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Helping you lead church growth through

High Impact Expository Teaching

At last, an expository preaching
method designed to grow the Church.

Our vision is to raise up a generation of preachers to reach the world through High Impact Expository Preaching [H.I.E.P.].

Tried and proven to
impact church growth.

Preaching that inspires, motivates, and moves people viscerally to action.

An expository method
that makes doers of
the Word and not
hearers only

Capture high levels of attention, comprehension, retention, and action. 

Preach to grow your people and to reach the lost.

It’s not about the talent with which you are born; it’s about the skill you can acquire 

About Rick Blackwood

Rick Blackwood, DMin, EdD served as the Lead Pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami for 23 years where he continues as a teaching pastor. Under his leadership, the 103-year-old church grew to a multi-site congregation comprised of over 10,000 people from 70 different nationalities.

Rick is the author of The Power of Multi-sensory Preaching and Teaching (Zondervan) and holds Doctoral degrees from Grace Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an honorary doctorate from Trinity International University. He now leads the Advanced Expository specialization at Grace Theological Theological Seminary and serves as Guest Instructor at Wheaton College and Graduate School. 

WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING ABOUT

LEADING FROM THE PULPIT

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ED STETZER

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."

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JIM TOMBERLIN

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."

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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."

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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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Herschel 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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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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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 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."

(Marco Rubio: An American Son)

Omar Giritli

Lead Pastor of Christ Fellowship Miami

 

Workshop Deliverables 

What we will deliver. Upon completion of each level, you will: 

LEVEL 1

Learn WHY the pulpit is the most strategic place from which to lead, and HOW to leverage it to grow God’s church. 

Become skilled at a sermon grid, which will simplify your sermon preparation, captivate audience attention, and clarify every message you deliver.

Learn how to inspire the saved and reach the unsaved. 

LEVEL 2

Learn why you should use visuals and create audience interaction to increase levels of attention, comprehension, and retention. 

Master visual preaching. 

Learn why you should use notes and how to use them without sacrificing eye contact. Learn why you should use and outline and how to use it to keep high-level attention and comprehension. 

LEVEL 3

Learn how to find your best voice so that you communicate with power and clarity. Create a preaching and worship experience that people feel FOMO.

WORKSHOPS

At last, an expository preaching
method designed to grow the Church.

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

November 2-5, 2020

LEVEL 1 - Doctor of Ministry with High Impact Expository Preaching emphasis

MIAMI, FL

January 7, 2021  

Location: St. Thomas University

High Impact Expository Preaching Workshop
 

PORTLAND, OR

March 9-11, 2021

High Impact Expository Preaching Workshop

WHEATON, IL

March 15-17, 2021

High Impact Expository Preaching Workshop

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

June 14-17, 2021

LEVEL 2 - Doctor of Ministry with High Impact Expository Preaching emphasis

High Impact Expository Preaching Workshop (Online)

Coming Soon 

EXAMPLES

High Impact Expository Preaching