The Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will co-host the 2019 Elevating Preaching conference. The annual event offers pastors and seminary students an opportunity to learn from their colleagues by listening to a variety of sermons and engaging in dialogue about preaching.
This year’s conference theme is “Leading from the Pulpit.” The program will feature sermons from the Rev. Dr. Naomi Tyler-Lloyd, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Bronx, N.Y., and the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, former pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City. Duke Divinity Dean L. Gregory Jones and Professor Kate Bowler will deliver lectures on the theme during the meeting.
The theme is based on the image of the pulpit at Whaleman’s Chapel in Moby Dick that “was in the likeness of a ship’s bluff bows, and the Holy Bible rested on a projecting piece of scroll work, fashioned after a ship’s fiddle-headed beak.” When the preacher ascended into the lofty pulpit, rather than climbing a set of stairs, he rose in sailor-like fashion by means of a rope ladder. This powerful image of the Word was proclaimed from the pulpit as the leading edge of the church.
The conference is being hosted by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (CBFNC) and a CBFNC partner school, which this year is Duke Divinity School.