Speaking Topics

As a speaker, I enjoy blending my love of humor and storytelling with my passion for the truth of God’s Word. I speaks for events, retreats and moms’ groups, and would love to be considered as a speaker for your upcoming event!

Topics for Moms Groups

Topics for Ladies’ Groups

Topics for Ladies’ Retreats

 

To discuss the possibility of having me speak for your group, please email me at shannon@shannonpopkin.com, or use the form below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Topics for Moms Groups

Control Girl To Jesus Girl

Do you struggle with wanting to control everything, and make it turn out “right”? Are you fretting because Benny isn’t crawling yet, or Lucy is behind on potty training? Do you project out to the Happy Ending you’re hoping for, then try to arrange today, accordingly? Shannon—whose kids are now in the driving & dating stage—can relate!

God’s long term goal for our parenting is not for us to control our kids, but to surrender them to Him. In her humorous, open way, Shannon will give you practical steps for abandoning your frantic, fretting, fuming ways and join her on the path from Control Girl to Jesus Girl. (speaking clip)

Starry Eyed about a God who leans Low

If the heaven is God’s throne and the earth is his footstool (Isaiah 66:1), then my life must be pretty small. Does God see? Does He care? It’s easy to sing along with the song, “He’s Got the Whole world In His Hands”, but what I really want to know is: “Does He have MY world in his hands?”

With this question in mind, Shannon will share several stories from her life which leave no room for doubt: God truly does lean down low and involve Himself in the small lives of people who love Him! Her stories aren’t about grand, earth-shattering events. Yet  they inspire starry-eyed awe because they prove that God and cares even about the things that concern us. Shannon’s stories will inspire you to recall or watch for the starry-eyed God moments of your life, too!

Why we have “MOPS”, not “POPS”

There’s a reason we have MOPS instead of POPS. It’s because God embedded in YOU a unique drive and desire for relationships. He designed you to be the relational expert of your home! But that doesn’t mean your work is easy. You won’t be able to distance yourself from problems or hope things fall into place. No, relationships will be the most challenging work of your life; but also the most rewarding!

In her humorous, yet encouraging way, Shannon Popkin will share several biblical patterns for creating extraordinary relationships between the people who matter most: your family. (speaking clip)

 

Treasure Maps that Lead Little Ones to God

Left to themselves, our kids will spend the rest of their lives hunting the empty treasure of this world. So how can we draw a ‘treasure map’ that leads our little ones to God (especially since they can’t see God, and they can see Thomas the Tank Engine or whatever else they momentarily fixated on)? Fortunately, we don’t have to turn our kids into treasure hunters; they already are treasure-hunters! God placed an insatiable desire for more inside our kids to draw them toward Himself, knowing that He is the only one who can ever satisfy them.

With the perspective she’s gained from parenting her kids into their teen, Shannon Popkin will give you six guidelines for drawing a treasure map that leads your little one (or older child) to the one true treasure–God.(speaking clip)

The Significance of Crumb-Sweeping and Nose-Wiping

You want to do something great with your life! Something significant! But the sticky floors, a screaming newborn, and towering laundry baskets keep getting in the way, right? Wrong—according to God. As God sifts our accomplishments, He assigns the most value to serving, which is what moms do all day long! Each little nose that needs to be wiped or little mouth that needs to be spoon fed is an opportunity to do something truly great.

With humor and the perspective of a mom whose shoes are now smaller than her kids’, Shannon Popkin will empower you to embrace the preschool years.  (speaking clip)

Mirror, Mirror…

Why do American women spend billions, annually, on makeup, dieting, and trips to the salon? It has more to do with an inner problem than outward issues. With humor, candor, and compassion, Shannon will talk about her own struggles in front of the mirror, then share a beauty secret from the true “mirror, mirror” of God’s Word–which offers any woman the opportunity for timeless beauty. (speaking clip)

More than Pretty Packaging

God designed each woman to be a beautifully wrapped gift to her family. Yet many times, we’re the reverse of this. We might have pretty packaging, but on the inside, we’re empty and demanding. Without realizing it, we become the ugly, controlling woman with her claws out–trying to get everybody else–instead of God–to fill us up.

