A personal note from Karen on the subject of Speaking Fees:
One of the first questions everyone asks is "How much does it cost to have you come speak?" There is a simple answer and I can tell you a set fee, if you like, but what I encourage Women's Ministry Leaders and conference coordinators to do is call me, email me or send a carrier pigeon with a message...after you pray.
Yes, I have a fee range but I have also spoken at conferences and retreats for free, for an offering and for reduced fees. I go where God leads me and He has never disappointed me. I encourage you not to let a tight or constrained budget dictate how you reach the women in your church and community. Rely on God and He will show you how to plan, get sponsors or raise funds, if need be. Please trust that if He led you to my website or to me through someone else, then He has put you on my heart already and will work things out for the women you desire to reach and for my good...all for His glory. Do not hesitate to share with me and I will be open, honest and trust Him as we communicate.
I do request that my travel and lodging be paid for where applicable. I also work hard to make those items affordable and reasonable. The earlier you book or schedule me for your event, the easier it is for me to arrange for discounted hotel and airfare. If your church is within driving distance from my home state of Kentucky, then I prefer to drive there and back. (I will continue to do so until the cost of fuel makes that unreasonable.)
If you found me at the last minute, don't hesitate to call or ask. I've spoken at events with as few as 20 women in attendance and with crowds larger than 1,000. There are times that I can squeeze you in to the calendar at the last minute and other times I cannot but you never know until you ask.
Please remember that Spring and Fall are typically the busiest times of year for conferences so book as far in advance as possible but again, don't hesitate to call and ask, even if you have a short time to plan and little notice. I will go where God leads me. God Bless you for planning an event that will reach, teach and inspire women for God. ~ Karen
Women's Conferences and Retreats:
Sit Before You Stand
The world is telling us to jump, act now, stand up for what we believe. But do we know what we believe? Are we standing on God's Word and what He leads us to as individuals or are we standing where we think we need to because that's what we see everyone else doing? As Christians we tend to get a fire burning in us and we want to act on it now...not ten minutes from now or 3 days from now. Sometimes we forget to consult God. Sometimes we forget to do the spiritual work to prepare ourselves to do the physical work of walking that path He has set out before us. Learn how to sit in God's presence before you stand up for what He's leading you to stand up for; before you stand in the gap for someone else or get up to run the race He has set before you! Being in His presence allows you to be in the palm of His hand as you prepare to stand...then walk and then run the race!
Shhhh, be still. Take a glass of tea, sit on the deck with your legs up and pretend you're in front of a beach listening to the waves swoosh back and forth...That's the idea many of us have about being still. The world has implanted in us that being still is a physical act of calming down and stopping the craziness for awhile. And while it can be that, what God's Word says about it is SO much more than that. Join Karen in discovering just what God and His Word want from us and what truly learning to BE STILL can do for your life, your purpose and your ministry!
Running On E' -
Do you ever feel like you’re just “Running On E" ?
When your car runs out of fuel, do you put water in it to make it run again? (We wish, don't we?) When your body is weak and tired from lack of food, do you truly benefit best from eating a bag of chips and a candy bar? (Again, we wish...) Or is it best to refuel your vehicle with gasoline so it will actually run as it's supposed to? Rather than reaching for a bag of chips wouldn't our bodies and our minds be much better fueled by protein and veggies ?
Day in and day out we work to overcome the pains of high gasoline and oil prices - but we do it nonetheless. At the same time, an ever increasingly high percentage of Americans state they are currently on diets or working to control their eating habits in order to better their health and their looks. The efforts to refuel our vehicles and our bodies in a way that makes them at their peak performance seems never ending.
But how much time and effort do we put into properly refueling our spirits? Our churches? Our ministries? Can we keep going and going fueled merely by the junk the world has to offer? What are you being refueled by? TV, movies, sex, gossip, the cyber world, food, vanity, alcohol, shopping? Most of us, especially women today, are Running On Empty. ..using anything and everything we can to try to fill us up, except for the only fuel that will truly do the job - Jesus Christ and hope through His Word!
As part of a “Running On E’ Conference, Karen speaks on the following topics, over three complete sessions:
1. Desperate Prayer Lives ~ A moving, inspirational and humorous look at taking time out for prayer and the importance of doing so! (includes her dynamic personal testimony.)
2. Running On E’ ~ A Biblically based, bold and important topic that ALL women can relate to on confronting, calling out and eliminating the bad fuels in our lives and learning how to refuel and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul with Godly fuel!
3. PMS ~ Praising My Savior - A fresh, funny, zany yet meaningful look at nurturing a change in your life through learning to Praise God no matter your stress, cramps, bloating and other girlie circumstances!
Filled with fresh girlie humor, raging hormones and Biblical insights that women of ALL ages can relate to, Running on E' is filled with timeless, up to date topics for any conference or retreat.
All of the above sessions may also be scheduled as stand alone conferences or keynote addresses.
Inspiring and encouraging women through humor, transparency and hope through Jesus Christ.