Speaking Topics

Marriage

Marriage on Mission

If you are tired of striving for the white-picket fence life complete a house in the suburbs, a spouse, and 2.5 kids, then you won’t want to miss this message. Elizabeth challenges her audience to stop cultivating a “good marriage” that fits neatly into everyone else’s expectations, and start pursuing a marriage on mission . . . living boldly, courageously, and obediently for Christ.

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into three sessions for a weekend retreat.

 

 Running the Marriage Marathon

Elizabeth equips married couples for the long race ahead of them, and equips them with the tools God has given them to finish the course:

  • Love
  • Respect
  • Unity
  • Teamwork
  • Submission
  • Clear expectations

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into three sessions for a weekend retreat.

 


Foster Care & Adoption

The Foster Journey

Interested in foster care? Adoption? Fostering-to adopt? Maybe you just want to know how to support foster families in your area. Gather your friends, your community, and your congregation for a personal yet, informative night with Elizabeth as she shares her personal journey as a foster and adoptive mom. Practical information includes:

  • what you need to become a foster parent
  • how to prepare your bio kids for the fostering journey
  • how to get licensed as a foster parent
  • how to prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually for the fostering journey
  • what to expect as a new foster parent
  • how fostering affects bio kids
  • how to respond to people’s reactions about foster care
  • what to do if you and your spouse are not on the same page when it comes to fostering or adoption
  • how to transition from foster care to adoption
  • and much more!!!

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into two sessions.

 


Faith

Broken Branches

Based on Elizabeth’s soon-to-be-released book (2017), Mending Broken Branches: When God Helps You Reclaim Your Dysfunctional Family Tree, Elizabeth encourages and equips women so that they can break the cycle of dysfunction in their family of origin and create a healthier, Christ-centered family of their own.

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into three sessions for a weekend retreat.

 

You Are More

If you have ever questioned your worth, value, or place in this world, then this talk—based on Elizabeth’s book, If You Could See as Jesus Seesis the tool you need to squelch your self-doubt and embrace God’s Truth about your identity and self-worth.

The three sessions are all Scripture-based and focus on the following three topics:

  • Identity
  • Rejection
  • Restoration

Any of these three sessions can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or all three can be used together for a weekend retreat.

 

As Jesus Sees

 

Through Scripture and stories, Elizabeth teaches women how to stop seeing themselves through the world’s eyes, through the Enemy’s eyes, and even through their own eyes, and how to start seeing themselves the way their Savior sees them. This talk is based on Elizabeth’s book, If You Could See as Jesus Sees, and she boldly tackles the following four topics:

  • Ugliness
  • Shame
  • Incompetence
  • Isolation

Any one of these four sessions can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or all four can be used together for a weekend retreat.

 

The Forgotten Ones

Do you feel lonely, misunderstood, ignored, or forgotten? Do you long for deep connection and love, only to fall asleep at night with an ache in your soul? Elizabeth explores the lives of three women who also felt overlooked, abandoned, and mistreated:

  • The Bleeding Woman
  • Queen Vashti
  •  Hagar

By realizing God’s redemptive role in their lives, we will see the protective, loving part He plays in our own.

Any one of these three sessions can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or all three can be used together for a weekend retreat.

 

Dare to Connect

Elizabeth talks about the importance of finding connection in our lives and creating authentic community. By walking the audience through Mark 1, then sharing her testimony and her own experience of connecting with other women, Elizabeth discusses:

  • Gospel-centered connection
  • how we can find connection within our own spheres of influence
  • how we can maintain connection amid our busy lives
  • how we can pursue authentic connection and avoid surface level relationships
  • and much more!

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into two or three sessions for a weekend retreat.

 

The Mentor Match

Based on years of lay mentoring, teaching engaged and young married couples, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Studies, Elizabeth understands the need for marriage mentors and marriage counseling. In this talk she identifies the importance of both, and points out several mentor/mentee relationships in the Bible and the wisdom we can glean from them. She also challenges audience members to mentor and be mentored.

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into two or three sessions for a weekend retreat.


Parenting

A Broader Worldview

You might not be called to live on the mission field or in the inner city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your child a broader worldview experience. In this talk Elizabeth shares some practical ideas on how to expose your children to the needs around them and gain compassion for others. Ideas such as:

  • Sponsoring a child overseas
  • Taking part in a Compassion simulation
  • Becoming foster care respite certified
  • Volunteering at a shelter on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day

Not only does Elizabeth give practical advice, but she weaves it together with Scripture, offering a Gospel-centered worldview that we can pass on to our children no matter where we live, go to school, work, or worship.

This topic is a 45-minute talk.

 

Uncensored: What Kids Wish Their Parents Knew About Divorce

As someone who experienced divorce at three different ages and stages while growing up, Elizabeth understands divorce from a child’s perspective all too well. Fortunately, God carried her through these difficult experiences and brought her into closer fellowship with him. She even wrote a Bible study for teens called, Dealing with Divorce: Finding Direction When Your Parents Split Up.

“Uncensored” is designed to give divorced parents a sneak peek into the mind and heart of their child. Without judgment or criticism, Elizabeth covers topics such as:

  • Kids’ feelings about divorce
  • Affects of divorce on kids (positive and negative)
  • Divorce do’s and don’ts
  • Navigating stepfamilies
  • Moving forward

This topic can be a standalone talk for a one-time event or broken into two sessions for a weekend retreat.

 


Writing

Identity and Your Craft

Identity and Your Craft – Writer’s must know two things: themselves and their audience. Knowing our identity in Christ and our value in Him creates quality writing. Second, if we are healthy and confident in who we are, then we are better able to serve our audience and meet their needs. Yes, writing can be a therapeutic process, but ultimately readers what to know, “What’s in it for me?” So let’s dig in to our identity and find out how we can use it to maximize our writing and engage our people.

This topic is a standalone talk for a one-time event and is suitable for college or adults.

Lessons Learned in the Trenches

God has taught Elizabeth many lessons during her years of writing three books, blogging, writing for magazines, and contributing to online publications. In this talk she shares her wisdom and list of “what to do” and “what not to do” as a writer. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a novice trying to get started, this talk will help you hone your craft.

This topic is a standalone talk for a one-time event and is suitable for children, teens, college, or adults.

 


 If you are interested in asking Elizabeth to speak on a different topic that fits a particular theme for your event, please feel free to contact her at info@elizabethoates.com. She would love to discuss it with you.