I knocked on my neighbors’ doors… and lived to tell about it!
I help women discover natural ways to get to know their neighbors without being weird. They will learn how to overcome their fears about sharing their faith and find fulfillment in obeying Christ’s #2 command.
My passion is missional living, and 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, 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.
Please call me at (740) 654-5423 or email me to talk about your heart for your neighborhood and community! I will work with your goals, theme and budget to provide a moving message for your group… like, they will literally MOVE from the sanctuary onto their streets and into their neighborhoods. It’s a good thing.
Contact Amy about speaking at your event.
I married my elementary school sweetheart in 1990 and we have an adult daughter (how is this possible?!) who’s in college. In 2015, we moved from Ohio to a precious mountain town in the the High Rockies of Colorado. 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. I’m training for my second sprint triathlon (pray for me, please!) and angsting over a new book proposal.
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 build small business websites.
As a nine-time graduate and speaker coach at the She Speaks Conference by Proverbs 31 Ministries, I credit these amazing women with equipping and inspiring me. I write for various guest blogs and am published regularly at WomensMinistry.net, a service of Jennifer Rothschild Ministries, about community building, leadership and releasing women into ministry. 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.
Hey, friend! I’m Bailey T. Hurley. I’m a blogger and writer that finds inspiration through my relationships with the Lord, family, and friends. My desire is to mentor women through the written word by speaking capital ‘T’ truth into everyday realities.
After reading Amy’s book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, the tiny seed of inspiration to create relationships with my neighbors grew into realized acts of love. I serve my community by opening my home for intentional conversation, warm meals, and any occasion to celebrate life’s big or small moments. With a Master’s Degree from Denver Seminary and a lifelong heart for community-building, I’m excited to dig deeper into what God is teaching us about loving Him and loving others.
When I am not writing, you can find me binge-eating popcorn or dancing around the kitchen with my son. I thrive off of good books, time with my family, adventures outside, and creatively loving others.
If you enjoy my writing you can also find me at baileythurley.com or at radiantmagazine.org where I write the friendship column. Also, would love for you to sign up for my quarterly newsletter, Long Walks Deep Talks, where I provide resources for you to connect with your community and build relationships rooted in Christ.