Hastings College to host Compelling Preaching Conference in June

Presbyterian preachers, alumni preachers, local pastors, Christian Ministry students and seminary students are invited to attend a Compelling Preaching Conference June 16-21 on the campus of Hastings College. The cross-generational conference is focused on engaging young adults through digital media and contemporary culture.

Registration, accommodations and meals provided at no cost for the first 25 who register. Details can be found at hastings.edu/preaching. The deadline to register is May 24.

Topics for the conference change daily, with presenters covering the use of digital media and current culture to reach young adults and classes providing practical training for using technology and engaging in intergenerational dialogue. Activities are also planned, as well as peer-to-peer workshops, providing time for aspiring and active preachers to learn with and from each other.

“The Compelling Preaching Conference is going to be a perfect time and place for pastors, preachers and students to gather and explore new ways to reach and engage with young people. Through the conference, we hope to build confidence and creativity among attendees, as well as friendships and support systems for preachers to reach out when they are looking for new and engaging ideas,” said Rev. Doodle Harris, Hastings College chaplain and director of ASPIRE (Academy of Student Preachers Inspiring Religious Engagement).

The conference begins on Sunday, June 16 with registration at 5:00 p.m. followed by a gathering event and dinner. It wraps up at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21.

Presenters and topics are included below.

  • Rev. Doodle Harris — The Bible and Harry Potter
  • Rev. Dr. Laura Mariko Cheifetz — Self-Differentiation and Reintegration: The Challenges and Wisdom of Community vis-à-vis Reservation Dogs and Never Have I Ever
  • Rev. Ben Hanne — The Bible and Star Wars
  • Kathleen Turner — Pastors Should Be Seen and Heard: Principles of Lighting and Sound Reinforcement, Part 1
  • Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow — The Complexity of Community and the Possibilities for Proclamation
  • Rev. Terrance Klein — The Alpha & Omega of Preaching: Using Anything from Lord of the Rings to Star Trek
  • Bruce Batterson — Pastors Should Be Seen and Heard: Principles of Lighting and Sound Reinforcement, Part 2
  • Rev. Dr. Karla Cooper — Rare, Visions, Called
  • Jarod Rogers — Digital Content Creation in the Church
  • Michelle Morganflash — Talking with Your Congregation About Trauma
  • Rev. Dr. Casey T. Sigmon — Stitches, Duets and Flips: A Model for the 21st Century Preacher as Host
  • Rev. Brian D. Ellison — Pronouns and Beyond: Words and Identity When We Preach to God’s People

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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