Preaching Well: Purposeful and Intentional Preaching

August 05, 2018

Led by Robert W. Brewer, Th.D.
 
This program is intended to support and encourage preachers to engage in self-reflection through peer mentoring and consultation in order to become more effective communicators of the gospel. Preachers will have the opportunity to reflect upon how preaching has changed in their ministry and how they can reinvigorate a love for the practice of preaching. The peer group will focus upon self-reflection, current homiletical models, and how preaching can develop faith within the hearers. Each session is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Greensboro College.

Cohort Meeting 1:  September 25
Introductions, Purpose and Expectations, Context and Problems Preaching
Defining and Exploring the congregation’s influence upon the sermon

Cohort Meeting 2: October 23
Re-imagining a Theology of Preaching
Exploring Faith Development within the Sermon

Cohort Meeting 3: November 27
Exploring Creative Exegetical Strategies and Models of Preaching
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 4: December 18
Preaching narratively from begging to end
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 5: January 22
Preaching Upon Difficult Topics, Inviting the Wolf In
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 6: February 19
The Wolf Is Here:  Preaching Judgment, Problems, and Sin  
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 7:  March 19
Confronting the Wolf:  Prophetic preaching
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 8:  April 23
Preaching Special Occasions:  Weddings and Funerals
Watch and Reflect Upon Participants’ Sermons

Cohort Meeting 9:  May 21
Preaching over the Long Haul:  sermon series in a lectionary world

Three books will be explored in our time together:
The Four Pages of the Sermon, Paul Scott Wilson (New edition coming September 18th)
Inviting the Wolf In:  Thinking About Difficult Stories, Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis
Prophetic Preaching:  A Pastoral Approach, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale

Other books for consultation:
Accompany Them with Singing:  The Christian Funeral, Thomas Long
Questions Preachers Ask, Edited by Johnston, Smith, and Tisdale
What Not to Say, John Holbert and Alyce McKenzie
The Homiletical Beat, Eugene Lowry

The cohort will be limited to 10 participants. Cost for participation is $50 and you will need to purchase the three books above. 

The Rev. Dr. Robert Brewer is the assistant professor of religion and Greensboro College chaplain.

The preaching cohorts are sponsored by the WNC Leadership Development Team.

 
 
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