Excellence in Preaching Initiative

“…When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 2:1b-5

What is the Excellence in Preaching Initiative?

Asbury Seminary’s Florida Dunnam Campus has partnered with the Lily Foundation to launch the Excellence in Preaching Initiative. This initiative will:

  • Support local pastors in Hispanic, Latino and African-American churches.
  • Provide resources to create more effective ministry leaders.
  • Impact the quality of preaching in ethnic churches.

Brochure (English)

Brochure (Spanish)

Why Preaching?

  • The Bible charges pastors to zealously preach the Gospel.
  • The Holy Spirit uses pastors to declare God’s word to His people.
  • Preaching equips, challenges, nurtures and empowers individuals to obey God’s will and carry out the mission of the Church in the world.

Our Strategy

Preaching and the competing priorities of pastoring in a local church often make preparing weekly sermons challenging. The Excellence in Preaching Initiative allows you to join a group of pastors with the same mission of excellent preaching.

Here’s how it works:

  • Peer groups of pastors commit to work with, support and pray for each other as they seek to develop more effective preaching skills.
  • Seedbed, the Seminary’s resourcing network, provides a series of bilingual audio and visual resources.
    • These resources feature African-American, Hispanic and Latino preachers known for their effective communication skills.
    • These resources provide opportunities for discussion and skill development.
  • Pastors participate in preaching coaching programs, planning retreats and “Concerto de Predicacion,” a preaching conference designed specifically for the Hispanic and Latino community.

How can I participate in the Excellence in Preaching Initiative?

  1. Pray
    • Pray for the Initiative.
    • Pray for pastors as they faithfully prepare and preach every week.
    • Pray for congregations as they are impacted by the sermon every Sunday.
  2. Join
    • If you are an African-American, Hispanic or Latino pastor, consider leading or joining a peer group.
    • Share this initiative with your pastor and encourage membership.
  3. Purchase
    • Purchase the bilingual audio-visual resources for your personal development.
  4. Support
    • Give to the Initiative financially.
    • Your contribution would allow the Excellence in Preaching Initiative to continue beyond the initial three-year grant period and provide for additional learning activities.
    • Contributions may be individual or congregational.