Winter 2003
Volume 7 Number 2

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Engle Institute of Preaching Initiated

Princeton Seminary is pleased to announce the creation of the annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, which will kick off in June 2003. Established through a generous gift from Joe R. Engle, a member of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, the institute is designed to support, nurture, and encourage pastors in the practice and art of preaching. It will take place annually during the second week of the Seminary’s summer Institute of Theology.

Up to 50 members of the PTS Classes of 1996 and 1997 will be selected by the Seminary to come to campus the week of June 22-27 in order to renew their preaching vocations through study and practice.

“We want to offer practical workshops and conversations with faculty and with preaching colleagues, and to provide glorious worship in Miller Chapel for preachers who usually have the task of helping others to worship,” explains Kristin Saldine, minister of the chapel, who coordinates the institute.

Rather than a focus on gathering to listen to nationally renowned preaching “stars,” the Engle Institute, according to Saldine, will focus on participants honing the craft of preaching as they practice it in their churches.

Princeton faculty members Charles Bartow, Nancy Lammers Gross, Cleo LaRue, Jim Kay, J. Randall Nichols, and Sally Brown will lead workshops on topics like voice and speech, and preaching in congregational context. Thomas K. Tewell, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, will be in residence for the week and will preach each evening. The preaching institute coincides with the second week of the Institute of Theology. If homework and preparation time allow, Engle Institute Fellows will be welcome to attend any institute early morning events (daily morning prayer, Bible studies, and convocation).

The cost to participants will be round-trip transportation between their home and Princeton. The Engle Institute will cover tuition, on-campus lodging, and meals. Limited scholarship funds are available to offset travel cost based on need.

If you are interested in being an Engle Fellow, are a member of either the Class of 1996 or the Class of 1997, and are currently serving a congregation as pastor, associate pastor, or interim pastor with regular responsibility for preaching and worship, please email [email protected] for more information.

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