Inviting you to live like
God’s Word is true.
What if God really is in control? What if he’s truly with us and for us? What if there’s life after death? What if the greatest really is the servant?
Hi, I’m Shannon Popkin. From the platform, the page, or the podcast microphone, it’s my delight to invite women to open their Bibles with me, drink in the truth, then live like the story is true.
I’ve had the joy of speaking for groups of women across the United States and beyond. If I might be a good fit for your next event, retreat or conference, please use my contact form. I’d love to hear how I might be able to partner with you in serving your women!
Current Speaking Schedule
September 9-11, 2022 – Lake Ann Ladies’ Retreat, Lake Ann, MI
September 22-24, 2022 – True Woman Conference (Revive Our Hearts), Indianapolis, IN
September 30 – October 2, 2022 – Camp Michawana Women’s Retreat, Hastings, MI
October 14-16, 2022 – Chantilly Bible Women’s Retreat, Chantilly, VA
Nov. 3-4, 2022 – Northfield Baptist Church, Northfield, OH
November 15-20, 2022 – Trip to Bogotá and Medellin, Colombia
- CLC Booksellers Event in Bogota on November 17
- Conference in Medellin on Nov. 18-19
December 8, 2022 – Ridge Pointe Community Women’s Christmas Event, Holland, MI
December 15, 2022 – Christmas by Candlelight – Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Spring 2023 – I’ll be taking a break from speaking to focus on writing my next two books. Please feel free to reach out if your event is after July 2023.
June 12-14, 2023 – Muskoka Bible Centre “Women in Ministry” Retreat, Huntsville, Ontario
October 4, 2023 – Shores Community Church, Norton Shores, MI
December 1-2, 2023 – New Hope Church Christmas Tea, Tawas, MI
Speaking Schedule 2022
February 2, 2022 – Clare MOPS in Clare, MI
February 11-13, 2022 – Proclaim Conference (Table Host), Concord, NC
February 23, 2022 – Westwood CRC MOPS, Kalamazoo, MI
March 19, 2022 – Hillsdale United Brethren Women’s Event, Hillsdale, MI
March 21, 2022 – Grounded Videocast
March 22, 2022 – Bloom Moms Group, Chapel Pointe, Hudsonville, MI
March 26, 2022 – Kentwood Baptist Women’s Retreat, Kentwood, MI
March 30 – April 2, 2022 – She Writes For Him Virtual Conference
April 2, 2022 – Rehoboth Women’s Brunch, McBain, MI
April 22-24, 2022 – CranHill Ranch Women’s Retreat, Rodney, MI
April 30, 2022 – Poured Out Ladies’ Conference, First Baptist Church of Upper Burrell, Pittsburgh, PA
May 25, 2022 – Crossroads Bible Church, Grand Rapids, MI
July 7-9, 2022 – Speak Up Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
Speaking Schedule 2021
February 18, 2021 – Ridgepointe Moms Group, Holland, MI
February 24, 2021 – Shores Community Church, Norton Shores, MI
March 13, 2021 – True Woman Conference, Meadsville, PA
March 19-21, 2021 – Prayer Retreat, Georgetown, SC
March 23, 2021 – Serious Writers “Writer’s Chat”, online
March 24, 2021 – Common Ground at Keystone Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI
March 25, 2021 – Virtual event in Panama with Editorial Portavoz
April 17, 2021 – Hillsdale United Brethren Church, Hillsdale, MI
April 23-24, 2021 – Cran-Hill Ranch Women’s Retreat, Rodney, MI
May 1, 2021 – Eastpointe Bible Church Ladies’ Retreat, Peru, IN
May 14-15, 2021 – ROAR Conference (online marketing conference for Christian influencers)
May 22, 2021 – Degage Ministries Spring Brunch (virtual)
July 14-16, 2021 – Speak Up Conference with Carol Kent (online) “5 Ways to Live Me-Free in This Measure-Up Influencer World”
July 23-24 – Gems Girls Conference (online)
September 16-18, 2021 – Gitche Gumee Fall Ladies Retreat, Eagle River, MI
