Applications are being sought for the Institute of Preaching, a nine-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina conferences of The United Methodist Church improve their preaching. Applications and accompanying materials are due May 27. Click here for information from the Florida Conference Clergy Excellence office and here for eligibility requirements from Duke Divinity School of Durham, North Carolina.
Unlike other programs that focus only on style or techniques, the Institute of Preaching takes a comprehensive approach to preaching. Pastors examine not only their sermon content and delivery but also the contexts in which they preach and the integrity of their life and work.
During each retreat, participants hear from recognized authorities on preaching – both practitioners and Duke faculty — and also work with other participants in small peer groups, discussing their ministries and reviewing each other’s sermons. Between retreats, participants are encouraged to work with a small group from their own congregation to receive critical and constructive sermon feedback.
The Institute of Preaching is a partnership of the Florida Institute of Preaching Committee and Duke Divinity School. It is sponsored by the Florida Conference and the Parish Ministry Fund of the Western North Carolina Conference. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply.