Webinar for Dioceses to Participate in Grant-Funded Preaching-to-Feedback Initiative

Webinar (Episcopal Preaching Foundation)
Feb. 7 @ 2 p.m. ET
Event Title
Invitational Webinar for Dioceses to Participate in Grant-Funded Preaching-to-Feedback Initiative
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Episcopal Preaching Foundation
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Event Details
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation invites interested diocesan leaders to learn about this new grant-funded program to support preachers in their home parishes. The webinar will be delivered on two dates: January 31st and February 7th at 2:00pm Eastern. Interested staff and lay leaders are encouraged to register by January 25th.

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation has received a five-year grant of $829,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop and pilot test a new collaborative feedback model for preachers and congregants working together to support excellent preaching.

The purpose of The Preaching Congregation program is to bring together the clergy and congregation of any parish in a structured process of mutual exchange that brings the congregation into a deeper appreciation of sermon preparation and development and provides the preacher with informed feedback during sermon creation as well as after its delivery.

The process within participating parishes will create a rotating 16-week program that brings together preachers and a handpicked group of lay members to create a generative feedback loop around the creation of each Sunday sermon. Not only will parish members feed back their reactions after the sermon; they also will join in exegetical exercises on the lectionary texts for future Sundays, giving the preacher additional insight into the community in advance of crafting the sermon. The sermon then becomes the work of the whole congregation, meaning there is never just a preacher but always the preaching congregation.

Registration for the webinars is open at: https://www.preachingfoundation.org/news/youre-invited-learn-more-about-the-preaching-congregation/

At this webinar the Preaching Foundation leadership will explain:

  1. An overview of this program which is expected to enhance support for preachers and deepen the formation of the participating members of the congregation
  2. Details of the selection process for the initial six dioceses to lead the implementation
  3. The timeline and support requirements for The Preaching Congregation

As part of the implementation process the Preaching Foundation is accepting applications for the National Coordinator role for this program. Details are at: https://www.preachingfoundation.org/news/position-available-national-coordinator-for-the-preaching-congregation/

About the Episcopal Preaching Foundation

Founded in 1987 the Episcopal Preaching Foundation supports the development of excellent preachers in the Episcopal Church, recognizing the foundational role of preaching to energize and build church membership and attendance. The Foundation delivers tailored conferences and curricula for seminarians, parish clergy, deacons, and lay preachers. For the latest news about The Preaching Congregation initiative visit www.preachingfoundation.org.

About Lilly Endowment
Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. The principal aim of the Endowment’s religion grantmaking is to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians in the United States, primarily by seeking out and supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations and strengthen the pastoral and lay leadership of Christian communities. In addition, the Endowment also seeks to improve public understanding of diverse religious traditions by supporting fair and accurate portrayals of the role religion plays in the United States and across the globe.

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Peter Wild