September 23-26, 20201 – Camp Lebanon Women’s Retreat, Burtrum, MN
September 28 – October 1, 2021 – Becoming the Whole Woman Summit with LaVonda McCullough (Online)
October 8-10, 2021 – Bair Lake Bible Camp, Jones, MI
October 14, 2021 – Virtual Event in Mexico with Editorial Portavoz
October 16, 2021 – SALT Women’s Conference, Grand Haven, MI
October 22-23, 2021 – East Union Baptist Women’s Retreat, Hensley, AR
October 30-31, 2021 – The Ultimate Bible Journaling Retreat, Lake Ann Camp, Lake Ann, MI
November 5-6 – SHE Retreat, Geneva Center, Rochester, IN
November 13, 2021 – Blaine Community Church Fall Women’s Day, Blaine, MI
December 2, 2021 – Peace Church “Christmas Connection”, Middleville, MI
December 3, 2021 – Corner Bible Church Christmas Tea, Allegan, MI
December 9, 2021 – Christ Church Christmas Event, Muskegon, MI
Speaking Schedule 2020
January 17-18, 2020 – Renelly Women’s Retreat, Metamora, MI
January 20-25 – The Storytellers Conference with Flourish Writers
March 7, 2020 – Rooted in Christ Women’s Conference, Morrison, IL
March 14, 2020 – First Central Church of the Nazarene Women’s Retreat, Flint, M
April 18, 2020 – Eastpointe Bible Church Ladies’ Retreat, Peru, IN
April 24-26, 2020 – Cran-Hill Ranch Women’s Retreat, Rodney, MI April 29, 2020 – Westwood MOPS, Kalamazoo, MI May 22-23, 2020 – G4 Women’s Retreat, Seaford, DE
July 9-11, 2020 – Speak Up Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
July 15, 2020 – Grace Community Church, Hudsonville, MI
September 8, 2020 – Path of Life, Ludington, MI
September 24-26, 2020 – Camp Lebanon Women’s Retreat, Burtrum, MN
October 6, 2020 – Flourish Writers Conference (online)
October 13, 2020 – Small Group Leader Training at Grace Community, Hudsonville, MI
October 15, 2020 – Thrive Women’s Gathering at Ada Bible Church, Grand Rapids, MI
October 17, 2020 – SALT Women’s Conference, Grand Haven, MI
October 19, 2020 – Training and Encouragement for the “She Writes for Him” Online Writing Community
October 23-24, 2020 – Faith Community Women’s Retreat, Vacaville, CA
October 23 – 24, 2020 – Bloom Women’s Conference with Jenn Hand
November 14, 2020 – Blaine Christian Church Women’s Retreat, Blaine, MI
November 18, 2020 – Genesis Church, Petoskey, MI
November 16-18, 2020 – SEPA Summit with Editorial Portavos, Cancun, Mexico December 3, 2020 – Ridgepointe Community Church, Holland, MI December 9, 2020 – Shores Community Christmas Tea at Maranatha Bible, Norton Shores, MI
Speaking Schedule 2019
September 9, 2019 – Alpine Baptist, Comstock Park, MI
September 13-15, 2019 – Lake Ann Women’s Retreat, Lake Ann, MI
September 27-29, 2019 – SpringHill Women’s Retreat, Evart, MI
October 12, 2019 – G4 Women’s Retreat, Seaford, DE
October 18, 2019 – Breathe Writer’s Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
October 24, 2019 – “She Found Joy” tour @ Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI
October 28 – November 10, 2019 – Speaking Ministry Trip to the Middle East
November 18, 2019 – Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR
November 19, 2019 – Family Life Today, Little Rock, AR
November 20, 2019 – Central Baptist Bible Study, Jonesboro, AR
December 5, 2029 – Life Change Women’s Event, Dorr, MI
December 7, 2019 – Lakeside Community Christmas Brunch, Alto, MI
March 1-2, 2019 The Chapel Women’s Retreat, Wadsworth, OH
April 12-13, 2019 – Southside Bible Women’s Retreat, Denver, CO
April 26-27, 2019 – Lincoln Lake “Flourish” Women’s Retreat, Gowen, MI
July 10, 2019 – Maranatha Bible Conference Women’s Luncheon, Muskegon, MI
July 11-13, Speak Up Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
July 26-27, GEMS Leadership Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
