Preach Magazine Issue 1 - Creativity and innovation in preaching - Page 4

4 WELCOME From your editor… Hello and welcome to the first ever edition of Preach magazine! W e have been dreaming and planning and working for months and are so excited that we can finally reveal the fruit of our labours. Whether you preach every week, or once in a blue moon, we are hopeful you will find plenty to interest, inform and inspire you within these pages. Preach magazine was born from a desire to better fulfil the mission and objectives of the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust ( These are to support preachers and leaders of worship through grants, information and in particular, resources. In the past, we’ve produced Ichthus magazine, which contained some resources, but also a lot of charity news that wasn’t necessarily of wide appeal or relevance to preachers. Ichthus continues to exist as a charity newsletter, but all our preaching content from now on will be in this magazine and online at Every issue of Preach will have a main theme. Our first issue explores the topic of creativity and innovation. How can we stay fresh and interesting in our sermons? How creative do you have to get to communicate to your particular context? What does the recorded teaching of Jesus, arguably WRITE TO US LWPT8173 - Preach Magazine - Issue 1 v3.indd 4 EVERY ISSUE OF PREACH WILL HAVE A MAIN THEME. OUR FIRST ISSUE EXPLORES THE TOPIC OF CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. the best orator in history, tell us about creativity in preaching? And just to whet your appetite, the theme of issue 2 is ‘Preaching for the Planet’. We already have some great contributors lined up. I hope you enjoy the magazine. When you are done with it, don’t forget to recycle – or better yet, pass it on to someone else who might find it useful. COUNCIL OF REFERENCE David Bracewell – Zoe Ministry (, author, and previously Rector of Saint Saviour’s, Guildford Charlie Cleverly – Rector of Saint Aldates, Oxford, author, and on the New Wine leadership team Andy Frost – Director of Share Jesus International Malcolm Duncan – Chair of the Spring Harvest Planning Group, Senior Minister of Gold Hill Baptist Church, Founder and Director of Church and Community, writer and broadcaster. Ruth Gee – President of Methodist Connexion 2013/14, Methodist minister Richard Littledale – Baptist minister, author and broadcaster Mark Meynell – Associate Director, Langham Partnership International, author and cultural commentator Ruth Valerio – Academic, activist, author. Churches and Theology Director, A Rocha UK Preach resources, available in print and online, are provided by LWPT. Editor Jo Swinney Design Adept Jo Swinney Editor We’d love to hear from you whether it is thoughts on the features, ideas for future issues, experiences and inspiration about preaching, or constructive criticism (please be kind – we are humans with feelings!). You can write to us (see right), email, or tweet us, @preachmagazine. Advertising Contact Editorial office The Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust PO Box 2352, Watford, Herts. WD18 1PY T 01923 231811 F 01923 296899 E W The Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust is an ecumenical Trust (Charity No. 1107967) Copyright the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust 2014. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for the reproduction of text from this publication for the Leaders of Worship