Virginia Theological Seminary is currently accepting applications for Deep Calls to Deep for 2019-2020. Deep Calls to Deep is a program for individuals who desire to renew their preaching and who wish to practice and reflect on their preaching in a community of trust and accountability.
Groups of six working preachers, including a trained peer group facilitator, meet monthly over the course of a year to preach for each other and to respond to each other’s preaching. These groups gather initially at a residency on the VTS campus. The residency includes sabbath time and worship, a one-on-one inventory with a preaching guide, formation of peer groups, and lectures and workshops linking spirituality and embodied preaching. A second residency a year later concludes the program.
The majority of this program if generously funded by a Lilly Endowment grant and supported by VTS. A preaching fellowship includes two residencies (including programming, housing, and meals). Each fellow contributes a registration fee of $300 once accepted into the program. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses, although scholarships are available.
Interested applicants are encouraged to find or gather a group of six clergy who live within an hour of each other. More information—as well as a link to the application—can be found at https://www.vts.edu/page/deep-calls-to-deep/program-information or by contacting the Program Coordinator, the Rev. Anne Turner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The extended application deadline is January 31, 2019.