Engle Workshop Choices

Engle Fellows select and take part in three workshops. Fellows select one workshop that meets in the morning over four days (Monday through Thursday) and two workshops that meet in the afternoon, each for two days (Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday). The size of each workshop is limited to allow for group interaction.

Four-Day Morning Workshops

Choose one four-day morning workshop meeting
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

All Our Griefs to Bear: Preaching for Congregational Resilience

Collective trauma is profoundly disorienting. When life-giving markers are lost, identity is shaken and changed. Collective trauma shows us in a profound way that we are not “special” or somehow immune from tragedy. This workshop will offer some background on collective trauma and help with integrating the practices of lament, storytelling, and blessing into preaching that can help congregations process collective trauma and build resilience. – Joni Sancken

The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

Preaching is an ecclesial practice that belongs to the whole congregation and not only to the preacher. This workshop aims to equip you to equip all the baptized to fulfill their roles as proclaimers of God’s good news. Understanding and engaging the collaborative nature of preaching will revive your preaching and your congregation’s participation. Participants will leave with concrete possibilities for engaging a collaborative preaching ministry in their own contexts. – Shauna Hannan

“Is There a Word From the Lord?”: Preaching in Perilous Times

This workshop will offer participants insights on how to preach difficult sermons and the role of preaching in a society fraught with cultural tensions and division. Participants will reflect together on some of the pressing issues of our time and how they might be addressed responsibly and faithfully from the pulpit. In advance of coming to Engle, participants who wish to enroll in this workshop should read How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon by Frank A. Thomas (Abingdon Press, 2018). – Xavier Johnson

Empowering the Voice of the Female Preacher

This workshop deals with the woman​’s physical speaking voice. The voice is a full-body instrument, but many women preachers struggle to speak because we are disconnected from our own bodies, and because we have trouble claiming our voices in the pulpit. Through interactive practicum, discussion, and mutual support, this workshop will enable women to increase the effectiveness of their public speaking voices. In advance of coming to Engle, please read Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching by Nancy Lammers Gross (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017). – Nancy Lammers Gross

Off the Page!

“With an emphasis on speech performance, this workshop strives for preaching that is oral/aural, visual, contextual, and faithful to the gospel. Particular attention will be given to writing for the ear, preaching with and without a manuscript, voice, visual engagement, gesture/body movement, and improvisational speech. Participants are to come prepared to preach the beginning of a sermon and the ending of a sermon. You may preach from the same sermon or from different sermons. Either the beginning or the ending should include story, imagery, or experience.  – Michael Brothers

Two-Day Afternoon Workshops

You may choose two afternoon workshops — one that meets Monday/Tuesday and another that meets Wednesday/Thursday. Be sure to select two different afternoon workshops.
Monday/Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday/Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Making Sermons Come Alive: Igniting Voice and Passion

This workshop will offer preachers tools for analyzing their own gifts and priorities in preaching and explore how some tools and practices from the culture of advertising and marketing can energize sermons. – Joni Sancken

Behind the Scenes: What Preachers Can Learn From Filmmakers

From “blue skying” in the writer’s room to effective scene changes, and from impact teams to zooming in on a character in order to evoke emotion, the craft of filmmaking has much to offer the craft of preaching. The focus of this two-day workshop will not be on religious cinema or films with theological themes, but on cinematic craft behind-the-scenes. Participants will leave with concrete ideas for honing their “behind the scenes” sermon preparation work. – Shauna Hannan

Preaching Ephesians

We memorize the passage, “for by grace you have been saved through faith” (Eph. 2:8), but we cannot tolerate “wives be subject to your husbands” (Eph. 5:22). We long to say “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:2). But we know that just around the corner we find, “slaves obey your masters” (Eph. 6:2). Come and discover how, through oral interpretation, we can reclaim the letter to the Ephesians for the whole people of God. We will also find clues for how to deal with other difficult sayings of Paul. – Nancy Lammers Gross

Prophetic Proclamation: A Practicum

This workshop is designed for participants who want to engage in the task of prophetic proclamation. Participants will practice crafting and preaching sermons. In advance of coming to Engle, participants who wish to enroll in this workshop should 1) read Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons About Justice and Hope by Kenyatta R. Gilbert (Abingdon Press, 2018) and 2) prepare at least one sermon using his method to be preached in class. – Xavier Johnson

Power of Perspectival Preaching

Using the Lazarus narrative of John 11, this workshop examines the homiletical opportunities presented by perspective criticism of biblical texts. The workshop will ask the question: How do the homiletical possibilities of a text shift depending on the perspective considered? The workshop will consider both the intended perspective of the author of the text and other perspectives found within the characters of the narrative. Finally, the workshop will offer participants an opportunity to consider how perspective criticism offers a place for the experiences of the homiletician to shape homiletical moment within the context of the biblical narrative. – David Latimore

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