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Preaching Enrichment Seminar: Topical Preaching

Preaching Enrichment Seminar: Topical Preaching

WHAT: A half day seminar on topical preaching
SPEAKERS: Dr Sam Chan and Dr Malcolm Gill
WHEN: 9.00am-1.00pm Tuesday 8 March 2022
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
WHO: Preachers of all ages and stages
COST: $25, numbers limited


Sooner or later, every preacher will come upon a situation where they need to preach a topical sermon. Yet few are taught how to do topical preaching well. Even preachers who are gifted in expositing the Scriptures may struggle to deliver a topical sermon that is engaging, culturally relevant and biblically faithful.

What assumptions and crafting are needed to express the centrality and authority of the God-breathed Word as we honour the importance of our shared human questions?

In this half day seminar, Sam Chan and Malcolm Gill, will bring their wit and wisdom gleaned from decades of preaching, to address issues like: ‘How to approach topical sermon preparation’ and ‘Pastoral issues in topical sermon preparation and delivery'.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, a recording of all the sessions will be available to watch after the event, for $25.


8:00 Optional free buffet breakfast – hosted by Kirk Patston and Derek Brotherson
9:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee
9:15 Welcome and Orientation
9:20 Sample Sermon – Sam Chan
9:40 Seminar: How to approach topical sermon preparation – Sam Chan
10:20 Morning Tea
10:45 Sample Sermon – Malcolm Gill
11:05 Seminar: Pastoral issues in topical sermon preparation and delivery – Malcolm Gill
11:45 Responses
12:00 Q&A
12:50 Close
1:00 Lunch (optional purchase)


Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MD, University of Sydney) is a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers. He speaks at conferences around the world on the topics of ethics, story- telling, apologetics, and the practice of evangelism in a post- Christian culture. Sam is also a graduate and former lecturer at SMBC.

Malcolm Gill (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is an Assistant Minister at St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney. Prior to this, he lectured in New Testament, Greek, and Preaching at SMBC. He has travelled widely and has ministered in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the Pacific.

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