Preaching Pastors Retreats

Preaching Pastors Retreats

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Spring session: April 29-May 1, 2019 Keynote Speaker – Rodger Nishioka
Fall session: September 30-October 2, 2019 Keynote Speaker – J. Herbert Nelson

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 Rodger Nishioka as the Keynote Speaker for the Spring Preaching Pastors Retreat.

Bio: Rodger Nishioka serves as the senior associate pastor at the Village Presbyterian Church in suburban Kansas City.  He carries responsibility for adult faith formation and leads the five other associate pastors and three ministry area directors.  After serving as a professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology for 15 years at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, this call has both surprised and challenged him.  What has become absolutely clear is that healthy and faithful congregations are at the heart of Christ’s call to ministry in these days. 

Focus of Retreat:  Singing a Song of Zion in a Strange Land: The Perils of Preaching and Pastoring. 

We have not been taken captive and brought as exiles to a foreign land like the poet in Psalm 137, but surely as the church in the 21st century in the United States, we are wondering how we sing about God in a strange time.  Facing steady decline in resources and membership and power with most Americans not hating us but simply thinking the church is irrelevant, we face perils in preaching and pastoring.  Together, we will look through the lenses of the Psalms to discern how the Holy Spirit is calling, cajoling, challenging and even chastising us.  Through these perilous times, we will seek both new ways and new songs to sing!

We are looking forward to welcoming J. Herbert Nelson as the Keynote Speaker for the Fall Preaching Pastors Retreat.

Bio: The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II serves as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The son, grandson, and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, Nelson is the first African American to lead the denomination, which has a 300-year history in the U.S. As Stated Clerk his duties include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, witnessing on behalf of the church to social justice issues, and making statements as directed by an assembly.

Nelson has served as director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. as well as calls as pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, and organizing pastor of Liberation Community Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Nelson holds a D. Min. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; an M. Div. from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary; and a B. A. in Political Science/Urban Studies from Johnson C. Smith University.

Schedule of Events

3:00pm – 6:00pm Check in - Tallac Lobby
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Opening Session

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

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session 4
10:30am – 11:00am Worship

2019 Registration Fees

Room Style Rate
Single Occupancy $335
Double Occupancy $235
Cabin $215
Commuter $150
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