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2013 Women’s Ministry Training

30 Dec

The Global, Online Women’s Ministry Expo is Friday, January 11th at  It’s live, it’s free, it’s for YOU!

Register today at!

Womens Ministry


How to Start a Prayer Ministry

11 Sep

Special guest, Tammy Whitehurst, joins us to train on how to start a prayer ministry including:

1. Understanding the value of persistence and listening in prayer.
2. Tapping into the joy of prayer.
3. Putting prayer into action.
4. Building a prayer ministry.
5. Keeping a prayer journal.
6. Planning prayer retreats and conferences.

Join us live, Thursday, September 13 at

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Setting Up a Spiritual Spa

22 Aug

Live, online training with Barbara Walls

Thursday, August 23
3-4 PM Central Time
Setting Up a Spiritual Spa

Download Your Training Notes Here

The radio box below goes live shortly after showtime or listen live at BTR or by calling 646-727-2510.

During this program you will receive:

1. A sample day’s agenda.
2. Instructions about how to actually pamper the guests and why that is such a high priority.
3. How to take it deeper so it’s not just another fun day out.
4. What women say motivates them to attend such an event.
5. Marnie’s definition of B.U.S.Y. & Barbara’s definition of R.E.S.T.
6. What qualifications one needs to be a Spa TECH.
7. The best event of 2012.
8. How a church would go about starting a Spiritual Spa ministry and more.

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Event Planners: Don’t ReInvent the Wheel

6 Aug

why reinvent the wheelBusy leaders know the value of creating efficient systems to accomplish repetitive tasks. In my 20+ years of Women’s Ministry leadership, I put together an ebook including my favorite 17 templates — and these forms have served as time-saving “wheels” for thousands of others.

These ready-to-use forms and lists are divided into three easy categories:

1. Tools You Need When Working with People To Whom You Will Pay Money (speakers, retreat centers, etc.)
2. Tools You Need When Working with People Who Will Pay You Money (event attendees)
3. Tools You Need When Working With Volunteers & Contributors (planning committees, contributors, local businesses)

The ebook includes: Brainstorming Worksheet, Multiple Ready-To-Copy Sign-Up Sheets, an Interactive Budget Worksheet, a Speaker Worksheet, Conference/Retreat Center Worksheet, numerous sample Retreat Registration Forms, Business Donation Request Templates, and much more! Request your copy today!

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L.I.F.T. – Linked In, Facebook & Twitter

3 Aug

Do you want to host a fun social networking event for your group in 2013? I’m currently booking LIFT events.

LIFT: Linked In Facebook & Twitter

Social Networking Training EventAn evening event might look like this:
7:00-7:45 – How to Succeed Using LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter
7:45-8:30 – Refreshments & Mini-Concert by Marnie
8:30-9:00 – Speed Networking: Meet New Friends

A Saturday morning might run like this:
10:00-10:40 – Welcome & Brunch
10:40-11:00 – Mini Concert & Inspirational Message from Marnie
11:00-11:30 – Speed Networking
11:30-12:00 – How to Succeed Using LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter

Why Invite Marnie?
As the online mentor to over 12,000 leaders from 30 countries, I share my B.U.S.Y. – Best Unique Strategies for You in the 12 life zones one of which is “Connections.” I invest 15 strategic minutes per day into my social networking and enjoy immense satisfaction and joy from this involvement. I train best practices and love meeting “friends” and “followers” in person at events like this.

View Schedule.
Contact us online or by phone (877-77-HOW-TO / 877-774-6986).

Note: Want to see a similar event live? Join me in Minneapolis on Friday, September 21 for “Event Planner’s Bootcamp.”

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Event Planning Strategy I: 2012

17 Jan

Once again, as an event planner, I can tell you a few things! Last year alone I planned over 100 events in 10 cities just for one client.

My keys are: 1)  simplify, 2) streamline and 3) organize to the best of your ability.

Right now I want to assume that you’ve taken the Women’s Ministry & Event Planner Training at, and that you’ve planned and organized, and are ready for your amazing event… but that, nearing the end, when you are under stress, you need a bit of assistance.

First a note to beginners: It is as likely you will experience stress nearing the launch of any major event as it is that a woman expecting a baby will experience stress during labor and transition. It’s part of the process.

