Do you know what I do? That’s the question I have been pondering the last couple weeks.
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At my ministry board meeting last month, we were discussing the upcoming year and how I can serve and connect with you better. We realized that I have met so many people in so many ways over so many years, I would imagine almost everyone reading this has an idea of something I do.
And yet, very few of you know everything I do.
After all, I have met some of you at a conference where I was speaking. Others at a church event. Some of you clicked a link a friend posted for one of my free eBooks (like The Christian Parent’s Toolbox).
Some of you did a search after grabbing one of my books on Amazon. Still others simply stumbled across this blog after typing “weird guys from Seattle who love the Bible, have awesome kids and a cool wife” into Google.
However you got here, I am thrilled and honored you are here.
Today, I want to give you a bit of a broad look at seven types of live events I do. If one of them sounds like fun, shoot me an email and let’s talk!
1. Sunday Mornings
Believe it or not, this used to be 90% of what I did! For nearly 20 years, I have kicked off (or wrapped up) sermon series. Preaching a 3-month series on Ephesians? I’ll present the book of Ephesians and give an overview for Week #1. (I’m doing exactly that for a church next weekend in Modesto, CA.)
For a list of the 14 different word-for-word Bible presentations I do, as well as some video clips, check out my Speaking Page.
[endorsement cite=”Richard Stearns” byline=”President of World Vision”]Keith’s exposition of God’s Word brings a message for everyone – from age 6 to 86. He not only makes the Scriptures come alive – he also makes a compelling call to greater discipleship, helping all of us become more like Christ.”[/endorsement]
2. An Equipping “Like Ice Cream” Workshop for Parents
I love speaking to parents. As a parent of three school-aged children, I know how overwhelming it can be. Add helping my kids love God and His Word to the list of school work, sports, band, friends, and simply keeping them clean and fed…whew!
And yet – the discipleship of our kids is a parent’s most important calling. And guess what? It’s doable. For you. Yes…you.
Al you need to do is have the children’s ministry and youth ministry throw an “ice cream social” for parents. (Nice and easy built-in theme, since the content is based on my book – Like Ice Cream: The Scoop On Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word.) I’ll take care of the rest.
[endorsement cite=”Gary Thomas” byline=”Author and Speaker”]Like Ice Cream is a marvelous book. If we can pass on a love for God’s Word to our children, we are giving them a gift that will last a lifetime. Keith offers the most practical, effective approach I have ever seen to accomplish just that.”[/endorsement]
3. All-Church “Enjoy the Bible” Workshop
Most of us feel like we “should” read the Bible more and “should” know it better. What if the “should” could turn to “want?” (Hint: It can.)
This event can be one hour or three. Anyone from middle school on up will have a good time. And they’ll come away with a new mindset – and practical process – for reading the Bible relationally – not just informationally.
[endorsement cite=”Workshop Participant”]I have been studying the Bible for 30 years and this opened up a whole new way of digging into the Word of God.'[/endorsement]
4. Christmas Dinner Theatre
Did this one catch you off guard? Very few people know that from Thanksgiving through Christmas, I become three very strange people. Charles Fussbudget III. Shep. Bruno Bucelli. Three people who aren’t in the Bible (but could have been).
“What I Saw” is the only presentation I do that is not straight Scripture. But it is still heaps of fun. People will laugh. And they will look differently at Christmas.
Here’s the promo video I threw together…
I have been doing more and more conferences each year. And I love it! Big conferences. Small conferences. National conferences. Regional conferences. Family ministry. Men. Youth.
One of my favorite things to do is connect with people in person after I have spoken from a stage. Conferences are the perfect opportunity for the “follow up conversation.”
People frequently tell me, “You should speak at ABC Conference.” My response is always the same, “I’d love to, but I can’t just show up and grab a mic. Introduce me to the people who are planning the event.”
Do you know someone who plans a conference (or retreat)? If so, would you mind introducing me to them via email?
6. College Chapels and Retreats
College students are one of my absolute favorite audiences. They’re at the stage in life where they’re asking serious questions. Who do I want to be? What do I want to do? Whom do I want to love? Where do I want to live? Is this “faith thing” my parent raised me in something I want for myself or am I going to ditch it?
Helping college students see the awe, wonder, value, trustworthiness, and beauty of Jesus and His Word is one of my greatest joys.
[endorsement cite=”Dr. Timothy Arens” byline=”Dean of Students, Moody Bible Institute “]Keith is an excellent communicator and connects with the students very well. Keith really struck a chord with our students!”[/endorsement]
7. Fundraising Events
Do you run a ministry? Do you do an annual fundraising banquet or event? If so, let’s talk.
I consider it an honor and privilege to partner with other ministries to help them do what God has called them to do – even better!
[endorsement cite=”Tammy Leake” byline=”Executive Director of a Pregnancy Resource Center “]Keith was very responsive to our center’s needs and skillfully wove the ‘partnering in the work’ theme of Philippians into his summary and the appeal. The impact was powerful. Our supporters were richly blessed and they blessed us with unprecedented donations of time and tithes.”[/endorsement]
So…there you have it.
What type of event do you have coming up? If I can serve you, let me know. I’d be honored.