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Unity at Christian Leaders Day

On Monday, Providence hosted Christian Leaders Day, a two-day conference that started with a community worship service on Sunday evening and featured renowned author and speaker Dr. Haddon Robinson.

The event’s theme, “Preaching that Crosses the Divide,” seemed to resonate and create unity among the attendees.

“Sunday night’s worship service was great,” said Dr. David Johnson, executive vice present and provost. “The first session on Monday reminded us that in addition to understanding what we are going to preach, we need to understand how people listen to sermons.”

Featured workshops targeted different tracks, reaching out to pastors, youth leaders, and pastors of outreach ministries. Dr. Robinson’s sessions, which included “Speaking as Listeners Like It,” “Tell them the Old Old Story,” and “Imagination: A Neglected Tool for Biblical Preaching,” were not ostentatious, but made a real impact.

“Dr. Robinson is not flashy, but he preached an unforgettable sermon on the surprises that we will see at the final judgment,” said Dr. Johnson. “I also sensed a good spirit among the attendees and there was lots of time for informal discussion and networking. Each participant received a CD of a sermon by Dr. Robinson.”

The two-day conference occurs every two years; the next Christian Leaders Day is planned for 2012.

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