How do we connect God’s mission, and therefore the mission of the church, with the culture in which we live and speak in ways that help people make sense of their lives and their purpose through the lens of the Gospel? How can our words as preachers help others follow Jesus’ Way of Love more closely? How can we equip people to share their transformed lives in a way that opens a generous door into faith and Christian community and allows the following process to unfold:
“Witness[ing] to the way of Love changes the witness, changes those who witness the witness, and changes the world in which the witness is made.”
(Michael B. Curry, Songs My Grandma Sang [Church Publishing: New York, 2015], 117.)
What You’ll Learn
The course will introduce you to the practice of missional preaching and specifically:
- What we can observe and integrate from scripture about preaching the gospel in a secular context that leads to transformation,
- How we can connect with our people in ways that deepen discipleship but make no assumptions about what they know,
- The impact of sharing our authentic selves and our own faith journey, and
- The critical significance of connecting head and heart.
How It Works
Join our instructor, Bishop Susan Bell, and an engaged learning community of fellow leaders and missional practitioners live online and in online forums.
- Participate in eight two-hour sessions with Bishop Susan and the learning community.
The learning community will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings, 10:00a – 12:00p, October 5 – November 23.
- Practice in your context.
During the course you will be encouraged to apply your learning in your context in order to deepen and connect the practice of preaching in your context.
- Reflect within the learning community.
Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself. You will use the online forums between sessions and break-out sessions within learning community gatherings to further integrate your learning.