My passion is teaching God’s Word as a “How To” manual for loving Him and loving our neighbor.
I learned to explain complex theology in simple, relatable terms by inviting neighbors of all ages and faith backgrounds to a women’s Bible study in my home. My words are rooted in ancient Scripture yet rich in modern application to help women discover lasting hope during difficult days—then share it with a neighbor.
I speak on a variety of topics to help women flourish in their own homes. My speaking and teaching are appropriate for multi-denominational, multi-generational audiences. Because of my experience with my neighbors in my own home, I am accustomed to teaching women from Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Vineyard, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Church of Christ and Church of God churches as well as non-denominational congregations – but my heart is closest to the wondering or wandering.
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We were overwhelmingly blessed and inspired by your words. I believe that our prayers were answered when we prayed that you would allow God to speak through you. Not your word but His!!! I ran into one of our ladies yesterday and she was so excited! First she said how convicted she was that she had never reached out to her neighbors. But then she followed up with, “After hearing Amy, I am motivated because she made it sound so simple. I can do this!” This morning when I got to work, I was told that one of our community group leaders is going to start a women’s bible study in her home. Her and her husband just launched a co-ed community group. But after Monday night, she was inspired to start a home bible study (just for women) in addition to the community group. I know there will be many more stories just like these that I will forward to you as they come in. Thank you so much for being obedient to the Lord when he laid this on your heart. I believe that many will continue to be challenged (including myself) to step out, reach out and minister to their neighbors!
Love you sweet lady!
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Thank you for helping us make our first Women’s Neighborhood Luncheon a success. The Neighborhood centerpieces were the highlight of our theme, and we appreciate your generosity and resources for letting us use your creative works. You have given our ladies a big jump start in starting their own neighborhood Bible Study. I hope our paths will cross again.
We sent out survey cards last week and we had an overwhelmingly positive response back!
“Wonderful evening!!! Thoroughly enjoyed Amy Lively! So perfect for women of any age, any stage!”
“It was not what I expected but was very good! The speaker was excellent – from her personal testimony and experience. Thank you for planning and searching for relevant speakers!”
“I really enjoyed the seminar. The speaker was dynamic and encouraging. She inspired me in a somewhat different ministry than my neighborhood though. I am feeling called to start a mother/daughter Bible study with my 13 year old daughter and the girls at her school.”
“Great! Thanks for the inspiring and creative ideas about reaching my neighbors. I appreciated Amy Lively’s story so much!”
“I did not want to go but I’m glad I did! I really enjoyed Amy and what she had to say. Very practical, very challenging; great ideas and encouragement that one small step of obedience can make a difference.”
“Loved it! That day I went out and introduced myself to a language barrier neighbor. I will also be having coffee with another neighbor tomorrow in my home and her children will come play with me.”
I married my elementary school sweetheart in 1990 and we have an adult daughter who lives up to her “lively” name. In 2015, we moved from Ohio to a precious mountain town in the the High Rockies of Colorado. We actually live on a dude and guest ranch – come visit us! We rescued our holy dog, who loves his unsaintly cat brother. We’re Florida’s youngest snowbirds and are blessed to spend winters on the Nature Coast.
When asked to describe my religious background, I once replied: “Pagan!” Because I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry, I know a pagan is defined as someone who does not acknowledge God. But because I lived like a pagan for 20 years, I remember how I hardened my heart like a stone and stopped up my ears so I would not hear the Lord’s voice. He stopped up my ears, too, and during a struggle with hearing loss I finally returned to my sweet Savior.
I led a neighborhood Bible study called The Neighborhood Café in our home and teach other women across the country and around the world how to do the same. My book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, provides even more practical tools, prayerful encouragement and powerful inspiration so you can embrace the people God has carefully placed around your home—the best place for forming new friendships and deepening old ones.
My husband and I helped plant Life Church Ohio, where I also served on staff for over four years. I oversaw communication, website and systems management, social media, small group leadership and development, ministry development, women’s ministry and occasionally cleaning toilets or whatever else needed to be done! My husband and I run a tech company with a great team of people who provide business consulting and online solutions for entrepreneurial companies. I lead an incredible Women’s Ministry Team at ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista, Colorado, and am chairperson of the annual BV Strong Community Dinner – a gathering of 3,600 people down the middle of our majestic Main Street!
How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird was published by Bethany House is 2015.
In 2021 I completed the Book Proposal Bootcamp with Lysa TerKeurst, Meredith Brock, and my Writing Coach, Glynnis Whitwer, all of Proverbs 31 Ministries. The working title of my book proposal is This. Changes. Everything. How to Turn Uncertain Times into a Surprisingly Hopeful New Normal. It is about transforming uncertain seasons of suffering into a surprising new normal full of hope and purpose through a study of 1 Peter. Inquire here. In this book the reader will:
- Transform fear and confusion into hope and purpose using a prayer that never fails
- End the uncertainty of wavering between hopeless fears and hopeful fantasies by setting her hope fully on God’s faithfulness
- Make sense of pain that seems endless and pointless when she understands God’s timing and purpose
- Apply five simple and effective coping strategies to create her own “new normal” when her world is turned upside down
- Shed the shame of past mistakes as she learns to share her story for God’s glory
As a ten-time graduate and speaker coach at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks Conference, I credit these amazing women with equipping and inspiring me. I have written for various guest blogs such as at WomensMinistry.net, a service of Jennifer Rothschild Ministries, about community building, leadership and releasing women into ministry. I have also been featured in The Engagement Project (Del Tackett, 2020), All God’s Creatures (Guideposts, 2019 and 2020), and Every Day with Jesus (Guideposts, 2018). God has opened doors for me to share this incredible experiment in loving my neighbors at Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and churches, conferences and retreats throughout the US.