We are called to "preach the Word . . . in season and out of season" (2 Tim 4:2).
The ARETE Program will equip you with practical skills and renew your passion

to fulfill your calling as a communicator of God's Word.

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The ARETE Program is a one and a half year intensive mentoring and coaching program for pastors, preachers, evangelists, Bible teachers, trainers, presenters and speakers. This will be through six Friday-Saturday workshops and one EPPI Conference. The inaugural ARETE Program is currently running from September 2015 to November 2016, and information on a new intake will be available soon.


OBJECTIVES

*Create and provide a support network for preachers and public communicators.

*Develop and master specific skills in preaching and public speaking through self-discovery, peer feedback and coaching practicum.

*Nurture spiritual formation and cultivate passion and competence in the art of preaching and communication.

*Provide opportunities for emerging preachers and Bible teachers to exercise their calling and use their competence in various events and situations.


CONTENT

A. PRINCIPLES OF RHETORIC
CLARITY
*Linguistic (structure of sentences, macro and micro structures of speech and arguments, CDW (Claims, Data, Warrant), thesis statements, etc.)
*Vocal (pronunciation, pace, volume, warm ups, etc.)

COLOR
*Linguistics (use of imagery in rhetoric, anaphoric repetition, illustrations, anecdote stories & humor, etc.)
*Vocal (variation of volume and tone, inflections, pauses, emphasizing key terms, etc.)

NON-VERBALS
*Eye contact, body posture, facial expressions, hand gestures
*Visual aids (Use of PowerPoint, videos, audio clips, etc.)

PERSONALITY/ETHOS
*Discovering your voice/styles
*Tones: Formal, Academic, Conversational, Pastoral, Visionary, Grandstanding, Dramatic, etc.

B. PRINCIPLES OF PREACHING AND TEACHING
Hermeneutics
Expository Preaching
Topical Preaching – Narrative, Didactic, Topical, Social/Conflict Issues, etc.
Evangelistic Preaching

PRACTICUM
There will be preaching opportunities provided by Eagles Communications whereby participants will preach to an audience.

MENTORING PROGRAM
Participants will be grouped under mentoring cohorts of 12 each under core faculty members Peter Chao, John Ng, Michael Tan and Joshua Hiew.


DATES

Workshop 1: 31 March-1 April 2017
Workshop 2: 26-27 May 2017
Workshop 3: 8-9 September 2017
Workshop 4: 17-18 November 2017
Workshop 5: 9-10 March 2018
Commissioning Retreat: 25-26 May 2018
EPPI Conference 2018: 20-21 July 2018


REGISTRATION

The fee for the ARETE Program is S$3,000 per person. However, EPPI is committed to raise 50% of the cost; each participant only needs to pay S$1,500 upon registration. Overseas participants will be required to arrange and pay for own airfares and accommodation.