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The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching

For preachers in their first three to seven years of ministry who wish to nurture and strengthen their preaching vocation in the company of colleagues

Engle Logo 2013Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the Twelfth Annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, scheduled for July 20-25, 2014.

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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. Engle Fellows reconnect vocationally with friends as they practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues.

Leadership, Workshops and Practicums

The Engle Institute offers a unique, interactive approach to preaching renewal. Rather than highlight a slate of national pulpit "stars," the Engle Institute is designed to encourage and nurture pastors who preach regularly in local contexts. Through hands-on workshops, seminars, tutorials, and conversations, Engle Fellows are supported and challenged to seek excellence in their preaching vocations. 

Engle Fellows participate in daily seminars and workshops, some of which are in lecture/seminar format while others are preaching practicums. Early in the spring we will announce this year’s workshop options. Admitted fellows will be able to make their requests for workshop choices at that time.

Pamela DriesellIn keeping with its ministerial focus, the Engle Institute invites a pastor to serve as the preacher for the week. This year we are pleased to welcome The Rev. Pamela Driesell, Princeton Seminary, Class of 1998 and Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, who will serve as the 2014 Engle pastor-in-residence, preaching for daily worship during the event. More information about Rev. Driesell is available here.

Application Process

The 2014 Engle application is available in word doc and pdf formats.

For more information and or any outstanding questions, email engle.institute@ptsem.edu.