Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Preface

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Preface

Article excerpt

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation is proud to lend our support to this themed issue of the Anglican Theological Review. We particularly appreciate the invitation of Chuck Robertson to participate in this way. God truly has something to say and we hope that the focus of this issue on preaching will help to reinvigorate the conversation around such an important topic.

Strong preaching has been identified in study after study as the leading factor in driving church membership and Sunday attendance in the Episcopal Church. In the context of declining participation across many branches of the Anglican Communion as well as in the Episcopal Church, powerful sermons can be an important driver of parish vitality. Not surprisingly, preaching excellence is also a major factor in the career trajectories of todays clergy; over the years, I've noted that very few new rector searches fail to place strong preaching skills near or at the top of the fist.

Just over thirty years ago, convinced that the standard of preaching in the church was overdue for improvement, I founded the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF) with the goal of raising the bar in this important area. Since then over three thousand Episcopal seminarians and parish clergy have attended the EPFs annual Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) conferences for seminarians, PEP-II for parish clergy, and diocesan preaching conferences, each of which the Foundation underwrites to ensure that budget constraints are not an inhibitor to participation. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.