You’ve felt the nudge.
God has whispered an invitation to share your story. He’s placed a passion in you to teach others the transforming power of his Word and experience his peace and presence. You long for everyone to know Jesus the way you know Jesus! But how? You’re just a mom or a dental assistant or the Bible teacher at a tiny church. Your family isn’t famous and you don’t have a “platform” or big following on social media.
All you have is Jesus.
And that, Friend, is all you need.
Five years ago, I was a wife and a mom, working as a dental assistant and teaching the Bible at our little church. Occasionally, I was asked to speak to groups of twenty moms as they bounced children on their laps. Today, I’m honored to address about 40 events annually.
All I have is Jesus. And that’s enough.
I can show you the scaffolding, the structured system, I used to strategically and systemically build my speaking ministry.
You might have to do it scared!
If the desire to speak truth and life in Jesus is burning in you, but you’re terrified of trying, or don’t know where to start, you are not alone.
When the still small voice of God first whispered the call on my life to speak, my heart leapt at the idea.
But then, the enemy sneered his lies.
You’re too old.
It’s too late. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will never happen.
You’re nobody special.
Your dad isn’t Tony Evans or Billy Graham.
You’re not married to a Christian rock star.
You haven’t been published.
Who’d ever want to listen to you?
And, I caved. I believed those lies. I used reasons as excuses not to trust God and follow his call to speak. I worked my safe job. I raised my kids. I supported my husband’s dreams … and I cried into my journal. “Lord, there has to be more than this. When is it my turn?”
Years rolled by, the kids grew up, my husband flourished … and my dream of speaking languished. I was the silent martyr, taking care of everyone else and using that role as an excuse not to follow God in faith. I let my fear overrule my obedience.
Maybe the lie the enemy tells you is that you have nothing to say or that you’re not talented enough or that it’s more important that you take care of kids and home and work in a safe job.
Replace enemy lies with God’s truth.
Can I assure you that God is big enough to do more than one thing at a time? That if he has called you, he will equip you. If he has placed this desire in your heart, he will lead you to fulfill it. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, it takes time. And Yes, you can do this thing!
Finally, in my quiet time one morning, God asked me if I’d trust him as much as I said I believed in him. He asked if I’d take the risk to follow him and follow my dream? And I said yes.
If all you have is Jesus, that’s enough. You can learn the rest.
I’m nobody special. My dad isn’t a pastor at a big church, my husband isn’t rich or famous. I don’t have a publicity agent or huge following.
Shut down the lie(s) that you can’t do this.
You’ll learn how to connect with ministry leaders in person and online. I’ll give you the templates I use to build relationships with meeting and event planners. I’ll help you to determine speaking fees and how to negotiate them. You’ll learn how to ask for referrals and land speaking jobs and more.
I promise that you can do this, too. It’s not easy, but it is simple. Join me for the pre-conference session, Mining for Ministry Opportunities and start to build your ministry so you can Speak Up with confidence!
Robyn Dykstra is a captivating national speaker, Bible teacher and bestselling author. For decades, Robyn has been encouraging and equipping of women to trust and follow Jesus. She speaks to thousands of women annually at dozens of women’s retreats, conferences and colleges across the country. Let her teach you how to find and land speaking gigs to share your heart, your story, or your teaching with those who need to hear it!