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.


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