The Project


The Preaching Project is a teaching and learning space inspired by a Christ-centered vision for twenty-first century preaching. Dedicated to clerical and scholarly collaboration, The Preaching Project seeks to promote preaching excellence and effective leadership for the wellness of African American churches and communities.


The Preaching Project pursues its aim by (1) providing theological and practical guidance for Christian preaching; (2) fostering intergenerational dialogue within a respectful and theologically diverse community of peers; (3) devising useful strategies to address the myriad crisis points affecting the health of African American “villages”; and (4) nurturing the preaching life of ministers serving African American churches and communities, with life-affirming resources.


When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples,”The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”–Matt. 9:36-38

What this experiment is and is not.

  • This is a learning space, a laboratory of sorts, for individuals to test theological ideas and share homiletical insights. 
  • The role and function of the project’s visionary is primarily facilitative, managerial, and investigative.
  • The relevant question guiding this project is: “What is and ought to be going on in African American preaching today?
  • This is not a fraternity.
  • The Preaching Project is a forum of colleagues and collaborators, who embrace Christian humility,  intellectual curiosity, and benevolent practices.

Commitments and Guiding Principles

  • Christian Worship and Scripture
  • Community Ownership and Investment
  • Personal Integrity and Accountability
  • Mutual Collaboration and Authenticity
  • Creative Expression and Imagination
  • Respectful Dialogue and Frankness

Fortress Press–(quotations from The Journey and Promise of American Preaching)

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