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Improvisational Preaching

2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop

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This workshop taught preachers how to adopt an improvisational approach to preaching. Drawing insights from theology, homiletics, and performance theory, participants discussed how to internalize sermon manuscripts, how to balance conventional preparation with intuitive spontaneity, and how to read and respond to listeners during the live sermon. As a case study in improvisational preaching, participants also listened to and learned from the preaching of Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, one of the leading African-American preachers of the twentieth century.