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Institute of Preaching


Find your Voice in the Pulpit 

It is a challenging, humbling and risky endeavor to proclaim the good news of God's love made known in Jesus Christ. And yet, week after week, faithful women and men offer a word of hope to a world in need. For more than 20 years now, the Florida Institute of Preaching has helped pastors in the Florida Annual Conference develop their capacity to share the Gospel. Working together with Duke Divinity School, the Institute brings together a small group of pastors each year to help them nurture and develop their gift of preaching.

The Institute is designed to help already capable preachers who are open to personal development through dialogue and reflection with their peers. For that reason, the Institute is open to all full-time Elders and local pastors in the Florida Conference who do not anticipate a change in appointment in the coming year. Associate pastors with similar preaching experience, who intend to become pastors in charge in the near future, may also apply. The Institute includes preachers from the Western North Carolina Conference through funding by the WNC Parish Ministry Fund. 

A high point of the Institute of Preaching retreats each year is a panel of lay persons in the communications business who share their insights on effective preaching. Pete Ferrara’s career has been in radio. Carrie Ferenac is in news production and communications. Darren Richards spent most of his career in television news and is now in public relations. Pete and Carrie are active members at St. Luke’s UMC in Orlando. Darren is active at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa. Their practical advice is linked to the IOP discussion of the book, “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Don’t.” This recording is of their presentations on January 27, 2016.

If you are interested in this opportunity please notify your District Superintendent and the Office of Clergy Excellence before May 1, as the application becomes available the first of March, and is due at the end of May each year.

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