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Hello from Buies Creek!
 
As a pastor for more than forty years I always yearned to be the most effective preacher I could be. But keeping the weekly sermon(s) a high priority was never easy—given all the “stuff” that comes to the pastor (funerals, weddings, committees, visitation, etc.).   I also often wished for an opportunity to hear how some “good” preachers do it, and to learn from them how they put together their sermons, what their secrets were, etc.  
 
These are some of the itches which the September 26  Elevating Preaching Conference is designed to scratch. We’ve tried to put together a one-day preaching event that is as practical as breakfast—and just as essential. I urge you to look over the program we’ve organized and then reserve this Monday for a unique time of learning and inspiration.
 
Here are some of the highlights:
 
*You’ll hear three sermons from three very different preachers (in age, gender, style) and have immediate opportunity to ask them questions about their sermon and its preparation. You’ll also have opportunity to continue the conversation in an afternoon Personal Interest Group.
 
*You’ll have eight different Personal Interest Groups to choose from; select any two to learn from peers and from professors how to improve your preaching.
 
*You’ll have opportunity to talk about preaching with other preachers and to hear from them what works and what doesn’t; you’ll have time to visit with friends and make some new ones.
 
*You’ll be able to attend a worship service in Campbell’s new Butler Chapel, with Dr. Chuck Poole preaching and the Campbell University Choir providing special music.
 
Here’s your schedule for the day, Monday, September 26, 2011:
 
9:00 am                  Registration/Refreshments (Butler Chapel)
9:30                        Session I –Dr. Chuck Poole, preacher
10:00                      Session II –Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight, preacher
11:20                      Session III –Dr. William Shiell, preacher
12:10                      Lunch (included with registration fee)
1:40-3:35                2 Personal Interest Groups
3:50-5:00                Session IV –Closing Worship Service
 
The cost for this Elevating Preaching Conference? Just $25 and that includes a full lunch with dessert!   Thankfully, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (friends of good and better preaching) and Campbell University and the Divinity School are underwriting the additional cost to make this Conference possible. 
 
How to register? Visit http://divinity.campbell.edu/ElevatingPreachingConference.aspx.  Or, contact Joyce Mashtare at 1-800-334-4111 ext.1849 or at Mashtare@campbell.edu  to get your name on the list. But do it today so you can save this date (and not kick yourself later that you let the date slip up on you and then let something else get scheduled on top of it).
 
I know you are a busy person—a person with more pressures than most of your members even dream. This event has been planned for your benefit as an aid for the ministry to which God has called you.   Please consider this as your invitation to “come apart for a while” and renew your spirit with a change of pace and to refresh your mind with some new and useful guidance in the high calling of being a preacher of God’s word.
 
 
Yours in the great Fellowship,
J. Daniel Day
Associate Professor of Christian Preaching & Worship

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