The Preaching Initiative

The Preaching Initiative trains current and future pastors, as well as lay people, to be better preachers. The initiative includes elective courses in homiletics for students, annual preaching conferences, and preaching cluster groups where students and non-students alike can hone their preaching skills in a relational setting.

The Concept

Pastors do many things, but in most cases, nothing is as visible as their preaching. A seminary education prepares men and women for pastoral roles, but preaching is just one of a number of topics covered in a typical seminary curriculum. Where can current and former seminary students go to learn more about preaching? Some pastors do not even have the opportunity to attend seminary. Where can they go for help?

Denver Seminary's Preaching Initiative is helping to answer these questions. The initiative provides a solution to the widespread need for better training in how to most effectively communicate God's truth to modern society.

Our Methodology

There is more than one way to preach. Even so, we believe training is most effective when we focus on one well-attested method - "big idea" expository preaching. Denver Seminary has a long history and expertise in training its students in this method, and it is the primary approach the Preaching Initiative incorporates as well. The initiative has four main components:

  1. Course Electives in Homiletics for Denver Seminary Students and Alumni.
  2. Two Annual Preaching Events: (1) The Shannon Lectureship in the spring semester, and (2) The Preaching Conference in the fall semester.
  3. Preaching Cluster Groups: These groups combine instructional content from Denver Seminary homiletics courses with opportunities to preach, all in a relational setting facilitated by an expert pastor-preacher.
  4. Spiritual Formation: Preaching skills are critical, but so is the spiritual vitality of the preacher. Experts in this realm will share their insights with preaching initiative participants near the end of each semester.

To find out more about or to register for a Preaching Cluster Group, please click here.

2014 Preaching Initiative Kickoff Meeting

Good preaching clearly explains, illustrates, and applies the Bible to people’s lives. Clear communication, though, comes at a cost. Preaching is hard work, but it is a glorious task as well.

Below are two videos from Scott Wenig and Felix Gilbert on methodology and outlining. The videos cover a lot of ground, and are intended to be a good resource for you to reference as you go through the preaching cluster group experience. To view the remaining videos, please visit the Vimeo page for the Preaching Initiative.

View Videos Below

Laying the Foundation for Our Methodology

Scott Wenig
Professor of Applied Theology

Developing the Outline

Felix Gilbert
Director, Urban Initiatives


2014 Preaching Conference

The Preaching Initiative was happy to host Chuck Swindoll as the speaker for the 2014 Preaching Conference. Chuck addressed the Seminary community and those who joined for the event about the importance of preaching, its purposes, trials, and joys. Audio of the three parts of the conference is available below as well as the video from Chuck's Monday chapel address. You will also find an interview between Chuck and Denver Seminary's President Dr. Mark Young.

Audio and Video

Interview with Chuck Swindoll

Interview with Chuck Swindoll

Chuck Swindoll and Mark Young, President of Denver Seminary

Monday, October 6, morning session: Be Who You Are


Chuck Swindoll at Monday Chapel

Chuck Swindoll
Senior Pastor, Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas

Monday, October 6, evening session: Preaching in Today's Culture


Tuesday, October 7, morning session: Preach the Word



For more information about the Preaching Initiative, contact Perry Marshall at or 719.494.4940.


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