Will Willimon has long been a trusted colleague for working preachers. He is known for his encouragement of his fellow ministers to enjoy telling the truth of Jesus Christ. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and is a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church. For 20 years as Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, Will became known as one of America’s most engaging preachers.
His new book, Listeners Dare, (a companion to his previous book, Preachers Dare) is for anyone who listens to sermons—which includes preachers, since there’s no way to preach without gaining skills as a listener. Listening is a human skill, but as God’s word is proclaimed, the hearer experiences a vocal mix of preacher, listener, and God.