A New Kind of Preacher

At Northern, we work hard to place ourselves in the movements of God already at work in the world. When approached by the Lilly Foundation to join their Strengthening the Quality of Preaching Initiative, we sensed this opportunity could prove transformational for both preachers and ministry communicators outside the pulpit. Originally designed by Dr. Michael Quicke, this initiative has provided coaching, spiritual formation and encouragement to hundreds of of preachers since its inception.

The NKP program offers an opportunity to discover the renewal that God is bringing to preaching. In the past decade alone, the mediums and formats by which we receive our communication have dramatically shifted. How has the art of preaching changed in recent years? How do we communicate the timeless truths of Scripture in our modern contexts? And most important, what transformation is necessary in the soul of the preacher to maintain a sacred voice and presence for the long journey of ministry?

Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

There are two ways you can be involved with becoming A New Kind of Preacher

Annual Preaching Forum

The NKP preaching forum is held every fall as a time of reflection, learning, connection, and renewal. Any ministry leader (senior pastors, associates, youth leaders, worship leaders, etc.) and students are welcome to join us for worship, teaching, and conversation around the art of preaching in our modern era.

For more information about past topics, forum schedule
and registration, visit the Forum Page here.


Peer Learning Groups

Many pastors feel isolated and unsupported once they graduate from seminary. It is often difficult to find others who understand ministry and share the same struggles and passions. For those who desire a safe space of learning and connection, we offer Peer Learning Group (PLGs). In a PLG, members will experience a peer group with whom to process their experiences in preaching and leadership. Benefits of being in a PLG include:

  • Coaching from trained facilitators.
  • Accountability, support, and connection with fellow preachers.
  • Opportunities to apply new learning in your context.
  • Continuing education units.

Marshall Hatch, Director

Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr. has been the Senior Pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of West Garfield since 1993. Born March 11, 1958 in Chicago , Illinois , his spiritual development began in the Shiloh Baptist Church under the pastorate of his father, the late Reverend Elijah J. Hatch. In 1985 he was ordained and appointed as the Pastor of Commonwealth Baptist Church of North Lawndale. In the Summer of 1998, he was awarded the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge , Massachusetts . This highly coveted fellowship in residence was shared with three other distinguished scholars in the practice of ministry in the Spring of 1999. In August of 2000, he was appointed Adjunct Professor on the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2010, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Northern Seminary and in 2020 he moved into the Associate Professor of Ministry position.

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Northern also offers two types of DMin programs with specialized emphases available in each. In the Cohort program, there are emphases in New Testament ContextChristian Community DevelopmentContextual Theology  and Preaching.

Past Preaching Forums