SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE HeidiStJohn Website Sliders

Speaking Topics

Heidi speaks with humor and grace to a variety of topics.

Take a few minutes to learn about the life issues that are close to Heidi's heart! She loves to shine the truth of God's Word into the spaces where faith and culture intersect, equipping audiences to engage those around them from a position of grace and truth. When you've identified which topics are right for your group's need, we invite you to submit a speaking request.  If you would like Heidi to tailor a talk for your event's theme, she's up for it after a few more cups of coffee. Please indicate so in the form and let's talk!


Workshops For a General Audience

* sessions that are suitable for a keynote address

  • Becoming MomStrong

    Today’s mothers are living in challenging times. We’re facing things that our mothers could never have imagined. From Internet predators to the rise of domestic terrorism to the discovery GMO’s BPA’s and STD’s… our lives are vastly different than the generation before us. Many moms are struggling with fear of the future and worry about raising children in today's culture—but God says loud and clear, "Do not be afraid! Be strong and courageous!" Mom, you have a mission. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to raise the next generation of teachers, doctors, judges, police officers, grocery store clerks, attorneys, nurses—and parents. Yes! You are raising the next generation of parents. Look around. It doesn’t take very long for one generation to hand the baton to the next, and as mothers, we've got to be ready to prepare our children for whatever they may face as followers of Jesus Christ. Heidi will challenge as she talks about what it will take to "Become MomStrong" —drawing on truths from God's Word to answer the tough questions this generation of kids is asking and prepare moms to meet the challenges head-on.
  • * Biblical Discernment in an Unbibilical Age

    Our grandparents were bombarded with Christian values in a world firmly grounded on faith and family. Our parents were a part of a cultural revolution in which faith became laughable and families were disassembled on a wholesale basis. And now we find ourselves awash in a world where what is good is called evil and what is wicked is called good. Learn why nurturing Biblical Discernment is an essential lifeskill for any parent hoping to navigate the treacherous cultural waters of the 21st century.
  • The Busy Mom's Guide™ to Daylight: How to Fit Your Size 16 Day Into a Size 10

    Tick Tock. Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all that you had to do? Have you just decided that it's either school or dinner? Or maybe you just gave up making dinner and now everyone has matching socks again! Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to  staying on top of the all we need to get done.
    Have you ever read 2 Corinthians 12:9? You probably have... it says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness". Mothering reveals weakness ... it's true! And that's a good thing, because it means you get to give even more glory to the Lord when you graduate your kids see that they are walking with the Lord.
    Busy mom, if you're struggling with trying to do it all, you will enjoy hearing some of Heidi's favorite tips for managing all that pulls us...and still finding time to fit in "other things" (like alone time with your husband!)
    This is an opportunity GET SET FREE from the expectations of others, laugh out loud learn how two words: BE INTENTIONAL can make a huge difference in your ability to manage your home well.  Bring a friend and leave your preconceived ideas at the door because real moms sometimes serve Cheerios for dinner!
  • The Busy Mom's Guide™ to Romance

    What comes first? The marriage or the math lesson? Most moms have felt the pull and pressure of trying to balance their marriages and their commitment to motherhood. Hey, most moms are happy to find time for a shower, let alone a romantic night with their husband! Yes, it's true. There are always new dynamics to the pressures of motherhood - but it doesn't mean you need to let your marriage suffer! In fact, it's never been more crucial than it is right now to strengthen the core of your family. In case you are still wondering, your marriage comes first.
    In this workshop, you'll learn several key ingredients to balancing your love life with language lessons ~ and how you can become the most romantic mom on the block! Come hear a story of personal experience that will challenge the way you view your marriage and inspire you to seek God's heart as you model a strong healthy marriage for your children. This is Heidi's favorite topic, so bring a notepad and fasten your seatbelts! 
  • Courageous Leadership

    cour•age kûr′ĭj, kŭr′-
    n. The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear with confidence and resolution; bravery.

    Has God called you to leadership? If so, one thing will certainly be required: courage. Throughout the Bible, we see God instructing His leaders to lead with courage. Courage helps leaders make wise decisions—even when they are unpopular. It takes courage to make the hard decisions, courage to deal with problems honestly, and courage to listen with an open heart and mind to voices that are critical of your leadership.  We'll talk about how to cultivate courage and inspire courageous living from others within your organization.

