Proclaiming the Gospel in an ever changing world.
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The Challenge

Preaching
Among Exiles

Today's churches "find themselves in a context where their most treasured ... symbols of faith are mocked, trivialized, or dismissed."

 

—Walter Bruggeman

Preaching today must:

  1. Develop TRUE INTIMACY with Jesus.

  2. Develop CULTURAL DISCERNMENT.

  3. Forge INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

  4. GROUND and MOTIVATE an ambitious generation.

  5. CURB ENTITLEMENT and self-centered tendencies.

 

—David Kinnaman

Preaching Burnout

75%

of ministers feel "emotionally exhausted."

29%

have given "real, serious consideration to quitting."

70%

experience loneliness and have no close friends.

Preaching Shortage

The Association of Theological Schools reports that since 2006 total enrollment in theological education has decreased by 9%.

In 1968 the majority of all protestant clergy were under the age of 45, yet in 2017 just
22% were under 45.

It is becoming increasingly more difficulty to find mature, young Christians who want to become preachers.