Speaking the Word Freely

January 31, 2017 - February 2, 2017

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017:
Speaking the Word Freely

Speaking the Word Freely, with Rev. Jerry Larson, is the tried and true Process Preaching system enabling pastors and others to deliver sermons freely without reading a manuscript or speaking off the cuff. Speaking freely is such a powerful way of communicating that it literally can wake people up. Why does speaking freely communicate so much better in an oral setting than reading out loud or reciting a memorized text? Here are some of the most important reasons this is true.

  • Everything Works Together
  • Eye Contact/Eye Expression
  • What We Say Seems More Heartfelt
  • The Real Self is Revealed
  • Putting Passion into Preaching

Who would benefit from this workshop? Pastors, Chaplains, Bible Study Leaders, Lay Teachers, and anyone who teaches or preaches—communicates often with groups.


jerry-larsonJerome F. Larson served as a parish pastor for thirty-nine years in rural, small town, and suburban congregations. Since completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Seminary, he has taught Process Preaching in the Kairos Continuing Education Program both at Luther and at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona.

In 2014 the Process Preaching title is changed to “Speaking the Word Freely” – which is the title of Jerry’s book on this method of speaking. It’s also an invitation to not just clergy, but those who may speak often to large groups, conventions, etc.

This is the 9th year Spirit in the Desert has held this very popular class!

“I wasn’t sure what to expect in this class. I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘natural’ in public speaking but this has changed everything I thought about myself and how to express the power of Scripture in my sermons and Bible Study classes. I hope you continue offering this important class for not just pastors but all those engaged in communicating orally with others. It’s a winner.”   —Testimony from the last class in 2015

Class Requirement: You must bring a sermon manuscript you are currently working on.

Due to the individualized instruction required, the class is limited to 15 so please register early. Please call before booking any airline reservation, thank you.


Retreat begins Tuesday, Jan 31 at 3:00PM, and ends Thursday, February 2, and 12:pm

  • $195 for individual registration (shared room with bath)
  • $340 for individual registration (private room with bath)
  • $195 for individual registration (commuter rate)

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