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Two-day afternoon workshops

You may choose two afternoon workshops.  Each one is offered twice in the same week, Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday. 

June 14–17
Monday/Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday/Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Haunted Pulpit: Getting Rid of Preaching's Unholy Ghosts

Leader: Jerusha Matsen Neal
Description: Preaching is one of God’s greatest gifts to the church, but walking into a pulpit often means facing unholy ghosts. Fears of other’s expectations, confusion about preaching’s goal, and the weight of our own histories can mute our voices and make us doubt our calls. The Spirit works to replace these fears with a living relationship with a living God. What does preaching that testifies to that kind of embodied encounter look like? What are the marks of preaching that flows from a loving, living engagement with the scriptures, the gathered community, and with Christ? Through contemporary case studies and the Gospel of Luke, preachers will ask what it means to be “overshadowed” by God’s Spirit.

Creativity and the Demands of Ministry

Leader: Adam Hearlson
Description: The creative pace of ministry is exhausting. Ministers who preach regularly are expected to produce polished creative work at a pace that would trouble even the most prolific artist. Ministers who preach weekly will create the equivalent of a single book over the course of a year. Without practice, good habits, and a community of practice, burnout is inevitable. In this workshop, we will discuss recent ideas of creativity and how we can create habits and postures to support the creative demands of a preaching ministry.

Preaching as Partnership

Leader: Patrick Johnson
Description: What makes for good preaching in your context? What kind of listeners do you have in your congregation? What do they need to hear from you as a preacher over the course of one, two, or three years? How does your preaching relate to the congregation’s vision for ministry and context? This workshop will seek to connect preaching to the larger work of pastoral leadership in the congregation and community. Fellows will have an opportunity to do a guided reflection on their context, to identify and explore the hopes and concerns of their congregations and how they could be addressed in preaching, and to create a strategy for developing a strong dialogical partnership between the preacher and the lay leaders in the congregation. 

Podcasting for Preachers: An Introduction

Leader: Pablo Jiménez
Description: A brief introduction to podcasting through video and audio streaming, for active preachers. This workshop will address the basic elements of podcasting, such as equipment, recording, hosting, and publishing.

June 21–24
Monday/Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday/Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Prophetic Preaching With Everyday People of Faith

Leader: Veronice Miles
Description: Prophetic preaching, in common vernacular, involves speaking truth to power. With emphasis upon calling the powerful to account, dismantling repressive structures, and evoking new imagination, prophetic preachers seek to become agents of transformation and flourishing in the world today. Our challenge, however, is that our congregations are often populated by everyday people who love God but struggle to discern the correlation between God’s salvific intent in Christ and prophetic preaching’s commitment to eliminating oppression and promoting life-affirming possibilities for all creation. On day one, we will explore homiletical strategies and sermonic content intended to cultivate sensibilities and practices that lean everyday people in the direction of a more loving, just, and God-infused existence for all creation. Incorporating insights from day one, participants will, in dialogue with peers, identify prophetic elements in one of their existing sermons, and deliver that sermon on day two of our gathering.

Preaching Ephesians

Leader: Nancy Lammers Gross
Description: 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.

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

Leader: Shauna Hannan
Description: 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.

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