From ballrooms filled with hundreds of women, to rugged retreat camps with less than twenty, it is always a privilege to be invited to share fellowship and ministry with God’s people.
Fred and I take all invitations seriously and we are humbled to receive them. We commit all speaking invitations to prayer and also submit them our pastors/elders for their counsel and approval.
If you have any questions about my speaking events after reviewing the following information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am always open to considering a custom topic for any event—so please be sure to let me know if there is something happening in the life of your church, women’s ministry, mother’s group, or other organization that you would like me to address. However, please note that I accept only a limited number of custom events each year because of the time required for study and preparation.
My schedule more readily accommodates the following standard events—so if you’d like to have me serve at your event in the coming year or two, you may want to stick to one of these:
1Women and Peacemaking—A Journey of Grace (my foundational, introductory women’s retreat): Flexible enough to accommodate most one, two, or three-day retreats, my preference is to teach this material in four ninety-minute sessions (but I can do it in as little as three sessions and expand to fill five sessions). The topics covered include: The Gospel—Our Foundation for Peace; Biblical Peacemaking (two sessions); and Lasting Peace Through Heart Change (with an optional “Relationships that Show the World Jesus” session available). Click here to learn more about this standard women’s retreat. And if you would like to preview this retreat, I have a 5-CD audio recording that I would be happy to loan to your event team for their review. (We’re currently working on the technology to just be able to give this recording away.)
2Fear Not: Finding God’s Comfort for My Fearful Soul – Peace and rest are great concepts in the abstract—biblical, Christ-centered, even pleasant and healthy. But if we are honest, most Christian women do not experience much peace in their day-to-day lives. We often are rushed, stressed, and anxious. God’s Word says He loves us and will provide for us, but we live as though we have to take care of everything ourselves. Our bodies are tense, our hearts are restless, and deep down we are exhausted by our worries. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Jesus understands that we are weary and burdened and He calls us to find rest for our souls in Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Join us and see how common your fears are—you are not alone! Be encouraged by biblical and practical ways to experience God’s rest even in the busyness of your life. Jesus really does give you His peace (John 14:27). God truly invites you to cast all your anxieties on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and to find comfort for your soul (Psalm 94:19).
3Titus 2 in a 21st Century World: According to Susan Hunt’s (wonderful!) book, True Woman, when the virtues of piety, purity, domesticity, and submissiveness are lived out, “Titus 2 Women” are “cultivators of community.” This sounds so good in theory, but many of us struggle daily with loneliness, broken relationships, and deep feelings of isolation. We long for intimate relationships and we fear intimate relationships—often because we believe the lie that we are the “only ones” with doubts, habitual sins, conflicted relationships, and areas of unbelief. Our lives proclaim our theology in vivid color! In this four session retreat, we will consider carefully what we believe and how we live concerning God, ourselves, and the world around us—especially how are we to live as women. It’s time to get real and get honest about these important topics. (Appropriate for all ages, teenage and young women may be particularly helped and challenged by this retreat—especially if they come with the “Titus 2 Women” in their lives. If your schedule so allows, Tara can do a special “young women” session just for that strategic age group.)
Speaking Fees and Costs
I am blessed to report that Fred and I currently do not require any set fee for an event. Instead, we prayerfully consider each invitation I receive, and to date we have not yet turned down one for financial reasons.
Usually, the event host pays for my travel/meals/lodging costs (I require hotel–not private home–lodging unless the event has a unique need), any costs associated with the training (handouts, Peacemaker brochures, costs of shipping resources if they want a resource table, my childcare costs of approximately $50/day for the days Fred cannot care for Sophia and Ella and we have to pay for childcare, etc.), and provides me with a most welcome honorarium. If it helps you for planning purposes, I am happy to share that unless I am serving in a missionary or inner-city (i.e., financially challenged) context, I am usually paid no less than $1,000 for any event, and multi-day events usually pay more.
Referrals from Previous Events
Whenever I have heard Tara speak, she points me to Jesus and makes me long to grow in my intimacy with the Lord.If you would like to speak with previous event hosts to learn more about how I serve at conferences and retreats, the following women are just a few of my past event hosts who have offered to answer your questions*:
- Cedar Wang, Teaneck, NJ: cedar at graceredeemer.com
- Keri Seavey, Vancouver, WA: kcv at livingwatercc.org, 360-487-9200
- Jo McGuire, Colorado Springs, CO: jojomcg32 at adelphia.net, 719-550-3200
- Nancy Lee, Lake Worth, FL: lee1829 at bellsouth.net, 561-588-7102
* to send these ladies an email, just replace the ‘ at ‘ in their addresses with an ‘@’ (no spaces). I’ve listed their addresses here in this manner to try to protect them from undue SPAM.
Speaking Request Form
If you would like to request that I consider speaking at your event, please complete this online form.