Help Me with some information
After we schedule a preaching date, I will need your help with some details. Please send me the specifics, please, on things like:
Exact street address that I should use for my GPS.
Order of worship/bulletin, if available.
Dress expectations: suit, clergy robe, or business casual (or, in some cases, casual-casual!).
Anything you think I need to know about the service/do in the service: communion, pastoral prayer, seasonal liturgy, etc.?
Should I plan to read the scripture for my sermon, or is the Word read by a liturgist?
Do you need me to provide any Powerpoint/multimedia slides for the sermon? If so, to whom should I send it?
I've found it works best if there is a local on-site contact for that morning who can let me know any worship particulars. It also helps in case there is a transportation problem (flat tire, etc.) or illness on Sunday morning.
Could there be a liturgist who does announcements & local traditions?
Could I have a quick moment early in the service, such as announcements or the passing of the peace, to introduce myself?
Short Biography for Printing & Event Introductions
The Rev. Dr. Blake Bradford is the Superintendent and Chief Mission Strategist of the Central District of the Arkansas Conference, and co-author of the books, IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry and Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness. A graduate of Hendrix College, he has masters degrees from Vanderbilt University and Iliff School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Blake has pastored churches of different sizes and contexts, and he has served the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality as a congregational coach, consultant, and director of the ordination program. He and his wife Kerri, a staff member at the Historic Arkansas Museum, have two teenage children. Blake also holds a second-degree black belt, which he believes may have been his best training for ministry! Learn more and download resources at www.blakebradford.org.