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METHOD MATTERS: THE MIXED METHODS PREACHING CONFERENCE
It is with great joy and anticipation that we invite you to participate in the second Mixed Methods Preaching Conference of the Ph.D. Program of African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission and vision of the Ph.D. program is to teach and expose the genius, depth, beauty, history, power, and imagination of the Black preaching tradition in order to generate a preaching renaissance to revive American Christianity in the 21stcentury. We have chosen the theme for our conference as: “Preaching the Inexhaustible Love of God,” based in Ephesians 3:18.
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; (AMPC)
As one of the strategies to accomplish this renaissance, we offer a Mixed Methods Preaching Conference to help preachers love and improve their preaching. We offer sermons, lectures, education, homiletical instruction, and most of all preaching labs where participants are taught method by our Ph.D. students and actually get to preach a sermon and have it critiqued by an instructor trained in homiletics. We have found the preaching and critiquing of the sermons, after instruction on the homiletical method, to be the most meaningful for helping students improve their preaching. Our first Inaugural conference was such an overwhelming success that participants and numerous preachers have demanded a second.
Our conference goal is to help preachers preach powerful sermons indicative of the inexhaustible love of God in Ephesians 3 such that marginalized people living in stigma and without support, for example, persons impacted by the AIDS epidemic, might be fully included and welcomed in the family of God.
Our conference is co-hosted by three of the leading preachers across the country who have demonstrated preaching that exhibits the inexhaustible love of God and removes stigmas and welcomes people into the family of God, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart, pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee, and Bishop Claude R. Alexander, pastor of The Park Church of Charlotte, North Carolina.
DISCLAIMER: We will try our best to adhere to the times designated on the agenda; however, we recognize that as the power of God moves us, we must listen.