 Shannon Popkin has tried it both ways. Blending her love for humor and God’s word, Shannon will share a personal story that illustrates the stark contrast between being the ugly, controlling woman and the beautiful gift God designed for each of us to be.
(This is an abbreviated 20 minute version of ‘Mirror, Mirror’–great to use with a ‘Spa Night’)

How to Have a ‘Mary’ CHRISTMAS

From decorating to gift-giving to pinterest-perfect treats, women tend to put a lot of effort into making everything turn out “right” at Christmas. But when our drive to create the “most wonderful time of the year” turns us into exasperating Control Girls, we cause everyone to cringe instead of savor the season.

With humor and passion for celebrating Jesus, Shannon Popkin will help you consider Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a beautiful example of relinquishing control at Christmas. Come find the hope and joy that Jesus offers to any woman who chooses to make Christmas all about Him.

When God Re-Writes Your Script (CHRISTMAS)

Who could say that her life has gone exactly as expected? We’re often given an unexpected ‘role’ to play–something we never envisioned for ourselves–a child with special needs, a disease, a marital struggle, or an addiction. We flip forward in the script, wondering how it’s going to turn out, and whether the ending will be happy. But beyond this scene, the script is blank.

Mary was handed the script for a ‘leading lady’ role, which she had not auditioned for. Mary’s story shows us that each new script is an invitation to give God center stage, as he deserves, and get wrapped up in his grand drama, rather than trying to star in our own, rather insignificant and unsatisfying production.  (speaking clip)

 

When God Re-Writes Your Script (Gen. 12-21 Sarah)

Who could say that her life has gone exactly as expected? We’re often given an unexpected ‘role’ to play–something we never envisioned for ourselves: infertility or a child with special needs, a marital struggle, or a disease… We flip forward in the script, wondering how it’s going to turn out, but beyond this scene the script is blank.

With humor and transparency, Shannon will refresh your faith by introducing you to Sarah–a woman in the Bible, who provides both ugly and beautiful examples of how to respond to God, when He re-writes your script.  (speaking clip)

 

Topics for Ladies’ Groups

Control Girl To Jesus Girl

Control Girls aren’t trying to exasperate anyone; they’re just trying to make everything turn out right! Yet the woman who lives life repeatedly lunging after control tends to make everybody miserable–herself included. Shannon Popkin can attest to that.

As she shares about her journey from Control Girl to Jesus Girl, Shannon will invite you to find the peace, security, hope, and joy that comes–not from gripping, clamping, and clawing after my own version of perfect, but from surrendering to the One who truly is in control.   (speaking clip)

 

 Compared to Her

It starts in middle school with body shapes & boyfriends. It becomes more subtle in adulthood, but it’s still the middle of the Mommy Wars, Cat Fights, and Keeping up with the Jonses. Will it ever go away? This trap of comparing ourselves to other women? Not as long as Satan is on the prowl.

With humor and candor, Shannon will help you recognize the voice of your enemy, who says, “Compared to her, you’re a complete fail,” or “Compared to her, you’re killing it!” Satan leads you to bondage; Jesus wants you to be free of comparison! He invites you to be part of his upside down kingdom–where differences are celebrated, and the great ones are those pouring their lives out.

Mirror, Mirror

Why do American women spend billions, annually, on makeup, dieting, and trips to the salon? It has more to do with an inner problem than outward issues. With humor, candor, and compassion, Shannon will talk about her own struggles in front of the mirror, then share a beauty secret from the true “mirror, mirror” of God’s Word–which give any woman timeless beauty. (speaking clip)

More than Pretty Packaging

God designed each woman to be a beautifully wrapped gift to her family. Yet many times, we’re the reverse of this. We might have pretty packaging, but on the inside, we’re empty and demanding. Without realizing it, we become the ugly, controlling woman with her claws out–trying to get everybody else–instead of God–to fill us up.

