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Leaves (Topics for Healing)

The following workshops are designed for retreats, seminars and conferences where emotional and spiritual healing are the focus.  All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Adult women or in some cases, mixed groups.

Obstacles to Healing
Have you tried everything in ministering healing, but are seeing limited results? Let’s talk about several obstacles that prevent people from receiving physical or emotional healing.

(60 to 90+ minutes)

Beauty for Ashes
What does the Word of God say about healing from abuse? Isaiah 61 suggests a wonderful pattern for healing the present, the past and the future. This workshop offers an inductive, yet personal, study of this powerful chapter, with a focus on healing from childhood abuse. Pair this workshop with “Overcoming the Tumbleweed Syndrome,” for a full day conference that is both theological and practical. Target audience is survivors of all types of abuse.

(90 minutes or more)

Planting Tumbleweeds: From Aimless to Splendid
Does your life resemble a tumbleweed? Lifeless? Rootless? Tossed about by every circumstance? Do you find that your life seems ruled by emotions, logic or even physical ailments? Just when you think you are standing firm, along comes another wind and blows you off course. There is hope. If you understand the relationship of the human spirit, soul, and body, your life can take on new meaning and stability as you learn to become planted like a mighty oak. This workshop is excellent when paired with “Beauty for Ashes” in a full-day conference. It can be tailored for survivors of abuse or for a general audience interested in renewing the mind.

(60 to 90 minutes or retreat)

Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You’re on Isn’t the One You Signed up For
Are you in a spiritual, personal, or professional wilderness? Did your life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you grasping for reality? Has your ministry been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you’re asking any of these questions, listen to the stories of people who have faced the wilderne¬ss and not only survived, but thrived.

(60 to 90 minutes)

What to Do While You’re Waiting: Strategies for Fallow Ground
Just when you think you have life figured out, God places you on the shelf. Perhaps life circumstances prevent you from continuing the ministry you thought you were to do. Perhaps you need a time for healing. Whatever the reason, what’s a committed Christian to do when they are suddenly removed from the front line? This workshop explores ways to make the most of the fallow time.

(60 to 90 minutes, with time for interaction)

Becoming a Life Giver
Many people want to minister to the wounded, but do they know how? Might they do more harm than good? Unfortunately, this is often the case. This workshop presents very practical “don’ts and do’s” for ministry, including extensive case material. This workshop is based on my experience as both a survivor and a lay counselor for many wounded people. The objective of this workshop is to provide practical information for direct ministry or for managing a ministry. Target audience is pastors and church staff as well as professional and lay counselors.

(60 to 75 minutes, or longer with discussion and interaction)

Conquering Giants
Joshua faced many obstacles-giants-as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Since we face many of the same giants, we can learn powerful lessons about facing and conquering the obstacles in our lives. This talk covers principles from the first six chapters of the book of Joshua.

(60 to 90 minutes)


Roots (Topics for Spiritual Growth)

The following workshops are designed for retreats, seminars and conferences where inspiration and spiritual growth are the focus. I am always happy to work with a conference coordinator to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Adult women or in some cases, mixed groups.

The Silver Tsunami: Demographics, Theology, and What it Means to the Church

Boomers have turned 65, creating a silver tsunami never before seen in this country. It is already impacting every segment of society and your church. We will discuss the demographic impact of this generation, biblical principles, and strategies and opportunities for the Church as this crisis (danger and opportunity) roars upon us.

(60 to 90 minutes, or longer)

Getting Your Warrior Back
Have you hit a slump? A depression? Something that is so debilitating it seems you can’t go on? Or perhaps you are ministering to such a person. Let’s discuss some causes of  this issue and some surefire techniques for getting that warrior back.

(60 to 90 minutes, or longer)

Conquering Giants
Joshua faced many obstacles-giants-as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Since we face many of the same giants, we can learn powerful lessons about facing and conquering the obstacles in our lives. This talk covers principles from the first six chapters of the book of Joshua.

(60 to 90 minutes)

That the World May Know… (Unity in the Body of Christ)
How can ordinary Christians today make an impact on their world? How can our lives make a difference to those who don’t know Jesus Christ? How can we live in unity with one another, as God intended? In His high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed to His Father, “I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23) Clearly, Jesus intended that His followers live in unity, not because it’s more pleasant, but for a strategic purpose-to communicate the essential truth of the gospel to the world. How can we do this?

