I’m Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and founder of COMPEL Membership website for writers.  I developed this training because here’s what I know:

I know what it feels like to have a desire to make a difference with my writing and have zero readers interested, because that’s where I started.

I know what it feels like to be passionate about furthering the gospel through the words I felt called to write yet have nowhere to turn to for encouragement.

I know what it feels like to need a support staff but have zero dollars to pay anyone to help me.

I know what it feels like to be an outsider looking in to the publishing world, but not knowing where the front door is. 

I know what it feels like to finally get my first book deal, and feel like the writing is impossible and the marketing is a big black hole. 

I promised myself if I ever figured any of this out, I would help the people coming behind me.

If you can relate to any of these feelings, I want to personally invite you to join COMPEL Training. We’ve designed COMPEL to help writers in all aspects of their journey. I’ll be there, and you’ll see how I fulfilled that promise to myself and to God.


Lysa TerKeurst

Our History

Throughout the history of Proverbs 31 Ministries, training has been an important component of what we do. Scripture is clear in the mandate to teach others. Jesus’ final words to His disciples were:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

We attempt to fulfill this commandment in every area of our ministry. And in 2013, after teaching women at She Speaks for 12 years, we took a step deeper into professional training with COMPEL Writer Training.

COMPEL Training is a faith-based online training community designed to help writers find direction for your writing, receive practical training and discover the motivation to keep going.

We’ve built COMPEL around four pillars:

  • Community – with other believers who are writers 
  • Content –  that is practical and inspiring 
  • Connection – with experts in the publishing industry to teach and guide
  • Challenges – to provide you with opportunities to get published


We look forward to having you join our thriving community of writers where faith and a passion for writing bring us all together. 

Join Our Community

Members have 24/7 access to COMPEL and consistently have the opportunity to learn new things in the areas of most interest to them.


Curated Courses & Teachings

In addition to our fresh, new COMPEL Class teachings every month and invaluable downloadable resources, you’ll also enjoy learning from hundreds of lessons in the COMPEL Course Library.


Receive unlimited access to COMPEL Training content all year long for less than the cost of one typical writers conference.

Progress Tracking

Make COMPEL Training work for your schedule by utilizing our member dashboard and course progress tracking tools.


Connect with our vibrant online community to enhance your learning experience and network with like-minded members and writing peers.

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