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January 21, 2017
The Collide, Santa Clara
The Collide Conference

March 2-4, 2017
BASS Church Workers Convention
Keynote in Counseling Tract: "Why Didn't You Warn Me?," "Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey," "Obstacles in Healing," "How to Talk So Others Will Listen and Listen so Others Will Talk," "How to Get Your Warrior Back"
Contact: BassConvention


Conference Topics
Pat Sikora is available to speak on numerous topics. Please browse our selections below and contact Mighty Oak Ministries to book Pat for your next speaking engagement.

Roots: Conference Topics for Bible Studies

The following workshops are designed for retreats, seminars and conferences where inspiration and spiritual growth are the focus. I am always happy to work with a conference coordinator to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Adult women or in some cases, mixed groups.

Conquering Giants
Joshua faced many obstacles-giants-as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Since we face many of the same giants, we can learn powerful lessons about facing and conquering the obstacles in our lives. This talk covers principles from the first six chapters of the book of Joshua.

(60 to 90 minutes)


Planting Tumbleweeds: From Aimless to Splendid
Does your life resemble a tumbleweed? Lifeless? Rootless? Tossed about by every circumstance? Do you find that your life seems ruled by emotions, logic, or even physical ailments? Just when you think you are standing firm, along comes another wind that blows you off course. There is hope. If you understand the relationship of the human spirit, soul, and body, your life can take on new meaning and stability as you learn to become planted like a mighty oak.

(60 to 90 minutes or retreat)


Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You're on Isn't the One You Signed up For
Are you in a spiritual, personal, or professional wilderness? Did your life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you grasping for breath? Has your ministry been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you're asking any of these questions, let me tell you the stories of people who have faced the wilderness and not only survived, but thrived. Learning from the example of Moses' wilderness trek, we examine derailed plans and learn eight tips for surviving when life takes a sudden left turn and dumps you in the desert.

(60 to 90 minutes)


That the World May Know... (Unity in the Body of Christ)
How can ordinary Christians today make an impact on their world? How can our lives make a difference to those who don't know Jesus Christ? How can we live in unity with one another, as God intended? In His high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed to His Father, "I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." (John 17:23) Clearly, Jesus intended that His followers live in unity, not because it's more pleasant, but for a strategic purpose-to communicate the essential truth of the gospel to the world. How can we do this?

The New Testament is full of answers. Almost one hundred times we are told how to treat one another. There are positive com¬mands telling us what we should do and negative commands telling us what we should avoid. Taken together, these "one another" passages form the framework for unity. They teach us how to become one, so that the world may know that the Father sent the Son to offer each person eternal life. A retreat based on this study will focus on several of the one another commands, with an emphasis on unity for the sake of the gospel.

(Retreat of three or more sessions)


What to Do While You're Waiting: Strategies for Fallow Ground
Just when you think you have life figured out, God places you on the shelf. Perhaps life circumstances prevent you from continuing the ministry you thought you were to do. Perhaps you need a time for healing. Whatever the reason, what's a committed Christian to do when they are suddenly removed from the front line? This workshop explores ways to make the most of the fallow time.

(60 to 90 minutes)

Let's Take Another Look at Halloween
Christians are confused about Halloween. No wonder. When many of us were growing up, Halloween was a favorite holiday. We loved dressing up and parading through the neighborhood in search of the ultimate thrill-a bag full of candy! We squealed with delight when our favorite neighbor feigned fear or pretended not to recognize us. Few imagined it was anything other than a great day for a party. Is Halloween just a harmless holiday or is it a pagan religious celebration? We'll look at the history of this holiday, the way it's celebrated in some cults, and the role of the church in light of this information. Contains some information on Ritual Abuse that may be triggering to survivors with this background.

(60 to 90+ minutes)

Branches: Conference Topics for Small Group

Inspiring and encouraging Christian leaders to effectively minister to the wounded and broken...
Pat has been leading small groups since 1977 and training leaders since 1984. She is the author of Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal With Challenging Group Members (Standard Publishing, 2007). Be sure to check out the Why Didn’t You Warn Me Website and Blog.

