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June 5-8 2023


Grace Theological

 Seminary Drive. Winona Lake, Indiana

  Upcoming Workshop  

AT LAST, expository preaching
designed to GROW the Church.

There are over 300,000 Protestant Churches in the USA: 

 15% are STRONG 

60% are STUCK 

25% STRUGGLE to survive 

Plug into a powerful template for sermons that are captivating, clear, and unforgettable 

Revitalize your PREACHING to
revitalize your CHURCH

Learn how to leverage your pulpit to cast vision and lead essential change

Build your preaching skills through
Expository  Preaching

Prepare faster, easier, better, stronger

About Rick Blackwood

Rick Blackwood served as Lead Pastor of Christ Fellowship Miami for 23 years where he continues as Teaching Pastor. By Leading from the Pulpit, Rick was able to revitalize the 103-year-old church and transition it from Perrine Baptist Church to Christ Fellowship, a multi-cultural and multi-site church, comprised of people from 70 different nationalities. 


Rick’s passion is to pass along High Impact Expository Preaching skills. Skills that will empower you to lead church growth and revitalization from your pulpit. Through Leading from the Pulpit seminars, you will acquire skills and receive coaching from an experienced pastor with a proven methodology.


Rick is the author of The Power of Multisensory Preaching (Zondervan) and holds doctoral degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (D.Min) The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ed.D), as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). 


He teaches The Expository Preaching Specialization at Grace Theological Seminary and serves as Adjunct Professor at Wheaton Graduate School.




Eric Geiger

Lead Pastor, Mariners Church.




Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College

"Rick Blackwood is a powerful communicator. He knows how to lead a church from the pulpit. Christ Fellowship has grown from one location in Miami to seven under his leadership. Rick's passion for expository preaching is evident. His high-impact preaching is combined with a passion for reaching people. It's a powerful combination. Christ Fellowship may be the largest church you've not heard of, but it's a story is worth telling."


Marco Rubio

Senator, Florida

"Rick Blackwood is a gifted preacher, very adept at connecting real life experiences to biblical teaching. Christ Fellowship's congregation grew immensely under his stewardship. Every Sunday, I watched desperate, hurting people make the walk to the front of the church and accept Christ into their lives. It is a deeply moving experience to witness. Every Sunday, I witnessed a powerful message of the gospel that applied to the challenges I was facing, to the fears and doubts I had. It was a message of salvation. 

From the book: Marco Rubio: An American Son

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Hershael York

Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"No one understands the dual pastoral components of preaching and leadership better than Rick Blackwood, but Rick is also uniquely gifted in equipping others to leverage biblical preaching to move a congregation toward greater Christlikeness and a deeper commitment to fulfilling the God-given mission. He helps pastors refuse the false dichotomy between spiritual growth and numerical growth. Any pastor who desires to feed and lead the Lord’s flock will find his strategic coaching in engaging exposition and focused leadership an invaluable game changer." 

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Mark Croston

National Director of Black & Western Church Partnerships,

LifeWay Christian Resources

"Rick Blackwood is one of the most creative and thoughtful expository preachers I know. As a proven practitioner, he has grown Christ Fellowship into a multi-site, multi-ethnic force for the Gospel across Miami and around the world.  He is focused and strategic in his teachings to coach strangers to become family, and family to move toward leadership."


Mark Richt

Head Coach at the University of Georgia and the University of Miami

"Rick served as my pastor while I was head football coach at University of Miami. He is an extremely skilled communicator of the Word and combines that with the heart of a coach. While I was coaching football, Pastor Rick was coaching me in God’s word! If I were a pastor,  I would want to be on his team and have him as my coach."

“Great players make great plays; great coaches make great players.”

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Multisite and Merger Consultant, The Unstuck Group

 "Rick Blackwood is a skillful communicator who demonstrates you can build and grow a multi-generational, multicultural, multisite church on a steady diet of biblical exposition."


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor, Florida

"I am blessed to attend Christ Fellowship and to be able to call Pastor Rick my friend Pastor Rick transforms lives by preaching truth. I am blessed to have learned from Pastor Rick's word of encouragement that are firmly rooted in God's Holy Word."

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Al and Jamila Jackson:

 Directors of Thriving in Ministry at St. Thomas University,

   I designed a program to enhance the vocational development of pastors. I was hopeful that Pastor Rick's Leading from the Pulpit would enrich our pastors and leaders, who are primarily African American and Afro Caribbean.

   Not only did it enrich the pastors and leaders, but it became a STAPLE of our program! All of the pastors raved about Pastor Rick's seminar and its impact on their delivery of the Word of God. They were seeing the impact on their congregations! 

    I invited Pastor Rick to come back and share Leading from the Pulpit with our second cohort. The response was the same! Pastor Rick is a master storyteller and teacher who indeed helps other leaders grow their churches right from the pulpit. I believe that the vision of Leading from the Pulpit is going to bless churches of all Christian denominations and cultures! 

Omar Giritli

HIEP Graduate

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