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Performing Sermons Latinamente
Jared E. Alcántara, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, and Lis Valle explore how their shared Latinx identity shapes the way they preach. They define the sermon performed latinamente as an improvisational, interactive, and transformative event embodied in community.
Academic Article | February 08, 2021
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Thoughts on Preaching and the Teaching of Preaching
Looking at today’s North American cultural climate, Alyce McKenzie reflects on what it’s time to let go of in preaching and in the teaching of preaching—and what it’s time to grab hold of.
Academic Article | November 09, 2020
Preparing Our Preaching Pedagogies for the Year 2030
In this paper, Jared Alcántara proposes a twenty-first century preaching pedagogy that he describes as “a turn toward improvisational teaching that is technologically innovative, intentionally collaborative, and strategically diverse.”
Academic Article | July 06, 2020
Deep Calls to Deep: Nurturing Preachers for the Work of Proclamation
Deep Calls to Deep is a program to strengthen preaching by using communities of peer groups to nurture pastors’ own spiritual, emotional, physical, and imaginative lives. In this paper, Ruthanna Hooke discusses the structure and themes of Deep Calls to Deep, a peer group learning program rooted in the conviction that preaching is soul-work.
Academic Article | June 17, 2020
Preachers Need Friends, Too
The peer cohort is a place for preachers to strengthen their skills in real time while building intentional friendships.
Reflection | February 04, 2020
Final Exams Every Week: Life with a Peer Learning Group
Peer learning groups promote faithful endurance and mutual encouragement in the face of what makes the preaching life challenging.
Reflection | January 06, 2020
Pedagogical Insights on Teaching African American Preaching
This essay reflects on Frank Thomas' unique journey through the pastorate to become a teacher of preaching, and on the pedagogy he developed along the way.
Academic Article | December 11, 2019
From Colleagues to Companions: Unexpected Fruits of a Peer Learning Group
What do you get when you put a diverse group of clergy around a table once a month? More beauty than you might expect.
Reflection | August 28, 2019
Frank Thomas on the Power of African-American Preaching
“How is it that you can take a group of people who are in despair and when you get finished preaching the gospel, they have hope?” This question sent Frank Thomas down a path that led him nearly forty years later to create the first PhD program in African-American preaching.
Conversation | April 10, 2019
Five Things I Love about My Preaching Peer Group
A young pastor calls his preaching peer group “a funeral and a pep rally in the same ninety minutes.” Find out why.
Reflection | February 06, 2019
John McClure on How Liturgical Practices Can Shape Conversations in a Pluralistic World
Christian liturgical practices—confession, intercession, and preaching—contain wisdom that can bring compassion and consensus to public conversations around contentious moral issues.
Conversation | December 04, 2018
Duane Kelderman on the Challenge of Preaching in a Fragile Europe
A Dominican preaching colloquium addresses the challenge of preaching in contemporary Europe, where secularism, individualism, and a lack of cultural consensus have given rise to fear, division, and xenophobia.
Conversation | November 16, 2018
What I Learned through Preaching Partnerships
Fred Provencher has participated in two preaching peer groups in his twenty-plus years of ministry. Read his reflections along with his advice for younger preachers.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
The Role of a Peer Learning Group in My Preaching Journey
God’s message of inclusiveness reaches past the walls that divide us, says Deborah Jungmi Kang, a Korean pastor serving a largely Anglo-American church in Illinois. As Kang develops her preaching voice, a peer learning group provides support.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
Ernest Brooks on Inspiring Young People to Become Preachers
The Academy of Preachers identifies promising young preachers from all Christian backgrounds and brings them together to explore and develop their preaching gifts.
Conversation | September 19, 2018
Yes, And . . .
Experiencing pastoral burnout, Denise Luper began a yearlong leave of absence soon after joining a peer preaching and learning group. The peer group became an important part of her healing process.
Reflection | September 17, 2018
A Community That Affirms
A peer preaching group changed the course of a student’s seminary journey—and her ministry path.
Reflection | September 14, 2018
Three Reasons to Join a Preaching Peer Group
Sermon preparation is a recurring task that can be lonely and draining. A Texas pastor describes how a peer learning group revitalized her preaching.
Reflection | September 12, 2018
Improving Preaching through Mutual Reflection
Newly trained as a homiletic peer coach, a veteran pastor builds on the experiences that had the greatest impact on his formation as a preacher: mutual reflection with colleagues.
Reflection | September 05, 2018