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Missional Preaching

How do we connect God’s mission, and therefore the mission of the church, with the culture in which we live?

Tuesday Mornings 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
January 16-March 5, 2024

How do we connect God’s mission, and therefore the mission of the church, with the culture in which we live and speak in ways that help people make sense of their lives and their purpose through the lens of the Gospel? How can our words as preachers help others follow Jesus’ Way of Love more closely?

How can we equip people to share their transformed lives in a way that opens a generous door into faith and Christian community and allows the following process to unfold: “Witness[ing] to the way of Love changes the witness, changes those who witness the witness, and changes the world in which the witness is made.” (Michael B. Curry, Songs My Grandma Sang [Church Publishing: New York, 2015], 117.)

What You’ll Learn


Integrating Scripture

What we can observe and integrate from scripture about preaching the gospel in a secular context that leads to transformation?

Deepening Discipleship

How we can connect with our people in ways that deepen discipleship but make no assumptions about what they know?

Connecting the Head and the Heart

The impact of sharing our authentic selves and our own faith journey, and
the critical significance of connecting head and heart

Learn together

Practice in your context

Reflect in community

Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself.


Bishop of Niagara

Bishop Susan Bell

The Right Reverend Susan J. A. Bell is the current Bishop of Niagara—and she loves to preach!

She loves to study scripture and the ways that it bisects, directs, and shapes the lived reality of believers. She’s a lifelong learner and enjoys the study of culture, and the history of the church. Before serving as the Bishop of Niagara, Bishop Susan was the Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Toronto, and before that, the Chaplain of Havergal College and Associate Priest at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as being Honorary Associate at the Cathedral of St. James in Toronto.

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