Speak, Geezer, Speak (woof)
DO YOU EVER TRAVEL TO ACTUAL CAMPUSES AND SPEAK IN YOUR REAL VOICE AND EVERYTHING?
If I’ve heard that question once, I’ve heard that question once. Actually, I’ve gone to campuses in the US and Canada for thirty years or so for both one-nighters (either scheduled or as a fill in) and for both regional and statewide retreats.
WHAT TOPICS DO YOU SPEAK ON?
I speak on a broad range of topics related to discipleship, worldview and the Kingdom of God. It’s like oldies radio; the request line is open. The group making the request picks the topic. The reason for that is that the leadership on the campus or with the ministry is closer to God’s heart for their group than I am. This means you have a sharper view of what the Holy Spirit wants done than me. So I trust God working through you for the topic and go from there. As I’ve studied and spoken across a pretty broad field of biblical and theological themes, I can address a number of topics. If I can’t handle it, you will be the first to know. I can provide a sample list of things I’ve done. You should know that the topics on the list all came from student leaders. I don’t do canned talks; I work from scratch even if I’ve spoken on the topic before so it’s fresh and alive.
HOW DO WE SCHEDULE WITH YOU?
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we try to find a date we both have open. I do have a day job as the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Roseville, Michigan. In the event of a weekend retreat, I rarely miss a Sunday in the pulpit and schedule other things accordingly. Some creative scheduling by retreat planners has helped this work for both of us.
SIGH…….LET’S GET IT OVER WITH. HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
For twenty-seven years or so, I’ve never charged a dime to come to one nighters. If I can get there, I come and the Lord has always been good for it. Occasionally, a group will throw gas money or bridge fee into Canada at me and we thumb wrestle over it. For retreats, give me a place to throw a sleeping bag and a dry bagel to suck on and I’m fine. If the retreat is in New Mexico, a plane ticket would be nice as that’s a hefty drive from Detroit. People (students) who survive on old pizza crusts, ramen noodles and Slurpees just don’t have much to throw around for fat cat speakers. If the other stuff works out, this will too.
THIS IS THE PART WHERE I SAY TO HAVE YOUR PEOPLE CALL MY PEOPLE. BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY PEOPLE. SO……..”HEY, PEOPLE!!! LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS.”