“Holy, Holy, Holy…Lord God Almighty…” Nearly 400 voices rang out in worship in the chapel at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) on Wednesday morning October 2, kicking off the second day of the first NTS Preaching Conference, “Preaching Holiness in a Pluralistic World.”
Biblical preaching is one of the most important tasks of the God-called ministry. That’s why preparing and resourcing women and men to be outstanding biblical preachers is a priority for NTS—and that was the focus of this two-day conference, which was the vision of Dr. David Busic, General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene and former NTS President.
Eight holiness preachers in the Church of the Nazarene were invited to come and preach around a text of their choosing; following their sermon, they dialogued about their sermon, sermon preparation and about preaching in general. Those who preached on Tuesday and Wednesday included:
- Dan Boone – President, Trevecca Nazarene University
- Scott Daniels – Pastor, Pasadena First church of the Nazarene
- Tim Greene, Dean, School of Religion, Trevecca Nazarene University
- Olivia Metcalf – Co-Senior Pastor, Mountain Home Church of the Nazarene
- Gabriel Salguero – Co-Lead Pastor, The Lamb’s Church
- Carla Sunberg – Co-District Superintendent, East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene
- Sam Vassel – Senior Pastor, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
- J. K. Warrick – General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
Nearly 400 people from 29 states in the U. S. attended the two-day event, participating in worship, fellowship and in asking questions to the preachers at the end of each session. All eight session were full of energy and of a passion and commitment to preaching. At the close of the event, Dr. Roger Hahn, NTS Dean of the Faculty shared, “When you plan an event like we have experienced these past 2 days, you have hopes for what it will be. However, these past 2 days have been tremendous—far greater than what any of us envisioned.” Participants echoed these words on Twitter and Facebook feeds throughout the conference, most using the hashtag #preach2013 to record their reflections and thoughts.
On Thursday October 3, some members of the NTS Alumni council hosted a webinar for members of the NTS CLUB 300 to talk about the event and reflect on some of the themes that were present throughout the 8 sermons. A few of the topics that were discussed included the overwhelming idea that those who are called to preach, need to embody a passion and commitment to preaching and proclamation; and an affirmation of the connectedness between what is happening in the life of the preacher and congregation and what is contained in the pastor’s sermon. The webinar content will be posted on the NTS website next week at nts.edu/club-300.
NPH was present at the event, recording the sessions and preparing to publish a book based on the sermons that were shared and the dialogues that took place after. The recorded sessions will be available for purchase via download and DVD in the next few weeks; NTS will post links to purchase information on their website at nts.edu/preaching-holiness and on social media sites.