Speaking Schedule 2018 and before
January 10, Allendale MOPS, Allendale, MI
March 2-3, 2018 – County Line Church Women’s Conference, Andrews, IN
March 9-11, 2018 – Women’s Retreat at Cran-Hill Ranch, Rodney, MI
April 10, 2018 – “Bloom” at Chapel Pointe, Hudsonville, MI
April 19, 2018 – Calvin Seminary Wives Dinner, Grand Rapids, MI
April 21, 2018 – Robinson Baptist Church, Grand Haven, MI
April 26, 2018 – Moms Connected @ Chapelstreet Church in Geneva, IL
April 28, 2018 Red Brick Church in Stilman Valley, IL
May 1, 2018 – MITT @ Hastings Baptist Church, Hastings, MI
May 5, 2018 – Standale Baptist Church, Standale, MI
May 19, 2018 – Forest Hills Baptist Church, Forest Hills, MI
June 5, 2018 – Ada Bible Church, Summer Bible Study Kick Off, Cascade, MI
June 28-30, 2018 – Speak Up Conference with Carol Kent, Grand Rapids, MI
September 20-22, 2018 – Gitche Gumee Bible Camp, Eagle River, MI
September 27-29, 2018 – True Woman Conference (Blogging Team), Indianapolis, IN
October 5-6, 2018 – Bridge Bible Women’s Retreat @ Camp Geneva, Holland, MI
October 12-14, 2018 – Grace Adventures Camp Women’s Retreat, Mears, MI
October 23 – November 3, 2018 – Speaking trip to Asia
November 15, 2018 – Ridge Point Community Church MOMS Group, Holland, MI
December 3, 2018 – Cornerstone Church Christmas Women’s Event, Caledonia, MI
December 6, 2018 – Women’s Christmas Event, Liberty Bible Church, Chesterton, IN
January 12, 2017 – Lowell MOPS, Lowell, MI
January 26, 2017 – Control Girl Launch Party @ Baker Book House!!! Grand Rapids, MI
February 2, 2017 – Ada Bible Thrive Gathering (Knapp Campus), Grand Rapids, MI
February 9, 2017 – Book Signing at Kregel Parable Christian Store, Grandville, MI
February 16, 2017 – Book Signing at Liberty University Barnes & Noble, Lynchburg, VA
February 24-25, 2017 – Friend Retreat, Metamora, MI
March 10-11, 2017 – Christian Ministry Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
March 13, 2017 – Alpha Women’s Center Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, Grand Rapids, MI
March 15, 2017 – Trinity Lutheran MOPS, Clinton Township, MI
March 23, 2017 – Ada Bible Thrive Gathering (Cascade Campus), Cascade, MI
April 12, 2017 – momLife at Mount Pleasant Community Church, Mount Pleasant, MI
April 21-22, 2017 – Ravenna Baptist Retreat @Maranatha Bible Camp, Muskegon, MI
April 28, 2017 – Winning at Home bus trip, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2017 – Grandville Bible Ladies’ Tea, Grandville, MI
May 13, 2017 – Millington Church of God Ladies’ Tea, Frankenmuth, MI
May 16, 2017 – Ada Bible Church, East Paris Campus, Grand Rapids, MI
May 19, 2017 – Kilpatrick MOPS, Woodland, MI
May 20, 2017 – First Baptist Church of Newberg, Jones, MI
June 14, 2017 – The Rock, Grandville, MI
July 13-15, 2017 – Speak Up, Grand Rapids, MI
September 9, 2017 – “Come to the Table” at Hudsonville Reformed Church, Hudsonville, MI
September 16, 2017 – Homefront Church, Jenison, MI
September 28-29, 2017 – Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference, Muskegon, MI
October 6-7, 2017 – Breathe Christian Writer’s Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
October 24, 2017 – Mom to Mom at River Terrace Church, East Lansing, MI
October 26, 2017 – Lowell MOPS, Lowell, MI
November 4, 2017 – Immanuel Church “Ladies’ Day”, Holland, MI
November 11, 2017 – Living Life Women’s Retreat, Muskegon, MI
November 16, 2017 – Thornapple MOPS, Grand Rapids, MI
November 28, 2017 Jamestown Baptist Ladies’ Tea, Hudsonville, MI
December 2, 2017 – The Chapel, North Canton, OH
December 13, 2017 – Kilpatrick MOMSNext, Woodland, MI
