October 3-5, 2016



October 3-5, 2016
Conference Schedule
Registration will be in Tallac’s Grand Entry
& all plenary sessions will be held in
Inspiration Point.
Monday, October 3
3 - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 AM
9-10:15 AM
10:45 AM - 12 PM
12 PM
Dinner, Dining Hall
Plenary 1, Inspiration Point
Breakfast, Dining Hall
Plenary 2, Inspiration Point
Plenary 3, Inspiration Point
Lunch, Dining Hall
7:00 PM
Dinner, Dining Hall
Plenary 4, Inspiration Point
Zephyr Point
Everyone needs a quiet
setting — a place to
listen to God — again,
or for the first time.
Zephyr Point
Conference Center is
one of those special
places. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada, on a half-mile of
Lake Tahoe shoreline, Zephyr Point is one of the most
beautiful retreat centers in all the world. Its Christian
presence over the years witnesses that God, indeed,
dwells among us. Since 1925 this Presbyterian
Conference Center has provided rest, rejuvenation and
recreation for thousands. From its humble origin, when
guests camped in tents on a rugged lakeside, Zephyr
Point has grown into one of the leading cross-cultural
and ecumenical Christian Centers in the nation. A
recent guest, a journalist from the Chicago Tribune
wrote that Zephyr Point is “a haven where God’s
presence seems to reach out from the snowy
mountains and the deep blue lake to drape the worldweary visitors in a profound peace.”
Sacramento Presbytery’s
Pastoral Support Committee
presents the Preaching Pastors’ Conference:
A Practical and Timely Workshop
for Preaching In Advent
Lillian Daniel
Wednesday, October 5
8:00 AM
9-10:30 AM
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Breakfast, Dining Hall
Plenary 5, Inspiration Point
Worship, Inspiration Point
October 3-5, 2016
Zephyr Point
Sacramento Presbytery
Preaching pastors from across
the country gather at the
spring 2016 conference
Conference Center
About the Conference & the Trainer
Based on her new book, Tired of Apologizing For a Church I Don’t Belong
To, Lillian Daniel will be talking about the “spiritual but not religious,” and
the rising number of people who check off “none” as their religious
preference. How does this change the way we preach?
This preaching conference will focus on two upcoming occasions: the
second Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. This is the opportunity to
connect with those that we don’t see at church on a regular basis and how
we can effectively minister to this “spiritual but not religious” crowd
through our sermons while effectively preaching to our “church regulars”
as well. One thing is clear: the preacher can never assume that she/he
knows who is out there in church that day. But she/he can put some
thought into preparing a sermon that works for an increasingly mixed bag of listeners.
Sacramento Presbytery
Preaching Pastors’ Retreat
October 3 - 5, 2016
All registration is handled through
Zephyr Point Presbyterian
Conference Center’s website
The registration fee includes lodging & meals.
-Preachers are encouraged to come to the conference having thought carefully about their own
ministry settings and how the two sets of listeners may differ from one another-
$50 for all PC(USA) Ministers of the Word &
Sacrament in the Western Five Synods.
For all other pastors, the cost is $299.
Lillian Daniel is a preacher, teacher, writer, and speaker whose honesty and
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on-line registration system
Register online at zephyrpoint.org
wit have taken her from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to the
Festival of Homiletics in Denmark. Wherever she goes, Lillian brings a deep
understanding of scripture and how it can be practically applied to everyday
For registration concerns call: Zephyr Point
775-588-6759 x107
life. Furthermore, her most recent book, When Spiritual But Religious Is Not
Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church, makes a provocative
case for why religious community matters.
As an editor at large for The Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership
Journal, Lillian’s words and work can be found in The Huffington Post, Christianity
Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers, as well as in the United
Church of Christ’s daily email devotionals that boast over 20,000 subscribers.
She has taught preaching at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago Theological
Seminary, and Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for
“Distinction in Congregational Ministry.” After leading three churches, most recently as Senior
Minister of a 1,400 member church outside Chicago, IL. Lillian is currently devoting herself full
time to writing, speaking and procrastination.
This is our 6th year of offering
3-day training retreats designed
for the preaching pastor to
energize and gain new ideas for
preaching and teaching the Bible
to a diverse world.
A generous grant from the
PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission
Agency allows for 2 conferences
to be sponsored each year during
the spring and autumn seasons.