Pat has over 200 articles published in magazines and on the Internet, many of which deal with small groups. She is the author of several books, booklets, and Bible studies. Her book, Small Group Bible Studies: How to Lead Them has been translated into Korean and is training a new generation of small group leaders in Korea.

She writes and speaks on topics ranging from leadership and Biblical inspiration to parenting and writing. But her passion is equipping the church to minister to the wounded and broken.

Pat is always happy to work with a conference director to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. Her workshops encourage personal application and audience participation.

Target Audience: Adult leaders and prospective leaders.


What Are We Doing Here?

Can small groups really make a permanent difference in someone's life? Listen to the stories of several people who would answer a hearty yes. This workshop is a good introduction to the ministry of small groups in a full day or weekend training session.

(70 to 90 minutes)



From Here to Maturity

What is maturity and how can we reach it? From Here to Maturity discusses the Biblical concept of Christian maturity and how this character can be best developed within a small group. The objective of this workshop is to help the participants identify and incorporate these elements in their small group and their lives.

(70 to 90 minutes)


Who Me? A Leader?
Have you been asked to lead a small group, or perhaps you are responsible for selecting small group or ministry leaders. This workshop discusses seven characteristics of a leader, with the objective of enabling you to identify those attributes that will assure effective leadership in yourself or others.

(60 to 75 minutes)


Why Didn't You Warn Me?

Do you have challenging people in your small group? Dear people who have personal or behavioral problems that challenge your leadership skills? This talk provides step-by-step tips for handling several types of challenging members.

(60 to 120 minutes. With 90 minutes or longer, we can include a delightful interactive exercise.)


Before You Begin

This workshop discusses details to consider before your first small group meeting to assure that people feel welcome and prepared for as you start your study. The emphasis is on logistical issues. This workshop is best included in a full day or weekend of leadership training rather than as a stand-alone.

(60 to 75 minutes)


Hey! I'm a Leader!

This workshop addresses the importance of preparing for the first meeting and some fundamentals of managing the group. This very practical workshop is designed primarily for the first time small group leader. This workshop is best included in a full day or weekend of leadership training rather than as a stand-alone.

(60 to 75 minutes)


Keys to Changed Lives

Once you have structured your group using the elements for maturity, there are several other essential elements to incorporate in leading any small group. These keys will assist you in bringing each member to maturity in Jesus Christ. This workshop discusses each of these elements and provides examples to assist both the new and experienced leader.

(70 to 90 minutes)

Leading Dynamic Discussions: How to Keep Your Group on the Edge of Their Seats

Do you find that your small Group or Sunday school discussions are met with deafening silence or confused stares? We’ll discuss the types of studies, questions, and situations that lead to dynamic life-changing discussions. Target audience is small group leaders and adult Sunday School teachers.

(60 to 90 minutes)


Learning by the Book

Regardless of the type or structure of a small group, it is important that the Word of God be your foundation. The workshop discusses six factors to consider in selecting a study guide to purchase or in writing your own material. Participants will understand how to evaluate a study guide in relation to the needs of their groups.

(60 to 70 minutes)

Leaves: Conference Topics for Healing

The following workshops are designed for retreats, seminars and conferences where emotional and spiritual healing are the focus. I am always happy to work with a conference coordinator to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Adult women or in some cases, mixed groups.


Obstacles to Healing
Have you tried everything in ministering healing, but are seeing limited results? Let's talk about some of the key obstacles that prevent people from receiving physical or emotional healing.

(60 to 90+ minutes)

Planting Tumbleweeds: From Aimless to Splendid
Does your life resemble a tumbleweed? Lifeless? Rootless? Tossed about by every circumstance? Do you find that your life seems ruled by emotions, logic or even physical ailments? Just when you think you are standing firm, along comes another wind and blows you off course. There is hope. If you understand the relationship of the human spirit, soul, and body, your life can take on new meaning and stability as you learn to become planted like a mighty oak. This workshop is excellent when paired with “Beauty for Ashes” in a full-day conference. It can be tailored for survivors of abuse or for a general audience interested in renewing the mind.

