Online: August 6 – September 24, 2018

Weekly video calls:  Tuesdays 8:00-9:00am CST, and Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm CST. Participants can come to either session each week. If someone has a *significant* issue making either of those times, or the group comes up with a better time that also works, instructors can work with that. 

In-Person: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville

This course is open to all who desire to grow or practice their skills in preaching.

Crafting authentic sermons arises from the preacher’s relationship with God. Using Lectio Divina as a prayerful means of sermon preparation, we’ll explore Lectio (prayerful, literal reading); Meditatio (studying the scriptures and their meaning with the intersection of the congregation); and Oratio (writing and offering the sermon).  Through this lens of Lectio Divina, we’ll explore the “what, why, and how” of “effective” sermons. The “what” is a clear message that is relevant to the Listeners and invites transformation. The “why” is its authenticity. And the “how” is keeping the Listener’s attention in a Lisa Head Shot March 2015way that can be followed from beginning to end. To see the process unfold, we’ll use mind mapping to capture and connect this prayerful and creative approach of sermon crafting.

In this course, students will:

  • Practice a prayer-based approach to sermon preparation
  • Practice the fundamental skills needed to craft effective sermons
  • Give and receive feedback on preaching
  • Connect to resources and practices for further growth as a preacher

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Lisa Cressman

Required materials:

  • A Bible and a computer
  • Other materials to be available online at a discount, including Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday via Backstory Preaching

Cost: $300

Register here.

First course? Click here to register for free!

Students, access your Moodle course page here.

Comments from previous participants:

The weekly zoom meetings were great! I really appreciated the Backstory approach: if we’re not experiencing the good news, we can’t be authentic in sharing it.

Using the Zoom video ‘conferencing’, the almost ‘in-person’ class sessions were meaningful, instructive, and personal. The use of the personal video making was a challenge at first but proved instructive in itself, and the results were even more so. Comments from peers and from the instructor were helpful.