Speaking

Laura is a woman of character committed to uncompromised kingdom living according to God’s precepts here and now. If you are looking for a transforming message that people can grab a hold of with both hands, you need to book Laura for your next event. Whether discipleship, outreach or simply having fun with Christ at the center, Laura’s ability to prayerfully bring God’s word to the heart of the matter will delight and engage your gathering.”Cathy Endebrock
Director, Let's Pray Today Ministries

Thank you for considering me for your event. I am truly honored. I understand the difficulty of securing the right speaker for your event. Both when I was Director of Discipling Ministries at a 4,500 member church and later as a volunteer on various leadership teams at my current church, I experienced the frustration and trepidation that comes with searching for a speaker.

I know, first-hand, how much is riding on your choice. How well the speaker connects with your participants can make or break your event. I want you to succeed, your event to be amazing, and most importantly, your participants to be inspired, transformed, and draw closer to Christ!

What You’ll Discover on This Page

The goal of this page is to simplify your research and insure your success in finding the best speaker for your event.

 Here’s an overview of what I have to offer and what you can expect from me. Click on the links below to jump directly to the relevant sections.

What You Can Expect

As we work together to insure a successful event, here is what you can expect from me and my team:
  1. Prompt, professional, and attentive responses to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. An initial phone consultation with my manager to better understand your plans and objectives for your event and how I could serve you and your participants.
  3. A personal phone consultation with me in which we will discuss in detail your vision for the event and the outcome you desire for your participants.
  4. A professionally prepared and dynamically delivered presentation designed to meet your objectives and fulfill your vision for your event.
  5. Active engagement with you, your team, and your participants during the event.
  6. A resource page for event planners featuring downloads and information to assist in promoting and planning your event.
  7. A resource page for your participants which will provide access to downloads and/or links to resources highlighted or recommended during my presentation or which I believe will be valuable to your participants.
  8. A brief follow-up with a member of my team to evaluate how well I met your expectations and hear any ideas you have about how I might improve.

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The Scoop on Me

I am passionate about helping people see how God’s truth and grace intersect with their real lives. To that end I founded Making It Real Ministries and authored Remaining in the Vine: Cultivating an Intimate Relationship with Jesus in an Insanely Busy and Superficial World. 

After sauntering into my first Bible study with a chip on my shoulder the size of Mount Rushmore and a skepticism exceeded only by my cynicism, I became captivated by God’s Word and it totally changed my life. Since then, I’ve spent more than 20 years passionately equipping others to make the most of the abundant life Jesus provides.

Laura is one of those rare people whose profound appreciation for grace drives her to take the Word of God seriously without taking herself too seriously. As a result, hearing Laura speak is so much more than a mere learning experience or a pleasure. It’s an unveiling of God.”Ernest Jones
Senior Pastor, Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas

For more information or to share information about me with your team, you may also want to download a copy of my Bio Sheet.

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My Speaking Topics

Below are my current topics. These will be customized to meet your individual ministry needs. And if you need a presentation on a topic not listed here, I’d love to craft something specific to your event.

Get Real

Hollywood sets project the appearance of a grand reality while actually being only elaborate facades with nothing real behind them. It looks like you could live there, but you really wouldn’t want to. It is tempting for us to project a facade of having it all together (and in a perfectly clean house, too!) But it is impossible to live abundantly in a false reality. In this presentation, Laura shares her own struggle in this area and the amazing rewards that come from choosing to get real with God and others. You’ll walk away equipped to:

  • Confidently bring your real self to God and receive the acceptance you long for.
  • Discern how and when to share what with whom.
  • Discover how the very things you wanted to hide can bless others in life-changing ways.

What’s Under Your Rug?

Life has a way of shaking us up and ripping the rug out from under us. When life pulls the rug out from under you, what will you land on? Having experienced some major rug-ripping in her own life, Laura has learned some important lessons that insure we land on solid ground when life shakes us up. Laura will share with you how to:

  • Recover your footing and move forward with hope, peace, and purpose.
  • Weave a new rug with better slip-resistance and place it on the right foundation.
  • Properly maintain your new rug so it won’t become worn and frazzled.

Replace Your Buttons with Boundaries

Do you ever feel like an elevator because you let people press your buttons all day and make you go where they want you to go. Laura invites you to trade your buttons for some healthy boundaries and discover the full extent of your freedom in Christ. Laura explores Biblical examples of boundary setting and provides practical instruction on setting healthy boundaries in our lives. You’ll walk away knowing how to:

  • Develop stronger, healthier, more authentic relationships.
  • Protect against manipulation without resorting to unhealthy defenses.
  • Exchange a desperate need to please people for a passionate desire to please God.
  • Escape the “can’t say no” syndrome so you can say yes to the things that matter.

