Books & Speaking

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the “too muchness” of it all? Realizing that piles of possessions, an overfilled calendar, and digital addictions threatened not only my happiness but my very soul, Uncluttered chronicles my pursuit of a radical idea: what if less really is more?

If you’ve ever desired a simpler life, one filled with love, laughter, friendship, and worship rather than overflowing closets and overfilled hours, look no further.

Uncluttered is available for preorder from Amazon or Christian Book Distributors.

Praise for Uncluttered

“Peace. Less. Still. Enough. Simple. Clear. Rested. Read Uncluttered.” –John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More if You Were More Like Me

“The key to healthy, sustainable, contagious faith is our commitment to living simpler, quieter, more uncluttered lives. This is the urgent and soul-nourishing message of Uncluttered.” –Brett McCracken, senior editor at The Gospel Coalition

“With disarming candor, sly humor and the empathy of the pastor and spiritual counselor that she is, Courtney Ellis has given us a gift.” –Tod Bolsinger, Vice President & Chief of Leadership Formation, Fuller Seminary

“In Uncluttered Courtney Ellis does what our productivity-obsessed culture tells us is impossible: unplugs from the unnecessary demands of life and plugs in to God and relationships that matter.” –Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Pastor at St.Luke’s (UMC)

“A practical and profound work, tailor-made for this era of noise and busyness.” –Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World

“Uncluttered is somehow raw, relatable and hilarious, all at the same time.” –Cara Meredith, author of The Color of Life: A White Woman’s Journey Toward Love and Justice

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A dynamic presentation of a deeply profound message can be life changing. The same presentation with a good dose of humor? Even better!

Because my primary ministry is to the congregation I pastor, and I accept outside speaking engagements only when they don’t conflict with ministry at my church. That said, I love to speak at retreats, women’s groups (including MOPS), college ministries, young adult events, churches, and team events, when it makes sense.

Topics include:

  • Uncluttered: Less stuff, less stress, more soul
  • Risking friendship
  • Almost holy: Life-giving spiritual practices
  • True Self(ie): Developing the person God created you to be
  • Joy comes in the morning, and morning comes WAY too soon: Humor for moms
  • Marriage as a team sport

I’ve written for Christianity Today Women, Rock & Ice, and Mia. I’m a regular contributor at The Mighty and The Glorious Table and my first book, Uncluttered, comes out in early 2019.

What People Are Saying…

“You had such energy, humor, and thoughtful ideas. Many have been mentioned in meetings this week and in conversations I’ve been in or heard… One of the best retreats ever!” — Retreat Coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Fullerton, 2018

“You were by far my favorite speaker of the whole year!” –MOPS Coordinator, 2018

“Your talk was so encouraging and I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from your visit. Thank you again.”   –Susan, Speaker Coordinator, Rose Drive Friends Church, 2017

“We are all so excited that you will be doing our retreat!” — Retreat Coordinator, Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, 2017

“Thank you for all your good ideas!” –Women’s Ministry Director, 2017

Other Publications


“Tough and Lasting Kindness” – The Glorious Table, 2018

Quoted in “The Pay Gap is Worst for Pastor-Moms” – Christianity Today, 2017

“Ministry is a Team Sport” – Christianity Today, 2016

“The Messy Drama and Trauma of New Life” – Christianity Today, 2016

“10 Things Not to Say to a Postpartum Mom” – The Huffington Post, 2016

“10 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep” – The Huffington Post, 2016

“10 Things Funerals Have Taught this Pastor” – The Mighty, 2016

“How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God” – Christianity Today, 2013

Sermons


“While We Were Enemies” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“A Story of the Heart” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“C-c-c-courage” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“Be Still, Together” – First Presbyterian Church, Fullerton CA (audio only)

 

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