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Certified Lay Minister Training
Cycle A (East): Intermediate Preaching 


Patrick Ferguson, CLM Administrative Support 
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference 


March 7, 2015
9 AM- 5PM


La Grande UMC, 1612 Fourth Street,
La Grande, OR 97850


March 7, 2015
La Grande UMC, 1612 Fourth Street, La Grande, OR 97850


Rev. Dale L. Cockrum, Inland District Superintendent. 


This one-day workshop explores the purpose of preaching and the processes of planning, exegesis, sermon development and delivery that are necessary for relevant and passionate preaching. Participants will prepare with advance reading and by writing a sermon for presentation during the day.

 Its learning objectives are to:

  • Identify the purpose not only for specific sermons but also for your practice of preaching
  • Explore ways of sermon preparation that work with your life and pastoral ministry
  • Develop a preaching plan
  • Learn approaches to Scriptural exegesis that are true to the text and relevant to today
  • Discover best practices for communicating in a multimedia culture
  • Put your “delete” key or eraser to good use
  • Find the right balance in your preaching
  • Dealing with controversial issues

The goals for this training are:

  • Sound hints for solid sermons.
  • Lively and engaging discussion
  • Interactive Conversations
  • Feedback to and from your peers about your practice of preaching
  • Constructive challenges to common practices of preaching.

Required Textbook

Hamilton, Adam, Unleashing the Word: Preaching with Relevance, Purpose and Passion (Abingdon Press, 2003).

COST: $50 per participant regardless of conference affiliation.

Lunch, snacks and beverages will be supplied.