 Shannon Popkin has tried it both ways. Blending her love for humor and God’s word, Shannon will share a personal story that illustrates the stark contrast between being the ugly, controlling woman and the beautiful gift God designed for each of us to be.
(This topic has been used with a “Spa Night” setting.)

Empty Habits, Abundant God

Somehow, we always get it backward. We think that God’s ways will leave us empty and hollow. So we repeatedly turn aside to the ‘empty things’ that promise to fill us up. But the empty things can only make us empty.

Using several stories from her life, Shannon Popkin will invite you to discover the abundant, lid-popping fullness that God wants you to have–but only when you leave the empty things behind.

The Prodigal’s Sister

This presentation is a dramatic retelling of the story of the father with two sons in Luke 15, but it adds a character—the prodigal’s little sister. It’s based on a book (a poem, really) written by John Piper, with the same name. The sister, like Jesus, pursues both the prodigal who is far off, and the dutiful brother who never left, but is far from the Father.

Shannon Popkin loves to tell a good story, and this is one of the best. After drawing you into the story, Shannon will compel you to consider your own relationship to the Father, who longs for you to come to the table. This presentation’s length can be adjusted to 30 or 45 minutes, and can be tailored to suit either young or mature audiences.  (speaker clip)

How to Have a ‘Mary’ Christmas

From pies to decorating to gift-giving, women tend to put a lot of effort into making everything turn out “right” at Christmas. But our drive to create the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ often turns us into exasperating Control Girls, who cause everyone to cringe instead of savor the season.

With humor and passion for celebrating Jesus, Shannon Popkin will help you consider Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a beautiful example of relinquishing control at Christmas. Come find the hope and joy that Jesus offers to any woman who chooses to make Christmas all about Him.

When God Re-Writes Your Script (CHRISTMAS)

Who could say that her life has gone exactly as expected? We’re often given an unexpected ‘role’ to play–something we never envisioned for ourselves. A child with special needs, a disease, a marital struggle, or an addiction. We flip forward in the script, wondering how it’s going to turn out, and whether the ending will be happy. But beyond this scene, the script is blank.

Mary was handed the script for a ‘leading lady’ role, which she had not auditioned for. Mary’s story shows us that each new script is an invitation to give God center stage, as he deserves, and get wrapped up in his grand drama, rather than trying to star in our own, rather insignificant and unsatisfying production.  (speaking clip)

 When God Re-Writes Your Script (Gen. 12-21: Sarah)

Who could say that her life has gone exactly as expected? We’re often given an unexpected ‘role’ to play–something we never envisioned for ourselves: infertility or a child with special needs, a marital struggle, or a disease… We flip forward in the script, wondering how it’s going to turn out, and whether the ending will be happy. But beyond this scene, the script is blank.

Sarah was handed a ‘leading lady’ script, which she had not auditioned for. The role involved leaving everything and following her husband on a camping trip to a foreign country which lasted the rest of her life. Her drama also included betrayal by her husband and giving birth to a way, way overdue baby. And though Sarah makes us feel better about our own fiascos, her ‘thumbs-up’ review in Hebrews 11 gives us hope. Sarah’s story shows that each new script is an invitation to have faith in the loving God who wrote it.  (speaking clip)
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Topics for Ladies’ Retreats

Control Girl to Jesus Girl

(speaking clip)

Control Girls aren’t trying to exasperate anyone; they’re just trying to make everything turn out right! Yet the woman who lives life repeatedly lunging after control tends to make everybody miserable–herself included.

Shannon Popkin can attest to that. As she shares about her journey from Control Girl to Jesus Girl, Shannon will invite you to find the peace, security, hope, and joy that comes–not from gripping, clamping, and clawing after my own version of perfect, but from surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

Participants will:

  • Learn to recognize fear and anger as indicators of a deeper struggle with control.
  • Draw a connection between their control struggle and the first struggle for control in the Garden.
  • Choose from 5 practical, course-correcting steps, which have the power to, little-by-little, turn a Control Girl into a Jesus Girl.