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The website’s AIMS are:
The website’s FOCUS is
The website DESCRIBES ways and means of starting from where experienced lay and ordained preachers find themselves and developing self-help, in-service training sessions and programmes.
It ENABLES preachers to improve their preaching practice and nurture their spiritual growth, by, for example,
So, the website is about how preachers feel they could preach more effectively and with greater satisfaction if only they could understand, or do this or that and not an introduction to preaching. It is about getting preachers themselves active in designing and carrying out training programmes tailor-made to them and their needs and local context. It explores in detail how to facilitate these processes.
You may well have been engaged in such processes possibly without articulating your practice theory. In this website we describe the praxis (i.e the theory of practising) of preaching and illustrate it through the experience described in Leeds NE CLPD.
These approaches to preacher development are an application of approaches and methods associated with the non-directive approach to church and community development. They are designed to get individuals and groups actively engaged in their own development. This, the first application to preacher development programmes of this approach, has proved to be effective.
We would be glad to hear from other circuits who have interesting ideas to share about CLPD. Any articles, news reports or comments will be considered by our editorial group. Suitable materials will be added as additional pages to the website, or links will be made to other websites where such materials can be found.
Sustaining Preachers & Preaching
On Wednesday 26th January 2011 a new book on preaching was launched at Lidgett Park Methodist Church in Leeds. The authors were two supernumerary ministers, the Revd Dr George Lovell and Past President of Conference the Revd Dr Neil Richardson. The book grew out of a decade-long process of dialogue and reflection among the local preachers and ministers in the Leeds North East Circuit, which generated a dynamic new approach to continuing preacher development.
Sustaining Preachers and Preaching: a practical guide is published by T & T Clark (ISBN 0567507858), at £19.99.