Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Seminary offers first preaching workshop


Saint Paul offering doctorate here

Saint Paul at OCU now offers the Doctor of Ministry degree. A question-and-answer session about this will be held Sept. 13 during the lunch period for the preaching workshop. You are invited to learn more about the Leading Congregations to Excellence and Innovation Doctor of Ministry Degree. RSVP to Brian Green-Young, brian.green-young@spst.edu, 405-208-5759.

"Recovering from Homiletical Burnout" is the title of a preaching workshop for pastors, set for Sept. 13 in Oklahoma City.

Mike Graves will lead the interactive workshop, hosted by Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University, from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the McDaniel University Center on the OCU campus.

Dr. Graves, author of "The Fully Alive Preacher," will use material from his book. "Many ministers have found it quite helpful," he wrote.

The professor asked: If preaching is intended to renew the church, why is it killing so many ministers? Not literally, of course, but ministerial burnout seems commonplace. The same malady often applies to preachers.

"We’ll revisit the way ministers go about the preaching task to see if there might be more life-giving ways to do it. We’ll also think about what it means to have a life, since what Wordsworth called ‘dullness of soul’ can also be deadly for preachers. Hope to see you there," Graves said.

The name of the program is also the book’s subtitle and "quite descriptive" of the workshop, he noted. Graves is McElvaney Professor of Preaching at Saint Paul seminary.

Participants can earn one-half unit of continuing education credit. Registration, $40, includes lunch.

Sign up online at http://www.spst.edu/Workshop-for-Pastors, or contact Rachel McClain, rachel.mcclain@spst.edu, 405-208-5757.

Commencement Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University

4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23

Smith Chapel on the OCU campus

Speaker: Bishop Gary Mueller of Arkansas

Reception following in The Watson Lounge


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