Preaching Lab

Online: February 4 – March 25, 2019, including weekly videoconferences as noted below
In person: Saturday, March 2, 2019 at ECMN Retreat Center, Faribault

Designed for those who already have a little or a lot of preaching experience, this course invites you into a learning community, focusing on on specific dynamic in the experience of preaching that rotates each year — to be announced soon! In 2017-18, the course focused on storytelling.

This preaching course will be an experiential, interactive Preaching Lab. Live, online every week, Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM CST. Students will be guided to preach based on the theme of the course, and will engage in ongoing discussion in a closed Facebook group. Participants will record and upload a sermon for appraisal by the instructors as the final project. (Instruction will be given for those unfamiliar with recording and uploading sermons.)

Course Instructors are the Rev’ds Cathie Caimano and Lisa Cressman, Preaching Instructors for the School for Formation, ECMN, and Preaching Mentors for Backstory Preaching® (

Required materials: Available from the instructors at no additional cost.

Cost: $300 | Click here to register.
First course? Click here to register for free!

Comments from students in 2017-18:

It was awesome! I loved the practical application, and the opportunity to make it our own. I also enjoyed the encouragement to think outside our box. The most impactful advice was to use stories to “break open” the Gospel. Now, when preparing a sermon, I ask myself, “Does this bit open or close the Gospel?”

Keep on keeping on. Honestly. Best homiletics instructor I’ve had. Engaging, approachable, intelligent.

Thank you so much, Lisa and Cathie. You are amazing, thoughtful, gentle, kind, and given me gifts that I can use. Blessings.

Great class. The format of weekly on line gathering and in person day was really engaging.

I really appreciated the wonderful teaching provided by Lisa and Cathie, and spending time with brothers and sisters in Minnesota. So fun to be with old friends, and get to know some knew ones better in the process.