Lenny Luchetti

Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministries

Lenny Luchetti headshot
Designations

MDiv; DMin


Contact

 lenny.luchetti@indwes.edu


Resources

 Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lenny Luchetti presently serves as Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministry at Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the author of Preaching with Empathy: Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture (2018) and Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide (May 2012), which has been honored by Outreach Magazine and Preaching Magazine as one of the best books on preaching in 2012-13.

Ministerial and Professional Background 

Lenny's pastoral ministry began when he was a senior in college and it continued in a variety of locations and positions for fifteen years before he joined the faculty at Wesley Seminary. Lenny has served as the solo pastor of a small rural congregation, as the assistant pastor of a large church in a college town, and as the lead pastor of a small church that had a significant turnaround and grew into a large, multi-ethnic, inter-generational, economically-diverse, and community-involved church during his tenure. In addition to pastoring local churches, Lenny has enjoyed opportunities to preach at camps, colleges, and churches throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Romania. Lenny teaches courses and leads seminars for ministers on the topics of preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation.

Personal Information

Lenny is married to Amy, his partner in life and ministry. They enjoy life and laugh often with their children, Zach, Lia, and Sam. Lenny’s hobbies include fly-fishing, racquetball, and running.

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Biblical Studies Award – Asbury Theological Seminary
  • International Society of Theta Phi – Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Wilbur Dayton Scholarship – Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Beeson Pastor D.Min.Scholarship Program – Asbury Theological Seminary

Selected Articles

  • 2018 Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture (Preaching Magazine, Fall)
  • 2018 Practices for Empathic Preaching (Ministry Matters, Summer)
  • 2017 Four Powerful Practices of the Preacher King (Preaching Magazine, Summer)
  • 2017 A Homiletic New Birth: How Empathy Drove John Wesley to the Fields (Wesleyan Theological Journal, Spring)
  • 2017 Theological Empathy and John Wesley’s Missional Field-Preaching (The Great Commission Research Journal, Winter)
  • 2016 You Can Learn a Lot from a Preacher (Wesleyansermons.com, The Wesleyan Church, Summer)
  • 2015 How to Bake a Good Sermon (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Summer)
  • 2015 Connecting with More Listeners (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Spring)
  • 2014 Mind Mapping (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
  • 2014 A Good Exit Strategy (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
  • 2014 Practice What You Preach (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
  • 2014 Preaching, A Spiritual Discipline? (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
  • 2014 Connecting with More Listeners (Preaching Magazine, May-June)
  • 2014 Develop Healthy Habits Before You Preach (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Spring)
  • 2014 Reviewing Game Film (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Winter)
  • 2014 Healthy Pastor, Healthy Church (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Winter)
  • 2012 Preaching in the Wesleyan-Methodist Tradition (Seedbed, Asbury Theological Seminary, January)

Presentations

  • 2018 The Not So Odd Couple: Common Threads in the Empathic Preaching of John Wesley and Martin Luther King Jr., Academy of Homiletics, Denver, CO
  • 2018 The Missing Link in Preaching, Pastors Retreat, Bear Lake, MI
  • 2017 Preaching Toward Mission, Nazarene Pastors Workshop, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2017 Preaching with Empathy in an Age of Apathy, Festival on Preaching, Marion, IN
  • 2017 Communicating to Connect with a Diversity of Listeners, Wesley Seminary 6:15 Event, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2017 Vibrant: Soul Renewal for Clergy, Salvation Army Officers Retreat, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2016 Vibrant: Soul Renewal for Clergy, Carolina Pastors Gathering, Myrtle Beach, NC
  • 2016 A Homiletic New Birth: How Empathy Drove John Wesley to the Fields, Wesleyan Theological Society, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • 2015 The Healthy Pastoral Family, New Pastors Orientation for the Wesleyan Church, Fishers, IN
  • 2015 The Magnificent Seven: Effective but Overlooked Tools for the Pastor’s Formation, Made New Pastor Care Retreat for The Wesleyan Church, Chambers, NY
  • 2015 We are Tested, The Wesleyan Church Gathering, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 Facedown Frustration Fosters Formation, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 The Healthy and Growing Preacher, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 What Makes a Good Sermon Good?, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 The Spiritually-Shaped Shepherd, Festival on Spiritual Formation, Marion, IN
  • 2014 The Content of the Preaching, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2014 The Character of the Preacher, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2014 The Context of the Preaching, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2013 An Incarnational Model for Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline, The Evangelical Homiletics Society Conference, La Mirada, CA

Publications

  • 2018 ARTISTRY IN PREACHING SERIES: Preaching with Empathy: Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2018).
  • 2015 TRUE DEPTH: Moving Beyond Cultural Churchianity (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2015).
  • 2012 PREACHING ESSENTIALS: A Practical Guide (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012).

Degrees

  • BA - Religion
    1996, Houghton College
  • MDiv - Masters of Divinity
    2003, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • DMin - Doctorate of Ministry
    2010, Asbury Theological Seminary
    "A Journey in Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline”
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