Believing Out Loud: Finding your Preaching Voice
Preaching is a physical activity where mind, body, voice, and passion are engaged, yet often the preacher prepares the sermon seated on a chair in the stone cold silence of the church office. In this way the sermon is treated as though it is a type of essay, where a silent writer expresses herself to a silent reader. But writing is different than speaking, and reading is different than hearing. In this class, we will attempt to get the “essay model” of the sermon out of our heads and experiment with interpreting the biblical text and preparing sermons out loud. Participants will be introduced to and practice “performance criticism” of the Bible and will consider how “performance theory” can be of help in sermon delivery. In the process of preparing for and practicing sermons out loud students will discover much about, and gain new confidence in their preaching voices. Wear loose fitting clothing: this gets physical.
- On Elkhart campus
- North Newton, Kansas
- Harleysville, Pennsylvania
- Elkhart campus: Tuesday–Wednesday, November 5 - 6, 2013 and Monday, January 27, 2014; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- North Newton, Kansas: Thursday-Friday, February 27-28, and Friday, May 9, 2014 at Bethel College
- Harleysville, Pennsylvania: Thursday-Friday, May 1-2 and Friday, September 12, 2014, at Salford Mennonite Church
Participants will post reflections and responses between sessions on Moodle, an online course site.
Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Proclamation, AMBS
Allan Rudy-Froese blends a love for the church, preparation and passion in communicating the Good News, and infectious humor. He was a pastor for nearly two decades, prior to entering doctoral studies in the area of homiletics—the art and theology of preaching—at the Toronto School of Theology. He has taught preaching in seminary settings in Canada and the United States, leads preaching workshops and serves as a coach for individual preachers.
Want this seminar to come to you?
We are open to offering this seminar in North American locations where groups of 10 or more can participate. If you are interested in hosting this seminar in your area, please contact Jewel Gingerich Longenecker at [email protected] or 574.296.6269 for more information.
For Kansas registration information contact AMBS-Great Plains director Dorothy Nickel Friesen at [email protected]
For Pennsylvania registration information contact Joe Hackman at [email protected]
Cost of this multi-day seminar is $300 per participant before early registration deadline and $350 after the early registration deadline. Early registration deadline for the Elkhart campus seminar is October 14. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due with registration; the balance is due the first day of the seminar.
Lodging for participants who travel from a distance is available for a fee, upon request, at the seminary guest house. (Elkhart campus seminar) Contact the AMBS receptionist, 574.295.3726 ext. 0, to arrange for lodging. Please tell her the event to which you are coming and make payment for lodging with her.
Lunch tickets ($6) may be purchased from the receptionist when you arrive on campus if you would like to eat in the dining hall. (Elkhart campus seminar)
Continuing Education Units
1.7 CEUs are available for completing this seminar.
Email the Church Leadership Center
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627