Frequently Asked Questions:
What topics will Dee cover when speaking?
Dee’s calling is to help women see how living and relevant the Word is for their lives. Many of you may have heard her speak on The Friendships of Women or Falling In Love with Jesus. Her most recent books are The God of All Comfort and Idol Lies (Facing the Truth about our Deepest Desires.) Dee is sensing a fresh wind with Idol Lies and seeing tremendous changes in mature Christian women. She also finds that this topic of particular interest to women who do not know the Lord. She wants to hear your needs and also asks for freedom to hear from the Holy Spirit and where He is particularly anointing her. She’ll listen hard to you and to the Lord.
How do I invite Dee to be a speaker at my next women’s event?
Your first step is to fill out our Booking Request Form.
Dee prayerfully considers each speaking invitation, however, to maintain a reasonable speaking and writing schedule, Dee simply cannot accept every invitation. Her confirmed dates can be seen on Dee’s speaking calendar, but that does not list tentative or prison dates. Dee seldom speaks to groups smaller than 250, though if God leads her to do so, she does. Some of the best retreats are a result of churches working together, having leaders from several churches on the Retreat Planning Committee so that they have ownership and want to invite their women.
An alternative for small churches is Dee’s Friendship Retreat in a Box.(You can read about it in the store section — it has videos, small group questions, games — to help your women bond with one another and the Lord.)
How will I know if Dee has accepted my invitation?
Dee will pray about it, may want to talk to you, and will not keep you waiting long. If you don’t hear quickly, e-mail again in case your e-mail was lost. If you mutually agree God is leading, a contract will be emailed to the contact person who in turn will print, sign and return the contract with a $500 deposit to reserve the date requested.
Will Dee Brestin Ministries help me with promotional materials?
Yes. We will provide you with various examples of promotional materials used at past events, plus we will equip you with press photos, Dee’s bio, and other information needed to create a promotional piece to be used in your church and community. There is a promotional video of Dee on her website you may request a copy of that to show if you like.
Is Dee willing to do radio interviews?
Yes. This is a very effective way to promote your women’s event. Dee’s assistant will work with the event coordinator to make the necessary arrangements needed with radio personnel for a phone interview.
What is Dee’s speaking honorarium and what other expenses are involved when booking Dee?
Dee has agonized over this, and never wants to pedal The Word of God for profit. She makes no money from her speaking. She does have expenses and she is partnering with a prison ministry for women and uses anything left after paying her employees to donate Bible studies for the women in prison. She has handled this in several ways — and is open to talking to you. Occasionally if you have a large group she will do a five minute presentation about her prison ministry and take an offering and then subtract that offering from her honorarium. Sometimes a donor will provide a gift ahead of time. The following is her usual honorarium range for typical situations within the United States:
Saturday Event: $2,000 – 2,500
Friday night/Saturday event $2,500 – 3,000
Friday night through Sunday morning event: $3,000 – 3,500
Dee needs her travel and hotel paid, and those of her assistant , though she doesn’t always need an assistant to come if you have someone wonderful. She sometimes can find someone locally, but her program is technically complicated and a good assistant frees her to minister women and make your retreat better.
Who makes the necessary travel and hotel reservations?
We make them. We book ahead, fly coach, and look for the best rates. The Event Coordinator will be responsible for making local hotel reservations or can work with Dee’s assistant, Rebecca.
Is Dee willing to have dinner with members of the event team prior to the day of the event?
Dee prefers to celebrate after the event with an early dinnewhere they can reflect on what God did and also evaluate. If the team wants to meet with Dee the night before the retreat, it needs to be an early supper so that Dee can be back at the hotel no later than 7:00pm. It’s so important that she wind down and get a good night’s sleep before she speaks. This will be dependent on Dee’s travel – she’ll make her plans to get in by mid to late afternoon, but sometimes planes are late, and then she will have to regrettably pass on Friday dinner plans.
What kind of technical equipment is needed when Dee speaks?
Dee’s presentations are enhanced with VIDEO CLIPS, AUDIO CLIPS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS. It is important that the facility in which Dee is to speak is equipped with a computer, sound system and projection equipment that can support this type of multi-media presentation. Dee will bring a Mac laptop with a Keynote presentation on it. If you facility uses Mac, we will send it ahead — that’s always wonderful when we can do that! A technical person will need to be available on site prior to and during the event for any assistance needed.
Are Dee’s books and other merchandise sold at the event?
Yes, and this is a great opportunity for volunteers to help serve Dee and her assistant. Instructions for operating the book tables will arrive along with the inventory approximately one week before the event. Dee’s assistant will train volunteers on the details of handling the inventory and purchasing process.
Will Dee spend time signing books and meeting with women who attend an event?
Absolutely! It is Dee’s hope that the Lord will use her to minister to ladies throughout the event, not just from the stage. While meeting the women and signing books, Dee finds herself often led to pray with women and takes the necessary time to listen to their personal stories.
What is Dee’s church affiliation?
Dee is a member of the Presbyterian Church of America which is the conservative branch of the Presbyterian Church committed to the inerrancy of Scripture. While Dee loves her denomination she sees herself as a member of the Body of Christ and is sensitive to differences in denominations. She often talks about how Jesus prayed that we would love one another well in the body of Christ.
Is there an Event Tool Kit that covers more details regarding the setup/teardown of the merchandising tables, the pre-event preparations, sample agenda for the event, etc.?
Yes. You can go here: Event Planning Tool Kit for these and answers to other specific questions.