March 27 and 28

Schooler Institute on Preaching

“Deep River: Preaching and the Holy Spirit,” led by Duke University Dean of the Chapel Luke Powery

View archived video and materials from the 2023 Schooler Institute.

Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will lead MTSO’s 2023 Schooler Institute on Preaching. The institute will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, on the MTSO campus. The theme is “Deep River: Preaching and the Holy Spirit.”

A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching, Powery regularly delivers sermons at Duke Chapel as well as at churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is often a keynote speaker and lecturer at educational institutions, conferences, symposia and retreats.

Among the books Powery has authored are Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope. He is co-author of the textbook Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place.

Powery received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Theology from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

Thanks to the generosity of the Schooler Family Foundation, the Schooler Institute is offered to the public without cost.


Selected sessions will be streamed live via Zoom and archived for future viewing.

Monday, March 27

9:30 a.m. Welcome and registration
10 a.m. Opening chapel with sermon by Dr. Powery
Opening chapel Zoom registration
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Lecture 1
Lecture 1 Zoom registration
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Workshop
2 p.m. Dismissal

Tuesday, March 28

9:30 a.m. Welcome and coffee
10 a.m. Lecture 2
Lecture 2 Zoom registration
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Workshop
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Closing chapel with sermon by Dr. Powery
Closing chapel Zoom registration
2 p.m. Dismissal


The Schooler Institute will be held on the MTSO campus in Delaware. MTSO is located on U.S. Route 23, exactly 10 miles north of I-270, the Columbus outerbelt. Here’s a Google map. And here’s a campus map and photo tour.