Passion for Preaching

Preaching is a privilege and responsibility for pastors serving in local congregations. It’s also a skill that can be developed. The Office of Clergy Excellence and the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU have a partnership in creating accessible continuing education opportunities for the clergy of the Great Plains. The second (of three) opportunities is now available! This one is geared toward “early career pastors,” those who have served between 2 and 7 years. It will be held between January and May and is called “Passion for Preaching. ” This five-part zoom webinar will explores holy habits for fanning the flame of their passion for preaching, developing ways to stay enthused, creative and fresh for years to come! The facilitator for Passion for Preaching is Dr. Lucy Lind Hogan of Wesley Theological Seminary and will also include an opportunity for each participant to preach a sermon and receive feedback.

This opportunity is for you if:

  • You want to grow in your understanding of your preaching style
  • You have served a local congregation for 2 to 7 years
  • You are open to sharing your preaching gift with other preachers

The webinar will be held on five Tuesday mornings in early 2023: January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, and May 23 from 9:30-noon. The cost for registration for the webinar is $100 and you will receive 1.25 CEU’s for participating. Registration is open! Capacity is limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot early!

The group’s homiletical consultant, Dr. Lucy Lind Hogan, is Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship Emerita at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hogan is the author of several books on preaching including, "The Seven Deadly Sins of Preaching: Becoming Responsible for the Faith we Proclaim," "Connecting with the Congregation: Rhetoric and the Art of Preaching," and "Graceful Speech: An Invitation to Preaching." Learn more about Dr. Hogan here.

If you have questions, contact Ashlee Alley Crawford, aalleycrawford@greatplainsumc.org.