The Joe R. Engle
Institute of Preaching

Engle I: For early-career preachers in their first two to 10 years of ministry
Engle II: For mid-career pastors with 11 to 20 years preaching experience


(Previously June 14–19, 2020.)
All applicants will receive further information from the Office of Continuing Education.

What is the Engle Institute?
The Engle Institute of Preaching is a weeklong continuing education event designed to nurture and strengthen the craft of those who preach in city or suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries. Engle fellows and faculty participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Through hands-on workshops, seminars, tutorials, and conversations, Engle fellows are supported and challenged to seek excellence in their preaching vocations. The Institute is made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, who was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Become an Engle Fellow
Apply to be a 2020 Engle fellow if you want to practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues. Originally designed for early-career preachers (two to 10 years), The Engle Institute of Preaching is pleased to announce a second track for mid-career preachers (11 to 20 years) in 2020.

Convocation and Worship
Engle fellows and faculty gather daily for morning convocation and evening worship. This is a time to explore Scripture with peers, under the guidance of a biblical scholar, and to rest and worship without having to be the preacher of the day. Both are invaluable. In 2020, the early-career and mid-career preachers will meet together for daily worship and convocation. The pastor-in-residence for the week is The Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan, pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convocation speaker is Dr. George Parsenios, professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Engle fellows will select and take part in three workshops during the week. One workshop meets each morning over four days. Devoting four mornings to one topic allows for in depth work with an instructor and small group. The other two workshops meet in the afternoon, each for two days (Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday). The early-career and mid-career tracks each have their own workshop options so that each cohort will learn with peers in a similar stage in ministry.

Engle I for Early-Career Preachers
Applicants who are seminary graduates (MDiv) and have been preaching regularly for two to 10 years will be considered. The early-career track is designed to be a one-time experience and those who have never attended are given preference.

Engle II for Mid-Career Preachers
Applicants who have been preaching regularly for 11 to 20 years will be considered for the mid-career track. Those who have previously attended The Engle Institute as an early-career preacher may apply.

Cost and Application
Because of the generosity of Joe R. Engle, the fee for The Engle Institute is $175, inclusive of lodging and meals. Lodging is dormitory style. All interested pastors must apply.
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