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Bast Preaching Initiatives


Preaching the Word is a vocation worthy of our lives.  It requires us to dwell in the text and allow the text to dwell in us.

Please visit our website at Bastpreaching.com

Bast Preaching Initiatives seek to raise up preachers through five major elements:

The Bast Preaching Festival


2014 Bast Preaching Festival (Nov 9-10) with Rev. Eugene Peterson

The yearly Bast Preaching Festival engages us in our vocation of preaching, our call as pastors and our lives as disciples.

This year our featured guest was Eugene H. Peterson. He joined us in conversation around the importance of "Eating the Book" we are called to preach. Eugene Peterson is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver. He is the author of over thirty books, including Eat this Book and Tell it Slant.

Discussion groups, TED style talks, and conversations filled our time together. Newly formed Bast Preaching Peer Groups gathered for the first time at the festival as they began their journey as cohorts.

Videos of the festival are available online:

The Bast Preaching Peer Groups

Bast_Web_fellowships.pngIn 2013, Western Theological Seminary was awarded a grant from the Lilly Foundation to further excellence in preaching through the formation of peer groups.  Resources will be available to start groups among college students, seminary students and pastors.  Click below for more information:

Dwell Groups: Peer Groups for Preachers

Discover Groups: Preaching Peer Groups for Seminarians

Discern Groups: College Peer Groups on Call and Preaching

For more information contact Tara Macias at tara@westernsem.edu or Lindsay Small at lindsay.small@westernsem.edu or add your name to an inquiry list.

The Bast Resident Preacher

This component of The Bast Preaching Program selects a pastor who desires to deepen their own reflection and understanding of pastor as preacher and combines that with the goal of enriching the preaching vocation of students here at Western Seminary, to create a semester of growth, learning and enrichment for everyone.  Resident preachers have the opportunity to serve as a mentor to students, present a workshop or lecture for the community, interact with students in a preaching class, and develop a resource for the broader church.

The seminary will provide an office (if needed) and a stipend for the semester of residency.  The total amount of Resident Preacher hours designated to the life of the seminary community will be approximately 100 hours over the 13 week semester.  Actual time on campus is flexible, depending on schedules and student needs.

The Bast Resource Center

Western Theological Seminary's Beardslee Library is working with the Bast Endowment to digitize the multiple resources gathered from past Bast Festivals and other learning opportunities held at the seminary.

The Henry Bast Chair of Preaching

timbrown-jul08.jpgThe Henry Bast Chair of Preaching is a faculty administrated position and is one of the five components of the Bast Preaching Program.  This endowed chair at Western Theological Seminary was established to continually raise up new generations of preachers for the Church of Jesus Christ.  Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown has held the Henry Bast Professor of Preaching Chair at Western Seminary.  As a young man and new convert in the late 1960s, Tim witnessed the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach.  Tim recalls, "I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached."

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