teacher morguefileA couple of years ago I wrote a blog post, 7 Tips for Finding Presentation Ideas, and enjoyed seeing all the interest it created. And since it’s been a while, I thought it might be a good idea to share 5 More Tips for Finding Speaking and Writing Topics:

1. Lessons you learn in Bible study. A project I completed last year was taken from a lesson God taught me through Bible study. I was doing Shannon Mullins’ Living Power Online Bible Study, and for the first time had realized how often God’s Word–throughout both the Old Testament and New Testament–mentioned taking care of widows and orphans. That revelation led me to see that God wanted to open new ministry at our church.

2. Lessons you learn through sermons. I recently completed a 3-part series on my blog entitled Grace to Come Back Home. It was taken from a grace series my pastor, Larry Scott, presented over about seven weeks. Please note that my messages weren’t copies of my pastor’s. Of course, I first asked if I could base my points on his message, but the focus of the pieces were based on the lessons and messages God spoke to my heart as Pastor Larry taught the series.

3. Lessons you learn through failure. One of my most powerful messages is taken from specific points of failure throughout my life. The transparency required to present it is hard, but the practical applications are universal.

4. Lessons you learn through your own ministry. I’ve learned a lot through my almost 20 years of writing and speaking ministry. The more I speak and share what I’ve learned, the more I hear from women who have other lessons I hadn’t considered. As they share their needs, prayers, and struggles, the more I discover new topics to learn about and prepare for presentation.

5. Lessons you learn in your close friendships. What do your friends talk about? What do they struggle with? What subject have you not considered before? What have others dealt with? How did they grow from it? All of those considerations can be the foundation for a bunch of new topics.

So what lessons have you learned through Bible study, sermons, failure, ministry, and friendships? Those lessons could be the beginning of some great writing and speaking ideas for you and your ministry.

I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned a lesson from what I saw. Proverbs 24:32

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,


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