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Grace, it's for Pastors too

One of the most rewarding experiences that come my way at the annual Bishop’s Convocation, our synod’s fall theological conference, is an unpredictable, unscripted series of side conversations with rostered leaders and Parish Ministry Associates. This year, a few of those conversations were very concerning. Our main presenters, the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; and the Rev. Dr. Jim Brandt, professor of Historical Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, opened up our theme of Preaching as Testimony. They guided us into deep waters of understanding how we preachers are tasked with – and blessed wi