    **NOTE** The St. Johns have been leading ministries both in and out of the church for over thirty years, and are the founders and executive directors of Firmly Planted Family, a non-profit ministry that is dedicated to strengthening and encouraging today's Christian family. They also direct the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center in Vancouver, WA

  • * Cultivating a Faith That Speaks

    In a time when voices of faith are being silenced, Christians have a wonderful opportunity. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” It’s God’s desire that as His children, we would engage every corner of the culture—stepping out in faith, away from the comfort of our churches and bringing the hope of Jesus to a generation in moral, emotional and spiritual crisis. Listen as Heidi St. John shares three things that you can do right now to give feet and a voice to your faith! You’ll leave encouraged and inspired!  This is a preview session from Heidi's Women's Conference, "Faith That Speaks." You can bring the entire conference to you area! Please indicate your interest on the speaking request form.
  • * Culture Shock: How to Equip Your Kids to Thrive in a Post-Christian Era

    Many parents are struggling to talk to their kids about the rapidly changing cultural landscape, and we often forget that God’s unchanging Word offers relevant answers to even our most challenging questions. It’s more important than ever to teach our children what God says about their worth, their sexuality and their future. God has good things planned for those who love Him! Join Heidi for an hour that will challenge and encourage you as she speaks directly to the issues of the day and reminds you of your role in the midst of it all: to teach your children to walk in the Truth.
  • * EPIC: The Fight for Faith and Family in a New Age

    When you became a parent, you enlisted in a spiritual army. You engaged in an epic battle between good and evil. Join Heidi for an hour that will change the way you see your role in it and equip you for the battles yet to come.
  • Foundational Principles for Strong Leadership

    Have you experienced some trials in leadership lately? You're not alone! Leadership can be messy. Wise leadership requires the strength of a warrior and the heart of a shepherd. The heart of a strong leader requires a love that will get involved in the struggles and messes that will inevitably come up within their organizations. It may be frustrating, even exasperating at times, but successful leading in the body of Christ is not just about accomplishing a vision. It is about growing other leaders and knowing how to respond to challenging situations. Come learn some of the foundational principles of strong leadership - as well as some of the warning signs that will help you avoid division within your ministry and even GROW in the midst of adversity.

  • {Hot} Monogamy for Tired Moms: A Women-Only Workshop

    Hey, busy mom! How’s your marriage? How’s your sex life? What would your husband say if you asked him? Are you wishing things could be better? They can! If you’ve ever heard Heidi speak, you know how passionate she is about encouraging healthy marriages. The title says it all—so leave your expectations at the door and join Heidi for an hour of straight-to-the-point marriage talk about the importance of keeping the home-fires burning. Leave your kids with your husband for this women’s only workshop and get ready to be encouraged through humor and honest conversation. This workshop is rated “M” for marriage.
  • Keep the Gas Tank Full and Other Lessons We've Learned from Thirty Years of Marriage-A Workshop with Jay and Heidi St. John  

    “Transparent. Honest. Funny. Real.”
    That’s what people say when they hear the St. Johns speaking about the ups and downs of their union. If you’ve never heard Jay and Heidi speak together, now’s your chance. Join them for an hour that will encourage and inspire you as they share wisdom from 23 years of homeschooling and 30 years of marriage. This workshop is rated “M” for marriage. Bring your spouse if you can!
  • * Lessons from Esther: Peace in Times of Fear

    In stressful situations, can you prayerfully wait for God's direction and timing? Today we are surrounded by a culture that is opposed to the principles of God's word. It's easy to succumb to fear: "What if I miss something?" "I know I'm supposed to do this... but WHAT IF I ruin my child?" "How can I raise all my children?" "What will my own parents say?" Moms grapple with these and many other fear-based questions, especially when we take a stand for how we are raising our children. But God says that as we trust in Him, HE directs our path, and He gives strength to the weary, wisdom when we ask for it, joy in times of stress and peace in times of fear.
    Esther faced what seemed like an impossible circumstance, too. It is impossible to guess what might have happened to the Hebrew nation had there been no Esther. Except for her, Jerusalem might never have been rebuilt, and there might have been a different story to tell all future ages. This beautiful Jewish girl of long ago, though she herself may not have known it, played her part in paving the way for the coming of the Savior. And just as Esther has a part to play, so you have an important role in shaping the hearts and minds of a future generation. Come and be encouraged as Heidi reminds you about what is most important during the child rearing years: following the Lord wherever He leads - and modeling that faith for your children. Because where God guides - he also provides. Peace in times of fear.