December 20, 2017 – Trinity Church, Lansing, MI
January 29-31, 2016 Springbrook Community Church Ladies’ Retreat, Huntley, IL
February 25, 2016 Lowell MOPS, Lowell, MI
March 7, 2016 – Calvary CRC Mom & Co., Holland, MI
March 12, 2016 – Women’s Day at Grace Evangelical Free, Rockford, MI
March 16, 2016 – Ada Bible Church, Kentwood, MI
March 23, 2016 – Hope Church MOPS Group, South Haven, MI
April 15, 2016 – Highland Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
April 22, 2016 – MomBreak, Grandville, MI
April 29-31 – Lifestream Ladies’ Retreat, Allendale, MI
May 3, 2016 – Lake Center MOPS, Portage, MI
May 5, 2016 – Home Front Bible Study Group, Jenison, MI
July 7-9, 2016 – Speak Up Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
September 9, 2016 – REAL Sisters at Kentwood Community Church, Kentwood, MI
September 13, 2016 – Coffee Break at First Christian Reformed Church, DeMotte, IN
October 4, 2016 – Corinth MOPS, Byron Center, MI
October 7-8, 2016 – Breathe Writer’s Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
November 8, 2016 – MUMS at Calvary Baptist, West Branch, MI
November 17, 2016 – Hudsonville Reformed Church, Husdonville, MI
December 1, 2016 – Lake City MOPS, Lake City, MI
December 11, 2016 – The Lakes Women’s Christmas Event, West Bloomfield, MI
Denise Perry, Women’s Retreat Director at Spring Hill Camp, Evart, MI
Ken Riley, Executive Director, Lake Ann Camp, Lake Ann, MI
Kristi Stephens, Women’s Ministry Director, The Chapel in North Canton, OH
Abby Banfield, Grace Adventures Camp, Meers, MI
-Carolyn Kersten, Ministry Director, Trinity Church in Lansing, MI
– Debbie Jo Schwartz, (formerly) Women’s Ministry Events Director at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI
I have been blessed by Shannon’s honest, loving way of communicating & sharing the love of Jesus – on & off stage alike! She is professional, but so relatable, and is a joy to work with on the details involved with preparations for her visit (as is her Ministry Assistant, Erika!) Our ladies had only great things to say about Shannon. I highly recommend Shannon as a wise & wonderful choice for your next ladies’ retreat or conference!
– Romi Plath, SHE Retreat Coordinator, Wabash, IN
Podcast, Radio & TV Interviews
with Rob & Joanna Tiegen
Control is a basement level problem. We often don’t take time to go down with a flashlight, to the dark corners of our hearts, and look carefully at the problem—even though it’s causing plenty of problems “upstairs”. Problems like: Anger, anxiety, marriage stress or parenting conflict. If any of these are showing up in your life, join my friends Rob and Joanna on their podcast “Growing Home” for a trip to the basement.
Don’t worry; it’s not too dark or scary. We hope it will give you lots of hope.
with Dannah Gresh at Revive Our Hearts
From our roads to our screens to our living rooms, anger is on the rise. Listen as Dannah Gresh and I explore one reason why we’re all so angry and look to God’s Word for hope and perspective.
with Barb Roose
with Barb Roose
Do you ever think, “If everyone would just do what I am telling them to do, then we will all be much happier?” In this episode of Better Together FB Live with Barb Roose, Barb talks with Shannon Popkin, author of Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible. If you’re tired and worn out from trying to fix what you can’t change, join us for this life-giving conversation on how you can let go, trust God and finally sleep at night in peace!
with Dr. Carol
Do you constantly compare yourself with others? Whether on social media, at church, or at work; measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan.
