Preaching is at the heart of worship for many Christians: it is the place where the Word of God encounters us, whether to challenge, encourage, or guide. The pastor who stands up to deliver a sermon or homily is charged with the same command Jesus issued to Peter three times after the resurrection: feed his lambs.
Sounds simple enough; but in the weekly press of the duties a pastor must discharge, and in the face of the realities of preparing one, two, or three sermons a week, it can be hard to take the time over each meal that the shepherd would like. It is easy to fall into a routine, or to lose connection with the congregation. Often we are saved by the fact that the sermon we preach is not always the one they hear, and so the flock feels fed by what to the pastor seemed a mediocre effort at best.
What pastor and congregants need is the same: wonder: the simple, childlike disposition of openness and gratitude towards the mysterious, marvelous, and even magical character of the world. Preaching that comes out of and is directed towards a sense of wonder kindles a fire in the hearts of preacher and congregant alike.
This course is designed to offer practical advice on how to deepen the sense of wonder in your preaching, from preparation through delivery.
Meets 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks over Zoom. (There's no outside reading) Zoom class meetings: Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm CST