Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


HOM5/715 – Preaching: Igniting the Heart or Losing the Will to Live?

View outline (PDF)  

August 11-14, 2017

Have you ever wondered to yourself ‘Is the sermon still relevant?’ ‘Why am I doing this? ‘Is it even connecting?’ In this conference we will look at these issues, consider the relationship between preaching and imagination, reflect on preaching as art form, and explore the connections between preaching and comedy. We will attend to the theology of preaching – asking what we think we are doing and why – and consider how to communicate faith with integrity in an entertainment culture. We will seek new ways of engaging our hearers and practise ideas in workshops, supporting each other, taking risks, and learning together. My hope is that we will learn more of God, more about our craft, and laugh… a lot.

Schedule: Friday 1-4; 7-9, Saturday and Monday – 10am – 4pm

Friday evening: Comedy Evening with Kate Bruce (free and open to the wider public)

Kate Bruce is Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham, UK. Kate’s PhD is in preaching and imagination, and her most recent book is Wrestling with the Word: Preaching on Tricky Texts (SPCK). She is often sought out as a preacher and a teacher of preaching with young and new preachers and those seeking to further refine their craft. Kate has an interest in stand-up comedy and writes and performs her own material.

Read a Review of Kate Bruce’s Igniting the Heart

← All Courses