Grow in Proclaiming

By: William D. Shiell

Nothing says resurrection like preaching. Without Easter, there is no reason to preach. With Easter, our message changes—and so does the preacher. Through faithful proclamation of the gospel, a Pastor shares good news with the congregation, invites persons into new life, and welcomes prodigal children home. The preacher’s character grows as well. Through immersion in scripture, study of scripture individually and collectively, and delivery of God’s word in worship, a Pastor draws closer to the Lord, humbly allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to the congregation.

This Saturday April 2, Northern Seminary will host a conference that addresses preaching—and the preacher. Dr. Gerald Dew is a Northern alumnus and Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Englewood. I had the privilege of attending Dr. Dew’s 15th anniversary worship service a few weeks ago. As Gerald shared with me, he has organized this conference to improve the quality of preaching today. When we gather as faithful proclaimers of the gospel, we inspire each other and learn that no one person can Pastor alone and no preacher is the expert. The most important preacher is the one who faithfully delivers each Sunday to a beloved congregation.

This Saturday’s conference is one of several ways that Northern trains ministers. We work on sermon content, but we care even more about the person preaching the message. Through life-long training in community, we become better preachers—and followers of Jesus. Register today to be a part of this exciting gathering and inspiring fellowship. The resurrection empowers us to preach.


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March 31, 2016

William D. Shiell

President, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching

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