Speaking Topics

Perfect for women’s conferences, MOPS groups, women’s retreats, and other events. Three-part retreat series are indicated by asterisks *** but can be adapted as a single or two-part message. Contact Sandi for details.

 

***Anchors Of Hope

Biblical Principles for Finding Peace Amidst our Storms of life - Signature Talk

This uplifting three-part message, based on Sandi Banks’ Anchors of Hope book, points women upward to the faithful God who brought her through her own storms of heartache, hopelessness, and helplessness. Sandi’s aim is to encourage them to trust, focus on, and rest in, God and His Word.   

It’s a fact: we will all experience life storms--those difficult times that test our faith. Maybe you’re just now entering stormy waters, wondering where to turn, who to trust...or in the midst of storm-tossed seas, desperately needing a place to focus...or in the aftermath of a fierce storm of life, left confused, disheartened, wondering how to be whole again. Whatever your situation, you will find anchors--strength, direction, hope, peace, and more--in God’s Word. Hebrews 6:19 - “We have this hope, as a sure and firm anchor of the soul.”


***God's Gift of Colorful Characters

Biblical Principles for Seeing our Relationships through God's Eyes

This fast-paced, fun, insightful three-session series offers biblical keys that unlock the door to improving our relationships. God calls us into relationships, inside the home and out; some we may regard as blessings, others as burdens. But have you ever considered all these Colorful characters as gifts from God?  

With humorous stories, practical principles, video sketches, props, helpful handouts, interactive activities, and hope from God’s Word, Certified Personality Trainer, Sandi Banks, helps us “unwrap” these gifts and uncover secrets to enjoying successful, God-honoring relationships. Romans 12:18- “If possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.”


***Bearing Fruit on Silver Branches 

Seven Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Life's Second Half

This three-part series presents seven simple yet powerful Scriptural principles, revealing the unique purpose God has for each of us in the second half of life. 

Today’s midlife woman has questions. The Bible has answers. When she asks, “What about my pain?” (Can I survive?) and “What about my purpose?” (Can I thrive?) God's Word offers her comforting promises and practical wisdom. Using the acrostic P.U.R.P.O.S.E., Christian Life Coach, and Hope Coach, Sandi Banks, leads the Boomer-and-beyond woman on a journey through seven progressive steps, encouraging her to see her value and purpose from God’s perspective--to use her gifts, her resources and her life experiences, for God's glory. This can be her most enriching and fulfilling season of all! Proverbs 3:5,6- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”


Our Weights, His Wonders

 Exchanging our Woes and Worries for God's Wonders

With heart, humor, props and a bit of drama, Sandi Banks points us upward, where God can help us identify and let go of our “if only” and “what if” baggage, freeing us to take hold of His best gifts each day. 

This presentation is based on the saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” When we are weighed down with yesterday’s woes, and tomorrow’s worries, God offers us a beautifully wrapped gift: today’s “wonders.” Come learn what those might be, for you. 1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxieties of Him for He cares for you.”


Your Shepherd, Your Lambs, and Ewe

Five Inspiring Lessons in John 10 - Meeting Christ, our Shepherd and Master Teacher

Moms, teachers, lace up your sneakers for a lively jog to five sheep-herding countries. Join international traveler/ speaker, Sandi Banks, as she weaves fascinating facts and stories with scriptural principles from John 10. Gain practical insights into helping your children and students in five key areas of life. And have some fun! Read More...

Training children, at home and in the classroom, is a privilege and a challenge. Good news--the One who designed you for the role will equip you for the task! Why? Because Your Shepherd loves ewe, and oh how He loves your lambs! Armed with five of Jesus’ truths from John 10 about the Good Shepherd and His sheep, we’ll journey together to the sheep pastures of Africa, sheep pens of Switzerland, sheep hills of Scotland, sheep herds of New Zealand and sheep crossings in Italy, where practical, encouraging lessons await! John 10:10- “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”

 

His Part and Ours

Responding to God’s Golden Opportunities

Queen Esther’s story applies to every woman no matter her age. In this unique presentation with props and a few surprises, Sandi Banks points us upward to God who, though He may be silent, is never still. He is preparing us to be useful--in His timing, for His glory. 

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

This Corrie tenBoom quote, and key principles from the intriguing story of Queen Esther, provide the backdrop for this engaging session that encourages women to “turn the page,” looking beyond the distressing situation, the prickly people, and disheartening opposition, to the Kingdom work for which God may be preparing her. Esther 4:14- “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”


Hope for Hounds . . . and Humans

Katie’s story: from prison to palace

If Katie could talk, what a story she would tell--going from death row to prison dog to beloved pet. Her story is told through picture slides and Bible promises, assuring that “you can have HOPE because of who God is: He is the God of Love, God of the Second Chance.” Read More ...

This two-part message is adapted from a power-point presentation Sandi Banks gave to inmates at the men’s prison where Katie was brought the very morning she was scheduled to be euthanized at the pound. Thankfully, she was rescued, trained for six weeks by inmates, and adopted into a loving family. We too have been adopted, by a loving God who assures us of His love and forgiveness, no matter who we are, where we’ve been, how unlovable we feel, or what we’ve done in the past. With God, there is glorious hope. Jeremiah 29:11- “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘...to give you a future and a hope.’”


***HOPE: God's Valentine for You

HIS LOVE: For Us, In Us, Through Us

In this 3-session interactive retreat series, Sandi Banks has her audience laughing one minute, tearful the next, as she shares stories and slides, illustrating three facets of God’s love, all around a Valentine theme. Filled with scriptural promises, insights and resources. 

Discover (1) a dozen amazing ways God says, “BE MINE!” (2) a handful and heartful of ways to tell God, “I’M YOURS!” and (3) a delightfully sweet assortment of ways to tell others “I CARE.” Comes with detailed handouts and helpful resources including “Digging Deeper” pages for each session to use in small groups at the retreat, or to take home, encouraging further study afterward. 1 John 4:7- “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.”         *[Option: presented as a single session for widows/singles luncheon or tea. Can also be adapted apart from Valentine theme.]


Bearing Fruit on Broken Branches

Jesus invites the hurting to find hope, healing and purpose in brokenness

What does that look like? How does the Master Gardener go about it? Join Sandi Banks for an inspiring walk through a vineyard, teaching key principles of fruit-bearing that parallel Jesus’ powerful truths in John 15.      

A woman who has been broken by life often feels she can serve no purpose in God's Kingdom. Weighed down by guilt or shame, woundedness or pain, she wonders, could God ever use someone like her? A resounding YES! He can use her in extraordinary ways, not in spite of her brokenness, but because of it. She is in a unique position to bear much fruit for His Kingdom. Her story can bring God glory!

“Out of our broken lives God brings forth the fruit of His kingdom. Can you see it in your life? From your branches hang sweet fruit: love, joy, peace.... Lessons learned. Changes made. Relationships healed. Hope restored. It is all His doing.” -Wayne Jacobsen

John 15:5- [Jesus said], “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit....”