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The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
July 19 - 24, 2015

Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching for preachers in their first three to seven years of ministry.

About the Engle Institute

The Engle Institute is a weeklong continuing education event that was envisioned and made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City. The institute is designed to nurture and strengthen the craft of those who preach, ideally weekly, whether in city, suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries.

Engle Fellows and faculty gather for the week to participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Through hands-on workshops, seminars, tutorials, and conversations, Engle Fellows are supported and challenged to seek excellence in their preaching vocations. Apply to be a 2015 Engle Fellow if you want to reconnect vocationally with peers and practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues.


Engle Faculty

Please check back as we will be adding faculty

Michael BrothersMichael A. Brothers is associate professor of speech communication in ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds an M.A. from Northwestern University’s School of Speech, and M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Brothers served a congregation for seven years in Danville, Kentucky, where he also was chaplain of Centre College. His teaching and research interests include the relationship between performance studies, aesthetics, narrative, and preaching.

Nancy Lammers GrossNancy Lammers Gross is the Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned both her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the National Communication Association/Religious Communication Association, and numerous academic administration professional organizations. Her areas of teaching interest include speech communication, preaching, worship, and hermeneutics. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she has served churches in California and New Jersey. She also served for ten years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the New Brunswick Presbytery, four of those years as co-moderator.

Joy HarrisYvette Joy Harris, a burgeoning scholar in the field of Communication & Culture, is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Speech at Princeton Theological Seminary. While still pursuing her doctorate at Howard University, she was selected for the Clarion University Frederick Douglas Teaching Scholars Fellowship. She has demonstrated excellence in teaching speech and human communication at Howard University and demonstrated her scholarship at regional and national conferences. Her most recent presentation was at the Fall 2012 NCA conference on a panel entitled, "At a Crossroads: A Critical Examination of Black Women Negotiating Media, Health, Gender, and Religion in Performing Identities." She has studied abroad in Senegal, West Africa, and in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Harris-Smith is excited to be currently teaching and serving at Princeton Theological Seminary where she completed her M.Div. degree.

Pablo JimenezPablo Jimenez is the Senior Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) in Espinosa, Dorado, Puerto Rico. Born in New York, he grew up in the Caribbean. He has a B.A. (French) from the University of Puerto Rico; an M. Div. from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico; an S.T.M. (New Testament and Preaching) from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN; and a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Pablo has taught in several theological schools in the USA and in Latin America, in both English and Spanish. Pablo has also served as Editor for Chalice Press and has written several books, including Púlpito: An Introduction to Hispanic Preaching (Abingdon, 2007), co-written with Justo L. González. For further information, visit www.drpablojimenez.net

Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson is a PC(USA) teaching elder, serving as an adjunct assistant professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, the pastor of the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, New Jersey, and a consultant for churches and denominations in the area of preaching. His research interest is focused on missional preaching, and his forthcoming book is entitled Preaching for the Witnessing Community, published by IVP Academic. Patrick and his wife Caitlin have three children under the age of five, so most of his hobbies include short bike rides and hikes, reading "chapter books," and playing trains. Occasionally he manages to get into the workshop and make some sawdust.

Cleophus LaRueCleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship. An ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America, LaRue is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica Queens, New York. He is a frequent speaker at churches, seminaries, and conferences throughout the country and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.

Brent McDougalBrent McDougal serves as pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. A native of Alabama, Brent holds a BA from Emory University, MDiv from the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He has consulted with the Institute for Clergy Excellence for over ten years, helping to connect clergy in peer learning environments for self-directed learning. Brent is married to Jennifer and has two children, Christopher and Emily.

Kamalesh StephenKamalesh Stephen served World Vision of India for two years before coming to the United States in 1990 to pursue his dual Master’s in Divinity and Economic Development from Eastern University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary). In 1998, he helped with establishing Grace-Trinity UCC in Philadelphia and continues to be their Associate Pastor. Later, he continued his academic journey at Princeton Theological Seminary with Th. M. and Ph. D. degrees in the area of Homiletics. He serves as adjunct faculty at Palmer Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Laura ThelanderLaura Thelander is Seminary Pastor at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Thelander has served congregations in Minnesota and New Jersey. She received her M.Div. from Luther Seminary and her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary where she wrote her dissertation on Paul Tillich's ecclesiology. She has also completed a program in spiritual direction through Oasis Ministries. Her areas of research and publication include ecclesiology and Christian theological and spiritual formation.

