Baylor's Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett Seminary to Present Winter Pastors' School

Jan. 29, 2008

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the The Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching will host ministers and seminarians from around the country for the Winter Pastors' School on Feb. 4-6 on the Baylor campus.

"The Winter Pastors' School provides an opportunity for pastors and laypersons to come together for a time of inspiration and continuing education," said Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer, The David E. Garland Professor of Preaching and director of the Lake Center at Truett Seminary. "Each year the program will feature a nationally known leader in the area of preaching and pastoral ministry together with a nationally known musician to lead in times of worship."

This year's conference will feature sessions on preaching, worship and pastoral ministry, led by this year's guest speaker, Dr. Calvin Miller, professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and author of more than 40 books of popular theology and inspiration. Music will be led by Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Kyle Matthews, "whose music inspires and challenges," Gloer said.

Dr. David Garland, dean of Truett Seminary and The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures, will lead regular sessions in Bible study.

Breakout sessions, led by Truett faculty, will include sessions on various topics, such as:

• "Recent Trends in Pauline Interpretation" - Dr. Todd Still

• "Keep Silence or Make a Joyful Noise? Solving a Liturgical Dilemma" - Dr. Terry York

• "The Spiritual Formation of the Pastor" - Dr. Dennis Tucker

• "Preaching Life Experiences from the Psalms" - Dr. Ron Cook

• "From Text to Sermon" - Dr. Joel Gregory

• "Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching" - Dr. Hulitt Gloer

The Winter Pastors' School will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, with Matthews, Garland and Miller leading Session 1 in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary.

Tuesday's schedule includes "A Conversation about Preaching with Gardner Taylor" (previously recorded) at 8:30 a.m. in Truett room 107. At 9:30 a.m., a Community Gathering for Worship (Session 3) will be held in the Powell Chapel, followed by "A Conversation on Preaching with Fred Craddock" (previously recorded) at 11 a.m. in room 107.

A noon luncheon with Miller will take place in the Paul and Katy Piper Great Hall, followed by breakout sessions from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., conference participants will attend a Winter Banquet in the Piper Great Hall. At 7:30 p.m., Matthews, Garland and Miller will lead Session 3 in the Powell Chapel, with Matthews then performing in concert at 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, the conference will feature "A Conversation about Preaching with Brian McLaren" (previously recorded) at 8:30 a.m. in room 107. Session 4 will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Powell Chapel, followed at 11 a.m. by a concluding worship service.

The Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Baylor's Truett Seminary seeks to offer both ministers and seminarians the opportunity to learn from and fellowship with pre-eminent preachers and pastors from all over the world. The Lake Center serves the seminary's mission of preparing students for effective ministry and providing continuing education for those already in ministry, Gloer said.

For more information about the Winter Pastors' School, call the Lake Center at (254) 710-6874 or send an email to preaching@baylor.edu. Full registration, including the Tuesday banquet, is $30. Registration without the banquet is $20. Conference registration is free for seminary students.

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