INDIANAPOLIS – Writing is a task all pastors and laity in ministry do constantly from sermons to letters to newsletter articles. However, as a church professional, pastors may have had a yearning for something bigger – like publications. Love to… but.

The Rev. Todd Outcalt, senior pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, felt the same way until he took the plunge more than 20 published books and countless commentaries ago. You may have read his commentary Body, Mind and Spirit here in the Hoosier United Methodists Together or other commentaries in local newspapers.

Outcalt invites pastors and other church leaders to his second annual writers’ seminar, called “Writing with a Purpose,” especially for those pastors and laity in ministry who first want to become better writers. He also will discuss the ins-and-outs of publishing. The seminar will be hosted by Together.

He invites each participant to bring a work-in-progress for review, feedback and discussion.

Come join Outcalt’s six-hour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one-day seminar Thursday, May 8 at the Indiana United Methodist Conference Center first-floor conference room. The cost of the event is $20 and includes lunch, snacks and six hours with an experienced published writer. To register, visit For more information and answers, contact Todd Outcalt at