Worship

In keeping with its ministerial focus, the Engle Institute invites a working preacher to serve as the pastor-in-residence for the week. The pastor-in-residence preaches for daily worship and is available to Engle Fellows throughout the week. This year we are pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery as Pastor-in-Residence. Dr. Powery will be preaching and leading worship with Dr. Martin Tel.

Luke PoweryLuke A. Powery, is the dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora.

Martin Tel Martin Tel is the C. F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. At the seminary Martin conducts the seminary choirs, teaches courses in church music, and administers the music for the daily seminary worship services. He served as senior editor of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Faith Alive, 2012) and on the editorial committee producing a new hymnal for the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America denominations, Lift Up Your Hearts (June, 2013) . Musician and Worship Leader

Convocation

Each morning of The Engle Institute, the Engle fellows and faculty gather together for the daily convocation session, led by a biblical scholar. The 2015 convocation leader is Dr. Brent Strawn.

Brent ShawBrent Strawn, is Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, where he is also affiliated with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He directs the Doctor of Ministry program for Candler and is chair of the Ph.D. program in Hebrew Bible. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (2012), and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (2014). He also served on the editorial board of The Common English Bible. He preaches and teaches across the country and has appeared on CNN numerous times. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference) and is married with three children.

Workshops

Engle Fellows take part in a morning and afternoon workshop each day. Some workshops have four consecutive sessions and some have two. Workshop titles and descriptions are being added as we receive them.

Morning Workshops - Select one four-day morning workshop or two different two-day morning workshops

Morning Four-Day Workshops (Mon., Tues., Wed., & Thurs., 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Delivering Communicating the Sermon
This workshop strives for a recovery of an oral/aural style of preaching. Particular attention will be given to writing for the ear, the use of a manuscript, preaching without a manuscript, voice, visual engagement, and body movement. Participants are to come prepared to preach a beginning, a story or experience, and an ending from one or different sermons. Enrollment capped at 8. Michael Brothers

When Sundays Come Quicker Than Sermons
This workshop will instruct preachers on different ways to approach the preaching task on a regular basis with relevance to the contemporary situation as well as faithfulness to the biblical text. Biblical, theological, contextual, and rhetorical concerns related to basic homiletical theory will be analyzed and discussed. Students will have the opportunity to preach in the class should they so desire. They are encouraged to bring sermons they've already preached. Cleo LaRue

Preacher as Theologian
In the week-to-week responsibilities of pastors amid the chronic epidemic of “time famine,” regular, deep theological reflection can often seem like a luxury to a preacher. However, the regular exercising of our core theological “muscles” that happens through intentional engagement of the living tradition of Christian thought is critical to faithful proclamation. In this workshop we will explore practices that sustain and strengthen this program of theological exercise as well as reflect on the key operative theological commitments we hold and how they are expressed in our proclamation. Workshop participants are invited to bring sample sermons for this reflective work. Laura Thelander

Morning Two-Day Workshops (Mon. and Tues., 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Preaching to Millennials
Millennials (Generation Y) are typically known to be people born between the years 1980 and 2000, and they will be the largest generation in the United States within a few years. How do we preach to this generation which understands preaching and worship differently from many traditional worshipping communities? This seminar will explore the distinctiveness of Millennials as a way of understanding the context to which the preacher is called. The seminar will further explore ways the preacher can move from a text to a sermon that speaks fittingly to this group. Kamalesh Stephen

Empowering the Feminine Voice of God
Many women preachers struggle to speak. We are conflicted about claiming our voices in the pulpit, both literally in the physical speaking voice, and figuratively in terms of what we say. Since the voice is a full body instrument, for many women the disconnect comes from a discomfort or even renunciation of their own bodies. Other women have been silenced by cultural factors outside their control. Still others have never discovered their own voices from the beginning. Through interactive practicum, discussion and mutual support, this workshop will explore the affirmation of women's voices from within biblical and theological traditions and for preaching and leadership in Christian community. Enrollment capped at 6 women. Nancy Gross