A Life-Changing Love

“God is love.” In this interactive and fun presentation we unpack that little phrase. You might be surprised by how much life-changing truth and grace is packed into three little words! By exploring who God is and how he loves, Laura will help you:

  • Overcome the chaos of constant change by resting in the constancy of our unchanging God.
  • Love like Jesus loves instead of struggling to just tolerate difficult people.
  • Strengthen your relationship with Christ in ways that work with who you are and your season of life.
  • Feel the love of Christ more intimately and the guidance of the Holy Spirit more clearly.

Depending on your needs, each of these topics can be presented as a 35 to 60 minute presentation or expanded to multiple sessions for a retreat format.

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What Others Are Saying

Here are things some  event planners had to say about me. You’ll find additional comments from event participants in the column to the right.

Laura has a gift for sharing her faith and personal experience in a very authentic way. She gives biblical teaching and practical application tips. Her passion for the topic was clearly evident and kept us all engaged. We loved having Laura come speak to our group!”Michelle Drummons
MOPS Coordinator, Grace Bible Church, Georgetown Texas
Laura was absolutely brilliant as the speaker at our women’s retreat. She was able to take Biblical concepts and apply them to modern times. People were amazed by her biblical knowledge and her sincere and unpretentious way of presenting. Laura truly cares about people and their journey of faith.”A. M.
St. Richard's Episcopal Church, Round Rock, Texas
Working with Laura was a dream. I’ve known her for many years so when she began her Speaking ministry I wanted my church to be on her calendar right away. Our planning for the event was seamless and she did not disappoint. We had record attendance for her study and have had many requests for her to return.Marian Schulze
Grace Ave. United Methodist Church, Frisco, Texas


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Laura’s Upcoming Engagements

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Laura’s Past Events

  Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
+ 05/01/2015—05/02/2015
Women's Retreat for Hill Country Bible Church Georgetown Burnet, TX
  Retreat:Get RealPrivate Event
Sponsor:Hill Country Bible Church, Georgetown
Venue:Camp Buckner
Burnet, TX
+ 02/07/2015
10:00 am
St. Richard's Episcopal Church Women's Retreat Blanco, Texas
  Retreat:Replace Your Buttons with BoundariesPublic Event
Sponsor:Saint Richard's Episcopal Church
Venue:Well Spring Retreat Center
Blanco, Texas
+ 01/15/2015
10:30 a.m.
Water and the Word Bible Study - Q & A Session  
  Other:Remaining in the VinePrivate Event
Sponsor:Water and the Word Bible Study Group
Venue:Private Residence
+ 05/11/2014
9:30-10:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church Georgetown Texas Georgetown, Texas
  Workshop:A Life-Changing LovePrivate Event
Sponsor:First United Methodist Church Georgetown Texas
Venue:First United Methodist Church
Georgetown, Texas
+ 05/04/2014
9:30-10:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church Georgetown Texas Georgetown, Texas
  Workshop:A Life-Changing LovePrivate Event
Sponsor:First United Methodist Church Georgetown Texas
Venue:First United Methodist Church
Georgetown, Texas
+ 04/09/2014
TBD
Grace Avenue UMC Frisco, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco TX
Venue:Grace Avenue United Methodist Church
Frisco, Texas
+ 04/02/2014
TBD
Grace Avenue UMC Frisco, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco TX
Venue:Grace Avenue United Methodist Church
Frisco, Texas
+ 03/26/2014
TBD
Grace Avenue UMC Frisco, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco TX
Venue:Grace Avenue United Methodist Church
Frisco, Texas
+ 03/19/2014
TBD
Grace Avenue UMC Frisco, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco TX
Venue:Grace Avenue United Methodist Church
Frisco, Texas
+ 02/25/2014
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
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+ 02/25/2014
06:30-08:30 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
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+ 02/18/2014
09:00-11:30 a.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
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+ 02/18/2014
06:30-08:30 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
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+ 02/11/2014
09:00-11:30 a.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
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+ 02/11/2014
06:30-08:30 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
Get more information
+ 02/04/2014
09:00-11:30 a.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
Get more information
+ 02/04/2014
06:30-08:30 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Women's Bible Study Georgetown, Texas
  Keynote:Remaining in the VinePublic Event
Sponsor:Main Street Baptist ChurchRegister to attend
Venue:Main Street Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
1001 Main Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 869-7854
Get more information
+ 11/15/2013
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Grace Bible Church MOPS Group  
  Keynote:Get RealPrivate Event
+ 10/07/2013
Launching Making It Real Ministries  
  Other:Making It Real Ministries Launch 

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