Christopher Chelpka

A Preacher's Workshop in Tucson, AZ

With the help of some friends, I’ve created something special: a preacher’s workshop that will help preachers improve their preaching.

It’s not a conference where someone talks about preaching, though there will be a warm-up lecture. It is a workshop where preachers work alongside each other in a focused, collaborative, and encouraging way. And it’s free!

Named after Tucson, I’m calling it the Old Pueblo Preacher’s Workshop.

The first event will last half a day and focus on only one aspect of preaching: sermon introductions. Future workshops will be devoted to things like transitions, application, illustration, and exposition.

We’ll start with a paper presentation and large group discussion. I’ll be presenting “How to Start a Sermon: Gathered Advice from the Greats.” After that, we’ll break into small groups of 5-7 people to study and discuss examples of sermon introductions from various preachers, then write and workshop our own introductions based on the same passage. At the end, we come together for closing thoughts and discussion. By then it will be lunch time, so I’m hoping folks will turn out for an afterglow at Zona 78 Italian Kitchen.

Sound good? I think so!

Any preacher worth his salt is always working to improve his ministry of the Word. The Old Pueblo Preacher’s Workshop is just one more way to that. And did I mention it’s free?

The workshop will be July 29th, 2017 from 9:00am-12:30pm. And my brothers at Rincon Mountain PCA have generously offered to host it. Check out the online invitation here and register if you want to attend. Registration will be open through July 25th.