So They May Hear: Intercultural Communication & The Intercultural Homiletic Approach
Interested in communicating with congregants from different cultural backgrounds? In this course, participants will learn the importance of intercultural communication and the value of the intercultural homiletic approach in preaching. Exercises will aid participants in assessing their intercultural competence, recognize areas for further development and revise sermon(s) utilizing strategies for particular contexts. Prep work is required. Yvette Joy Harris

Postcolonial Preaching: A View from the Caribbean
We all know that preaching in the 21st Century is an increasingly difficult task. The question is “Why?” The answer is that the world has changed radically while preaching has not. Our world is postmodern and postcolonial. In this workshop we will explore the postcolonial condition of the western world, analyzing its impact in our society and presenting viable homiletic options. Pablo Jimenez

Morning Two-Day Workshops (Wed. and Thurs., 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Preaching to Millennials
Millennials (Generation Y) are typically known to be people born between the years 1980 and 2000, and they will be the largest generation in the United States within a few years. How do we preach to this generation which understands preaching and worship differently from many traditional worshipping communities? This seminar will explore the distinctiveness of Millennials as a way of understanding the context to which the preacher is called. The seminar will further explore ways the preacher can move from a text to a sermon that speaks fittingly to this group. Kamalesh Stephen

Empowering the Feminine Voice of God
Many women preachers struggle to speak. We are conflicted about claiming our voices in the pulpit, both literally in the physical speaking voice, and figuratively in terms of what we say. Since the voice is a full body instrument, for many women the disconnect comes from a discomfort or even renunciation of their own bodies. Other women have been silenced by cultural factors outside their control. Still others have never discovered their own voices from the beginning. Through interactive practicum, discussion and mutual support, this workshop will explore the affirmation of women's voices from within biblical and theological traditions and for preaching and leadership in Christian community. Enrollment capped at 6 women. Nancy Gross

Overcoming Preacher's Block: What To Do When You Have Nothing to Say
It's the preacher's version of writer's block, a week when you feel you have fifteen or twenty minutes to fill and nothing to say. Sometimes you can't choose the text; sometimes you can't write the sermon; and sometimes you've chosen the text and written the sermon, but still it feels like you have nothing to say. It's frustrating and often deeply troubling...and it happens to every preacher! In this seminar we'll look at the experience of preacher's block from theological, pastoral, and practical perspectives to develop strategies for re-energizing your preaching ministry. Patrick Johnson

So They May Hear: Intercultural Communication & The Intercultural Homiletic Approach
Interested in communicating with congregants from different cultural backgrounds? In this course, participants will learn the importance of intercultural communication and the value of the intercultural homiletic approach in preaching. Exercises will aid participants in assessing their intercultural competence, recognize areas for further development and revise sermon(s) utilizing strategies for particular contexts. Prep work is required. Yvette Joy Harris

Afternoon Workshops - Select one four-day afternoon workshop or two different two-day afternoon workshops

Afternoon Four-Day Workshops (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Preaching Ephesians
We memorize the passage, “for by grace you have been saved through faith” (Eph. 2:8), but we cannot tolerate “wives be subject to your husbands” (Eph. 5:22). We long to say “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:2). But we know that just around the corner we find, “slaves obey your masters” (Eph. 6:2). Come and discover how, through oral interpretation, we can reclaim the letter to the Ephesians for the whole people of God. We will also find clues about how we deal with other difficult sayings of Paul. Enrollment capped at 8. Nancy Gross

The Mission of Preaching: Creating a Preaching Ministry that Equips the Saints
Lesslie Newbigin famously said that the only thing that will make the gospel credible to the world is a community of people who live by it. The mission and promise of preaching is that through the preacher's words God will call, equip, and send a people to live by the gospel. But this involves far more than one or two sermons on mission! Rather, this mission shapes the purpose, character, themes, and hermeneutic of a preaching ministry over many years. In this seminar we'll explore how you can develop a preaching ministry that equips the church to be a living parable of the kingdom of God, a hermeneutic of the gospel for the watching world. Patrick Johnson

Preaching Against the Text
This course is an exploration of Biblical Preaching and the criteria that makes a sermon “biblical”. Consideration of the hermeneutic challenges we face, namely how to interpret biblical texts and when to preach “against” the text. Detailed advise of how to preach different biblical forms, such as the saga, the psalms, prophetic texts, miracle stories, parables, epistles and apocalyptic visions. Pablo Jimenez