Do you remember the time you felt like you didn’t measure up? I do. It was sixth grade camp, and I told the story here on the FamilyLife broadcast.
It’s not always comfortable to tell the world how I’ve struggled (and still do!) with feeling inadequate. My hope, in sharing about my own Comparison Girl journey, is to invite others to Jesus’s me-free living in a measure-up world.
Here’s the two-part broadcast:
with Heather Creekmore
- Heather and I share our stories of trying to control our husband’s clothing choices (and not in a helpful way!).
- We talk about where this whole struggle with control began, biblically, and how women have been wrestling control since the days of Eve.
- We talk about becoming aware of the things we are trying to control and then becoming realistic about what is within our control and what is outside of our control.
- And much more!
with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Listen in as Nancy and I talk about how God challenged me to stop trying to control my husband and family – and the peace I found when I began trusting the Lord, instead.
What a privilege to talk with my friend Nancy Wolgemuth, who has been sharing this message of surrender a lot longer than I have! I’m so thankful for Nancy and Revive Our Hearts, and all the ways this ministry has invested in me personally.
with Erin Davis & Dannah Gresh
Revive Our Hearts’s daily response to Covid-19 crisis is to remind us to be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. I’m delighted to join Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis to talk about the role of comparison in our current crisis, and how to respond like Jesus.
No one wants to think of themselves as controlling. But when a little change to plans causes an eruption, or when an itty bitty unexpected event dislodges an avalanche of worry, we’ve got to consider that control might be more of an issue than we think!
Control is a burden that weighs us down and tears at our relationships. It causes us to become the worst version of ourselves.
But on today’s 4:13 Podcast, we talk about how to lay down our burden of control and pick up peace, security and joy instead!
with Esther Littlefield and Holly Cain
“Two Challenges that Can Destroy Our Leadership and How we can Respond to Them”
I loved this conversation with Esther and Holly, and especially appreciated the opportunity to speak to:
- Superiority, unity, and uniformity [47:20]
- Advice to a woman who wants to grow in her leadership [50:45]
with Kathi Lipp (4 Part Serise)
Comparison is a dangerous distraction from what God has called you to do. Kathi and I talk about the tendency to compare ourselves with people we follow on social media specifically. There will always be someone on your news feed that seems to have more exposure or success than you have, so it’s important that you have tools to help you avoid the temptation of comparing your life to theirs. Listen in as we explain our strategies including:
- Revisiting your goal
- Being vulnerable
- Serving somebody
If you struggle to get past the hurdle of comparing yourself to others, you will not want to miss this rich series.
Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, as you get “back-to-school” updates from your school, church, and local governments? Join Lee Nienhuis and I as we talk about our illusion of control, the destruction that comes with comparison, and how to respond today with the uncertainties of tomorrow.
Also, listen to episode #34, where Lee and I talked about “Control Girl”.
with Teresa Janzen
Life is a team sport – and as Christians, we are on the same team. When we compare ourselves to others, we not only find ourselves trapped in dissatisfaction, we are also limited in our capacity to enjoy an abundant life.
Teresa and I talk about how to break free from the trap of comparison and shine in our gifts and abilities while allowing others to do the same.
Jill has been talking about this topic of comparison and perfectionism and how they divide us way longer than I have. She had some great things to add to our conversation as we discussed comparing in two directions–one where we come out better than someone else and one where we come out worse than someone else. When we compare “up,” we experience jealousy. When we compare “down,” we experience disgust.
Laugh with Jenn and I as we tell about our first impressions of each other (yes, we were both comparing), and compare our patterns of collecting coffee mugs – which are completely opposite. Plus we’ll talk plenty about Jesus and his unique way of comparing.
With Kim Wier
There is something in us that wants to prove that we have more or are more. We want to measure up. So what does this do to our relationships? Is there any way to stop being jealous of a friend? How should I respond to demands of this measure-up culture?
Here’s my conversation with Kim Wier, where we talk about these questions and more.
