Preaching Seminar (2015-2016)

Preaching as Testimony

Testimony is back. What does it mean for preaching?

Based on Anna Carter Florence’s book entitled Preaching as Testimony, this seminar explores the image of the preacher as witness or testifier to the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Testimony” has reemerged in the last decade in church life as well as in biblical and theological studies as way to characterize Christian life, mission, and communication.  In short, the testimony is back, so what does this mean for preaching?

Preaching as testimony brings together historical and present images of the preacher such as herald, storyteller, teacher, and pastor. However, preaching as testimony places emphasis on the gospel as gift from God and the personal way that the preacher testifies to this gospel.

Preaching as testimony is not simply about telling more personal stories of faith in the sermon. Rather, it has to do with the preacher’s deep awareness of their own faith story and how this shapes their preaching. 
More, preaching as testimony plays with common definitions of both the preacher and the sermon. For instance, in the last centuries, committed Christian women testified to their faith in sewing circles, women’s meetings and church gatherings.  In this seminar, these “devotionals” or “meditations” of old will be treated as preaching events so that the testimonies/sermons of women throughout the last centuries can bring important new insights to the preaching task.

This seminar is for men and women who want to learn more about the power of testimony in preaching. 

Two Locations

  • AMBS Campus - Elkhart, Indiana
  • AMBS Kansas Center - meeting in the Chapel of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas


Elkhart campus: Tuesday-Wednesday, November 3-4, 2015 and Monday, January 25, 2016; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EST)

Kansas Center: Friday-Saturday, November13-14, 2015 and Friday, February 26, 2016; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CST)

Required reading

Carter Florence, Anna. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. ISBN 978 0664223908

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology 10, no. 2. (Fall 2009). Edited by Steven Schweitzer. Co-published by Institute of Mennonite Studies (AMBS) and Institute for Theology and the Church (Canadian Mennonite University). Theme: Testimony


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.


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

Early registration deadline for the Elkhart campus seminar is October 13 and October 23 for the Kansas Center 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. (Elkhart campus)


Lodging for participants who travel from a distance may be available for a fee at the seminary guest house. (Elkhart campus seminar) 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

For AMBS Kansas Center questions:

Katherine Goerzen
AMBS-Kansas Center Coordinator
P.O. Box 306
2505 N. Main St.
North Newton, KS  67117