Deacons serving Province I in the Episcopal Church are invited to an online conference to focus on preaching and the unique voice of the deacon to represent the Church to the community and the world to the Church.
The program will emphasize the deacon’s unique opportunity—and responsibility—to speak the sometimes uncomfortable truths that may be less acceptable coming directly from the incumbent priest. In addition to preaching to peer feedback in small, moderated preaching groups the participants will hear from highly respected guest faculty:
The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, Georgia State Senator and Vicar of the Church of the Common Ground, a street ministry in Atlanta.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith will present a 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 discuss how preachers are responding to the new challenge of preaching in the digital age and leveraging the power of social media to expand the reach of their ministries.