(60 to 90 minutes or retreat)

Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You're on Isn't the One You Signed up For
Are you in a spiritual, personal, or professional wilderness? Did your life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you grasping for reality? Has your ministry been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you're asking any of these questions, listen to the stories of people who have faced the wilderne¬ss and not only survived, but thrived.

(60 to 90 minutes)


A Biblical Model For Ministering To The Abused
Isaiah 61 presents a model for ministering to survivors of childhood abuse. The ministry given to Jesus is also given to us as we seek to help repair the damage done to these people. This workshop examines this Biblical model, illustrated by case studies from various sources, including personal experience as both a survivor and lay counselor. It presents a foundation of hope for survivors from the perspective of the present, the past, and the future. The objective of this workshop is to provide practical and theological information for developing a ministry to the abused. Target audience is pastors and church staff as well as professional and lay counselors.

(70 to 90+ minutes


Beauty for Ashes
What does the Word of God say about healing from abuse? Isaiah 61 suggests a wonderful pattern for healing the present, the past and the future. This workshop offers an inductive, yet personal, study of this powerful chapter, with a focus on healing from childhood abuse. Pair this workshop with “Overcoming the Tumbleweed Syndrome,” for a full day conference that is both theological and practical. Target audience is survivors of all types of abuse.

(90 minutes or more)


Becoming a Life Giver
Many people want to minister to the wounded, but do they know how? Might they do more harm than good? Unfortunately, this is often the case. This workshop presents very practical "don'ts and do's" for ministry, including extensive case material. This workshop is based on my experience as both a survivor and a lay counselor for many wounded people. The objective of this workshop is to provide practical information for direct ministry or for managing a ministry. Target audience is pastors and church staff as well as professional and lay counselors.

(60 to 75 minutes, or longer with discussion and interaction)


Conquering Giants
Joshua faced many obstacles-giants-as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Since we face many of the same giants, we can learn powerful lessons about facing and conquering the obstacles in our lives. This talk covers principles from the first six chapters of the book of Joshua.

(60 to 90 minutes)


What to Do While You're Waiting: Strategies for Fallow Ground
Just when you think you have life figured out, God places you on the shelf. Perhaps life circumstances prevent you from continuing the ministry you thought you were to do. Perhaps you need a time for healing. Whatever the reason, what's a committed Christian to do when they are suddenly removed from the front line? This workshop explores ways to make the most of the fallow time.

(60 to 90 minutes, with time for interaction)

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Acorns: Conference Topics for Writing

The following workshops are designed for writers' seminars and conferences of all types. I am always happy to work with a conference coordinator to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Adult and teen writers.

(60 to 90 minutes)

Building Blocks of Editing
This workshop illustrates how to conceive, write and edit an article or book from idea through final manuscript, using a simple, step-by-step approach. This method has helped hundreds adults become better writers. It breaks down the writing and editing process into sequential building blocks that will improve any manuscript. The workshop is most useful to beginning and intermediate writers. We'll discuss fifteen elements, building block-by-building block.

(This workshop can be offered in a 75 to 90 minute overview, an 8 to 15 hour hands-on practicum over a two-day period, or as a major writers' conference session)


Critique Groups that Work
Critique groups are fun, effective, and challenging. The faculty at writers conferences often recommend critique groups, but how often do we explain what they are and how to make them work? In this workshop, we will examine a variety of ways to start a group, some guidelines to manage the group and critique work, and a variety of organizational formats. We will then practice by critiquing an article.

(60 to 90 minutes)



Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You're On Isn't the One You Signed Up For
Are you in a spiritual, personal, or professional wilderness? Did your life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you gasping for breath? Has your writing ministry been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you're asking any of these questions, let me tell you the stories of people who have faced the wilderness and not only survived, but thrived. Learning from the example of Moses' wilderness trek, we examine derailed writing plans and learn eight tips for surviving when life takes a sudden left turn and dumps you in the desert.

