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From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon

The Harbor district Lay Servant Ministries team presents From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon with Mike MacDonald…

August 24 @ 8:00 am 4:30 pm

8400 E Oak Island Dr
Oak Island, North Carolina 28465
$15 – $25 join by Zoom or in person

All participants are expected to read the participant book, From Your Heart to Theirs by Tony Franks and David Carroll, before taking this course.

About the Course: This course will expand upon basic public speaking and the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon. Included are various types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.

Learners will:

  • Prepare for different kinds of sermons (exegetical, topical, personal testimony, and children’s sermon);
  • Hone their preaching skills through practice in front of a group;
  • Provide feedback for other class members;
  • Receive feedback and evaluation of one’s own sermon delivery.

For questions about the course, please contact Harbor district director Sandy Core score@nccumc.org.

We regret that we are unable to issue refunds or credits of registration fees.

About the Facilitator:

Mike Macdonald is a United Methodist pastor (retired) with over forty years of service in Arkansas, England, and western North Carolina. He served as a youth director, a student pastor, and a lay pastor before being ordained as a deacon in 1983 and an elder in 1985. As an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference, he served the Polkton Charge, Main Street (Albemarle), Mt. Pleasant, Broad Street (Mooresville), Andrews, and Black Mountain. He served as an interim pastor of Bolton and Hallsboro United Methodist churches from January—June 2023.

Mike has been published in the Upper Room multiple times, and he has had articles published in numerous newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and Charlotte Observer. He has also done several commentaries for NPR stations in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. He won the sermon contest in the Circuit Rider (magazine sent to all UMC pastors) two out of the three years it was held. He has also had crosswords published by the Los Angeles Times and Universal syndicates.

Mike has been married to Delaine Peckham Macdonald since November 5, 1983. They have twins, Caleb and Rebekah (married to Jaalan Corpening), born in 1990. Mike and Delaine have been active in Marriage Encounter Methodist for over thirty years and are currently serving as National Executive Clergy Couple. They retired to Oak Island in 2020 and are active in the Ocean View UMC.