I currently serve as resident author with Valley CrossWay Church where I speak one Sunday a month, and often speak in other churches and community settings.
It’s been my privilege to serve as a guest speaker for Power to Change, Connecting Streams, Fraser Valley Christian Writers, Flourishing Congregations Institute, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Pilgrim Church, Bethel Mennonite, Peace Mennonite, Peace on 52nd, Chinatown Peace Church, Point Grey Inter-Mennonite, Jericho Ridge Community, Tri-City Canaan Church, and elsewhere. For twenty-five years, I also preached regularly as lead pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
I’m grateful to God for each opportunity to serve, and welcome further invitations. I’m equally at home working with lectionary or other Scripture texts, or addressing topics that connect with the needs and interests of your congregation or group. Below are some of the keynotes, workshops, and retreats that I’ve led.
Keynotes and Workshops
- Self-care: Love God, Love Your Neighbour, Love Yourself
- Cultivating Spiritual Practices
- Spiritual Practice for Busy People
- Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times
- Journaling for Personal and Spiritual Growth
- Renewal: Sacred Pauses for Church Leaders
- Sabbath, Self-Care, and Sacred Pauses
- How to Introduce Change to Congregations and Bring People with You
- Writing as a Spiritual Journey
- Writing Your Spiritual Story
- I Can’t Do It All and You Can’t Either: Self-Care and Resting in God’s Care
- Creative Living: With Abundance, Trust, and Spirit
- Deepening Our Relationship with God
- Pause: A Weekend Away
- Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
- Work and Rest: Precarious Balance or Healthy Rhythm?
What Others are Saying
We at Valley CrossWay Church are doubly favoured. April Yamasaki is widely known and loved for her numerous books and articles, and her role as Resident Author in our worship community provides us with the added opportunity to enjoy her speaking ministry. It is clear that words matter to April. She uses them carefully and to great effect. The result? Timely sermons that come from her heart, are rooted in the text, and speak powerfully, yet sensitively, to our current needs. We are uniquely blessed.
— Peter Horban, Chair, Board of Discernment
Valley CrossWay Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
Thank you for the gift of your words and sharing your life with us this past weekend. Your posture and your presence embodied your message of stillness, of attentiveness to God’s voice, of simply paying attention by stopping and setting aside distractions. This has been a very special weekend for us all.
— Tim Kuepfer, Pastor
Chinatown Peace Church, Vancouver, B.C.
You inspired us to care for ourselves. You challenged us to try something new. You pointed us to Jesus as our true hope. Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you—you made it so easy. We hope that we can work with you again.
— Mary Lou Ng, Connecting Streams
Power to Change Ministries, Edmonton, Alberta
Thank you so much for your inspiring work. At the national office of Bridge of Hope, we are currently reading Four Gifts, given to us by our board of directors. We’re loving your connection to Scripture, reflective questions, very “do-able” suggestions, and that self-care isn’t “me first,” but “also me.” We look forward to having you as our keynote speaker for this year’s online conference with our network of 19 locations across 12 states.
— Anne Dunnenberger, Director of Outreach
Bridge of Hope National, Malvern, Pennsylvania
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Please know that due to the coronavirus pandemic,
current bookings are for online events only.