is an excellent inspirational speaker and educator. She toured nationally
as a guest speaker with Women of Faith addressing over 150,000 in
arenas across America, has keynoted national conferences, addressed Christian
Educators and has material designed for women’s events, churches, schools,
parenting classes, youth and youth workers.
Speak for Your Church, Women’s, or Family Event.
2007 Harry Potter – Related Speaking Topics
Summer 2007 is going to be huge with regard to interest in Harry Potter.
Given that the final installment of the novels Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows is due July 21 and the fifth movie Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix is opening July 13th people will be taking
and thinking about the boy wizard and all that surrounds him. Therefore I
have several options of speaking related to Harry Potter. These include:
Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookiees: Navigating
Good and Evil in Harry Potter, Narnia, and Star Wars (related to the
2007 book of the same name)
What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? Navigating
the controversy among Christians over Harry Potter in a kind and godly way.
This relates to the 2000 book by the same name. Here I cover why Christians
who agree on their opposition to witchcraft on biblical grounds disagree
on Harry Potter, how to understand the stories as fantasy literature, how
it is possible to use them for moral training and parallels to the Gospel
of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel according to Harry Potter offers
an array of speaking topics. I can draw out parallels to the Christian gospel
from an overview the series by highlighting significant Christian themes
from each of the books so far. Or I can focus in and give a presentation
from any one of the single books as it relates to Christian themes. I have
done this in a Christian Family Camp where I gave separate presentations
for each of the published books as they related to the Christian gospel.
Harry Potter Family Fun with Christian Themes:
Given that these novels began as children’s stories, I have devised some
delightfully fun interactive experiences that can bring kids, parents, and
even grandparents together for games and Bible lessons associated with Harry
Potter. The most popular of these is playing “Muggle Quidditch” a rousing
combination of dodge ball, water-balloon fight, soccer, keep-away and a foot
race all played firmly on the ground.
MySpace for Moms and Dads
Christian MySpace Alternatives
Rave Reviews for Speaking Appearances by Connie Neal on MySpace
for Moms and Dads
(Santa Ana, CA March 25, 2007)
"Connie Neal's seminar was fantastic. We had a full
room with a number of visitors to our class, which I was so pleased about.
Connie was extremely practical and very down to earth. Where I had
assumed she was going to condemn MySpace, instead she recognized the reality
of it and encouraged us all to check it out and see the good in it.
Then, as parents, we would be able to put in controls for privacy and security.
She was a great speaker, very engaging, but, again, down to earth.
She is a parent with teens, herself, so it made her presentation all the
~ Susie Alexander, Parents of Teens Class Coordinator, Calvary Church of
(Renton, WA March 3, 2007) " thought
the topic and information were highly relevant and much-needed for parents,
and I thought your presentation of that information was concise, engaging,
and entirely usable. Unfortunately, I was only able to catch about 30 minutes
of your presentation but what I did catch was really good!
are, in fact, intimidated by technology, and
I thought your approach was very user-friendly
and very sensitive to that fact. A web page can be overwhelmingly
foreign to some, and
I thought you were very effective in cutting through
all the “noise” and directing your audience to
where they needed to be.
I also very much enjoyed your presentation
as a whole. Your use of Powerpoint was outstanding
– interesting to the eye (pictures
rather than lots of words) and attention-grabbing as well
in the content/nature
of those pictures. I also loved your analogies. I thought the whole
“neighborhoods” thing was really effective at capturing
the scope and perspective of “My Space”, and the
pictures and stories of your trip there drew us in and drove the point home.
. . . Trust me – it was good!"
~ Wes Shimaura, Parent of Teens, Highland Community Church, Renton, WA
Other Topics include:
Passing on Your Faith without Turning
off Your Kids
Helping Children Make Their Dreams
Come True (The Dream Box for Kids)
Raising Kids to Be Godly and Wise in
a Perilous World
Redeeming Pop Culture
Dancing in the Arms of God (Women’s
Hats Off to Mom! (Mother’s Day)
The Best Gift (Christmas)
The Search for True Love (Valentine’s
God Plants Seeds of Joy in the Dirt
of Despair (Women of Faith message)