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Building Preachers for the Reign of God


A Practical Program

The ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program combines class work in Chicago over three consecutive summers and projects conducted in the context of one’s local ministry. This work involves a rotation of three videotaped sermons, written reflection papers, and collaboration with members of one’s ministry context. Participants normally complete the program in three years.

This program is practical. Your education extends beyond the classroom into your ministry context, focusing concretely o­n your unique learning goals and the needs of the people you serve. You will collaborate with members of your ministry to develop competence in the area of ministry that congregations have rated as o­ne of the most important pastoral responsibilities, preaching.

Explore your call to proclaim God’s Word.
Through this program you will improve your understanding of and skills in preaching, discover your own pulpit hermeneutic, claim and nurture your preaching voice and reconsider preaching within a variety of contexts, mentored by preachers and master teachers of international reputation.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Alicia Howell at ahowell@mccormick.edu.

Each three week summer residency begins at the end of June through the beginning of July. 

“Come and join us in an exciting adventure in preaching the gospel. We welcome you!”
– Dean Gennifer Brooks


These courses examine fundamental dimensions of preaching and provide a framework for participants to explore their own preaching. Over three years, the core courses follow this sequence:
• First-year Participants: Preaching as Interpretation
• Second-year Participants: Preaching as Performance
• Third-year Participants: Preaching as Social Transformation


This course offers an opportunity for participants to raise to consciousness and acquire perspective upon their own interpretive strategies for preaching, both in terms of the biblical text and the community, and to sharpen their practice of interpretation in dialogue with recent critical thought and o­ne another.


Participants join their own experience with the depths of scripture in developing sermons that communicate in depth. Preachers focus o­n their capacity to embody the text as lived experience.


This course explores the social dimensions of preaching, including the congregation’s social context, the social world of the biblical text, and elements of preaching that enable a congregation to engage in issues of social justice.


We are continuing to offer alumni/ae of the program an opportunity during the summers to rekindle the enrichment, learning, and growth experienced in the ACTS D.Min in Preaching program. Alumni/ae are invited to consider returning to Hyde Park in Chicago to engage in one of the elective courses.

A variety of elective courses are offered that cover a wide range of preaching ministry topics.

Courses with available space are offered as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for alumni/ae interested in joining the program participants in an elective course!

Expectations for a CEU include full participation in the week of class including the readings. The follow-up sermon, taping, and paper would not be required to receive a CEU for a course.

The cost for taking a course is $300 plus transportation, housing, and meals. Housing information will be available from the Program Office in the same way as when you were in the program.

Please consider this unique opportunity. For more information contact the program office.