Share the Story & Shape the World

The Young Preachers Festival and Conference

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is honored to host this  annual event in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education Ministry (GBHEM). Learn more about the Young Preachers Festival in this video.



Preaching Cohorts

Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence

The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence is a new initiative of Perkins School of Theology made possible by a generous five-year grant from the Lilly Foundation. Perkins was one of several seminaries invited to submit proposals for initiatives that would enhance the teaching of preaching in seminary classrooms and the preaching of working pastors through peer learning groups.

The theme of the Center is “Telling the Story: Storytelling as a Vehicle for Sharing the Gospel.” The Director is the Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship. The Center will be guided by an Executive Board composed of members of the Perkins faculty as well as an Advisory Panel consisting of members of the broader SMU faculty and leaders in the church and community.

In its first six months, the Center launched an innovative pairing of Introductory preaching students with seasoned, effective preachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The mentor program proved instructive and inspiring for students and mentors alike. Four peer groups of pastors from Arkansas, North Texas, Houston and Louisiana are being led by a facilitator known for their experience and effectiveness in preaching. Groups meet 10 times a year to study aspects of storytelling and preaching and to give one another constructive feedback on one another’s sermons. Additional peer groups from other geographical areas will launch each fall.

Future plans for the Center include setting up one-on-one coaching for those who wish to improve their preaching in specific ways as well as innovative programs that collaborate with other events at Perkins, SMU and Churches of various denominations in the community and region..

Contact the Center for Vitality or Rev Phil Hathcock, Arkansas Cohort 1 Facilitator, for information about Arkansas Cohorts.



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