The Unhelpful Solitude of Preaching – Collegiality

How can we emerge from our seclusion, and practise the art of preaching in community?

We can get creative about how to introduce relationship and reflection into our preaching practice. Establishing preaching groups is one way. These can be formed within a church, or across churches. In preaching groups, members share the responsibility for the development of other preachers in the group. In my previous church I up weekly with other preachers in our church for mutual reflection on preaching practice generally and on our own preaching in particular. Members of our preaching group preach a sermon to the rest of the group for comment. We’ve also found it valuable to listen to and analyze sermons by other well-respected pastors, as well as to read and discuss books on preaching.


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (, and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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