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These videos are intended to provide TRAINING to anyone pursuing or already engaged in the opportunity to preach on God’s behalf. These videos will be updated often check back to sharpen your preaching. Click small icon on bottom right of video to make screen large

Preaching Transformation
Dr Dwight Riddick, Sr.

The Value of The Soul
Billy Graham

More than Give, Give, Give
Dr Teresa Fry Brown

Preaching 101- Pt1
Bishop Noel Jones

What To Avoid
Dr Fred Craddock

The Precision of Preaching
Dr Dewey Smith

Mastering Yourself
Dr Claudette Copeland

Interview On Preaching
Dr Jeremiah Wright

Glocal Preaching
Dr Eunjoo M. Kim

If I Could Do It Again
Bishop Kenneth Ulmer

Work With The Book
Dr Brad Braxton

Mistakes In Preaching
Bryan Chapel

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Featured Theologian / Preacher

Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor

Proctor Early Years

Educator and theologian Samuel DeWitt Proctor was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 13, 1921. Both of his grandparents had received a university education, which was considered unusual for the time. Proctor as a child attended the Congregational Church in Norfolk founded by his great-grandfather, Zechariah Hughes.  Samuel Proctor graduated from high school in 1937 and enrolled at Virginia State College, after winning a scholarship there.  He dropped out of college and then enrolled in the U.S. Naval Apprentice School to become a shipfitter only to abandon that career choice a year later.

Proctor became interested in religion after enrolling at Virginia Union University in 1940 and was baptized. He married his classmate Bessie Tate and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1942.  He then spent a year studying at the University of Pennsylvania.  Afterwards he enrolled Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pennsylvania, to pursue a career in the Christian ministry.  Proctor was the only black student in the institution at the time.  He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer in 1945. Proctor then accepted a position as pastor at the Pond Street Church in Providence, Rhode Island. He moved to Boston a year later, enrolling at the Boston University School of Theology and received a doctorate degree there in 1950.  While giving a lecture at Crozer Theological Seminary, Proctor met and befriended Martin Luther King, Jr., who was studying at Crozer in the early 1950s. Proctor was hired to teach theology at Virginia Union University in 1951.  He quickly rose to

While giving a lecture at Crozer Theological Seminary, Proctor met and befriended Martin Luther King, Jr., who was studying at Crozer in the early 1950s. Proctor was hired to teach theology at Virginia Union University in 1951.  He quickly rose to dean, vice-president, and finally president in 1955 at the unusually young age of 34. King invited Proctor to Montgomery, Alabama to speak during the bus boycott where he gave sermons on religion and social change. These sermons gave Proctor a national reputation as a minister who advocated social justice and an end to racial segregation.

Proctor Later Years

In 1960, Proctor became President of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro within weeks of the first sit-ins at the Woolworth Department Store.   Proctor did not publically support the Greensboro sit-ins but raised money for arrested students and helped to find them lawyers. He took a leave of absence from the Agricultural College in 1963 to serve as associate director of the Peace Corps operation in Africa. After

Proctor returned to the United States, he spent a year as president of the National Council of Churches.  In 1968, he accompanied Hubert Humphrey and Thurgood Marshall to Africa and spoke out against the political corruption apparent in that continent.   Following a lecture given at Rutgers University in 1969, one year after the assassination of Dr. King, Proctor became the first Martin Luther King Distinguished Professor of Education.  Proctor held this position until his retirement in 1984. Proctor then served briefly as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Samuel DeWitt Proctor died of a heart attack on May 22, 1997 in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University was named in his memory.

Sources For This History

Samuel DeWitt Proctor, The Young Negro in America, 1960-1980 (New York: Association Press, 1966); Martha Simmons, Frank A. Thomas, and Gardner C. Taylor, Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2010).

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People & Their Ideas that Preachers Should Know

John Wesley

Christian Perfection/ Methodist

Henry Mitchell

Celebration Preaching

Katie Cannon

Womanist Theology

Reinhold Neihbur

Evil In Man / Serenity Prayer

James H Cone

Liberation Theology

Martin Luther

Salvation & Grace

Howard Thurman

Mentored MLK Jr

Augustine of Hippo

Sin & Grace

Sermon Structure

Methods, Structures & Frameworks For Sermons

A PREACHING STRUCTURE IS SIMILAR TO THE FRAME OF A HOUSE. PEOPLE MAY NOT SEE IT, BUT THEY CANNOT EXPERIENCE THE MESSAGE EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT IT.


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CELEBRATION PREACHING METHOD

Celebration preaching consists of 4movements throughout the text. Derived from Henry Mitchell, Dr Frank Thomas believes that this structure and preaching method is native to the African American style of preaching but is useful by all to find their native voice.

 


Here are the Four Movements of Celebration Preaching. Pray before you begin, then accept the text the Lord provides and fashion your sermon within this structure.

SITUATION
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Describe the situation in our world or in your text.

COMPLICATION
– Describe the tension in our lives or the text.

RESOLUTION
– What does the TEXT provide as a Good News answer to the complication?

CELEBRATION
– Empower the listener and motivate them to be renewed.

Additional Preaching Structures

4 Pages of Sermon

Homiletical Plot

Sticky Sermons

Dialectic Method

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Title Quotes On Preaching / For Preachers

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. – Augustine of Hippo

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. – Augustine of Hippo

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. – Augustine of Hippo

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebhur

“I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.” ― Richard Baxter

In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage. The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke.- Soren kierkegaard

Follow the grain in your own wood. – Howard Thurman

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

“To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach quite another.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago. – John Wesley

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn. – John Wesley

The fatal pedagogical error is to throw answers like stones at the heads of those who have not yet asked the questions. – Paul Tillich

A speaker should approach his preparation not by what he wants to say, but by what he wants to learn. ― Todd Stocker

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