that this thing we call life is really all about God.  Therefore, everything we have been given belongs to God; we are simply stewards.

Time.  Relationships.  Money.  Talents.  The environment.  Our bodies.  Everything!

The principle of first fruits in Scripture is the idea that we give to God our first and our best, out of gratitude and honor, for his glory and delight.  As a broad application to believers First Fruits = Excellence + Stewardship.  Learn what God has to say about our stuff, and be challenged to see that the principles of first fruits and tithing extend way beyond money; they get to the heart issue of ownership and representation.

Core 3: Hospitality

Within the Sunday-go-to-church setting, hospitality is about opening the front doors, smiles, greetings, passing out bulletins, and making sure everyone gets to where they want to be going.  A strong hospitality ministry can be make or break when aiming for church growth.

When considering hospitality in the home, we are prone to think of dish-free sinks, spotless mirrors, freshly vaccumed carpets, and uncluttered sitting rooms.  Neat and tidy, shelves organized, pillows fluffed.  Put the coffee pot on and stoke up the grill–company’s comin’–let’s make a great impression.  Hospitality can easily become more about making ourselves look good than making the company feel good.

Hospitality, then, as a follower of God is really about our hearts in relationship to others. We are called to love all, in the same way we love ourselves; but, what if we don’t love ourselves?  Learn what God says about his love for us.  Learn about what God says we are to do with the love he’s given to us.  And be challenged to approach others in light of a heart of love.  It’s really important.

Core 4: Community

Here’s where Amanda challenges us to consider church life without the institutional church.  Community is really about growing in relationship with others, intentionally, not by accident, not because the program was designed with that outcome in mind.  Community is all about authentic relationships oriented toward God, whatever activities you may or may not have in common.

Who do you consider to be part of your tribe?  In your tribe, who encourages you toward greater victory and holiness because they’ve already been where you’re at?  Who is currently walking where you’re walking?  And who among you is following your lead as you follow Christ?  Intentional relationships aimed toward discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20) is the core element when it comes to the Practice of Community.

Learn about the core priniciples and practices Christ used when forming and engaging his unique community.  Learn about some of the things the Bible tells us about God-centered living with and among others and how they might translate into our human context.  And how might God be calling his people today to live in such a way with one another that His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven?

Core 5: Service

How has God uniquely gifted you?  How might you unleash your potential for a greater Kingdom dynamic?

We have all been given the call to serve others in the same way that Christ served us.  Each and every one of us has been uniquely gifted by God for his glory and the benefit of others.  And when we use the gifts he’s given us, we are exceptionally positioned to flow in God’s anointing and experience profound joy.

Beyond using our gifts in service to the Lord, God is most concerned with our heartss attitude as servants.  When we learn about the Core Practice of Service, we are better able to identify areas where service is self-seeking rather than Other-/others-seeking.  We can also begin to gain an understanding why serving is such an important practice in growing in unity with God, and how the needs of others, coupled with our divine giftedness, brings everything full-circle as a sacrifice of worship, acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.

 Fostering a Sabbath Spirit

In the Jewish tradition (from which Christianity springs) Sabbath observance was ritualized and very symbolic, and the Jewish people oriented their days in accordance with Sabbath day (Shabbat).  For as the Ten Commandments state: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).  Our ancestors did this by adhering to strict no-work policies, special prayers and worship rituals, the lighting of candles, and even cleanliness observances.

In our 21st Century lives, Sabbath looks very different than what we see expressed in the lives of those who were closest to Sabbath’s inception, and I wonder if we aren’t missing out.

Journey with Amanda as she breaks down the Sabbath of biblical times and compares it to our Sabbath of today.  What might we gain by recommitting ourselves to the ancient ways?  Here are some ideas we can expect to explore as we seek to foster a Sabbath spirit:

  • The importance of instituting a Sabbath day rest
  • The art of celebration as a key element in Sabbath observance
  • The role of women in Sabbath blessing
  • What if  . . . the 7th year Sabbath
  • Slowing down in order to be present
  • Sabbath as a lifestyle

 

You Are Not Your Sin

In this talk, Amanda shares her testimony of being a Christian sinner, and how God in his grace, didn’t let her ruin everything.  In her most defeated moment, God reminded her of where her true identity is found and gave her a choice.  While the details of Amanda’s story are likely to vary from yours, the Truth rings true for all of us.  God has a destiny for each one of us that can only be found in him, but we have a choice.

Using the story of the woman at the well in John 4, Amanda speaks of truth, healing, and grace that are available to each an every one of us, no matter our stories.  God is bigger than any sin we could ever commit, and will turn it all for good, if only we will trust him.

 

The Unaffiliated Church: On the Verge of a New Reformation

It is no secret to church leaders far and wide that church membership has been in decline for some time.  What may come as a surprise to some, however, is that this trend is quite likely to continue.  With more and more people opting out of church membership and opting for looser affiliation with the institutional church, if at all, what does this mean for religious life in America?

In this talk, geared mostly to church leaders and Christian ministers (those terms used quite broadly), you can expect to explore the following ideas:

  • Seeing others through a new paradigm rather than the  In vs. Out, Us vs. Them, Saved vs. Unsaved/Backslidden which is so prevalent in the church today
  • A distancing from the church (institution) might actually be a healthy sign of spiritual growth–but not always!–and how to know the difference
  • Imagining church life without the institution and preparing the people of God for that possibility (whether or not it happens, the church is better for it)
  • The absolute basics of Christian life and service and where the institutional church does and does not fit
  • Particular dynamics of Christian growth and where the institutional church is uniquely designed to aid in that process
  • Ministry to, in, and among the unaffiliated
  • A short history of major reformations within the Church, and, if history repeats itself, what we could expect in the future

*Time for group discussions, reflection, and processing of information is highly encouraged as part of this time together or in follow-up to the information shared.

 

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