Improve Your Preaching

Join us for a four-day preacher and sermon formation seminar, to be held at Bethany Theological Seminary July 24-27, 2017.

Our curriculum is inductive, drawing out of participants the gifts and opportunities for growth with which God has already endowed the preacher — in a setting that utilizes the wisdom and discernment of the peer group, as led by the Holy Spirit.

The peer coaching method allows for a wide variety of theological outlooks, experience, training, and cultural backgrounds. It was designed by Dale Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology, and John McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee,

Each participant will have the opportunity to explore one preacher formation case study and one sermon formation session with the peer group.

The seminar will be led by Katie Shaw Thompson, M.Div., and Jeanne Davies, M. Div., both preaching pastors and graduates of Bethany Theological Seminary and the David G. Buttrick Certificate in Homiletic Peer Coaching Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

The cost of the seminar is $600/participant ($60/session). Accepted participants will receive a $300 scholarship from Bethany Theological Seminary, bringing the cost per participant to $300. Cost does not include housing or meals. A light breakfast and snacks are provided. Please contact us for available housing options.

This seminar is supported by the Executive Committee of the Council of District Executives (CODE) for the Church of the Brethren. They encourage Church of the Brethren participants to contact their district and congregation if additional financial assistance is needed.

CEUs are available through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

The deadline for registration is May 15, 2017.

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