It’s hard for reforming perfectionists and people-pleasers to give up control! Amy and Cheri believe that every good girl can grow her grit, embrace God’s grace, and learn to break bad rules. I LOVED talking with them about how control is one of those “bad rules” we need to break.
I so enjoyed my conversation with Rachael, and I hope you will, too! Here are some quotes from our conversation:
- “This desire to be in control and compare the things I can’t control overlapped more than I realized.”
- “My heart seems to be bent toward pride and perfection and measuring up in the eyes of other people and it doesn’t lead to freedom and joy.”
- “We’ve got to handle the problem with comparison before we even go over to the window.”
- “He’s inviting us to adopt a me-free mindset. I’m not here to prove I’m better than you. I’m here to serve you.”
- “When you’re feeling inadequate you want to retreat and pull away. The enemy attacks us in isolation. We need to get out of the corner.”
Join AMBrewster and the author of “Control Girl,” Shannon Popkin, to discuss her book and how we can mature from our overwhelming desire to control everything!
with Randy Robison
It was a joy to join Randy on LIFE Today to talk about Comparison. I especially appreciated the opportunity to talk about our current political and social climate, and how Christians are not to “compare down” in self-righteous disgust or condescension toward those who disagree OR those who sin differently than we do.
If you’re a writer, speaker, or ministry leader, you’ve probably had to grapple with both fear and comparison as you’ve stepped out to use your gifts for God.
Listen in as my co-author Kate Motaung and I have a conversation with Thomas Umstattd Jr. Brought to you by the Steve Laube Agency.
Thanks to WOTV4Women and Wood TV 8 for having me on the “Where you Live” show with Maranda! Maranda is a delightful host, and such a supporter in our community. It was truly an honor to be on the show.
On this podcast for Christian working moms, Jenny and I talked about comparison and the impact it has on the way we see ourselves and others. We also talked about the “race to the bottom” and the difference it makes when – instead of trying to prove that we’re the “hottest mess”, we choose to be humbly vulnerable with each other.
Speaking Topics for Women’s Events & Retreats
Me-Free in a Measure-Up World
Do you constantly compare yourself with other moms, Christians, or friends? Are you worried you’ll never measure up, or desperate to prove you do? Are you chained to envy, or have you been burned by pride?
Our measure-up world is filled with me-focus, but Jesus offers us a refuge. In his kingdom, there’s no need to exhaust yourself trying to measure up, or to hide the proof if you don’t. InInstead, we each get to be one of the great ones, because we’re each given a unique way to serve.
Sideways glancing is exhausting. Are you ready to live me-free?
Contact us for more detailed session options for your retreat or multi-session conference. Check out Shannon’s book on this topic at ComparisonGirl.com.
Are You a Control Girl?
Do you erupt in anger or melt in fear over the things you can’t control? Are you heavy-handed with others, or do you manipulate to get your way? And do you despise limitations or hate being told no?
The truth is, God’s already in control–which means you don’t have to be. Come explore ways to recognize your burden of control, and how to lay it down, surrender to God, and flourish.
Contract us for more detailed sessions options for your retreat or multi-session conference. Check out Shannon’s book on this topic at ControlGirl.com.
What have you been trying to hold onto, this Christmas? Are you convinced it’s up to you to take control and make everything turn out right? With humor, candor, and passion for celebrating Jesus, Shannon invites you to consider that clamping down with white knuckles might actually keep this from being the “most wonderful time of the year”.
As we consider the first Christmas, we’ll look at the story which Mary—the mother of Jesus—was thinking of when she said, “Let it be.” In an out-of-control season, Mary found security, hope, and joy in surrendering Christmas—and so can you.
Check out Shannon’s book on this topic at ControlGirl.com.
Hearing “Well Done” (Even if You’re Outdone)
Have you ever wished you could be more or do more for God? Are you bothered by people who can produce more because they have more to start with? Do you ever hang back, feeling like you have less to offer?
It’s true that God gives more to some and less to others. But like the two-talent guy in Jesus’s story, it’s not about what you have or don’t have; It’s about what you do with what you have.
