Even as you are reading this, the National Conference on Preaching (NCP) is underway in Jacksonville, Florida. As we’ve been celebrating the 30th anniversary of Preaching magazine, I almost overlooked that this was the 25th anniversary of NCP.

When we began NCP in 1989 in Tampa, Fla., there were very few such conferences for pastors, apart from denominationally-sponsored events. Today you could probably find a conference or two every week to attend, so long as your continuing education budget account could cover it.

If you’ve ever been to one of our NCP events—whether in Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando or another city—I hope you’ve been blessed with the fellowship and encouragement you found. One thing I love about the event is that it is large enough to bring some great speakers and small enough for attendees to have a chance to speak to those program leaders whose ministries have blessed them through the years.

If you’re with us in Jacksonville, come by and say hello—and be sure to tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #ncp2015. If you aren’t with us, I hope you’ll join us next year in Washington, D.C!

Michael Duduit

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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