PASTORS SHARPEN PREACHING
SKILLS IN PILOT PROGRAM
group of 10 pastors came from as far away as New York and Alberta, Canada,
to spend a week at Trinity sharpening their preaching skills by reviewing
the basic principles of designing and delivering sermons.
The College hosted "Effective
Communication in Preaching" as part of a pilot series of preaching seminars
sponsored by Calvin Theological Seminary at various sites this summer.
The specific aim of the five-day session July 19-23 was to examine the
fundamentals within the art of preaching.
"Our emphasis is on two areas:
sermon design and sermon delivery," said Duane Kelderman, professor of
preaching at Calvin. "We're looking at the real nuts and bolts of preaching
to make good pastors even better.
"This kind of conference
is highly needed. These pastors have given a week of their time to get
expert feedback and have been very open to the analysis they've received."
partnered with Trinity communication arts chair Dr. Annalee Ward and Rev.
Sam Hamstra, pastor of Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church, to facilitate
the seminar. Ward, who attends Palos Heights CRC, and Hamstra proposed
the idea of a forum that would offer preachers practical advice. During
their week of fellowship and study, the participants submitted videotapes
of their sermons, arranged short presentations, and prepared sermons for
"Dr. Ward and I talked about
organizing a conference that would provide more hands-on interaction,"
Hamstra said. "As a professor of (communication arts), God can use her
to teach preachers how to be more effective communicators. This was an
opportunity for her to spread her wings, so to speak, and she did a superb
"Trinity is a wonderful setting
for this kind of seminar, and the pastors had an excellent time here. I
think the reviews of this pilot will be good, and maybe the conference
will return here in the near future."
Ward - Professor of Communication Arts