Preaching Pastors’ Retreat

Session 1: May 2-4, 2016 Thank you to all who joined!
Session 2: October 3-5, 2016

Sponsored by the Pastoral Support Committee – Sacramento Presbytery

With the grant that the Sacramento Presbytery was awarded, the cost in only $50 for all PC(USA) Ministers of the Word and Sacrament in the western five Synods. Invite your friends!

Session 2 – Featured Presenter: Lillian Daniel

October 3-5, 2016

Lillian is a frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has preached at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, and the Festival of Homiletics and delivered lectures to clergy at Kings College, London and Queen’s College, Ontario, but as you can imagine, most of her time is devoted to coming up with long book titles. But none of that compares to preaching at 1st Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa on Sunday mornings.

When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church is a provocative case for why religious community matters. This much talked about book, featured on PBS and the New York Times, has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender and often stunningly beautiful.

Her first book, Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony is the story of one church’s attempt to get people to talk to each other about God. An editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at, with over 20,000 subscribers. Her second book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers co-authored with Martin B. Copenhaver – is noteworthy for its humor and honesty, and has been read by clergy and laity alike.

She has taught preaching Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.”


Click here for October flyer!  

Familiar Scripture, Fresh Reading:

 Schedule of Events

Day 1

3:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 1

Day 2

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 2
10:45am – 12:00pm Plenary 3
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 6:00pm Afternoon Freetime
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 4

Day 3

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary 5
10:30am – 11:00am Worship

Safe Travel Home

Registration Fees

Per Pastor $50
for PC(USA) pastors in the western five Synods
All Other Pastors $299
Spouse Rate $166

*To Register please select Online Registration at the top right hand portion of this page. For all dietary, mobility issues and church association, please click on the Forms section/ Online Forms “Open Camper Profile Sheet” on the final page to add this information. You will also find the Roommate addition at the bottom of the page.

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date