Preaching Pastors Retreats

Preaching Pastors Retreats

Registration will open January 2018

Spring session: April 30-May 2, 2018
Fall session: October 1-3, 2018 Key Note Speaker TBA

The Zephyr Point Preaching Pastors Conference is designed for pastors who want to improve upon their preaching style and technique. The program is specialized to the conference’s guest speaker and can cover fields including contextual preaching, theology of preaching, homiletic theory, and biblical study and interpretation. Although the conference is rooted in Presbyterian (USA) theology and pedagogy, the program is open to qualified Pastors from any Christian faith tradition.

We are looking forward to welcoming Tripp Hudgins as the Keynote Speaker for the April/May Preaching Pastors Retreat.

Tripp is a husband and father, who lives in Berkeley, CA. He presently serves as the Bogard Teaching Fellow at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific as an instructor in Homiletics and Liturgy.  His dissertation work is on Liturgy and Ethnomusicology, specifically how the public performance of a concert becomes the work of, for, and by the people we call Liturgy. As a preaching pastor and musician, he had served in the local parish, in ecumenical settings, as well as events such as The Wild Goose Festival. When not busy doing one of these things, he can be found in the family kitchen making biscuits for his young son.  His wife is tired of eating biscuits.

What is the Word of God to the people of God in such a times as ours? Driven by algorithms and the endless news cycle, it seems as if our society is fragmenting in every possible way.  How might the contemporary church model solidarity as an alternative to fracture? This preaching conference will focus on how one preaches during times of social conflict, specifically our present American conflict.  Topics such as white supremacy, privilege, Post-Christendom, and the presence of people who hold vastly differing world views – yes, even from the preacher – in the same congregation will be addressed. A work to the wise: No one person has the answers to these questions. Come prepared to work with one another and, likely, have uncomfortable conversations.

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Schedule of Events

Day 1

Time Activity
3:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 1

Day 2

Time Activity
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 2
10:45am – 12:00pm Plenary 3
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 6:00pm Afternoon Freetime
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 4

Day 3

Time Activity
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary 5
10:30am – 11:00am Worship

Registration Fees

Room Style Rate
Single Occupancy $329
Double Occupancy $229
Cabin $210
Commuter $145
Non-Participant Spouse $180
Sacramento and San Francisco Presbytery Pastors $50

To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process.

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration $50
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date