- How to write with a new authority, engage the heart of your reader and bring lasting transformation through carefully crafted devotions.
- How to use Scripture as a springboard to construct helpful devotions that resonate with your readers.
- How to mine the hard places in life and find the gems of truth that will lead to powerful life-change for your readers.
- How to add impact and personal application to your devotions to help your readers experience God and the gospel in a real and relevant way.
- How to switch to a ministry mindset so your writing adds value to your audience before, during and even after your writing time.
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Six Crucial Elements of a Strong Devotion with Glynnis Whitwer
The Encouragement for Today devotions have over 1.5 million subscribers and have been sending out devotions for almost 15 years. To help the editors and writers know what is acceptable and what isn’t, the devotion team has created a rubric with six key components of a good devotion. In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director over devotions, shares those six elements and how they combine to make a devotion that helps lead readers to the heart of God.
Writing Powerful Devotions with Marvin Williams
It takes practice to create a devotional that is both engaging and informative, while still holding tight to scriptural truths. In this lesson, Pastor Marvin Williams, a long-time writer with Our Daily Bread, walks you step-by-step through crafting compelling devotions that impact real life-change.
Creating Gospel-Centered Content for a Culturally-Driven World by Kelley Brown
In this lesson, First 5 writer Kelley Brown shares some tips and tools to help you create biblically-centered content that will engage, encourage and equip your reader to live for God while living in this world.
Balancing Scripture and Story with Sharon Jaynes
In a devotion, if you’re too heavy on Scripture, the reader will become overwhelmed and stop reading. If you’re too heavy on story, the reader will enjoy the read but have little to no life change. In this lesson, Sharon will help you learn how to balance these two elements to help you write so that readers will want to continue reading and be changed by your words.
Devotion Challenge Roundtable Discussion with the Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotion Team
In this lesson, you’ll learn tips and advice from four members of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotion Team about writing compelling devotions, how to pick a good topic and how to avoid sounding too preachy. You’ll also get answers to the most common questions writers often ask about the craft of writing strong devotions, such as what makes a good title, how to write an attention grabbing hook, tips for avoiding sharing too much and how to weave in scripture in a compelling way while avoiding common mistakes.
Experience Before Expression with Lysa TerKeurst
In this lesson from Lysa TerKeurst, she’ll share how to mine the hard places in life and find the gems of truth that will lead to powerful life-change for your readers. The more our writing is an outflow of experience, the greater impact we will have.
Finding Writing Ideas with Karen Ehman
In this lesson, Karen Ehman, a New York Times’ best-selling author, blogger and Proverbs 31 Ministries’ devotion writer, will show you how to: Unearth ready-made and relevant material from your seemingly ordinary life. Process situations and interactions with an eye toward turning them into life lessons to share. Use Scripture as a springboard to construct helpful written messages that resonate with your readers.
Added Value: Keeping the Heart of Your Writing Others Centered with Amy Carrol
In this lesson, Amy Carroll teaches you how to switch to a ministry mindset so your writing adds value to your audience before, during and even after your writing time. Amy also shows us how she stepped outside of her own life to meet the needs of those receiving her messages and reading her writing.
The Power of Practical Application with Lysa TerKeurst
In this lesson, Lysa TerKeurst shares how she impacts readers with practical application to inspire her audience for spiritual transformation. She gives five different ways to add these elements to your own writing and help your readers experience God and the gospel in a real and relevant way.
4 Simple Questions That Will Increase Your Writing’s Impact with Amy Carrol
In this lesson, author Amy Carroll shares four questions that spark fresh ideas and energize your writing. Her questions will help you write with a new authority, engage the heart of your reader and bring lasting transformation through God’s unchanging Word.