Would you like a unique women’s event that will strengthen the marriages in your church, make your women laugh, but also serve as an effective outreach tool?
You need Girl Talk, Sheila Wray Gregoire’s signature event providing Straight Talk on Marriage and Intimacy, with a lot of humor thrown in.
Sheila is the author of seven books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and 31 Days to Great Sex. She’s been called the “Christian Dr. Ruth”. And she has a passion to see marriages thrive, reflecting real intimacy, not the pseudo-intimacy our culture tries to sell us.
What Does a Girl Talk Look Like?
A Girl Talk is divided into two halves. In the first part of the night, approximately 35 minutes, we talk about what God designed sex to be for, how our culture has distorted it, and how God made men and women differently.
Then we take a break, ideally for women to grab some refreshments and conversation, and return for the next half, which is closer to 50 minutes. Over the break, women can deposit questions anonymously into a basket. After the break, Sheila takes the first 15 minutes of the second half for the Q&A session, answering as many questions as she can get through. The remainder of the talk focuses on the three areas of intimacy: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Sheila gives practical help and advice on how to make your sexual life strong in all three areas.
Watch a snippet of Girl Talk here.
Watch a humor video used in the talk here.
Benefits of Hosting a Girl Talk
- Churches need to strengthen marriages. Marriages are falling apart in the church and not just in the wider culture. Yet pastors often have a hard time addressing certain areas of marriage from the pulpit, because children are present, or single adults, or widows. Here’s a chance to address sex, a vital part of marriage, in an accessible and easy way.
- Younger women are more likely to want to come out. And since younger women are often the hardest to reach with women’s events, this can be a bridge for some of the women who often are isolated and not fully integrated into the church community.
- Your church is seen as relevant–talking about the issues that people are dealing with on a daily basis.
Using Girl Talk as an Outreach Event
- In Willmar, MN, the average attendance of women’s events was 150. For their Girl Talk they had 320.
- In Wilmington, DE, 200 women come out with just four weeks of promotion.
- In Willmar, many of those in attendance were community women, not church women. Every married, adult woman is curious about sex. And seekers are far more likely to come out to an event that is focused around something that they are interested in. Because Sheila weaves the gospel into her explanation of why God designed sex the way He did, seekers will leave not only with a sense of what sex is for, but also with a greater understanding of who God is and the kind of intimate, close relationship He wants with us.
- A great bridge to the community!
How Do People React?
- Because Sheila uses humor, she deflects people’s initial nervousness to talk about such personal issues.
- Sheila tends to sell books to 1/2 of the audience after the event, showing that she connects with women and they want to learn more.
- The most common words to describe Sheila are “real”, “insightful”, and “funny”.
Here are a ton of resources to help you promote the event–posters, press releases, Facebook graphics, and more!
For More Information
Email to request the packet for Girl Talk. Sheila would love and speak to your church/MOPS group!