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Cerveny Conference Center & Camp Weed

11057 Camp Weed Place

Live Oak, Florida 32060

Tel: 386-364-5250

Fax: 386-362-7557

  • From Tallahassee, FL

    Take I-1o East to Hwy-129, exit 283. Travel South on Hwy-129 to US-90 E / E Howard Street, turn left (East) and travel 6 miles to 75th Drive

    Turn right onto 75th Drive

    Take 1st right onto Camp Weed Place

    Distance: 80 miles

  • From Lake City, FL

    Take FL-10 W / US-90 W / W Duval Street, travel 14.7 miles from the I-75 overpass to 75th Drive

    Turn left onto 75th Drive

    Take 1st right onto Camp Weed Place

    Distance: 14.7 miles

  • From Jacksonville, FL

    Take  I-10 W to exit 292 for County Route 137

    Turn left on CR 137 and travel 5 miles to the traffic light

    Turn right at the traffic light and travel to the stop sign

    At the stop sign turn right onto FL-10 W / US-90 W

    Travel 4.5 miles

    Turn left onto 75th Drive

    Take 1st right onto Camp Weed Place

    Distance: 82.8 miles

  • From Gainesville, FL

    Take I-75 N toward Lake City

    Take exit 427 for US-90 W

    Turn left on US-90 and travel 14.7 miles from the I-75 overpass

    Turn left onto 75th Drive

    Take 1st right onto Camp Weed Place

    Distance: 61 miles

Getting Here

College for Preachers


College of Preachers Conference

The Bishop's Institute for Ministry and Leadership

Dates:Monday, May 08, 2017 - Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location:Young Conference Room
Time:5:30pm Monday - 2:00pm Thursday

Not only does the craft of preaching take practice, but it takes seasoned instruction, excellent examples, and feedback that is both honest and informed. Clergy in the Diocese of Florida have the opportunity to receive all three at the first College for Preachers.

The conference can accommodate a maximum of 16 participants. Sign up soon before it is too late.

Mentors: The conference will be led by four mentors: The Very Rev. Dr. William Stafford (sometime Dean of The School of Theology, Sewanee); Dr Mark Gignilliat, Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama and The Very Rev. Frank Limehouse, former Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama.

 Conference Description

Preaching is a difficult task, and yet it is usually the primary way in which clergy teach their congregation the Word of God. Honest and informed feedback is hard to come by for clergy who want to hone their skills in order to more effectively preach the Gospel and grow their parish.

The ideal candidate for the College for Preachers is an ordained presbyter and regular pulpit preacher in the Diocese of Florida who wants to take their own preaching to the next level.

Participants at the College for Preachers will have the opportunity to learn from 6 plenary sessions and 4 chapel sermons, each delivered by our esteemed mentors. Each participant will also deliver 2 sermons to a small group of peers, for review facilitated by a mentor. These should be sermons previously delivered in a Sunday Service, in which the preacher thought was good but couldn’t get a clear read on the congregation’s response. Participants should expect to give and receive honest, constructive feedback about every aspect of each sermon, including effectiveness of illustrations, clarity, mannerisms, tone, etc.

Some scholarships are available. The cost of $400 covers room and board for 3 nights at the Episcopal Center and the costs of the Conference and bringing our four excellent mentors together at the Center for the full schedule of mentoring and teaching they will each provide.


Clergy organizers

The College for Preachers is the inspiration of The Rev. Joe Gibbes, Rector of Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville working in collaboration with The Rev. Cn. Dr. Douglas Dupree at the Bishop’s Institute and Bishop Howard. Either Fr Gibbes or Dr Dupree is happy to be contacted by clergy thinking of signing up: or

Plenary Talks

The Difference Between Law and Gospel in the Pulpit

     The Effect and the Affect of Biblical Preaching

     The How and Why of Exegesis

     Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

     Text to Pulpit: Effective Preparation from Start to Finish

     Finding Your Voice and Pointing to the Cross

Contact Us
  • 11057 Camp Weed Place
  • Live Oak, Florida 32060
  • Phone: 386-364-5250
  • Fax: 386-362-7557
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