You’re a steward with a choice. Will you live faithfully, and have the thrill of hearing, “Well done”?
Check out Shannon’s book and teaching videos on this topic at ComparisonGirl.com.
Live Like It’s True
The world is telling you a story about who you are, what’s important, and what you should live for. But what if the things you’re being told aren’t true?
God wants you to know the overarching story, because it’s the story that you’re part of! He wants His story to reshape yours in a thousand everyday ways. Open your Bible and you’ll learn that sin is like poison. You’ll see that Jesus’s blood can wash away your shame. And you’ll discover that this life isn’t all there is; there’s coming a new earth that will be like the Garden of Eden, only better!
Do you know this story? Are you living like it’s true? Discover how to know the story, share the story, and live the story.
Check out Shannon’s podcast, Live Like It’s True for more on this topic.
A God Who Leans Low
He’s got the whole world in his hands, but what about my little world? Does God see? Does He care? Is he for me? If I see God as distant and uncaring, I won’t surrender control; I’ll grip on even tighter. Yet this is how the skeptics responded when Jesus came to town, and they missed out on seeing the signs that were clear to everyone else: God truly does lean low.
With compassion and conviction Shannon shares stories of watching God lean low and involve himself in the details of her small life—but only after she surrendered. Are you ready to surrender to the God who leans low?
Topics for Moms Groups
Control Girl Mama
Control Girls can be uptight, overprotective, angry, fretful, pushy, frantic, irritable Mamas—but only because they’re trying to make it all turn out right! Yet trying to control everything tends to make everybody miserable (including the Mama). As Shannon shares about her journey from Control Girl to Jesus Girl, she will invite you to find the peace, security, hope, and joy that comes–not from gripping, clamping, and clawing after your own version of perfect, but from surrendering to the One who truly is in control.
Comparison Girl Mama
Comparison isn’t a game; it’s a trap set by Satan. He knows that when we measure ourselves against other moms we emerge feeling either inferior or superior—and both lead to bondage. But Jesus invites us to be part of His kingdom, where freedom is found—not in measuring up, but in pouring your life out.
With humor and candor, Shannon will share about her own comparison struggles, and how participating in Jesus’ upside down kingdom is restoring her confidence, freedom, and joy.
Control & Surrender: Two Contrasting Mom Stories
Rachel was the beautiful woman with the adoring husband who worked seven years just to get her. But Rachel’s thirsty story was anything but satisfying. She lived her whole life chafing against God’s providence, and failed to see the amazing story that she was part of. In contrast, Hannah—who lived through a remarkably similar situation—found security and joy in surrender.
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.
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.
Writers, Speakers, Leadership, Youth, Ministry Conference Topics
The Goal of Hearing Well Done (Not Well Ranked)
Do you struggle with inferiority or a sense of inadequacy? Are you driven to raise your stats or your rank? Your enemy wants you to be distracted by comparison and driven to measure up, but Jesus wants you to steward your gifts well.
Drawing from Jesus’ Parable of the Talents, Shannon will offer guidance to help you
- Eliminate your talent-burying fears
- Identify your talents (not somebody else’s)
- Examine your capacity and calling
- Stay faithful to the Master
When Ministry Leaders Compare
Matthew 19:27 – 20:16
IF you’ve been here longer and worked harder in God’s ministry vineyard, it can be frustrating to watch God bless the one who just showed up late or has produced less. On the other hand, it can feel intimidating to serve beside someone who has produced far more.
When Jesus responded to one of the disciples who was comparing, he told the Parable of the Vineyard Workers. Drawing from this story, Shannon offers five ways the Kingdom frees you from comparison.
5 Platform-Building Questions Every Christian Influencer Must Ask
Social media offers more opportunities to spread the light of Jesus than ever before–but it also presents new and unique challenges. We set out with a passion to serve others, share truth, and give of ourselves. Yet our good intentions are easily eclipsed by desires to promote ourselves, receive affirmation, and gain recognition.
