Styberg Preaching Workshop - Holy Homiletics: Legitimate Encounters with the Living God

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Both the lecture and workshop will interface the theology of divine presence with Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Sr.’s rhetorical method, wherein we break open the usefulness of our ah- hah experiences, so that as people seeking faithfulness to God our ethical utterances beg the macro question “who is God?” and the micro question “how is God acting in the social fabric of our lives?”

Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 10.09.51 AMThe lecture and two-day workshop will be led by Dr. Katie Cannon. Dr. Cannon is first African-American woman to be ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Her work focuses in the areas of Christian ethics,Womanist theology, and women in religion and society. She has lectured nationally on theological and ethical topics and is the author or editor of numerous articles and seven books including Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community and Black Womanist Ethics. 

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There is no cost for the lecture on April 30 and all are welcome to attend. The registration fee for the two-day preaching workshop is $100 per person and a limited number of scholarships are available. Registration fee is waived for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students, as well as 2009-2013 Garrett-Evangelical alums, but registration is still required. For fee waiver code, please contact Shane Nichols at

A 0.5 CEU credit is available for people who attend all of the sessions of this workshop. The cost for the CEU certificate is $25.00 and can be purchased at the end of the workshop.

To register, please go here.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Public Lecture: Holy Homiletics: Legitimate Encounters with the Living God

Thursday, May 1, 2014

10:00 a.m.  On-Site Registration Opens

11:15 a.m. – 12:15p.m.  Worship Service – Preacher Dr. Ouida Lee


1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  Greetings and Introductions

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Session 1: Preaching as Divine Activity

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Session 2: Preaching as the Word of God

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.  Break

5:15 – 5:45 p.m.  Logos Presentation

6:00 p.m.  Dinner in Loder Hall

Friday, May 2, 2014

8:30 a.m.  On-Site Registration Opens

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast available in Cross Tower Room

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Opening Devotions

9:20 – 10:50 a.m.  Session 3: Preaching as Proclamation

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.  Break

11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.  Session 4: Preaching as Emmanuel - A Very Present Help in Times of Trouble

12:35 – 1:35 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:40 – 3:10 p.m.  Session 5: Preaching as an Ultimate Response to Our God

3:10 – 3:30 p.m.  Wrap Up and Closing Prayer

**All workshop sessions will be held in Room 205 on the 2nd floor of the Main building.

Directions and Accomodations

Directions and Accomodations

Directions and Parking to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Parking is available at $7 per day and may be purchased on the day of the event.


A select number of rooms are available at Loder Hall, on the campus of Garrett-Evangelical, for $75 a night. To inquire, contact Diana Ahn in the Housing Office at 847.866.3950.  For a list of hotels in the Northwestern University/Evanston area click here.

Super Sunday XV

This event, co-sponsored by the Styberg Preaching Institute, will be a life-changing afternoon of equipping for effective ministry inspired by Jesus’ great commission to make Disciples. Get help for ministry places that matter with the help of world class leaders.

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Dr. Gennifer Brooks

gennifer-brooksGennifer Benjamin Brooks is the Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute and the Styberg Associate Professor of Homiletics. She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She has served local churches in the New York conference in rural, suburban, urban and cross-racial settings. She was the Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1996-2000 and an adjunct professor in the area of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Seminary from 2001-2003.

Gennifer holds a Bachelor of Business, cum laude and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.

She is the author of Good News Preaching: Offering Good News in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009), and Praise the Lord: Litanies, Prayers and Occasional Services (CSS Publications, 1996). She has been a contributor to the following texts: Companion to The Africana Worship Book (Discipleship Resources 2007), Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation (Abingdon Press, 2007), The Africana Worship Book for Year C (Discipleship Resources, 2008),Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection (Judson Press, 2008), Handbook of Methodist Studies (Oxford Press, 2009).

She has also contributed to several publications including Homily Service (The Liturgical Conference), and The African American Pulpit (Generis).  She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the American Academy of Religion.

Ernest and Bernice Styberg

ernest-berniceThe Styberg Preaching Institute was established at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Semi­nary by Ernest and Bernice Styberg of Racine, Wisconsin.

The institute helps to recognize and celebrate the important part that the church has played in their lives. "We feel strongly about the future of the United Methodist Church," Ernest states. "As committed United Methodists, we want to make sure that the church has strong leadership in the future - leaders who appreciate the liturgical tradition of the church and who are grounded in solid Biblical preaching and in traditional worship. If we can help prepare such leaders, it will give us much satisfaction."

Their endowment of the preaching institute supports their commitment to the church but and helps to provide a means for Garrett-Evangelical to continue its mission of preparing leaders for the church by providing resources for improving the church's preaching ministry.

Styberg Preaching Institute

Named for its benefactors, Ernest and Bernice Styberg, the Styberg Preaching Institute resolves to assist Christian leaders in the development of theological and practical disciplines necessary to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully to contemporary cultures. It represents the seminary's partnership with the church by preparing persons for vital, effective Christian preaching.

The programs and resources of the institute strengthen the church by focusing on the continual development of the preaching ministry. The institute also helps Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary fulfill its core purpose of preparing spiritual leaders for the church. The institute work of the institute will influence the future of ministry as it addresses the central mission of the church, namely the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The resources and programs of the institute are available to students, alums, pastors and the church at large.

Past events have featured:

  • Dr. Charles Cosgrove - In Other Words: Incarnational Translation in the Process of Sermon Preparation 
  • Rev. Zan Holmes - Shaping and Re-shaping the Sermon
  • Dr. Jeremiah Wright - Prophetic Preaching
  • Dr. Heather Elkins - Women's Ways of Preaching and Worship
  • Dr. Ronald Allen - Listening to Listeners
  • Dr. Ralph Watkins - Preaching in the Hip Hop Culture
  • Dr. Valerie Bridgeman - The Poetic Nature of Good Preaching.


Living and Leading Where Worship, Preaching, and Justice Meet

October 15-18, 2014

Our sister preaching institutute, The Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, is hosting a conference at Fuller Theological Seminary that will focus on preaching and worship that contribute to justice. This conference will be combined with another set of lectures that have the specific focus on worship in Latino churches in America and features Catherine and Justo González, Pablo Jiménez, and others. This conference is sponsored in conjunction with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Justo González Center. To learn more, visit the Brehm Center website today. 

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