Chap Talk is about encouraging better preaching. Have you read a book, heard a quote, seen a resource, attended a conference or class, seen a site or blog and learned something that might help me or others in our preaching? Let us know! Comment below or send a note so that we can continue to help each other in this preaching journey. Also if you would like to write a post see the section Write for ChapTalk.com. If you are learning something or have resources that you would like to share let me know. We can get better together.
The purpose of the sermon is not to impart knowledge but to influence behavior-not to inform but to transform. The goal is not to make listeners more educated but more Christlike. -Donald Sunukjian
I am over half way through with my Th.M in Preaching at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. I will finish up in December 2013. It has been a fantastic year of learning, study, and preparation. This time of continuing education has helped me tremendously as I prepare for my role as Homiletics instructor at the United States Army Chaplain Center and School. The Army has the Advanced Civilian Schooling (ACS) program and there are various opportunities for further education. I have several friends who have gone for Ethics, World Religions, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and Family Life counseling. Look into the various options to further your education.
I encourage you to never stop learning. Find a program that will equip you for the future, take a class, go to a workshop, or read a book that will help you get better. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary has both Th.M and D.Min programs that would benefit Chaplains in their ministries. Always look for ways to sharpen your craft in preaching and look for ways to encourages others along the way!
Haddon W. Robinson led the morning session of an event entitled, “Preaching Into the Wind: Biblical Preaching in a Skeptical Culture.” It was given on April, 27, 2012 at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA.
- What can you learn from a preacher who has been preaching for 65 years?
- What do you think about the challenges of preaching in todays culture?
- Do you agree with the points that Haddon Robinson is making?
- What would you add about preaching in today’s culture?
Preaching is a word from God applied to a contemporary congregation, communicated by a God-called person in a way that maximizes the message and minimizes the messenger. -Al Fasol
I am excited about launching this site dedicated to encouraging Chaplains in preaching and communication. I often get asked this question by Soldiers, “Who do you go to when you need help?” or “Hey Chaplain, who do you talk to when you need a Chaplain? The question is usually posed by a Soldier after dealing with a difficult situation in the unit. It is generally directed in a caring way and my answer varies depending on the situation.
Chaplains need to care for, encourage, and share resources with each other.
There are a lot of great resources out there for help that support ministry leaders. I would like to share things that have been helpful to me that I think might be helpful to you aswell. However the primary purpose of this site is to encourage and strengthen Chaplain’s preaching.
ChapTalk.com is committed to encouraging and helping Chaplains communicate more effectively. In order to be an effective preacher you must be yourself and you must be clear. Each of us has been created with a unique calling, personality, and giftedness and you must lean into these and speak the truth you have to share. In communication and preaching it is important not to copy another’s style, but to be yourself. Phillip Brooks famously defines preaching as “Truth through personality.” Preaching is an oral and communal act. God uses an individual to speak a word from the Lord through the speaker’s unique situation, experience and context to that of the hearer’s. My challenge is that you would find your voice.
Once you have found your voice, you must then, make your point. Present your message with clarity. Determine your central idea and support it. Then create your message and present it.
My goal is to provide support, encouragement, and tools to foster more effective sermons. Through blogs, links, podcasts, audio and video sermons and other resources. ChapTalk.com’s goal is to provide help for the preaching journey.
My hope and prayer is that this site will be an encouragement to you in your preaching as you, Find your voice and make your point!
Chaplain Brandon Moore