Preacher as Prophet

“A surrendered identity is…more deadly than lost identity…[because] you intentionally relinquish who you are, and you voluntarily sell out God’s divine ministry.”
Prathia Hall

Preacher as Sage

“Who is it that is supposed to articulate the longings and aspirations of the people more than the preacher?”

Martin L. King, Jr.

Preacher as Priest

“Surrender your inner consent to God–this is your sovereign right–this is your birthright privilege.”
Howard Thurman


Restoring Communities Through Spoken Word

Visionary: Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Ph.D.

As the son and grandson of Baptist preachers Kenyatta Gilbert knew he would charter his own distinct course and find his vocational home in a courtroom practicing law one day. As it turns out, he did walk in their footsteps—but not without his own unique voice.

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The Voices

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Our Vision and Mission

The Preaching Project seeks to promote preaching excellence and effective leadership for the wellness of African American churches and communities.

Provide • Foster • Devise • Nurture

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The Voices

Preacher Profiles

Luke A. Powery, Th.D.

Dean of the Chapel, Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching

“This book immerses readers in a sophisticated, multi-voiced soundtrack. Kenyatta Gilbert persuasively calls for ministers to preach in three voices—prophet, priest, and sage.”

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Honoring the Life, Legacy, and Vision of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. "Indeed, King's prophetic vision ultimately invited his martyrdom. But through the prophetic preaching tradition already well established by his time, King brought people of every...

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