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I Love to Tell the Story Seminar

The renowned Dr. Fred Craddock, ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will bring his insight and experience to “I Love to Tell the Story!” 

Focusing on the power of stories to present and preserve theological understandings, this seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 913 S. Boulder Avenue, in Tulsa. 

“Fred was instrumental in my decision to become a preacher,” said Richard F. Ward, the Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary. “Fred uses imagination and humor to put an angle on the biblical text that makes it fresh and engaging.”

Two other speakers will join Craddock, who is the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The Rev. Pam McGrath, pastor at North Community Church in Marshfield Hills, Mass. and Doug Lipman, an internationally-known storyteller will also keynote the event.

Dr. Craddock has written a number of books, including The Pre-Existence of Christ (1968), As One Without Authority (1971, rev.1974 and 1979), 0verhearing the Gospel (1978), The Gospels (1981), commentaries on John (1982) and Philippians (1984),  Preaching (1985), and a commentary on Luke (1990). Dr. Craddock has also contributed articles to numerous journals. 

Reported in Newsweek as one of America’s top preachers, Craddock was reared in rural Tennessee and speaks the folk idiom with prophetic authenticity. Much sought after as a lecturer, he has delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, the Scott Lectures at Claremont School of Theology, the Adams Lectures at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, the Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt, the Westervelt Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Mullins Lectures at Southern Seminary, and Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion. 

Pam McGrath's love for story and metaphors as "windows into the character of God" is what drew her to ministry. For years she made her living telling stories, coaching speakers and teaching business leaders about the "why's" and "how's" of story as a way to influence and inspire. She is currently the minister of North Community Church, Marshfield, MA. Previously, she served churches in Tulsa, OK and Edmond, OK. She received her M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2006. 

Doug Lipman has coached and performed as a storyteller on three continents. He is the author of award-winning books about storytelling, including The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best, and Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or PlayDoug has offered incisive, supportive training to hundreds of organizations and individuals, from oil company executives to ministers to professional performers in many fields. His free email newsletter on storytelling (www.storydynamics.com) is read in over 65 countries around the globe.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults; youth and children are $15 and lunch is provided. A separate program is available for Grades K-5 and 6-12. Free childcare is available for infants through pre-Kindergarten. 

Sponsored by the Institute for Theological Studies (ITS) and the Northeast Area Christian Church in Oklahoma, the NEACCO Area Assembly Business Session and Closing Worship is scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ITS is a joint project of NEACCO and Phillips Theological Seminary.

To register call NEACCO at 918-743-6202. Scholarships are available.  

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