Just wanted to make note of Duke Divinity School’s Center for Theological Writing at Duke Divinity School and this cool introduction:
Writing forms a constituent practice of the ministry, as integral as prayer and preaching, rather than a tool employed toward other ends. And like prayer and preaching, writing requires a lifetime’s commitment to growth and refinement. For the ministry, even more than other professions, words constitute the very terms of our existence; they are the medium in which we exercise both our beliefs and our fears, our power and our contrition. We sustain and transmit our Christian identity through the written word.
[…] Language should be considered the vibrant wellspring that lies at the heart of the Church, a source to which we must return for inspiration, renewal and transformation.
Hmmm, come to think of it, maybe writing is more important than preaching, in the sense that writing is much more versatile: it encompasses all kinds of “speaking” to an audience and all kinds of thinking/feeling to one’s self, while preaching is really uni-directional.
We don’t really “return for inspiration, renewal and transformation” to preaching — that is, until the preaching is written down. We don’t really “sustain” our “Christian identity” through preaching — again, that is, until the preaching is written down.
Anyway, I’m likin’ that writing is getting more of its due (re its importance to ministry).