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Does Your Character Preach?

A seminar on the virtues of a beautiful word and witness


Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023


Calvin University
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This week-long seminar, directed by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, is designed for preachers, church and campus ministry leaders, professors and others dedicated to work that shapes worship. We will explore questions such as, Why does cultivating Christlike character matter for how we preach? How do virtues such as wisdom and love, humility and gratitude, hope and joy shape the message leaders offer? What daily practices foster good formation for congregational worship? Seminar participants will explore virtues and practices that empower compelling preaching and integrity in the church’s witness today.

Participants will engage the topic through readings, scriptural reflection, case studies, spiritual practices, and group discussions. Our weekly rhythm will include morning “classroom” time, afternoon break time, group meals, and a public evening event.

This seminar will be offered at no cost to those participants who are selected. Space is limited. All meals and lodging will be provided throughout the week. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the seminar.

Application Information

To apply, applicants must fill out an application form. You will be required to provide:

  1. A 300-word essay on why you are interested in participating in the seminar
  2. Your resume/CV.
  3. Contact information of one person of reference.

Applications for this seminar are due on March 17, 2023.

Participants will be selected by April 14, 2023, and will receive copies of selected books and pre-readings.