Afternoon Two-Day Workshops (Mon. & Tues., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Telling the Story; Narrative and Experience in Preaching
With an emphasis on speech performance, this workshop will explore the telling of narratives and experiences in preaching that is evocative for hearers and faithful to the gospel. Attention will be given to plot, image, dialogue, and character through the use of (or discarding) a manuscript, visual engagement, voice and gesture. Assignments for preaching a story and creating a self-assessment of illustrations will be sent to participants before the workshop. (Fellows who are registered for the four-day morning workshop Delivering Communicating the Sermon should not register for this workshop.) Enrollment capped at 8. Michael Brothers

Uniting the Head & Heart in Proclamation
One’s mind can ascent to things that the heart is far from. In this workshop participants will learn some spiritual disciplines of preachers/ministers from around the globe. Exercises and discussions regarding these disciplines hopes to encourage an embodied approach in ministry and preaching. Participants will share current disciplines that aid them in life and ministry. Some prep work is required. Y. Joy Harris

Best Practices for Preachers' Peer Learning Groups
Dealing with burnout? Disconnected? Wanting a fresh surge of renewal and inspiration in your ministry? Participants in this workshop will learn how to utilize creative agency as a core operational strategy for self-directed learning in peer settings. [NOTE: This workshop is especially recommended for members of established peer-learning groups, such as the Engle Roundtables formed last year.] Brent McDougal

Afternoon Two-Day Workshops (Wed. & Thurs., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Diverse Preaching for Diverse Listeners
With seismic changes in the immigrant population in America, our churches are becoming increasingly multicultural as a mirror of our society. Even if you preach in a cultural enclave of the last century, it is likely that reaching out to neighbors is an exercise in learning how people different from you read and interpret scriptures. In this workshop we will explore ways of interpreting scriptures in different contexts and preaching in diverse congregational settings. Kamalesh Stephen

Uniting the Head & Heart in Proclamation
One’s mind can ascent to things that the heart is far from. In this workshop participants will learn some spiritual disciplines of preachers/ministers from around the globe. Exercises and discussions regarding these disciplines hopes to encourage an embodied approach in ministry and preaching. Participants will share current disciplines that aid them in life and ministry. Some prep work is required. Y. Joy Harris

Best Practices for Preachers' Peer Learning Groups
Dealing with burnout? Disconnected? Wanting a fresh surge of renewal and inspiration in your ministry? Participants in this workshop will learn how to utilize creative agency as a core operational strategy for self-directed learning in peer settings. [NOTE: This workshop is especially recommended for members of established peer-learning groups, such as the Engle Roundtables formed last year.] Brent McDougal

Schedule

Sunday, July 19  
2:00 p.m. Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. Orientation
6:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner Banquet
7:30 p.m. Opening Worship
Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Convocation
10:15 – 12:15 p.m. Morning Workshops
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Reception Tuesday Only
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Except on Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Evening Worship Except on Wednesday
Friday, July 24
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Convocation
10:15a.m. Closing Program and Debriefing
12:00 p.m. Lunch

Fee & Application

How do I apply? The 2015 Engle application is completed online and is found here. If needed, you may begin the application, save it, and return to complete it later before submitting. Once you finish and submit the application, you will receive an email confirming its receipt. For more information and or any outstanding questions, email [email protected].


What is the fee? Because of the generosity of Joe R. Engle, the fee for the Engle Institute is $150, inclusive of lodging and meals.

When do I register? Registration for the 2015 Engle Fellowship is currently limited to 70 applicants who meet the selection criteria. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who may apply? Is the Engle Institute for you? It is if:

  • You are a seminary graduate (M.Div.) who has been preaching weekly for three to seven years
  • You wish to nurture and strengthen your preaching vocation
  • You currently serve in a ministry context that requires regular preaching/worship responsibilities, or you plan to seek a call in such a context
  • You are able to attend the entire week of the Engle Institute, from Sunday late afternoon through Friday lunch.

Attendance at the Engle Institute requires two steps, application and registration. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

When your application is approved, you will be e-mailed information on how to register for your workshop and pay the US$150 registration fee.