    Let’s Talk! A Q&A with Heidi St. John

    Got questions? Here’s your chance to ask Heidi St. John, veteran homeschool mom and mother of seven (including four graduates!) anything you want! Questions will be submitted during the first 10 minutes and answered during the following 40 minutes.
  • * Love What God Loves: Why Every Christ-follower Should Stand for Life

    "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed." Proverbs 31:8 NLT

    With perhaps the exception of homosexuality and gay marriage, no other issue stirs the heart people more than abortion. Abortion has become one of the most persistently debated topics in America.  Few people do not have an opinion concerning abortion, but the question for the Church is an urgent one: can we claim to follow Christ and be pro-choirce?

    The question is, where God wants us to stand on this issue? In this presentation, Heidi will take audiences to the Bible, where God's heart for the unborn can be clearly seen.  The Body of Christ has allowed the world, instead of the Bible, determine how it talks about issues. This session takes a deep-dive into the issue abortion and challenges attendees to love both the mother and her unborn child—because that's what God does. He loves them both. 
    If time allows, Heidi will take questions at the end of this session. 
  • Off the Bench: How Your Family Can Get onto the Frontlines in the Battle for Faith, Family and Freedom

    “I see the threats, but I don’t know what I can do!” If this describes you, you’re not alone. Most parents today see big problems on the horizon but are not sure how to make a difference in the battle. Join Heidi St. John as she teaches 5 ways you can get off the sidelines and onto the frontlines. Learn to engage and encourage others to do the same. 
  • Off the Bench: Overcoming Fear and Finding Your Voice

    Fear. It’s a driving force in the culture today—and yet—God’s Word teaches us that fear is a spirit. “God did not give us a spirit of fear,” so why are we so afraid? For most of her life, Heidi St. John struggled with fear and anxiety on a daily basis. In this hour-long session, she’ll share her story of finding her God-given voice and explain how our weaknesses can be used for God’s glory. From fears about homeschooling to fears about the culture, God says, “I am on the throne! Do not fear!”
  • * The Power of Godly Influence and the Legacy It Leaves

    Did you know that you  have influence? You do! The question is, what you are doing with the influence that God has given you? You have influence with your children, your friends, family, co-workers.  What  are you doing with it?   How is your faith influencing those around you? In this powerful presentation, Heidi will share six character traits of leaders who have successfully navigated the ups and downs of leadership and used their influence to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Your legacy is already being built. What will it be?

  • Prayers for the Battlefield 

    Are you weary? Today’s parents are up against a lot. We’re shepherding children in a time when the war for their hearts and minds has reached a fever-pitch. And yes—the battle is real—but so is our God! Come spend an hour with mother of seven, Heidi St. John as she offers hope and teaches parents how to pray for their kids at every stage development. We’ll get real about the struggle, but we won’t focus on it. You’re raising a special generation of warriors! Don’t give up—you were born for this!

  • Strong Roots - Strong Faith

    Our family is only as strong as our marriage. And our marriage is only as strong as our faith. Every aspect of modern life conspires to destroy faith, tear apart marriages and scatter families. But it all begins with faith. Faith is more than reading the latest Christian bestseller. It's more than attending the fastest growing church in town. It's a simple, ancient practice born out of simple truths and eternal wisdom. Heidi St John will help you put down the deep faith roots and build the strong faith foundations needed to anchor your family in this rapidly changing world. With refreshingly honest insights and a rich sense of humor, Heidi will point you back to Jesus, the One and Only as you laugh and cry together. As Heidi draws you back toward the "things of first importance" you'll find your faith taking root once more as you dig in and anchor the marriage, family and children that you cherish.
  • Strong Roots - Strong Families

