Vocational Exploration Programs

In a society where ethics and values appear to be constantly in flux, the School of Divinity community is educating public religious leaders who are prepared to take their place alongside other public leaders who have different professional formation and to bring religious perspectives and practices to the most pressing questions of our day.

You are invited to participate in one of our ministry and vocational exploration programs to aid in your own discernment and to engage being an agent of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in churches and communities.

Upcoming Opportunities

Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Queer Power of God

Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13, 2018
(in conjunction with Winston-Salem Pride)



Rayce Lamb
Director of Ministry and Vocational Exploration

Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers

Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wingate Hall, Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Find out more and register.

Use promo code WAKE25 for discounted registration.

In partnership with The Academy of Preachers, Wake Forest University School of Divinity will host the Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers on Saturday, September 29 on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

This celebration of preaching will be a time of encouragement and inspiration. In addition to the preaching sessions, Dr. Melva Sampson, assistant professor of preaching and practical theology at the School of Divinity, will be offering a Preaching Consultation on Friday, September 28 in the afternoon. Those who register for the festival will be sent more information about the Preaching Consultation.

You’re invited to preach!
Those up to age 35 from every Christian tradition are invited to preach a 15-minute sermon at the festival just as they would in their own environment: dress, text, voice, style, and substance.

What if am over 35 or do not want to preach?
Still register as an observer (general registration) to attend and support your colleagues in ministry!

Is there a theme?
Yes! “The Gospel and the World.” You can review a list of suggested texts here.

What does the festival cost?
$25 (lunch included), but you can register for free using the coupon code “WAKE25”!

I need overnight accommodations. Where can I stay?
A list of local hotels is available here. In addition, Wake Forest University School of Divinity has reserved a limited number of double occupancy hotel rooms for festival participants on the night of Friday, September 28th.

Request accommodations now.

Note: please make sure you register for the festival separately if you are requesting accommodations utilizing the form linked above.

Time Festival Component
8:30am Registration
9:00am Orientation and Opening Worship led by Chelsea Yarborough (MDiv ‘15), Larry Brown (MDiv ‘15), Lindsey Altvater Clifton (MDiv ‘16), and Keith Menhinick (MDiv ‘15)
9:45am Preaching Circles
10:15am Preaching Session 1
11:00am Break and Preaching Studio
11:15am Preaching Session 2
12:00pm Break and Preaching Studio
12:15pm Lunch
1:00pm Preaching Session 3
1:45pm Break and Preaching Studio
2:00pm Preaching Session 4
2:45pm Break and Preaching Studio
3:00pm Preaching Session 5
3:45pm Break and Preaching Studio
4:00pm Preaching Circles
4:15pm Closing

*This is a tentative schedule.

The Queer Power of God

Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13, 2018
Wingate Hall, Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Register now.

LGBTQ identified Christians often experience the power of social norms through the lens of church and claims that communities speak on behalf of God. “Because it is God’s Word…” is often heard as justification for the exclusionary exercise of such power. Queer theology resists this kind of exclusionary power as a misrepresentation of God. Come and see how theological education gives you the resources to ask difficult questions about how Christians understand power, in particular God’s power, through biblical texts, theological images, and worship practices. Together as a community, we will learn to claim understandings of the Bible, images of God, and experiences of Spirit that enrich and enliven the creative diversity with which each of us is wonderfully made.

This event is free to attend. Limited spaces available. Registration required.

Accommodations are available on a limited basis and will be determined by September 12, 2018 for participants who register by September 10, 2018.

Friday, October 12

Time Session
8:30 – 9:00am Introducing Theological Studies at the School of Divinity
9:00 – 10:30am Session 1: Queer Power, Divine Power
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Session 2: Power, Pride, and Prejudice in Faith Communities
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch On Your Own
1:30 – 2:15pm Campus Tour
2:15 – 3:30pm The Joy of (Biblical) Texts
3:30 – 4:0pm Break
4:00 – 4:30pm Closing Worship

Saturday, October 13

Participants will be invited to join Winston-Salem Pride as our community celebrates our culture, honors diversity, inspires engagement, promotes inclusion, provides community outreach, and educates our friends, allies, and supporters on equal rights for all.

*This is a tentative schedule.