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. An expert in this realm, Denver Seminary Chancellor Gordon MacDonald, will share his insight with preaching initiative participants in a private setting near the end of each semester.

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

For more information about the Preaching Initiative, contact Perry Marshall at or (719) 494-4940.

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