Center for Excellence in Preaching Marks 10 Years

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Now entering its 10th year, the Calvin Center for Excellence in Preaching offers pastors continuing education opportunities and a wealth of preaching resources online.

Scott Hoezee, a veteran preacher and teacher of preaching, has directed the center almost since its inception.

Hoezee says his greatest joy has been making direct contact with pastors and future pastors, “talking about real-life challenges for preaching and then find[ing] ways to address those [issues].”

An average of 400 to 600 pastors use the center’s website each day. In 2013, the site tallied more than 210,000 total visits for the year.

Hoezee says he is gratified that the center’s resources “are being used in hundreds, if not thousands, of congregations every week. That is a deeply satisfying thing—a source of great gratitude to God.”

From 2009 to 2011, the center used a $200,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to build a website featuring science-for-ministry-related resources, host continuing education events, and publish a book of essays entitled Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church.

More recently, the center received a three-year $500,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to focus on peer learning groups for pastors and homiletical education for M.Div. students.

Especially significant has been the center’s flagship summer seminar “Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching,” which has attracted more than 200 pastors over the last decade.

About the Author

Kristy Manion is a CTS student and project coordinator for the vice president of student life at Calvin College.

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Congratulations to the Center for Excellence in Preaching with regards to her 10th anniversary and to Scott for his long tenure there. There are wonderful sermon starters, ideas for sermons on our creeds and confessions. It is a great resource in those areas.

On a separate note, it is sad for me to read about the Templeton Foundation Grant. The Templeton Foundaion supports evolution. The Centre has also in the past received support from and currently has much information from  Biologos. Again, that is a think-tank committed to the pre-suppositions of evolution.

I think it would be so cool if our Centre for Excellence in Preaching were to give much more attention and focus to science and young-earth creation preaching. Many of our preachers and members of our congregations staunchly hold to young-earth creation. Our denomination officially teaches (or at minimum still does allow for) an historic Adam and Eve and it'd be great if this were more prominently reflected in the Center for Excellence in Preaching. Simply noting things like this: there are billions and billions of fossils because there was a global flood +/-2300B.C, and the fossils at various depths represent the order of their being covered by silt and mud during this flood. In fact, if there had not been a global flood, we would not have such a complete fossil record. There is much scholarly material available on young-earth creation and I surely wish it was more readily available at an education web-site such as the Centre for Excellence in Preaching. Shalom. Richard