The goal is to avoid “unnecessary” stress and to deal with necessary stress in a balanced and healthy way.

Event Planning 2012

Event Planning 2012

The following 5 Anytime-Anywhere Tips To Give Stress A Break, are from another co-presenter of mine at, Shea Vaughn of

Shea says:

  1. Breathe … whenever you feel stress mounting, breathe deeply and exhale slowly several times to exercise your air passages and help improve physical and mental energy.  It promotes relaxation, reduces agitation, dispels muscular tension and directs your energy to a more positive place.
  2. Choose your music: Brainwaves resonate in sync with a strong beat to increase concentration and alertness – perfect if you have a day of multi-tasking. On the flipside, a slower beat promotes a calm, meditative state and can slow your breath and heart rate.
  3. Try a full-body laugh: We are made to connect with each other through laughter. Lift yourself up with a chuckle – improve your mood and interact more meaningfully with others. It’s also a light form of exercise; clears breathing passages and fills the lungs and body with oxygen.
  4. Exercise: Dress for the weather and go for a walk outside. Get some fresh air, take in the sights and be in the world around you. Go with a friend and have a chat or by yourself letting your thoughts wander and just be in the moment.
  5. Have some fun: Everyone has one activity they love to do. These are the experiences that help bring meaning and cherished memories to your life. Make a commitment to yourself, plan and make sure you do that one thing.

Thank you Shea Vaughn of  Shea will be speaking at on Thursday, January 19th. Register FREE now!

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Women’s Ministry Strategy I: 2012

16 Jan

I was a volunteer Women’s Ministry leader for over 20 years at my home church and during that time I wrote the FREE eBook, “Women’s Ministry Guide” as well as several other books and eBooks for WM leaders.

My main, #1 tip for Women’s Ministry Leaders is to NOT re-invent the wheel! If you’re just starting, you’ll want to tap into the training modules available to you at

–          Women’s Ministry Guide (Free)

–          Audio Training Modules (on sale for $49.99)

–          Mentorship Program ($25/month includes everything!)

In the audio training zone you’ll get …. The Right Tools for Ministry: my eBook with 17 of my Favorite Template, Spiritual Gifts & Leadership Training including a free spiritual gifts test, How to Building High Performance Teams & The Art of Leadership Reproduction, How to Work Your Meetings So Your Meetings Work, How to Understand Your Women, Soar Above Criticism & Avoid Burnout, plus much more!

Women's Ministry 2012

Women's Ministry 2012

Remember: Same behaviors? Same outcomes. Decide NOW to do things differently in 2012!

Pam Farrel, of, is one of our zone trainers and she gives this advice for attracting new women to your Women’s Ministry, quote, “Answer the questions before they ask them.” Examples of details you should include in your  promotions are:

o How much? (what’s it gonna cost me in time and money)

o What’s offered? (do I have options or is it a one-size-fits-all program?)

o Is it for me? (who is your ideal attendee?)

o What is your mission? (motto, vision statement, goals and intentions)

If you stumbled over even one of these questions, I encourage you to invest in more training so you and your team can make great progress in 2012.

Remember, if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll have remarkably similar results to what you’ve already experienced. Invest in your group! Get training, get focused and get going toward your God-given goals in 2012!

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Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Booking & Hosting Your Guest Speaker

30 Dec

When you know your event parameters, you are ready to invite your speaker(s). Ideally, you should have 6 weeks to 18 months to pull your event together, but it can be done in as little as a few weeks. Scheduling considerations include:

• Existing events on the church schedule
• Facility availability
• Guest speaker availability
• Fundraising requirements
• Conflicting city-wide events of interest to attendees (visit your Chamber of Commerce website)

Once you have a ball-park date range for your event, book your guest speaker(s).

If your event depends on the availability of a particular speaker, start by contacting the speaker for a list of available dates. From your options, select the date(s) that best fit your parameters.

To secure a speaker:

  • Personalize a phone or email invitation.
  • Pitch it.
  • Wait for a response.

