Preaching – To Bring the Bible to Life

July 16, 2019

This cohort is now full.  Please check out the Preaching As... cohort beginning in January 2020 in the western districts of our conference!

Led by Rev. Jan Brittain, Pastor Williamson’s Chapel UMC in Mooresville, NC

In the scripture, we find God’s directions for happy, effective and faithful living. Powerful Biblical preaching helps people understand, claim and apply those directions in ways that are relevant for their everyday living. The goal of this peer learning experience is to grow and help one another grow in our ability to preach Bible-based, Spirit-empowered, prayer drenched, RELEVANT sermons.  
  • 9 Sessions meeting once a month September 2019 – June 2020 (Skipping December).
    • Will meet the Second Thursday of each month (First meeting is September 12)
    • Beginning at 9:00 am and ending by 3:00 pm.
  • Meet at Williamson’s Chapel, Mooresville NC (575 Brawley School Road).
  • Books to be read prior to Session One:
    • Shaped by the Word --- Robert Mulholland, Jr.
  • Books to read during the course
    • The Source --- James Michener (Very long Novel)
  • Books referenced in the course will include:
    • Preaching – Fred Craddock
    • Preaching Without Notes Joseph Webb
    • Unleashing the Word – Adam Hamilton
    • TED Talks Storytelling - Akash Karia

1) Early sessions will focus on:
  • The role of the preacher
  • Biblical preaching that is relevant for today
  • Sermon Series Development
  • Creating a preaching plan
  • Choosing effective illustrations
2) Middle Sessions will provide opportunities for Peers to observe one another preaching through video and offer feedback
3) Final sessions will explore how to extend the impact of sermons beyond the sanctuary and provide the opportunity for creating a plan for going forward.

Rev. Jan Brittain is a long-time pastor in Western North Carolina.  She is currently the senior pastor of Williamson’s Chapel UMC in Mooresville, where she has served since 2011.
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