PO Box 101 Kingston,
WA, 98346 USA
of a seminar depends upon availability in our schedule. We tend to book
about six months to a year in advance, but we often have openings in our
schedule that can be filled with less advance planning. Let us know the
date or dates that would be best for you.
expenses and a place to stay needs to be provided by the inviting church
or group. We prefer to stay in homes but hotel or motel arrangements are
also okay. We do not have a set speaking fee. An honorarium or love offering
is acceptable. If the group is small, a minimum amount may need to be
established. We also try to do group speaking engagements in various areas
of the US, Canada, or in other countries as much as possible. Sometimes
air fare cost can then be shared by two or more inviting groups. We prefer
to handle the securing of plane tickets through our local travel agent
so we can coordinate such arrangements.
it best to have at least six to eight hours for a seminar. We have done
the seminar in as little as four hours, but much material, of necessity,
has to be eliminated. A one-day seminar works well with sessions from
9 a.m. to 12 noon (with a break for lunch), 1 p.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. An evening
session from 7 to 9 p.m. could also possibly be added. Alternatives include
having the evening session the day before, with the following day's sessions
from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. There would also be two 15-minute coffee breaks
mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Some churches have had
us start the seminar with the introduction at the Sunday morning service
(whets the interest so that more decide to do the whole seminar) followed
by afternoon and evening sessions with a potluck or soup and salad meals
in between. Others have had us do Sunday morning and evening followed
by Monday and possibly Tuesday night sessions.
We are very flexible and
are happy to work into whatever schedule works for the local church, group
or community. Para-church groups generally schedule a one-day seminar.
For retreats the seminar can usually be done in three or four sessions.
require that each seminar participant use our 48-page seminar syllabus
($5.00 U.S.) so they can write in it and add information as we teach.
The syllabus contains the adult motivational gifts questionnaire,
the tie-breaker questions, biblical examples, and vital introductory
and practical life application information. Publicity about the seminar
should make note of the syllabus requirement.
We also recommend
the addition of the Ministry Discovery Set ($2.00 U.S.) so that participants
have practical information about putting their gifts into action.
When both of these items are used by the inviting group the cost is
just a total of $7.00.
5. Teaching Method
We work as a team, sort of an Aquilla/Priscilla approach
when we teach. We interact with each other and the group during the entire
seminar. However, we can also do the seminar individually. Don is an exhorter/teacher
and Katie is an administrator/teacher. The blend makes a lively and interesting
a publicity packet that you can request in advance to help you with publicity
for the seminar. It includes a joint resume, black and white and color
glossy photos, sample brochures that can be adapted for the local situation,
news releases, a suggested newspaper article, radio spots, posters, bulletin
notices, brochures, flyers, and copies of some articles that have been
written about us and the seminar.
Many churches open the
seminar to other churches or groups or to the whole community. Other churches
will often be willing to publicize the seminar too.
Of course word of mouth
is the very best publicity. Encourage people to personally invite others
to come. Emphasize how the seminar will help them to discover the gifts
that God has given them and how life changing the seminar is. So often
we hear comments later like, "If I had just known what kind of seminar
this would be, I would have been there."
Church bulletin notices
and/or inserts, mail- outs, posters and other typical publicity methods
can be utilized to generate interest. Personal phone calls to generate
registration commitment is very helpful.
We are happy to be available
for local radio, television or newspaper interviews to help publicize
the seminar. This sometimes necessitates arriving a day early and we are
glad to do this if our schedule permits. Also, radio interviews often
can be done by phone from our house. If a Christian book store would like
to have us do an autograph party, we'd be glad to do so.
7. Practical Considerations
to have a large white board (or blackboard) available to use while we
teach (along with markers and an eraser). An overhead projector can be
substituted if no boards are available (although we prefer using a board)
or if the group is very large (150+). The projector will need to be located
beside the podium, to the speaker's right. If both of us are teaching
we will need two microphones (unless it is a small group and amplification
is not needed). It is best if at least one of them could be a lavaliere
If permissible, we would
like to have a book table (at least 8 feet long) and a responsible person
to handle the sales of our materials. Most groups invite us to bring our
books, tapes, and questionnaires for those who would like copies.
We are excited about this
subject and love to share it in churches and groups. We love to see people
come to know their giftedness and find their part in the ministry of the
local church and the Body of Christ as a whole.
We suggest the pastor
make photocopies of the profile sheet (page 12 only) and have a copy for
each participant to fill out at the end of the seminar and turn in to
help make a file of the parishioner's gifts. Leaders can then access this
file for the possible selection of people gifted in various areas for
certain activities, ministries, or positions.
If we can be of further
assistance to you, please let us know.
We also do seminars on the subjects of our other two books,
Discover Your Children's Gifts, and Discover Your Spouse's Gifts, as well
as on Spiritual Warfare, Christian Counseling, The Holy Spirit's Gifts,
Ministry Gifts, The Bride, Dealing with Anger, The Three Heavens, and
Matters of the Heart.
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