Find your Voice in the Pulpit
It is a challenging, humbling and risky endeavor to proclaim the good news of God's love made known in Jesus Christ. And yet, week after week, faithful women and men offer a word of hope to a world in need. For more than 20 years now, the Florida Institute of Preaching has helped pastors in the Florida Annual Conference develop their capacity to share the Gospel. Working together with Duke Divinity School, the Institute brings together a small group of pastors each year to help them nurture and develop their gift of preaching.
The Institute is designed to help already capable preachers who are open to personal development through dialogue and reflection with their peers. For that reason, the Institute is open to all full-time Elders and local pastors in the Florida Conference with at least five years experience of preaching on a regular basis who do not anticipate a change in appointment in the coming year. Associate pastors with similar preaching experience, who intend to become pastors in charge in the near future, may also apply. This year, the Institute has also invited pastors from the Western North Carolina Conference to participate in the Institute. Through funding from their own conference, six WNC pastors will participate in the retreats thereby improving preaching, and building connections across the Southeastern Jurisdiction.