Presenter: Rolf Jacobson
Title: "More Than Just Information: Preaching for Spiritual Formation"
Description: A great deal of preaching seems only to be information. Vital information, to be sure, about who God is and isn't, about how God's people are to live, and about the creation in which God and God's people dwell. One reason for the heavy emphasis on information is that after the Enlightenment, belief in God has often been reduced to granting intellectual assent to doctrinal propositions. And that is important, to be sure! But preaching must also form people spiritually--shape them in the spiritual practices with which to practice the presence and life of God. This workshop will focus on who preaching can be about formation as well as information.
Our goal is to offer various styles and methodologies of preaching in the hope that they will renew your faith and refresh your spirit through dynamic worship, lectures and workshops. Concurrent venues allow for multiple options as you plan your time at the festival. You are sure to come away with new insights and practical applications you can bring back to your congregation. Be sure to plan some down time to give yourself time to recharge and see some sights!