Preaching in the Purple Zone Workshops


Dr. Schade is passionate about preaching that builds bridges and develops collaborative efforts around divisive issues in the church and this workshop will focus on equipping you to learn the “sermon-dialogue-sermon” method to help your congregation address social issues in ways that find common ground. 

Key to this endeavor is using a method of civil discourse called “deliberative dialogue” developed by the Kettering Foundation for finding common values among politically diverse participants. Preaching in the Purple Zone equips clergy to help their congregations respectfully engage in deliberation about “hot topics,” find the values that bind them together, and respond faithfully to God’s Word. 

The training will take place completely online and the cost to you is only $20. The moderator will be in touch with you once you register and will send you the necessary zoom links.

  • Choose one of nine workshops. Dates are below.
  • You must attend both days of the same workshop.
  • The schedule for each day is 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with lots of breaks.
  • You will have homework to do overnight, so please keep it free of meetings.
  • You must have at least three weeks between the date you sign up and the workshop you select.
  • If you have not done so, please order Preaching in the Purple Zone as it is required reading. 30% discount available at or call 1-800-462-6420.  Use code RLFANDF30
  • Maximum of nine participants in each workshop; minimum of four.
  • Register here!
Workshop Dates Facilitator
March 22-23 Amy Lippoldt
April 13-14 Morita Truman
April 14-15 Jeff Clinger
April 12-13 Kara Eidson
April 20-21 Marshall Johnson
April 20-21 Grace Gichuru and Loren Drummond
April 26-27 Bonnie McCord and Portia Cavitt