[February 26, 2008] Ansel Oliver/ANN Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Clergy around the world can brush up on their preaching skills while earning continuing education credit during the Seventh-day Adventist Church's 10th annual professional growth seminar for ministers set for April 22.
"There are about five million clergy around the world and we're looking to serve ministers of all faiths," says Anthony R. Kent, associate ministerial secretary for the Adventist world church. "Any minister anywhere on the globe can watch and participate by phoning in or e-mailing questions during the program."
Presenters include Lloyd John Ogilvie, former United States Senate chaplain and one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a Baylor University survey; James Earl Massey, named by Christianity Today as one of the "25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 50 years"; Laurence Turner, director of Research Degrees at Newbold College, in Bracknell, England; and Jo Ann Davidson, a lecturer at Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States.
Kent estimates that 10,000 to 15,000 ministers participate in the seminar each year.
"This year we'll learn more about the art of preaching and get effective tips to rejuvenate our public speaking," he says. "They're getting a seminar of exceptional quality."
The program will broadcast live from Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Washington, on April 22 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. The program is available on the church's Hope Channel and on the Internet at the Adventist Church's Ministerial Association Web site at www.ministerialassociation.com. The broadcast will be repeated to serve other areas of the world and will also be available on demand.
Local churches can also register to serve as official host sites and receive complementary promotional materials. The deadline for registration is March 7.
For more information, visit www.ministerialassociation.com.