Deep Calls to Deep

Program Information

A Program for Preaching Renewal

Deep Calls to Deep is a year-long program for mid-career clergy. Preachers nourish their passion for preaching through voice and embodiment work and through deepening their connection to the Holy Spirit.

List of 4 items.

  • Who can apply?

    Preachers in any denomination...
    • Who desire to renew their preaching
    • Who wish to practice and reflect on their preaching in a community of trust and accountability
    • Who have completed their seminary education at least 2 years prior to applying
    • Who are active in ministry and preach regularly
    • Who are committed to completing the year-long program
    • Who apply as part of a group of 6 clergy who live within an hour of each other
  • How does it work?

    Four peer groups of six working preachers, including a trained peer group facilitator, meet together monthly over the course of a year to preach for each other and to respond to each other’s preaching.
    These groups gather initially at a residency on the Virginia Theological Seminary campus. The 2018 residency, "Preaching in the Jesus Movement," will take place from June 10-15 and includes:
    • Sabbath time and worship
    • One-on-one preaching inventory with a preaching guide
    • Formation of peer groups
    • Lectures and workshops linking spirituality and embodied preaching
    After the initial residency, participants continue their work through:
    • Monthly peer group meetings to preach for each other and give feedback
    • Two sessions with preaching guide to work on specific sermons
    • Mid-point half-day retreat 
    After a year, we gather for a final residency in June 2020.
  • How do I apply?

    • Talk to clergy in your area to find six people willing to apply as a group
    • If you do not have a trained facilitator in your group, please select a group member willing to be trained at the beginning of the 2019 residency
    • Have each member of your group fill out an application via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/67WMYVM or contact the Rev. Anne Turner at aturner@vts.edu for an application between October 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019. There is no application fee. We will accept groups on a rolling admissions basis
    • If you'd like to apply without a group, please fill out an application, and we will put you on a wait list in case a group forms in your region
    • We have slots for 4 peer groups of six preachers including peer group facilitators
    • We will select groups based on commitment to the program, diversity, preaching passion, and location
    • After being accepted, preaching Fellows will fill out registration forms for the Residency and submit three sermons (12 pt. font, double-spaced) labeled “a hit,” “a miss,” and “a risk” to discuss one-on-one with their preaching guides at the residency
  • How much does it cost?

    The Majority of this program is generously funded by a Lilly Endowment grant and supported by Virginia Theological Seminary. A preaching fellowship includes:
    • Programming for two five-day residencies and a mid-point retreat
    • 5 nights of housing for each residency
    • Meals during the residency, retreat, and monthly peer group meetings
    • 4 sessions with a preaching guide over the course of the year
    • At least 14 sessions with a peer group (including meetings during the residencies)
    • Each Preaching Fellow contributes:
      • A registration fee of $300 once accepted into the program
      • Travel expenses
    Note: We have a scholarship fund for travel. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please indicate that on your application. We encourage fellows to use continuing education funds for travel expenses.

Important Dates

List of 4 events.

  • 2019 Residency

    Location: Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Deep Calls to Deep Lecture: "Preaching in Full Presence" with the Rt. Rev. Marian Budde, Bishop of the Diocese of Washington

    Deep Calls to Deep Lecture: "Preaching in Full Presence" with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Diocese of Washington
    Monday, June 10, 2019
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Free admission; registration required

    Bishop Mariann Budde will explore the role of the preacher’s identity in this lecture that focuses on practical applications for working preachers. This lecture is a part of the 2019 Deep Calls to Deep Residency, “’Receive the Holy Spirit’: Preaching and Spirituality,” which brings together clergy and lay preachers from around the country.

    Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is the spiritual leader of 38,000 Episcopalians in 88 congregations and 20 Episcopal schools in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties--Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and St. Mary’s. The first woman elected to this position, she also serves as the chair and president of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and three Cathedral schools.

    A passionate believer in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Budde is committed to the revitalization and growth of the congregations and core ministries of the diocese. Her priority is to develop and strengthen collaborative models of ministry to meet the needs of a changing world.
    Bishop Budde was consecrated as the ninth bishop of Washington in November 2011. Prior to her election, she served for 18 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.
    Addison 101
  • Deep Calls to Deep Lecture: "The Gospel of Formation" by Dr. Lisa Kimball, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary

    Deep Calls to Deep Lecture: "The Gospel of Formation" by Dr. Lisa Kimball, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Free admission; registration required

    Lisa received her Ph.D. in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her dissertation, “Being Godparent: A Dialogical Hermeneutic Study of Godparenthood” wove together her interests in human development, experiential learning, faith formation, church history, and popular culture. She earned a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota in 2001, and an A.B. in Human Biology with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Communications from Stanford University in 1980.
    Prior to her appointment at Virginia Seminary, Lisa was a member of the faculty in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota with dual appointments in the School of Social Work (Youth Studies) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction where she coordinated the Master’s Program in Youth Development Leadership. Lisa also held a position as Research Scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN where she focused on adolescent spiritual development and program evaluation. While working full-time in the academy Lisa maintained a regular schedule of national consulting, conference presentations, and teaching in youth ministry, evangelism, congregational and leadership development including serving as adjunct faculty at Luther Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Before assuming an academic career, Lisa spent twenty years serving on the staff of five congregations and two dioceses in California and Minnesota.

    Lisa’s published writing includes book chapters, journal articles, book reviews and regular articles for professional publications such as Vestry Papers and Giving.
    Addison 101
  • Deep Calls to Deep Lecture: "The Contemplative Preacher: Heart Speaks to Heart" by Brother David Vryhof, Society of Saint John the Evangelist

    Deep Calls to Deep: "The Contemplative Preacher: Heart Speaks to Heart" by Brother David Vryhof, Society of Saint John the Evangelist
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Free admission; registration required

    Brother David Vryhof will bring monastic wisdom about the role of prayer and spirituality in the task of preacher. This lecture is a part of the 2019 Deep Calls to Deep Residency, “’Receive the Holy Spirit’: Preaching and Spirituality,” which brings together clergy and lay preachers from around the country.

    Br. David Vryhof, SSJE is a priest and brother of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious community for men in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. He currently serves the community as its “Communications Brother,” and is responsible for its websites, electronic mailings and printed materials. SSJE and VTS’ Lifelong Learning Center are collaborating on a five-week Lenten series for 2020 called “Signs of Life,” which will explore connections between liturgy and life. (David is also a big-time Boston sports fan.)
    Addison 101
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What Leaders are Saying About Deep Calls to Deep

"I like the title and hope to sink down into the depths of myself and respond to the depths of others. I hope we will all go down deeper into God, into our hearts, into both silence and language."—The Rev. Gail Epes, Peer Group Facilitator

"I love preaching, and I have noticed over the years that it is a spiritual experience for me as well as an intellectual one. I'm interested in the program because spirituality is mentioned as a significant focus of the experience. I'm also interested in working with a group of preachers who desire to deepen their preaching life."—The Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith, Preaching Guide

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