Trevecca Nazarene University

Conference to explore role of celebration in preaching

Frank Thomas Ph.D., D. Min., is the special speaker for the Preaching Conference.

The 5th Annual Preaching Conference: A Celebration in Preaching will take place at Trevecca on October 28 and 19 (Monday and Tuesday), 2013. Frank Thomas Ph.D., D. Min., the director of pastoral excellence at Christian Theological Seminary, is the featured speaker. Thomas served as the pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Memphis, Tennessee, for several years, and he has taught at both McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and Memphis Theological Seminary.

This conference will explore the distinctive perspective and celebrative genius (joy) the African- American Church has brought to the preaching task and the contagious role of celebration in preaching that is contagious to the congregation and leads to true worship. Thomas said, “At the heart of Christian preaching and worship is the rhetorical work of helping to bring the Gospel alive. Christian communities that thrive into the future will do so, in part, because they are blessed with excellent, well-trained preachers.”

The first session convenes at 10 AM on Monday, and the conference ends at midday on Tuesday.

The $50 registration fee includes two meals and admission to all sessions. Students (undergraduate and seminary) can attend for $25, which includes both meals. Students who do not wish to eat the meals may attend for free. Registration can be completed online here.