There will be no PreachUp in Summer 2015.

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Are you called and have the desire to preach the Word of God and would like to sharpen your communicating skills?

In the spirit of C.H. Spurgeon's effective school for training preachers, the Center for Preaching’s is pleased to offer the Advanced Preachers' College

PreachUp is designed to give advanced training in homiletic principles in an intensive two and half day seminar. The purpose is to provide men and women who already have a basic grasp of preaching and make their communications more effective and relevant. Note: you do not have to have already attended the Preachers' College to attend PreachUp.

About the College:

This year's focus: The Wisdom of Preaching

This seminar is for experienced preachers and will examine the preaching of Wisdom literature and the intersection of purpose, intent, exegesis and homiletics. 

Who Should Attend
The conference will teach the advanced skills of sermon preparation and delivery. It is intended for those who already have a Master of Divinity (or its equivalent). If you preach regularly or have a good grasp on the basic homiletic skills and would like to make your preaching even better, this conference is for you. We want to equip men and women who are serving as pastors and preachers with the ability to preach biblical, clear, relevant, and effective sermons. Each year we will center it around a different theme.



12:00 p.m.    Registration
1:00 p.m.      Session I: Introductions

          Wisdom Literature: The Role of Wisdom in Shaping Listeners

4:45 p.m.      Break for Dinner
5:45 p.m.      Session II

          Wisdom Literature: Biblical Considerations


8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.    Exegetical Issues III
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:00 p.m.    Homiletical Issues IV
4:15 p.m.    Break
4:45 p.m.    BBQ Dinner


8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.    Student Presentations
12:00 p.m.  Seminar Concludes



$195- Early Registration; $225-Regular Rate (After May 19, 2014)
Cost includes all sessions, meals, snacks, and a packet of books and preaching resources.

Confirmation/Cancellation Policy

You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation. Phone and mailed registrations will only receive receipts upon request. Due to planning involved with the conference, please note the following dates involving registration cancellations.

  • Cancellations must be received by May 26, 2014 to receive a full refund,
    less a $10 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made by June 11, 2014 will be refunded 50%.
  • Cancellations after June 11, 2014 will not be refunded.


The meals included in the price of tuition are Wednesday dinner and Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

There are several nearby hotels that you consider staying at. You can also find great deals through online travel or hotel sites.
  • Comfort Inn-North Shore: (978) 777-1700
  • Hampton Inn: 1 (800) HAMPTON or (978) 536-2020
  • Spring Hill Suites-Peabody: (978) 535-5000

All participants are expected to provide their own transportation. Gordon-Conwell is located thirty miles from Boston's Logan airport and sixty miles from the Manchester, NH airport. The train station closest to the seminary is approximately one and a half miles.

About the Teachers

Dr. Scott GibsonSCOTT M. GIBSON, D.Phil.
The Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching; Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching; Director of Th.M. Program in Preaching; Director of the A.J. Gordon Guild

Scott Gibson has served as a pastor and has taught preaching at Gordon-Conwell for over two decades. He is the founder of The Center for Preaching and The Evangelical Homiletics Society. He has written Should We Preach Someone Else's Sermon? and Preaching for Special Services, as well as editing Preaching the Old Testament, The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching, and Preaching to a Shifting Culture, among other books.Through conferences and consultation, he is actively involved in training pastors to preach.

Dr. Jeffrey ArthursJEFFREY D. ARTHURS, Ph.D.
Professor of Preaching and Communication; Chair, Division of Practical Theology

Jeff Arthurs has a wide range of ministry and communication experience as teacher, pastor, missionary, actor, director, radio announcer and consultant. He has taught communications and homiletics for more than a decade. In addition, he also carries on an active ministry of pulpit supply, conference speaking, and writing. He has written Preaching with Variety. His passion is preaching and teaching others to preach.




Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ministry

Dr. Kim brings over 10 years of preaching and teaching experience to his role at Gordon-Conwell. Most recently, he served as senior pastor of Logos Central Chapel in Denver, CO. He was also previously an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and the youth pastor at Korean Church of Boston in Brookline, MA. Dr. Kim is the author of 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry, and Preaching to Second Generation Korean Americans: Towards a Possible Selves Contextual Homiletic.


More Information

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The Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching