NKP – Frequently Asked Questions

What is A New Kind of Preacher (NKP)?
A New Kind of Preacher is a continuing education program funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Strengthening the Quality of Preaching Initiative. It is guided by the work of renowned homiletician, Dr. Michael Quicke. The focus is less on the mechanics of preaching and more on the person of the preacher, focusing on the five roles that define a new kind of preacher. Participants will engage in a Peer Learning Group and attend the annual preaching forum.


What is the annual preaching forum?
The annual preaching forum is an opportunity for renewal and revitalization. It will feature worship, keynote speakers, and time to connect with others. ANYONE can attend the annual forum, whether they are a member of a Peer Learning Group or not.


I’m not a preacher. Can I still attend the forum?
YES! All pastors (senior, associate, youth, worship, etc.), ministry leaders, and students are invited to attend. While it is called a preaching forum, it is not just for preachers, because we believe that preaching involves building whole communities by collaborating in worship and mission.


Is the NKP program a degree program?
No, this is not a degree program. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be issued a certificate of completion. They can also petition the seminary for continuing education units.


How long is the NKP program?
Two years, but participants only meet once per month for a few hours. Who is in a Peer Learning Group(PLG)? Peer Learning Groups are guided by trained facilitators and have six to eight participants. Each participant is active in ministry and preaches regularly. Participants are also passionate about ministry, intellectually curious, and eager to grow as ministers and as people. Northern Seminary strives to select participants who are diverse in gender, ethnicity, location, experience, and denomination.


What do PLGs do?
Each group gathers for devotion, reflection, accountability, and learning.  This work will include a book, workbook, and videos. Where do PLGs meet? PLGs gather in different locations around the country, and each PLG’s facilitator determines its location.


When do PLGs meet?
Groups meet a minimum of 10 times in the first year; these times and locations will be determined by the facilitator. In the second year, participants have the freedom to set their own meeting times and locations.


Why should I join?
“Renewed preaching comes from renewed preachers,” say Dr. Michael Quicke.  Many preachers have expressed frustration and discontent with their sermons. This program is an opportunity to be empowered, rejuvenated, challenged, and encouraged.


What does it cost?
Free to participants.


Are payment plans available?
Yes. If you need more details about creating a payment plan, please send an e-mail to ckolb@seminary.edu


Are scholarships available?
While this program is already seriously discounted for every participant, there will be a limited number of special scholarships available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send an e-mail to ckolb@seminary.edu for more information.


How do I join?
Interested participants can complete an online application at www.seminary.edu/NKP


I have more questions!
If you’d like to learn more about the NKP program, please e-mail us at ckolb@seminary.edu We would love to hear from you!

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