Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching

December 12, 2005
Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching

January 2-13, 2006
Chrysalis Lutheran Camp
Kerrville, Texas


Hulitt Gloer
Professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures
George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Cornelius Plantinga
President and Charles Colson Professor of Theology
Calvin Theological Seminary

Seminar Description

People often assume that preachers who read widely are on the prowl for illustrations. These people are right. Preachers are hunter-gatherers: they search not only the world's literary masterworks, but also contemporary fiction, journalism, and biography, etc. hoping to dig up fresh and angular illustrations. But preachers are not merely in search of useful stories. Reading deepens the preacher's knowledge of human cries of the heart. In fact, the preacher's reading deepens preaching because it deepens the preacher. The preacher who presumes to speak for God, or even for the church, has to struggle every day to understand the human situation, the grace of god, and the surprises that gather at their intersection. To do so faithfully, most preachers will need the kind of vicarious experience that arises from immersion in well-chosen literature. This seminar will explore some of the sources, methods, and homiletical impact of imaginative reading for creative preaching.

Who May Apply?

Persons involved full-time in church ministries, those who prepare such persons for ministry, and students in their final year of seminary are welcome to apply. Participation is limited to 20 persons.

Cost: $200.00 which includes registration, lodging, and meals.

How to Apply

To apply, an applicant must submit the following:
1) the application form (available from and a $100.00 deposit
2) a CV or resume including publications
3) a one-page description of his/her vocation within the church
4) application deadline: December 10

Items 2) and 3) must be sent as separate Word document attachments to with "Imaginative Reading" in the subject line, and the applicant's name in the body of the email.
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