    Arguably the most profound change in America in the past 50 years has been the deconstruction of the family unit. The foundational building block of 4000 years of world culture and 250 years of American society has been undermined, under appreciated and under attack since the 1960's. Learn how to put down the kind of strong roots that will help you become an "intentional arborist" as you nurture the strong family that you desire-and that your children need. Learn how you can nurture nurture what's important and learn to ignore the flurry of cultural foolishness that we all-too-often mistake for what's really important.
  • Strong Roots - Strong Marriage

    Once regarded as the unshakable foundation of family life and values throughout western culture, marriage is under attack like never before. Both spiritual attack and cultural pressures are causing more and more marriages to end in divorce. The resulting fall out among children of divorce is heartbreaking. Heidi St John brings a solid word of encouragement wrapped in humor and refreshing transparency as she points husbands and wives toward the solid eternal truths found in God's Word that can help you become an "intentional arborist," nurturing the strong marriage that your family depends on. You'll learn how to put down strong roots as you focus on the "things of first importance" found in the Bible.

  • * Unafraid: Leading With God's Heart

    In an era where fear drives many of our decisions as Christian leaders, God us to be different.  No one thinks they are a fear-based leader, and yet, as we look around, we see many Christian leaders succumbing to it. In this session, we'll look at four ways fear can derail your leadership and look at leaders whose character and faith in God carried them (and those they were leading!) to victory through difficult circumstances. Listen as Heidi offers encouragement to seasoned leaders and instruction to new ones: your convictions will be challenged from every angle. The solution? Lead from a place of conviction that's based on the authority of Scripture and then, stand firm. If God has called you to the role of leadership, He has already equipped you for the task ahead.

    **NOTE** The St. Johns have been leading ministries both in and out of the church for over thirty years, and are the founders and executive directors of Firmly Planted Family, a non-profit ministry that is dedicated to strengthening and encouraging today's Christian family. They also direct the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center in Vancouver, WA.


Homeschool Specific Workshops

While these are originally written for a homeschooling audience, Heidi is happy to adjust these to fit your need. 


  • Raised to Release: A Workshop for Parents (or soon-to-be parents) of Young Adults 

    Jay and Heidi St John have raised four of their seven kids to adulthood—often in spite of themselves. It’s tough to let your kids make their own decisions, especially when you’re so used to doing it, right? What if you see them making an unwise choice?  Homeschooling parents often struggle to release their teens to pursue God’s plan for them but it’s crucial that we do. Join Jay and Heidi as they share tools that every parent on the precipice of releasing their child needs. This workshop includes a 15 minute Q&A, so bring a notebook and get ready to enjoy this season of transition with your kids. Good things are coming!  

  • The Busy Mom's Homeschool Survival Guide: Because It's a Jungle Out There! 
    *NEW FOR 2020*

    "I’m overwhelmed!"
    "My kids are going to have gaps in their education."
    "Everything depends on me."
    "I’ve failed too many times."
    "I can’t do this right."
    "I’m screwing up my kids."
    "Everyone else’s kids are doing better than mine."

    Have you heard the lies, too? Join Heidi as she talks about her own experience of homeschooling seven children over 23 years and shares what will keep you in the race til the finish line. The key? Preparing your heart before your homeschool.  You’ll want to bring a friend to this one!
  • The First Three Years: A Workshop for Homeschool Rookies

    If homeschooling up til now feels more like drudgery than delight, or if the thought of homeschooling makes your knees shake and your palms sweat, this is the workshop for you! Perhaps you've been hearing from "experts" that view homeschooling as just another form of education, like any other. Public schools think that way, but homeschooling is nothing like the school system. It's just the opposite. Learning at home is an adventure, a journey, a new lifestyle. Join veteran homeschool mom of seven (including one homeschool graduate!) Heidi St.John as she talks about the three things you've got to know as a new homeschooler that will set you on a track for success and enjoyment with your children.
    Because, although you're nervous now, it'll all be okay. Homeschooling is worth it. So sit back, relax. You'll soon discover that homeschooling is a journey like no other. Take it in stride that you will bumble and stumble, stick your foot in it, take wrong turns, backtrack, start again, and again . . . . and your child will be just fine. Come and bring a friend for a dose of information and encouragement. You can do it!
  • Help and Hope for the Overwhelmed Mom

