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Bishop Sharma D. Lewis invites clergy to attend the Oct. 3, 2017 Goodson Academy for Preaching. Click here to view a video. Click here to register online. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown will lead "Stir up the gift: fan into the flame the gift of God."


To promote excellence in preaching 

The mission of the Goodson Preaching Academy is to encourage effective preaching among the clergy of the Virginia Conference. 

History: Following the tenure of Bishop Kenneth Goodson, funds were received in his honor and as a result Goodson Foundation was established.  Around 2008, Dr. James Logan approached the Rev. Larry Buxton to ask if there was a way to make use of these funds to encourage good preaching. The Rev. Buxton invited Dr. Kendall Soulen to vision with him what could be and using the peer-preaching model of the College of Preachers, they began to develop a plan which resulted in the Goodson Academy for Homiletics.  
The first session was in 1999 and it began a yearly opportunity for clergy to learn and grow in their preaching skills.  In about eight small groups with a leader, these brave and passionate clergy preached to each other, sharing feedback.  An outside resource leader, usually a professor of Homiletics, shared several lectures designed to deepen the understanding of this powerful verbal announcement of the good news of God.  The number of participants was usually about 40 plus the team and Blackstone served as the location primarily because it offered several small group meeting rooms. With the economic downturn the event was discontinued in 2009. 
In 2015, the academy was restored with 29 participants plus the team.  The guest presenter was Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Ph.D., professor of preaching at Emmanuel College, Toronto.  The theme was “Craft and Creativity: Preaching in the Context of a Rapidly Evolving World.”  Dr. Wilson gave five lectures and the sermon at the closing worship service.  This revival was supported generously by the Bishops’ Foundation.

Clergy Team Members: Larry Buxton, Amanda Newman, David Rash, George Riggins, Tim Tate.




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