Preaching 1: Claiming the Call to Preach—Text, Context & Focus Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Two-Session Course Register at https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/CentralValleyDistPreaching1october120 Date: OCT 10, 2020 Time: 9 AM to 4 PM Place: via ZOOM Instructor: Rev. Bob Gilberg Required Text: From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner's Guide to Preaching by Clifton F. Guthrie Available from the UpperRoom http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ or Amazon. This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor's absence. A down-to-earth, practical introduction to the ins-and-outs of preaching for lay preachers, bi-vocational pastors, and others newly arrived in the pulpit. Recent years have seen a considerable increase in the amount of financial resources required to support a full-time pastor in the local congregation. In addition, large numbers of full-time, seminary trained clergy are retiring, without commensurate numbers of new clergy able to take their place. As a result of these trends, a large number of lay preachers and bi-vocational pastors have assumed the principal responsibility for filling the pulpit week by week in local churches. Most of these individuals, observes Clifton Guthrie, can draw on a wealth of life experiences, as well as strong intuitive skills in knowing what makes a good sermon, having listened to them much of their lives. What they often don't bring to the pulpit, however, is specific, detailed instruction in the how-tos of preaching. That is precisely what this brief, practical course to preaching has to offer. Designed with the needs of those for whom preaching is not their sole or primary occupation in mind, it begins by emphasizing what every preacher brings to the pulpit: an idea of what makes a sermon particularly moving or memorable to them. From there the course moves into short lessons on choosing an appropriate biblical text or sermon topic, learning how to listen to one's first impressions of what a text means, moving from text or topic to the sermon itself while keeping the listeners needs firmly in mind, making thorough and engaging use of stories in the sermon, and delivering with passion and conviction. The course includes helpful suggestions for resources, including Bibles, commentaries, other print resources and websites. This course meets the following requirements from the Book of Discipline: ¶ 267.3 Local Church Lay Servant (Approved Refresher Course): To maintain status, a report and reapplication with recommendations must be submitted annually and a refresher course approved by the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries must be completed once in every three years (see ¶ 247.11). —AND— ¶ 268.1.b Certified Lay Servant (Advanced Training Course): A candidate may be recognized as a certified lay servant by the district or conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries after the candidate has: a) Made application in writing to the appropriate committee and has been recommended by the pastor and the church council or the charge conference of the local church in which he or she holds membership. b) Completed both basic and one advanced training courses for lay servant ministries.
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