Preaching Seminar 

Living in the Belly of the Whale: What Jonah Teaches Us About the Art and Theology of Preaching

I invite preachers to join me for three days (how appropriate!) to explore the book of Jonah with a focus on preaching. This preaching seminar is based on our highly successful webinar on Jonah held in spring of 2015. This seminar will help you if you want to preach or teach from the book of Jonah, but it will do much more than this. We will explore the book of Jonah as preacher’s tale, surveying the theological and practical wisdom it offers for preachers of our time.  This odd little book has much to teach the preacher about speech, prayer, storytelling, the grueling task of searching for the right things to say (three days!), homiletical humility, bad endings, and God’s sense of humor – just to name a few. We will approach Jonah and the topic of preaching through drama, visual art, short lectures, discussion, silent reflection, and of course sermons.


AMBS Campus - Elkhart, Indiana


Elkhart campus: Thursday-Friday, March 30-31, 2017 and Thursday, May 25, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Required reading

In preparation for this seminar, read Jonah a lot. It takes less than 13 minutes to read it once. Take time to read it over and over out loud to get it into your bones. 


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.

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.


Online registration available soon.


Cost of this multi-day seminar is $300 per participant before the early registration deadline of March 9, 2017 and $350 after. 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

1.5 CEUs are available for completing this seminar.

Contact us

Email: Churchleadership@
or call:
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627