(70 to 90 minutes)



What to Do While You're Waiting: Strategies for Fallow Ground
Just when you think you have life figured out, God places you on the shelf. Perhaps life circumstances prevent you from continuing the writing ministry you thought you were called to. What's a committed Christian to do when they are suddenly removed from the front line? Using personal examples, I will give six strategies for living and thriving as fallow ground.

(60 to 90 minutes)



Who Me? A Writer?
Why are you a writer? Do you recognize the awesome responsibility you have undertaken? Since writing is a public ministry, we are vulnerable to many temptations. This workshop will challenge, encourage, and inspire both experienced and novice writers to the high calling we have received by examining the character of a Christian writer.

(60 to 75 minutes)


Writing to Heal; Healing to Write
How often do we find writers' conference participants writing from raw, unhealed wounds? They know they are called to write, but staff often suggests they are not ready to publish. This workshop will offer a redemptive approach to both their call and their pain. Writing doesn't just unburden the soul; studies show it actually heals the body and emotions as well. In repeated experiments, writing about pain (physical or emotional) has produced significant and measurable health effects. Cancer survivors, teens, prison inmates, abuse survivors, widows, and many others heal faster and more thoroughly when they write about their experiences. After healing, these wounded people have a great contribution to make. This workshop will explore strategies for writing to heal, and then encourage participants to write from that place of healing to encourage others.

(70 to 90 minutes)

Saplings: Conference Topics for Parenting

The following workshops are designed for home school and parenting conferences of all types. I am always happy to work with a conference coordinator to tailor a workshop or complete retreat to meet your needs. All workshops feature a combination of personal experience integrated with the Word of God. My workshops encourage personal application and involvement by the audience.
Target Audience: Parents, especially those home schooling; teachers.



Building Blocks of Editing
This workshop illustrates how to write and edit an essay or article from idea through final manuscript, using a simple, step-by-step approach based largely on the parts of speech and rules of grammar. This method has helped over 100 students become excellent writers. It breaks down the editing process into bite-sized building blocks that will improve any manuscript. The workshop is most useful for parents, teachers, and junior high and high school students. We'll discuss fifteen elements, building block-by-building block.

(This workshop can be offered in a 75 to 90 minute overview or an 8 to 15 hour hands-on practicum over a two-day period to provide hands-on training for home school students and their parents.)


Ready, Set, Stand! Preparing Your Child to Stand in Persecution
Whether it's being bullied by a schoolmate for going to church, facing legal challenges because of home schooling, or being imprisoned for their faith, it's likely that many of our children will face persecution sometime in their lives. Are your children equipped to stand firm in persecution? This is one of the most critical, but largely ignored, issues of our day. Ready, Set, Stand! discusses this tough subject using biblical principles and deliberate strategies. It will give parents six manageable tools for equipping their children for either major or minor persecution. And as an added benefit, parents will begin to assess their own readiness to stand firm.

(60 minutes or longer)


Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You're On Isn't the One You Signed Up For
Are you in a spiritual or personal wilderness? Did you life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you gasping for breath? Has your home schooling been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you're asking any of these questions, let me tell you the stories of people who have faced the wilderness and not only survived, but thrived. Learning from the example of Moses' wilderness trek, we examine derailed home schooling plans and learn eight tips for surviving when life takes a sudden left turn and dumps you in the desert. Ideal for burned out home school parents as well as those facing a family crisis.

(70 to 90 minutes)


What to Do While You're Waiting: Strategies for Fallow Ground
Just when you think you have life figured out, God places you on the shelf. Perhaps life circumstances prevent you from continuing to home school, even though you were sure were called to it. Perhaps you need a time for healing. Perhaps you need to take a job. Whatever the reason, what's a committed home school parent to do when suddenly removed from the front line? Using personal examples, I will give six strategies for living as fallow ground.

(60 to 90 minutes)



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