Hosted by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and the Association of Episcopal Deacons
The central focus of this conference will be the unique voice of the deacon as a reflection of the diaconate’s mission to represent the Church to the community and the world to the Church. In addition to preaching to peer feedback in small, moderated preaching groups, the participants will hear from highly-respected guest faculty:
Bishop “Chip” Stokes offers poignant examples of successful diaconate ministry
Stephen Smith will present an opening refresher workshop on exegesis and sermon preparation
Ryan Bonfiglio, Ph.D. of Candler School of Theology will present The Bible and Poverty, a reminder that the alleviation of poverty is one of the most dominant themes in both Old and New Testaments.
A panel discussion will explore the need for a clear understanding of the deacon’s role, both within the Church as well as in our communities, as a precondition of effective diaconate ministry.