Now is the time to start a Speaker Tracking Chart. This way, over the months and years, you will have a good record of who you’ve invited that might be a good option for another event. When you hear back from any speaker or booking agent, add the speaker to this list. This is your “working” list. It is an at-a-glance management tool that insures each step of the process occurs in the right order and only once.

Once you have confirmed the details, prepare to care for your guest speaker(s). Either recruit an speaker shepherd (sample instructions) or see to the speaker’s needs yourself, but be sure it gets done.

One appreciative speaker, who had been spoiled all day by a speaker shepherd I’d recruited, recently confided that it was unusual for anyone to think of her needs at all, let alone for her to have one person dedicated to that task.

Ideally, have the speaker’s remuneration ready to give her before she leaves, but either way, within 2 weeks of your event, follow-up by sending the speaker a thank you note along with any outstanding remuneration, copies of evaluations, comments overheard about the speaker’s presentations and so on.

One of the hardest times for speakers and event planners are immediately following an event. Reach out to each other at this time of decompression and watch God turn a typically low time into a season of celebration.

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Selecting Your Ideal Guest Speaker

29 Dec

Before you invite a speaker, there are a few critical things you should ask about:

1. What is her statement of faith? Does it match yours?
2. What are her motivational gifts? For example, a speaker with a powerful altar ministry may be one group’s “best speaker ever” and another group’s nightmare.
3. What is her presentation style? Is she loud and dynamic, soft spoken, humorous or deep? All of these have a place, but not necessarily at your event.

Before you can clearly identify what “she” needs to be, you’ll have to define what you need:

  • Is your event mostly for fun and fellowship? You’ll need an enthusiastic speaker with a sense of humor.
  • Is it a spiritual renewal weekend? You’ll need theologically sound teaching balanced with personal stories, humor, and a listening pray-er.
  • Are you hosting a Ladies Night Out? Find a speaker who can match an encouraging Scriptural challenge to the interesting hobby/craft everyone will learn that night. Or, invite a speaker who can do both: teach a useful skill and provide spiritual wealth.

Once you have clearly defined your event’s parameters you will be able to select the right speaker to make it happen.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to book and host your speaker, but for now, spend time establishing your event goals. My eBook, Retreats Made Easy is a 2-hour project guide resulting in a retreat plan, committee outline, operational budget and speaker parameters. It’s $18.95 alone or part of the mentorship program at

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Creative Ways to Raise Speaker Fees, Honorariums & Travel Expenses

28 Dec

You may be asking, “How much does the average speaker get paid?” Sorry, but there is no such number.

  1. Businesses budget for speakers. They pay speakers a set fee. They have fees for presentations, full-day in-house trainings, monthly meetings, quarterly events and annual conventions. These can vary within the same business by thousands of dollars.
  2. Organizations and clubs have rules, speaker guidelines and some pay, some don’t.
  3. Churches and Women’s Ministry groups pay anywhere from zero to thousands of dollars, depending on the group and guest.
  4. A one-time, 15 minute talk is radically different than a weekend retreat where the guest speaks four times.

Most speakers have an idea of what they need and most groups have an idea of what they are used to paying. Somewhere in the middle, the two meet.

From yesterday, remember the motto I hope you’ll adopt:

“We generously support our guest speakers financially
to the exact degree God enables us.”

Let’s say that the guest speaker you decide you want to bring in actually needs more than your budget allows.  Here are some of the creative fundraisers I’ve heard about at

  • Add $1-10 per ticket to cover the speaker’s expenses. One group budgets 50% of the total intake for the speaker (so they can fly someone in and pay her).
  • Take a love offering.
  • Host a fundraiser before or even during the event: a rummage sale, silent auction, craft sale, etc.
  • Ask for donations from local businesses in exchange for a mention in the program or a coupon in the gift bags.
  • Ask for sponsors who pay a certain amount and then enjoy a private dinner or backstage chat with the speaker before the event begins.
  • Host a concession stand serving bottled water, fresh fruit and granola bars.
  • Pre-sell and host a table at the event where she can sell her books, CDs, etc. as the income from these helps offset her expenses.

These are some of the ideas I’ve heard of from planners and speakers at If you’ve done or heard of any others, add them in a comment below for the benefit of all!

Tomorrow we’ll discuss booking and hosting tips.

God bless & see you then!

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