Develop Your Preaching

Join us for a four-day preacher and sermon formation seminar, to be held at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, January 28-31, 2019.

The peer coaching method allows for a wide variety of theological outlooks, training, and cultural backgrounds. It is equally beneficial to new preachers and those with a wealth of experience. This holistic method 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,

The process is inductive, drawing out of participants the gifts and opportunities for growth with which God has already blessed the preacher — in a setting that draws upon the wisdom and discernment of a supportive peer group, as led by the Holy Spirit. We have found this process to be beneficial for our preaching and for ministry in general.

After spending some time learning the peer coaching process, each participant will have the opportunity to explore at least one preacher formation case study and one sermon formation session with the peer group. Preachers will choose their own learning goals.

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 $160.00 for every preacher participant. We’ll provide lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please contact us about options for housing.

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 12 participants.

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