Elevating Preaching Conference
September 17, 2018
Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC
Sessions will take place in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest campus.

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Elevating Preaching is a conference that began years ago with a challenge from Buddy Shurden to “elevate preaching.” CBFNC accepted the challenge and responded with two preaching conferences connected to the annual CBFNC Gathering. Continuing to seek opportunities to model good preaching and nurture leadership, CBFNC has partnered with Campbell Divinity School, Gardner-Webb School of Divinity, Wake Forest School of Divinity, and Duke Baptist House of Studies to co-sponsor the annual event.

On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Elevating Preaching Conference resumes with Wake Forest University School of Divinity as host and co-sponsor with CBFNC. Our preachers include Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of the Divinity School and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School; Dr. Jill Y. Crainshaw, Interim Dean and Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity,; Dr. Melva L. Sampson, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; and Rev. Alan Sherouse, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina.


Conference Format

Each session will include a sermon preached in the context of a worship service. Following the service, conferees will have an opportunity to dialogue with the preacher about the preparation and delivery of the sermon in light of the theme, Preaching and Worship From the Margins, and the particular service in which the sermon was preached.



Cost is $35 per person and includes  conference fee, lunch and parking.

Registration deadline: 9/10/2018

Lot A and Davis Field



9:00 am

Registration (Narthex of Wait Chapel)


9:30 am 

Session 1

Preacher – Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes


10:45 am 



11:00 am      

Session 2

Preacher – Rev. Alan Sherouse


12 noon         



1:15 pm

Session 3

Preachers – Rev. Dr. Jill Y. Crainshaw and Rev. Dr. Melva L. Sampson

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