Preaching the word of God faithfully, authentically, and effectively week after week is a daunting responsibility. In order to have an engaging and interesting sermon, preachers need:
Preaching Rocks is a workshop academy for sharpening skills in public speaking to effectively present the good news of Jesus Christ. Persons who can benefit from Preaching Rocks include:
The leader for Preaching Rocks is Rev. Dr. Lew Kaye-Skinner. Lew was the founding director of the Writing Center at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE, where he taught courses in Public Speaking, Communications, Writing, and Religion. He is an Elder in the Great Plains Conference and has been practicing public speaking since childhood.
This preaching academy will rely on consultation, coaching, and support for one another to increase individual skills in preaching and worship leadership. Each participant will complete a preliminary skills assessment after registering, and invite members of their congregation and their District Superintendent to also complete the assessment. In addition, the academy will include:
Preaching Rocks group gatherings will be held at College Avenue UMC in Manhattan, KS. Individual conferences will be online. Registration can be found here. The cost for five group gatherings and five individual conferences is $350, and includes a shared motel room for September 17 and all lunches. If helpful, you may pay a portion of the fee in 2020; you must contact the Rev. Nancy Lambert for approval to do so.
*40 contact hours will be received by participating in all group gatherings and five individual conferences. One-half the cost of Preaching Rocks is underwritten by the Clergy Excellence budget.