Clergy Day Apart will focus on fresh approaches to preaching


A Clergy Day Apart is set for February 12 at Harvest Church in Byron from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration and gathering time will begin at 9:30 a.m. This Day Apart, intended for all clergy in the South Georgia Conference, will offer mental, spiritual, emotional, and vocational renewal through the inspiring leadership of the Rev. Jerry Herships. In the midst of therapeutic laughter clergy will find fresh approaches to preaching so that we can be Alive Together in Worship. 

Rev. Jerry Herships, a UMC pastor in the Denver, Colorado area, and Mrs. Claire Bowen, a corporate consultant and longtime member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, will be our guests for the day. 

Jerry’s story is intriguing: former bartender/stand-up comic/mall Santa hears God’s call to leave the bright lights of show biz and dedicate his life to doing the Lord’s work.

Jerry was born in Detroit and lived in both L.A. and Orlando, working in radio, television, and film. During Jerry’s stand-up career, he worked with Dick Clark and Jerry Seinfeld and was a contract writer for Jay Leno. He earned his Master's of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology and was ordained in The United Methodist Church in 2009. Twice while in seminary Jerry won the Best Preaching Award.

Jerry was appointed to plant a new church, AfterHours Denver, in the downtown metro area, focusing on the poor and spiritually independent. He is Chief Love Monger and Lead Spiritual Entrepreneur of that faith and action community. AfterHours Denver currently hands out food, water, and communion to 700+ people each week in Civic Center Park. In recent years, AfterHours has been written about in the Denver Post, Denver’s 5280 Magazine, and has been profiled on a number of network affiliates.

The topic for the Day Apart is, “That’ll Preach! How to Make Your Message Stick.” Jerry will explore his innovative techniques to engage all personality types through sermons. Clergy will walk away with practical knowledge to further engage your congregations.

Claire will facilitate a 15-minute Communications Style Preference assessment at the beginning of our session that will allow participants to better understand how to engage with differing personalities.

Clergy are asked to bring a rough-draft sermon that is not Wifi dependent. Time will be given to break break into small groups to work on it together. 

Participants can expect great laughter, lots of fun, and a sermon that will preach and stick. 

Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Allison Lindsey at