Preaching As...

September 4, 2019

Jesus promises his followers that in him, they will have life and have it abundantly. Preachers are privileged to share this message of hope with those who listen. This is one reason that our preaching is so important and why it is critical that it is done faithfully, artfully and joyfully. 

The goals of this peer learning experience are to grow in our understanding, practice and perspective of preaching so that our preaching will be enriched and our sermons will find deeper connections with the hearts of our parishioners.

Each session we will discuss a dimension of preaching:
Preaching As... a Calling
Preaching As... Self-Discovery
Preaching As... a Privilege
Preaching As... A Craft
Preaching As... A Challenge
Preaching As... A Source of Comfort in Life's Transitions
Preaching As... A Relationship
  • Meeting in Asheville, at the Blue Ridge District Office (except final session at Lake Junaluska)
  • Sessions will be 3 hours long: 10am-1pm
  • 6 sessions meeting monthly in 2020:
    • January 6
    • February 3
    • March 2
    • April 20
    • May 28
    • June 17
  • The last few sessions will include peer review of your sermons.

Books to be used:

  • Gathering Up the Fragments by Mariann Edgar Budde, CSS Publishing Company
  • Making a Scene in the Pulpit: Vivid Preaching for Visual Listeners by Alyce M. McKenzie, Westminister John Knox Press
  • Preaching by Fred Craddock, Abingdon Press

Participants will also be given several opportunities to watch worship services/sermons online to observe effective preaching practices. To be assigned after the first session.

Participation is open to WNC clergy or ministry professionals who preach on a regular basis. Space is limited to 12 participants, accepted on a first-come basis. Registration will close when at capacity.  The cost per participant is $50.


Led by Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley.  Ashley is a long-time clergyperson in Western North Carolina.  She has served large and smaller churches, has been the chairperson of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and is starting a new church in South Asheville.

Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Conference Leadership Development Team.

For more information, please reach out to Rev. Kim Ingram, Director of Ministerial Services. 
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