Preaching Seminar

What is Your Sermon Doing?
Intending the Gospel in Preaching

A common question asked of the preacher is, “What is your sermon about?” This seminar explores a deeper question for the preacher: “What is your sermon doing?” Sermons are more than educational; they do not simply convey information. Sermons do. At best, sermons do the gospel of Jesus Christ in a given time and place in a specific way.

Another way of getting at what the sermon is doing is to ask, “What is the main verb of this sermon?” Is this sermon meant to inspire, critique, encourage, judge, uplift, confound etc.? One main verb is enough. A sermon is confusing for the listener (and the preacher!) if it is doing too many things.

This seminar will explore the range of what sermons might do, and will offer guidelines for preachers to consider as they ponder integrating what the sermon is about and what it is doing. It will build on and expand a recent AMBS webinar by the same name, offered in spring 2014.


Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D., Assistant 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.


AMBS Campus
Elkhart, Indiana


Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Monday, January 26, 2015

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.


Cost of this multi-day seminar is $300 per participant before the early registration deadline of October 14, 2014 and $350 after October 14.   A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due with registration; the balance is due the first day of the seminar.


Bring a lunch with you or buy lunch at a local restaurant. (Several restaurants are within driving distance; 2 or 3 are within walking distance). The seminary has a common lounge with a refrigerator and a microwave.


Lodging for participants who travel from a distance may be available for a fee at the seminary guest house. Contact the AMBS receptionist, 574.295.3726 ext. 0, to check availability. Please make payment arrangements for lodging with her.

Continuing Education Units

1.7 CEUs are available for completing this seminar.

Contact us

Email the Church Leadership Center
or call:
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627