Thank you for your interest in speaking at The Anchor. The following guidelines will help you prepare your presentation and maximize the message and intent of The Anchor. Our desire is to support you as you prepare to encourage and inspire women with the hope we have in Jesus.
The Anchor is a gathering for women of all ages and backgrounds to be encouraged and anchored in faith and friendships.
Founding Bible Verses
- Hebrews 6:19
“We have this HOPE [Jesus] as an ANCHOR for the soul firm and secure.”
- Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but ENCOURAGING one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Anchor Gathering Description
The Anchor is an outreach ministry which gathers women of all ages to encourage and anchor them in faith and friendships. It is a place where women can gather in a non-threatening atmosphere to hear about Jesus and be encouraged in the hope we have in Him. It is also a place to connect with new and old friends alike.
Because we were unable to gather in person during the pandemic, we created the Anchor at Home virtual gathering which airs once a month, from October to June. Each month, a 45-minute video is created to premiere on YouTube the first Thursday of the month. Leaders are encouraged to host watch party gatherings on this day, but the video will always be available if they choose another date.
Anchor Gathering Elements
Both in-person and at-home Anchor Gatherings consist of the following:
- social time with drinks and appetizers
- mixer time (getting to know each other)
- music performed by guest musician(s)
- an Anchor Moment – a short testimony
- a message from a speaker
The Anchor Message
The message is prayerfully prepared and given by one of the Anchor team members or a guest speaker. The duration of the Anchor at Home video message is 15-20 minutes. If the message given is in person, the length can be 20-25 minutes. In both situations, the talk is based on the speaker’s personal testimony of faith or topic that is based on scripture from the Bible. The goal of the message is to share the hope we have in Jesus and how He is the anchor for our lives now and for eternity. The message needs to be presented in a non-threatening and considerate manner since some of the women have no church background and all levels of faith are represented. We request that the speaker be aware of “faith language” so as to not alienate women who are not believers. PowerPoint can also be used and incorporated into the video if desired.
Setting The Anchor & Going Deeper
Cards can be given out with Bible verses drawn from the evening message or an outline of the message to be taken home for further study and encouragement.
Speakers are reminded that their invitation to speak at The Anchor is not to provide a platform for promoting business, but as an opportunity to share their personal faith journey. The speaker may include reference to their business, but any promotional materials/information should be offered only at the end of the speaking engagement and require prior approval from the Anchor team. If there are materials that the speaker would like to bring, please let the Anchor team know prior to the event.
After Katie Robertson (founder and executive director) experienced the loss of her 19-year-old daughter to a 5-year battle with leukemia, she developed a passion and great desire to share the hope, joy, and strength that come from faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She wanted to share how real He is and how living anchored to the truths of Jesus her daughter and she were able to endure the biggest storm of their lives. It has helped Katie live strong amidst the storm and aftermath of the grief of her treasured loved one to this very day. She has a compelling desire to share this hope we have that is firm and secure.
So many women walk the journey of life alone with no hope or stability. Coming together in community with women of all ages and hearing real-life stories/testimonies of the faithfulness of God in one’s life brings hope and encouragement.
Promotional Information Needed from Speaker
The following information is needed for social media, emails, and flyers used to promote the Anchor.
- A profile picture
- A short bio about yourself
- A brief summary of your message
- Three discussion questions that go with your message
- Optional: a short, casual video for promoting your message on Instagram stories
Please email this information to our executive assistant, Emma Petersen, at [email protected]
“However, I consider my life worth noting to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” –Acts 20:24
Thank you again for helping to share the HOPE we have in Jesus Christ — the true ANCHOR in this stormy world to women of all ages!