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Preaching Possibilities in a Postmodern World

Relational Preaching & Communicating

For a New Generation of Listeners

Friday, October 19, 2012
Laguna Beach Top of the World Retreat
Early Registration of $50 (by 10/5) includes Lunch & Materials

To register, email maryscifresministries@gmail.com

Or use PayPal at maryscifres.com

To guarantee your spot and the early registration rate!

Late registration of $60 begins two weeks before as space permits


Led by Rev. Mary J. Scifres
Worship Author, Consultant, & Coach
~Connecting Church and Culture~

Preaching in the postmodern world has evolved into an intriguing art form that invites creativity and conversation in new and exciting ways.  Whether you preach in a large, traditional setting or a small, informal congregation, the opportunity exists to engage in relational preaching, creating a culture of conversation. 

As we learn new ways of communicating for a new generation of listeners, preachers in the 21st century are challenged to integrate old and new preaching styles and homiletic approaches to reach and engage the diverse worshippers in our congregations.  No one preaching style is “the right way,” but each of us brings specific gifts to this challenge.  In this workshop, we will enrich and strengthen our preaching skills by exploring various ways of preaching and communicating to reach both postmoderns and moderns in our congregations and in our world.

Bring samples of your preaching or email them beforehand – video preferably, although written manuscripts are also welcome.  Mary will review materials and personalize this workshop for the participants of the day! 

Friday, October 19, 9:30-2:30
$50 Early Registration includes lunch & materials
($60 Late Registration after October 5)
(.5 CEU credit available with certificate for additional $10)

Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and Abingdon Press Author, has been a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, visioning, leadership, and church growth for more than two decades.  Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.

Mary is author of “Searching for Seekers:  Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched,” “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” “Prepare!” “The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner,” and a contributing author to “The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual.  She is also serves as a preaching expert for Marcia McFee’s “Worship Design Studio.”



Top of the World Retreat is our new home in Laguna Beach.  Located on both Shady Lane and Top of the World Drive, this multi-level home includes view- and garden-retreat-decks for your enjoyment.  Workshops take place in the spacious living area, and lunch is served in the adjacent dining room, with seating both outside and in. 

Our Top of the World Retreat Home offers comfortable space and time to learn, reflect, and retreat.  Situated above the Laguna Wilderness Canyon, this sacred space provides lovely vistas and a quiet place for conversation, contemplation, and education. 

Lunch includes grilled chicken, salad bar, and dessert.  Light snacks, coffee, tea, and filtered water will be available throughout the day as well.

Come early or stay late to walk the nearby park or canyon paths or stroll through the Old Top of the World neighborhood.  Just down the hill, enjoy the quaint ambiance and lovely beaches of Laguna, complete with two public paved trails, dozens of beach accesses, five city parks, and one county park.  Art galleries, shops, restaurants, and hotels abound in Laguna Beach.  

Located in the heart of southern California, Laguna can be the starting point for a fun family vacation or a relaxing retreat.  Fly into nearby Orange County Airport (SNA) and arrive in Laguna in less than half an hour.  Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are only 30 minutes away, Legoland only 45 minutes away, and the sights of either San Diego or L.A./Hollywood are within 70 miles.  Click here for Laguna Beach lodging and recreation information.  

As always, private or group coaching sessions are available on Thursday evening before the event or Friday evening & Saturday morning after the event.  Contact Mary for more details.

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