Preaching Workshop

October Preaching Workshop | Rev. Tom Long | Monday, October 2, 2017
8:30am – 12:00pm|The Craddock Center | 186 Fred Craddock Drive | Cherry Log, GA 30522
“Preaching the Power of Jesus’s Parables” — Jesus’s favorite method of teaching and preaching was with parables, and the parables are recognized as the “energy center” of not only his message but also his life and faith. The goals of this workshop is to allow preachers to be true to the teachings of Jesus’s parables and to tap into the power of the parables as well.

Semi-annual Preaching Workshops are among core programming of The Craddock Center. The workshops are designed for active preachers who serve in Southern Appalachia. There is no charge for the workshop, though seating is limited and reservations are required. Breakfast and lunch are served.

About the workshop leader:

Thomas G. Long

Thomas G. Long
Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program
Dr. Thomas G. Long’s primary area of research is homiletics (the history, theory, and practice of preaching His introductory textbook, The Witness of Preaching, has been translated into a number of languages and is widely used in theological schools around the world. In 2010, Preaching magazine named The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Long gave the distinguished Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, which were published in his 2009 book Preaching from Memory to Hope.

Long is also deeply interested in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy. He has written commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Pastoral Epistles, and his books on the Christian funeral, Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral (co-authored with noted poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch), have generated interest both in the academy and the media. His book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, which addresses the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God, was selected as the Book of the Year for 2011, an award given by the Academy of Parish Clergy to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.

Long, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), served as the senior homiletics editor of The New Interpreter’s Bible, and he is associate editor of Journal for Preachers and editor-at-large for the Christian Century. Emory University awarded him the Emory Williams Award for teaching excellence in 2011. His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, is professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

About the workshop:                                                                                                                                                                                                           

The Craddock Center invites active pastors and laypersons serving across Appalachia to the October 2nd Preaching Workshop from 8:30-12:00. Dr. Thomas Long will lead the workshop. The workshop will be held at The Craddock Center. Doors open at 8:00 for breakfast. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact us at or call us at 706-632-1772 if you have any questions.

Directions to The Craddock Center at 186 Fred Craddock Drive

From Blue Ridge

  • Travel toward Ellijay on 515/5, approximately 8 miles south.
  • Approximately 1 mile past the Gilmer County line, turn RIGHT onto Fred Craddock Drive just before Joann Sisson Road. The Craddock Center is on the RIGHT.

From Ellijay

  • Travel toward Blue Ridge on 515/5 about 8 miles north.
  • Pass mile marker 21.
  • Make a U-turn at the next opportunity.
  • Turn RIGHT onto Fred Craddock Drive just before Joann Sisson Road. The Craddock Center is on the RIGHT.