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SAGU professor teaches chaplaincy coursesWaxahachie, Texas — July 11, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) College of Bible and Church Ministries associate professor Dr. Jeff Magruder was the keynote trainer and facilitator at a homiletics conference hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) from May 16-19 in Oahu, Hawaii. Over 60 military chaplains attended the chaplain training event.

Magruder shared, "I count it an honor to be able to help develop the preaching skills of those who minister to the men and women who serve our country. This was the most denominationally diverse group of clergy I have had the opportunity to instruct. They were all attentive and eager to learn how to improve as communicators ."

"Dr. Magruder['s] . . . training will impact our Army faith communities throughout the Pacific," says USARPAC Chaplain (Colonel) Dugal. "Magruder is truly the newest member of the USARPAC 'Ohana' (family)."

For a day and a half, Magruder encouraged and trained chaplains to preach more effectively. He emphasized the importance of non-verbal communication; 'message mapping,' a strategy for attaining and maintaining an audience's interest; and the 'Bull's Eye Model,' a method for identifying the central idea of a text. While in Hawaii, Magruder preached on Sunday mornings at Alimanalu Military Reservation (AMR) in Honolulu and at Schofield Barracks in Wahaiwa.

“Dr. Magruder's training on sermon preparation was simply the most practical and applicable training in homiletics I have ever had in my career and studies," says Brigade Chaplain Scott Koeman. "I now have a more effective and comprehensive paradigm for constructing my sermons.”

Dugal says, "Over the past decade our chaplains have been in the trenches nurturing the living, caring for the wounded, and honoring our fallen. Their pulpit skills deteriorated along the way. Dr. Magruder was a tremendous help in preparing us to return to our chapel and pulpit ministries."

Magruder offers sermon coaching clinics for churches, pastoral staff, short sermon participants and Christian education conferences. This summer, he will travel to four different states and speak at Bryan Jarret's Water Tower Network (Dallas, Texas), El Tabernaculo Assembly of God (Houston, Texas), Journey ChurchTV (Norman, Okla.), First Assembly of God in Laredo, Texas, and masters classes at National Fine Arts in Orlando, Florida.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.