Year One: The Formation of the Preacher
Co-taught with Bishop William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School
Intensive dates: July 23–31, 2018
Throughout the majority of the history of the church, the formation of the preacher was the most important consideration in homiletical practice. Year One will devote attention to what has become an urgent matter for pastors and Christian leaders: the stewardship of one’s intellectual, spiritual, and moral well-being as necessary for faithful ministry, particularly the practice of preaching. Preaching will be explored from within the way of discipleship: the call to daily “following after” Jesus Christ, the Word of God, incarnate, crucified, and risen in the whole of life.
Year Two: The Message of the Preacher
Intensive dates: July 22–30, 2018
Preaching is peculiar speech: the formation and expression of Christian discourse calling preachers to a way of thinking and perceiving that requires the practice of “faith seeking understanding,” a kind of intellectual work that draws from the full range of disciplines across the seminary curriculum. Year Two will address the significance of the preacher’s habits of prayer, study, reflection, and preparation in building on the formative matters explored in Year One.
Year Three: The Context of the Preacher
Intensive dates: July 20–28, 2020
Sermons are not “generic” messages. Preaching is always addressed to a particular people called by God to a shared life of worship and witness in particular times, places, and circumstances. Year Three will explore the oft-contested matter of “relevance” in a way that builds on the formative and interpretive matters covered in Years One and Two. Preaching will be approached as a formative practice of the church within the context of God’s mission with and for the world.
Years Four–Five: Doctoral project phase of DMin program