Preaching Pastors Retreats

Preaching Pastors Retreats

May 1-3, October 2-4

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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 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Gordon as the Keynote Speaker for the October Preaching Pastors Retreat.

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Gordon is the Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Mississippi Valley State University. Before relocating to MVSU she taught at Fuller Theological Seminary as the Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Preaching and Communication Department. Dr. Gordon has also served as the Director of Ministries in Higher Education for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, a communications professor at Bowie State University and the Associate Pastor of Craig Memorial Community Church in Chapel Oaks, Maryland. She has also taught communications in the Junior Statesman Summer Program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD from Howard University. Dr. Gordon is a regular lecturer at church-related conventions and conferences, and has served on the executive boards of the Center for Urban Church Renewal, United Inner Cities Services, and Baptist Women in Ministry. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Outstanding Black Alumni (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004), Outstanding Baptist Chaplain Recognition (1997, 1998), Most Supportive Faculty (Black Image Award, 1992), Woman of Color of the Year (1990), and Outstanding Young Woman of America (1983-1988). Her current research interests include communication theology: what God intended for the spoken word, preaching to senior adults, preaching to those with disabilities, and vocal development and the maintenance of the preaching voice.

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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 $295
Double Occupancy $220
Cabin $200
Commuter $140
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