One of the congregational vitality goals within the Matthew 25 initiative is Spirit-inspired worship. In the Reformed tradition, the central aspect of worship is the preaching of the Word as it points to the scriptures, which point to Jesus Christ. To this end, the Synod is offering several opportunities to train and strengthen preachers.

For Beginning Preachers

If you have been wondering about what it might be like to preach in your home church, a two-day workshop coordinated by Maumee Valley Presbytery will be very helpful for you!  “Me? A Preacher?:  A Preaching Workshop” will be held on Saturday May 8 and 22, 9:30 am -12:30 pm via Zoom. Rev. Jeanne Gray, pastor of Collingwood Presbyterian Church, and Synod Interim Executive Chip Hardwick, will be the leaders.  Learn more and register here:  Me? A Preacher?: A Preaching Workshop (maumeevp.org).

If you would like to be on a supply preaching list, Alma College, in Lake Huron Presbytery, is offering a short course called ‘Preaching and Teaching:  The art and science of inspiring hearts and minds through spoken words.’  It is designed to help prepare you more thoroughly than the Maumee Valley Presbytery offering. Taught by Denise Anderson, former co-moderator of the PC(USA), Andrew Pomerville, chaplain of Alma College, and Chip Hardwick. Sessions will be held four successive Thursday evenings by Zoom beginning July 8, 2021. For more information, please contact Andrew Pomerville at pomervillead@alma.edu.

For Frequent Preachers

If you are a regular preacher and would like to strengthen aspects of your preaching, you might find helpful a series of monthly zoom workshops by Chip Hardwick, Ph.D., preaching/homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary. Designed as one-off experiences, the first session is “How to Preach about Racial Justice without Losing Your Conviction or Getting Fired” and will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. You can register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYucuuhrjgjHdOhcTokU39RhBGoBgbg0M4a.  Forthcoming workshops such as Preaching as Persuasion, Preaching about Suicide/Mental Health, and Getting out of Your Preaching Rut, will be offered on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.