The New Testament is full of answers. Almost one hundred times we are told how to treat one another. There are positive com¬mands telling us what we should do and negative commands telling us what we should avoid. Taken together, these “one another” passages form the framework for unity. They teach us how to become one, so that the world may know that the Father sent the Son to offer each person eternal life. A retreat based on this study will focus on several of the one another commands, with an emphasis on unity for the sake of the gospel.

(Retreat of three or more sessions)


Branches (Topics for Small Group Leadership)

Inspiring and encouraging Christian leaders to effectively minister to the wounded and broken…
Pat has been leading small groups since 1977 and training leaders since 1984. She is the author of Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal With Challenging Group Members (Standard Publishing, 2007). Be sure to check out the Why Didn’t You Warn Me Website and Blog.

Pat has over 200 articles published in magazines and on the Internet, many of which deal with small groups. She is the author of several books, booklets, and Bible studies. Her book, Small Group Bible Studies: How to Lead Them has been translated into Korean and is training a new generation of small group leaders in Korea.

Pat is always happy to work with a conference director to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. Her workshops encourage personal application and audience participation.

Target Audience: Adult leaders and prospective leaders.

How to Talk So Others will Listen and Listen So Others Will Talk
Communication! An ever-present challenge in life, in ministry, in relationships. Let’s look at some communication skills that will help you navigate this treacherous river, and help you train those who serve with you.

(70 to 90 minutes minimum, or retreat)

What Are We Doing Here?

Can small groups really make a permanent difference in someone’s life? Listen to the stories of several people who would answer a hearty yes. This workshop is a good introduction to the ministry of small groups in a full day or weekend training session.

(70 to 90 minutes)

From Here to Maturity

What is maturity and how can we reach it? From Here to Maturity discusses the Biblical concept of Christian maturity and how this character can be best developed within a small group. The objective of this workshop is to help the participants identify and incorporate these elements in their small group and their lives.

(70 to 90 minutes)

Who Me? A Leader?
Have you been asked to lead a small group, or perhaps you are responsible for selecting small group or ministry leaders. This workshop discusses seven characteristics of a leader, with the objective of enabling you to identify those attributes that will assure effective leadership in yourself or others.

(60 to 75 minutes)

Why Didn’t You Warn Me?

Do you have challenging people in your small group? Dear people who have personal or behavioral problems that challenge your leadership skills? This talk provides step-by-step tips for handling several types of challenging members.

(60 to 120 minutes. With 90 minutes or longer, we can include a delightful interactive exercise.)

Before You Begin

This workshop discusses details to consider before your first small group meeting to assure that people feel welcome and prepared for as you start your study. The emphasis is on logistical issues. This workshop is best included in a full day or weekend of leadership training rather than as a stand-alone.

(60 to 75 minutes)

Hey! I’m a Leader!

This workshop addresses the importance of preparing for the first meeting and some fundamentals of managing the group. This very practical workshop is designed primarily for the first time small group leader. This workshop is best included in a full day or weekend of leadership training rather than as a stand-alone.

(60 to 75 minutes)

Keys to Changed Lives

Once you have structured your group using the elements for maturity, there are several other essential elements to incorporate in leading any small group. These keys will assist you in bringing each member to maturity in Jesus Christ. This workshop discusses each of these elements and provides examples to assist both the new and experienced leader.

(70 to 90 minutes)

Leading Dynamic Discussions: How to Keep Your Group on the Edge of Their Seats

Do you find that your small Group or Sunday school discussions are met with deafening silence or confused stares? We’ll discuss the types of studies, questions, and situations that lead to dynamic life-changing discussions. Target audience is small group leaders and adult Sunday School teachers.

(60 to 90 minutes)

Learning by the Book

Regardless of the type or structure of a small group, it is important that the Word of God be your foundation. The workshop discusses six factors to consider in selecting a study guide to purchase or in writing your own material. Participants will understand how to evaluate a study guide in relation to the needs of their groups.

(60 to 70 minutes)

 

 

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