Click here. All events will take place at Tucker Student Center, Gardner-Webb University.  Parking available. 



8:00-8:45 Breakfast and Registration
Breakfast hosted by the Department of Church Relations, Gardner-Webb University


8:50--      Welcome and orientation to the day

                Ka’thy Gore Chappell, CBFNC

                Dr. Danny M. West, Professor of Preaching, School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University


9:00         Preaching session 1         

                Dr. Curtis Freeman, Director, Baptist House of Studies, Duke Divinity School, presiding

                Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, KY


9:45         Preaching session II

                Dr. Andy Wakefield, Dean, Campbell School of Divinity, presiding

                Dr. Kimberly Moore, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC


10:30        Break


10:45       Preaching session III

                Dr. Jill Crainshaw, Acting Dean, Wake Forest School of Divinity, presiding   

                Dr. Wade Bibb, Senior pastor, Central Baptist Church Beardon, Knoxville, TN


11:30       Lunch and Conversation with Lay Panel on Preaching and Listener’s Expectations.

                Dr. Danny M. West presiding.


1:00         Community Worship

                Dr. Gerald Keown, Associate Dean, School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University, presiding.

                Dr. Kevin Cosby


2:00       Breakout session I

              sermon preparation in the pastoral context

              Participants may attend two of the three and rotate at the end of session I.


2:45       Breakout session II.

              Participants rotate to second session of their choice.


3:30       Adjourn

Elevating Preaching Conference
September 18, 2017
Gardner-Webb School of Divinity

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 partnered with Campbell Divinity School (2011), Gardner-Webb School of Divinity (2012), Wake Forest School of Divinity (2013) and Duke Baptist House of Studies (2014), Campbell Divinity School (2016) to co-sponsor the annual event.

On Monday, September 18, 2017, the Elevating Preaching Conference resumes with Gardner-Webb School of Divinity as host and co-sponsor with CBFNC. Our preachers include Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky; Dr. Wade Bibb, Senior Pastor of Central Bearden Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Rev. Kimberly Moore, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, and a graduate of Gardner-Webb School of Divinity.


Cost: $35, which includes sermons, panel Q&A, morning and afternoon breaks/snacks, and luncheon.

Registration deadline: 9/13/2017

Conference participants who need lodging are responsible for reserving/funding their own accommodations. Suggestions for area hotels are:
428 East College Avenue
Boiling Springs, NC
Comfort Inn
2012 East Marion Street
Shelby, NC

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