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Published: Jan 23, 2014

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In the face of the social changes facing the country, The Centre of Leadership, Education and Training (C-LET) and The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church (BCMC) have partnered with the Florida United Methodist Church (UMC) Institute of Preaching to offer an institute of preaching in The Bahamas.

For three years, commencing January 2013 through 2015 some of the best seminary professors of preaching and preachers from The Bahamas will meet in New Providence in a preaching institute.

Leading the list of presenters for the conference which will be held under the theme “Go and Preach” will be Reverend Dr. Thomas Long, a Presbyterian minister and the professor of preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University; along with Rev. Mark Jefferson, a Baptist minister out of Decatur, Georgia, who will speak on “Preaching at the Crossroads of Disappointment and Promise”; Bishop Hulan Hanna who serves as a pastor in the Church of God of Prophecy will address the topic: “Preaching at the Crossroads of Violence, Despair and Hope”; and Reverend Pamela Carter will speak on her work with the Methodist Conference in Haiti and the bridge building programs of many agencies and churches in the United Methodist Church in the USA that offer partnership and relief in areas of health and medical services to Haiti.

Preaching at the crossroads is said to be a challenging topic any time of the year and in every situation, especially at this time when so much is at stake in national development and cultural diversity. In a setting in which religious leaders preach — one that presents new challenges, new ethical issues, new worries and new opportunities —the Institute will address some of the dilemmas: How do pastors preach at the crossroads of mystery and wisdom; justice and love; disappointment and promise; violence, despair and hope. As well as how do pastors speak to issues of justice, areas of disappointment and despair, and how they preach in a violent environment, where hope is challenged and anger builds.

“We preach in a context that does not like to accommodate too much change,” said Dr. Reg Eldon, dean of the Centre for Leadership, Education and Training.

“Yet, the message that we preach continually calls out for the integration of gospel and action, faith and works. Words alone are no longer enough. The application is always the most challenging aspect of our preaching because it calls us to radical honesty and transparency.”

The institute will bring together religious leaders from the Florida Institute of Preaching and many denominations in The Bahamas.

Rev. Christopher Neely, president of The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, Rev. Scott Smith, president of the Florida Institute of Preaching, Rev. Godfrey Bethell, minister of Ebenezer Methodist Church and Rev. Dr. Eugene Zimmerman, Florida coordinator of the Bahamian Institute of Preaching will participate in the Institute’s opening night.

Long will facilitate a short course on preaching following the text book, ‘Go Preach!’ by Rev. Jack Gilbert, January 24 and 25. The preaching course will be administered in small groups so that each individual will receive personal attention in sermon preparation. The Institute of Preaching is open to all preachers in The Bahamas. There is a reduced registration fee for all students and Family Island delegates. Keynotes are open to the public and are not only for preachers. Information on the Institute of Preaching can be obtained from clet@bahamasmethodist.org or by calling 393-3726, 393-2935.

Opening Night entertainment will be provided by Giavanna Knowles, youth director at Ebenezer and Danielle Dean, an eighth grade student at Queen’s College (Q.C) as well as Q.C.’s High School Choir and Dion Turnquest on Friday night.


Thursday, January 24

Reverend Dr. Thomas Long: Preaching at the Crossroads of Justice and Love

Friday, January 25

7 p.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Church — Reverend Mark Jefferson: Preaching at the crossroads of disappointment

Reverend Pamela Carter: Methodist Conference in Haiti and the bridge building programs

Saturday, January 25

9 a.m. — Bishop Hulan Hanna: Preaching at the crossroads of violence, despair and hope.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 20:24


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