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    How can preachers overcome the digital noise of the culture so that the gospel is heard? Mark Barger Elliot, pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says that speaking visually is key to proclaiming the Gospel in a digital age. Learn more about “visually speaking” in this article on The Thread and then come to campus to hear Mark at the Pastoral Ministry Series on February 11. Read More


    Do churches have dreams? From her early experience of church to ordained leadership and coaching, Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde’s call is to lead the Church in dreaming. In this interview, she talks about how people working together for the Church’s dreams gives her “Hope in Congregation.”


    What does it look like to help young people bear witness to God in a U.S. culture where political engagement is so fraught and Christian ministry is rarely thriving? Gerald Liu explores this question through a metaphorical analysis of the Sakko, a Byzantine liturgical garment in his article Sakkos, Art, and Youth Ministry.


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    Biblical Formation for Witness

    Join us April 11-13. This conference is led by
    three biblical scholars and two dynamic pastors. Our scholars will introduce us to “missional hermeneutics”-reading the Bible in light of God’s call to bear witness to the good. Our pastors will lead us in imagining how scripture can form particular faith communities for witness today.


    The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry

    For twenty five years, Princeton Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry has been gathering ministry leaders on campus to explore theology and youth ministry. We are convinced that lives and communities are transformed when theological reflection meets practical application. Join us April 23-26 to explore our theme – Movement: Mission, Body, and Justice.



    We highlighted one of Pam Driesell’s sermons in the last email but mistakenly linked to the wrong one. We apologize for the error and hope to make it up to you by including the two sermons this week. Listen to both. You’ll be glad you did.

    Deliberately Chosen
    Pastoral anxiety can be the driving force behind a minister’s commitment to their vocation. According to Pam Driesell, this kind of ministry cannot bear fruit. Driesell shows how following Jesus’ command to abide in him is the only way to have a fruitful, anxiety-free ministry.

    Finding Yourself
    According to one study, 70% of clergy experience a drop in self-esteem after they begin their ministry. Pam Driesell shows how this process of self-loss is mirrored in the parable of the prodigal son, whose self-discovery while off in the far country is a model for pastors.



    Pastoral Ministry Series
    February 4, and February 11, 2019

    It’s not too late to join us for the second and third Mondays of this series. Dive into The Art of Soul Care with Danjuma Gibson on February 4 and learn about Visually Speaking: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Digital Age with Mark and Lynn Barger Elliot on February 11.

    Independent Study for Ministry Professionals
    February and March, 2019

    Come to the seminary campus for self-directed learning. Stay in the Erdman Center, study in the seminary library, and take part in the life of the seminary community. Independent Study weeks are offered multiple times throughout the academic year.

    Biblical Formation for Witness: Missional Hermeneutics in Context
    April 11-13, 2019

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about “missional hermeneutics”-reading the Bible in light of God’s call to bear witness to the good. Come imagine how scripture can form particular faith communities for witness today. Registration is now open.

    The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
    April 23-26, 2019

    The Forum on Youth Ministry is for Christian leaders who minister with young people. Join us this year to learn and network as we explore the theme-Movement: Mission, Body, and Justice.

    The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
    June 9-14, 2019

    Apply now to be an Engle Fellow. The Engle Institute is a weeklong continuing education program that nurtures and strengthens the craft of preaching during the early stages of one’s preaching career.

    The Black Theology and Leadership Institute
    July 14-19, 2019
    Apply now to be a BTLI Fellow. The theme of this year’s conference is Food Justice. Explore the struggle for racial and environmental justice, the complexities and challenges of race and food, and share food stories and journeys.



    A Peer Learning Experience
    Youth ministry is not just a job-it’s a calling worthy of deep theological reflection. Join a cohort of peers for 12 months of connection, training, and growth online and on campus.

    Your Experience Includes:
    Online courses with Kenda Creasy Dean, Kermit Moss, & Shane Berg | Two Forums on Youth Ministry | An on-campus opening retreat | Personalized coaching from Ministry Architects

    Apply now for the 2019-2020 cohort.

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