Is there a way to gather followers and still follow Jesus? Is there a way to both take up our cross and build up our stats? Shannon Popkin believes there is. Come get guidance on these five questions, every speaker and writer must ask.
5 Ways to Live Me-Free in This Measure-Up Influencer World
There’s never been a time where it’s easier to get a message out into the world. And there’s never been a time where it’s easier to slip into the measure-up trap of comparison, as you do so. As a Christian influencer, here are five ways to guard against the measure-up fear and get-ahead pride which is sure to distract you from God’s work or lead you into bondage.
Preparing for Spiritual Attack in Ministry
Many new writers and speakers are caught off guard by the spiritual gloom or added temptation, which often accompany a writing/speaking project. When we—as writers and speakers—cast words of light and truth out into the darkness, we also throw rocks at the enemy’s hornet nest. And Satan doesn’t fight fair. Yet God has not given us a spirit of fear. Come develop a defensive strategy for times of attack, and how to fight back.
Jealousy. Pride. Unworthiness. Superiority. Each is a bitter fruit of comparison, which our enemy uses to distract, discourage, and divide us. But what if we showed Satan the door, and ushered King Jesus to His throne at this conference?
Comparison isn’t a game; it’s part of a war for power. And King Jesus invites us to respond now the way we’ll wish we had the day we see him seated on his throne. In Jesus’s kingdom, greatness is achieved—not measuring up, but by pouring ourselves out. And we (the leaders) are invited to go first.
As we huddle up and collaborate on how to better share truth and spread the gospel, let’s link arms in solidarity. Let’s enjoy the sweetness of unity. Let’s empty ourselves—as Jesus did, and be free!
Control Girls in Ministry
Control Girls aren’t trying to be inflexible or exasperating; they’re just trying to make things turn out right. But by clamping down and claiming their turf, Control Girls work against God, not for him. From the pages of Miriam’s story in Numbers, Discover how women in ministry can cultivate a culture of surrender, not control.
5 Tips for Leading the other Control Girls in Your Church
As a leader, you’re likely threatened by the other Control Girl in the room. But if you clamp down with white knuckles, you only strangle the growth of your church, and invite her to do the same. Drawing from the truth of the Bible and inspiring examples, Shannon offers five tips for leading the other Control Girls in your Church (or organization).
A Coaching Session on Platform-Building with the Carpenter from Nazareth
Do you wonder if your attempts to expand your ministry are stamped with God’s approval? Do you feel embarrassed about promoting your work? Do you question whether you’ve confused God’s calling with your own voice?
Drawing from a coaching session Jesus held with his disciples—the ones who kicked off the gospel movement—Shannon offers you two strategies, directly from Jesus. Learn how you, too, can build a platform to spread truth and light, without drifting from the goal Jesus commissioned you with.
God is a Storyteller and You Should Be, Too
Stories help the truth become three-dimensional. Shannon shares tips for choosing and telling a story that will unclutter your message and shine a spotlight on your point. In this workshop you’ll learn:
- Three types of stories to use in your speaking and writing.
- How to order your stories in an interesting, concise way.
- Tips for transferring your stories from page to platform.
- How to use imagery to trim wordcount and amplify your message.
- How to enhance, but not detract from your message with stories
Mistakes Speakers Make On and Off the Platform
Shannon’s made lots of mistakes, both on and off the platform! But you don’t have to make the same ones. She’ll share some rookie mistakes, ways to improve, and how to give yourself grace, since—like everybody else, you’re still learning.
Jesus, help me stop comparing!
(Great for Teens/ Middle School/ Youth leaders)
“How do I measure up?” a girl intuitively begins to wonder, as her eyes flutter open to differences she never noticed. And that’s when Satan pounces–tempting her to compare. Jealousy, pride, inferiority, self-loathing, and mean girl tactics are some of comparison’s bitter fruits which can poison a girl’s life for decades. Thankfully, King Jesus came offering a cure.
With humor, compassion, and passion for God’s word, Shannon will share her own struggles with comparison, along with the immense freedom, joy, and connection she’s found from living inside Jesus’ kingdom–where the last are first, the greats are servants, and measuring up comes from pouring your life out.