    Parenting. It’s exhausting and exhilarating. Frustrating and fascinating. Like all things that are God-breathed, it’s a Kingdom building exercise. It’s a masterful strategy, this idea of using all night feedings and miscarriage and labor and teenagers (see how teens and labor go hand in hand?) and even homeschooling to teach us to trust the heart the Father. But that’s exactly what God wants you to learn to do. Join Heidi St. John for an hour of encouragement and inspiration that will lift you up and remind you of the WHY of homeschooling.
  • * Homeschooling Held Hostage

    In the past twenty years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the homeschool community. There is much more pressure being put on homeschoolers to excel academically. We’ve gone from a few brave moms who, without access to mainstream “curriculum”, managed to give their children an excellent education—but we’ve forgotten what made it excellent.
    It was excellent because these moms had a vision for homeschooling—they weren’t trying to re-create school at home. They were simply being obedient to the One who had called them to be different. They knew that if He had called them, He would equip them. And they were right.
    If you’re struggling to find joy in your calling as a homeschooling parent, if you’re looking for more LIFE in your homeschool, this is one workshop you won’t want to miss. join Heidi as she talks about her journey away from curriculum-driven, workbook based homeschooling and into delight-directed learning. What she learned will bless and inspire you. Bring a notebook—this is one of Heidi's favorite presentations!
  • Homeschool in Freedom and Find Joy 

    Have you ever found yourself drawn to “formulaic” parenting? If your homeschool has lost it’s JOY, or if you are struggling to find time to disciple your children, in the midst of homeschooling, this session is for you. Listen in as Heidi shares three pitfalls of modern homeschooling and offer ways to guard against them and flourish—from diapers to diplomas!
  • I Want to QUIT Homeschooling! (But before you do, hear this!)

    Heidi’s hunch is that you don’t need to quit… you need to see things new; to have fresh perspective and renewed vision. And maybe you need chocolate. That too. Come join Heidi for an hour of encouragement and chocolate. You’ll be glad you did!
  • Multi-Level Teaching

    Toddlers, Tweens and Teens, OH MY!
    Do you have a houseful? Are you planning on having a houseful? If so, then this is a great workshop for YOU! Heidi and Jay St. John are the homeschooling parents of seven perfect, never messy, always obedient very sweet, usually tidy, generally obedient, always energetic, very curious, children. They have homeschooled all the way through high school.
    One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling a houseful is figuring out how to teach them all while finding time to manage the rest of your day! Moms are always wondering if they are "doing enough" and finding the time to teach individual subjects, well, individually... can be overwhelming.
    In this workshop, Heidi will share seven secrets of multi-level teaching that will empower, encourage and enlighten you! If you've got a houseful, then you've got your hands full! Let's laugh together, and rediscover the JOY of homeschooling with a full heart AND a full house!
  • * R.E.A.L. L.I.F.E. Homeschooling

    Let's face it. Homeschooling is challenging. Sometimes it can feel like a major accomplishment just to take a shower and get the breakfast dishes cleaned up before dinner! Most homeschool moms feel the pressure of providing their children with a solid academic foundation ~ but there's so much more to homeschooling than academics, isn't there? The truth is that the greatest accomplishment of your homeschooling is to nurture your children in the ways of the One who made them.
    REAL LIFE Homeschooling is about getting real when it comes to the issues that are unique to homeschooling families ~ but more important than that, it's about being reminded why we are homeschooling in the first place. It's about keeping our eyes on the goal of discipling our children. If you have been or are on the edge of homeschool burnout, if you are wondering why God has called you on this homeschooling journey, or if you just need some honest, real encouragement, this is the one homeschool workshop you can't afford to miss out on!


Complete Heidi's Speaking Request Form

Heidi St. John Information


11100 NE 34th Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682

© 1999-2022 The Busy Mom