Institute of Preaching registration deadline is June 1

Applications are now being received for the 2018-2019 Institute which is funded by the Institute of Preaching endowment fund in Florida and the Parish Ministry Fund in North Carolina.  Information and applications are at The application deadline is June 1, 2018.  

Institute of Preaching Completes Eleventh Year

Fifteen preachers from the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences recently completed nine-months of learning and growth as the eleventh annual cohort of the Institute of Preaching.  Participants from Florida were Tim Smiley, Tom McCloskey, Chris Jones, Justin LaRosa, Carolyn Thomas, Josh Bell, Rocky Walker, David Averill, Kim Uchimura and Daryl Allen.  Retired pastor Jim Harnish serves as one of the facilitators along with Nathan Kirkpatrick and Christine Parton Burkett from Duke Divinity School.  The Institute is a joint project of the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences and Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  
Reflecting on his experience, Tim Smiley, the pastor at Trinity, Palm Beach Gardens, said, "The Institute offered me the opportunity to engage and grow in the practice of preaching in this season of my ministry. Faculty, peers and congregational members all provided helpful feedback. And it was fun!"

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