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Bold Word Preaching Conference

April 24-27, 2017


Topic: “A Bold Word for a fearful world”

What is the Church’s voice in a society that is being shouted at in fear?

Bold Word Preaching Conference will feature three remarkable pastors who will preach to and address these issues of fear being spread in our society. It’s a time where you as a pastor will experience great preaching, refreshment and rejuvenation in your ministry. Click our leadership conference tab to learn more about the Bold Word Conference leadership team.

The format of the conference encourages thought-provoking conversations, learning, spiritual inspiration and renewal. Participants will directly learn from excellent preachers during workshops and engage with one another through personal conversations. Participants will also be able to share their own expertise and connect with colleagues through a series of moderated discussions.

Activities will include worship, music, workshops, fellowship, recreation and time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Mo-Ranch.

Come and experience powerful and inspiring preaching during our Bold Word Preaching Conference in 2017!

Space is limited, register now!


Bold Word Testimonials

It was a great conference; one of the best ones I have been to. To be able to hear different pastors preach, and go home with different ways to approach sermon writing — I felt refreshed and renewed. The conference gave me renewed confidence. It showed when I preached this morning! I hope the conference will continue to focus on making us better preachers! The format of the conference enabled learning and spiritual renewal — at the same time! I cannot wait for the next Bold Word Conference again!


-Rev. Regina M. Maas, Brady Presbyterian Church

I have attended many preaching conferences over my 40 plus years in ministry. The Bold Word Conference is unique in that the preachers not only preached, but shared their process of sermon preparation, and participated fully in the conference. The preachers were young and older, male and female, and from a spectrum of theological persuasions. Yet we all come together in the unity of learning to more effectively proclaim the Word of God.


-David Evans, Honorably Retired Pastor

Need Refreshment? Need Renewal? Need Revival? Bold Word Preaching Conference provides a wonderful way to connect with colleagues, hear outstanding preaching, participate in inspiring worship and workshops, and take a break from duties back home. Mo-Ranch provides a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting for all of the above. I left inspired and rejuvenated for ministry. I am “riding the wave” and eagerly awaiting the next Bold Word Preaching Conference!


– Rev. Dr. Lucia McKee Kremzar, Grapevine, Texas

Conference Preachers

Reverend Dr. Donovan Drake
, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Nashville, TN.



Christine_ChakoianReverend Dr. Christine Chakoian, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, IL.



Jack HabererJack Haberer, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA.




Worship and Music Leader

Tom brownThomas W. Brown, Ed.D., Director of Music Ministry, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Austin, TX.







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All participants will be housed in Pheasant Run or Wynne/Flato hotel rooms.

Cost includes three nights of lodging, 8 meals, meeting spaces and conference tuition.

Hotel (Single Occupancy): $785

Hotel (Double Occupancy): $595

Commuter Rate: $500 (excludes housing on the ranch, includes lunch and dinner each day of the retreat)

Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for:  training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

Click here to learn more information about scholarships Mo-Ranch offers.

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 10 days prior to the conference.

There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 10 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for:  training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

Mo-Ranch scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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