Preachers' CollegePreachers' College | May 28-30, 2015


Are you called to preach the Word of God but have not had a chance to learn how?

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

The Preachers' College is designed to give training in basic homiletic principles in an intensive two and half day seminar to lay members who occasionally preach in their churches. The purpose is to provide men and women who have been called to preach with the essential tools needed to compose and present biblical, relevant, and effective sermons.

About the College

Who Should Attend

The conference will teach the basics of sermon preparation and delivery. If you are a lay member, and preach somewhat regularly, and think you might benefit from knowing well the fundamentals of preaching, this conference may be for you. We want to equip men and women who are serving as pastors and lay preachers with the ability to preach biblical, clear, relevant, and effective sermons.

Topics to be Covered

  • Choosing a Passage
  • Finding the Central Truth
  • Writing an Outline
  • Crafting Introductions and Conclusions
  • Using Illustrations
  • Principles of Effective Delivery


  • Understand what Expository preaching is and is not
  • Learn a ten-stage method for moving from text to sermon
  • Review how to do accurate exegesis
  • Learn the features of effective introductions and conclusions
  • Use support material to help accomplish your goals
  • Fellowship with others who are serving in ministry
  • Participate in "mini-sermon workshops" to sharpen your homiletics
  • Take a break from the hectic world of ministry!


Conference Details

Sample Schedule:


12:00 p.m.    Registration
1:00 p.m.      Expository Preaching Defined & Text to Sermon I
4:45 p.m.      Break for Dinner
5:45 p.m.      Text to Sermon II


8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.   Text to Sermon III
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:00 p.m.    Principles of Delivery
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

Conference Cost:


$195- Early Registration; $225-Regular Rate (After April 30, 2015)
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 April 30, 2015 to receive a full refund,
    less a $10 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made by May 14, 2015 will be refunded 50%.
  • Cancellations after May 14, 2015 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 can 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.


The 2015 Teachers

Dr. Scott GibsonSCOTT M. GIBSON, D. Phil.
Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry
and Director of the Center for Preaching

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.


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

For more information, contact us at or (978) 646-4190.