Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2005

Whitworth to Host July 7-9 Conference on Effective Preaching in a Postmodern World

In an increasingly postmodern society, myriad voices are competing for the hearts, minds, and allegiances of men and women. Seldom before has the need been greater in our culture to hear the truth of the Gospel preached with power, conviction and authority. To help address this need, the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, through a grant from the Presbyterian Church USA, is hosting a conference, Effective Preaching in a Postmodern World, July 7-9 on the Whitworth College campus.

Keynote speakers -- theologian M. Craig Barnes, Ph.D., and preaching expert Charles L. Bartow, Ph.D. -- will lead conference participants as they explore the dynamics of good preaching and examine how to make their preaching more passionate and relevant. In addition to attending keynote sessions featuring Barnes and Bartow, participants can take part in workshops that focus on the practical aspects of preaching and in celebrative worship sessions.

Barnes is the Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; he previously served as the senior pastor of The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, where his advisor was acclaimed author and theologian Martin F. Marty. Barnes is the author of several popular books, including Sacred Thirst: Finding God in the Desert of our Longings and Hustling God: Why We Work So Hard for What God Wants to Give.

Bartow is the Carl and Helen Egner Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary An ordained Presbyterian minister, Bartow earned his doctorate at New York University and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, in Bedminster, Penn., from 1974 to 1980. His current involvement in his denomination includes teaching adult education and preaching in many churches.

A past president of the Religious Speech Communication Association and one of its founding members, Bartow also sat on the founding editorial boards of the academic journals Homiletic and The Journal of Communication and Religion. Bartow is the author of The Preaching Moment: A Guide to Sermon Delivery and God's Human Speech: A Practical Theology of Proclamation.

The conference fee for Effective Preaching in a Postmodern World is $75, program only, or $170, program with room and board (available, though limited, on campus). For more information or to register, contact Michelle Seefried at (509) 777-3275 or e-mail mpace@whitworth.edu, or visit www.whitworth.edu/FaithCenter/Calendar/Index.htm.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls more than 2,400 students in 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509)777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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