Simplify The Message, Multiply The Impact Preaching Cohort

November 4, 2019

A Preaching Cohort facilitated by Rev. Talbot Davis
Paul tells the Corinthians:  “I did not come to you with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Christ and him crucified.”  (I Corinthians 2:1-2)
Simple message, monumental impact.
So Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact is designed to help growing preachers in the WNCC to break through the noise of culture and the cauldron of church to deliver sermons with clarity, passion, and boldness. 
Simple is the opposite of simplistic.  Sermons with clear & unmistakable focus are best able to plumb the depths not only of Gospel beauty but of congregants’ lives.  As Mr. Rogers once said, “Life is truly deep and simple but what society offers is shallow and complex.”
So put on your cardigan and join us as we simplify and multiply.
Participants will: 
  • Participate in a six-month cohort of 15 pastors that will meet once a month.  This meeting will occur on Tuesdays from 9:30-12:30 pm.  Meetings will be held at Good Shepherd Church in South Charlotte.
  • Participate in group and individual consultations about the role of preaching in the life of the pastor and congregation.
  • Critically reflect upon the task of preaching week to week in particular congregations.
  • Provide sermons for reflection and learning from their peers.
The program will be led by Rev. Talbot Davis, pastor of Good Shepherd Church, a United Methodist congregation, in Charlotte. Talbot graduated from Asbury Seminary and has been serving churches in Western North Carolina since 1990.  He has been at Good Shepherd for almost 19 years. Rev. Davis has written several books, the most recent being “Crash Test Dummies: Surprising Lessons from the Book of Judges.” In this cohort, Talbot will be sharing material from his forthcoming Abingdon book on preaching. Talbot has written a book by the same name based on previous cohorts he has led.  It will be available in the spring.

Meeting details:
  • First Tuesday of each month between January and June (except for February which will be the 2nd Tuesday)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm
  • Location at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 13110 Moss Road, Charlotte, NC  28273.
The cost to participate is $50.  The rest of the expense is funded by the WNC Leadership Development Team. Participants will be responsible for purchasing books. 

Required Resources:
The Collected Sermons Of Fred Craddock
Communicating For A Change by Andy Stanley
Crash Test Dummies by Talbot Davis
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Southeastern by Jason Isbell (CD or digital download)

Session One – Tuesday, January 7, 9:30 a.m.
From Clutter To Clarity:  The Power Of A One Point Sermon

Please note: We will conclude this first gathering with a catered meal courtesy of Good Shepherd. Details to come.  I understand that on most of our days, we will not have lunch together as you will want to head back to your place of ministry.

Session Two – Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m.
InterestED to InterstING:  Delightful Exegesis
Session Three – Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 a.m.
Keep Me Awake, Please!: Taking People On A Sermon Journey Rather Than Through A Sermon Outline
Watch & Reflect Upon Peer Sermons
Session Four – Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.
The Pastoral Sherlock Holmes: The Preacher As Observer And Chronicler Of Human Behavior And Popular Culture
Watch & Reflect Upon Peer Sermons
Session Five – Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 a.m.
Who Shot JR?:  Devising And Developing Sermon Series
Watch & Reflect Upon Peer Sermons
Session Six – Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 a.m.
Reading To Write:  The Power Of Wordsmithing
Watch & Reflect On Peer Sermons

Participation is open to WNC clergy or ministry professionals who preach on a regular basis. Space is limited to 15 participants, accepted on a first-come basis. Registration will close when at capacity, or by December 31.  

The cost per participant is $50.  Once registration is processed, you will receive an ethnographic survey to complete and return prior to the first session.
Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Conference Leadership Development Team.

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