Preaching Lab

Online: February 5 – April 2, 2018
In person: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville

This is a hands-on, practical course that helps create specific skills to prepare an excellent scripted sermon. Topics include: basic communication principles that have relevance for preaching; crafting a central idea based on a Biblical text; locating ideas when you don’t have any at the moment: organizational options; where to find quality resources online and on paper; methods for supporting an idea (stories, anecdotes, personal experience, quotation, even statistics); enlivening a sermon through literary devices such as dialogue and comparisons; creating introductions that capture attention and point the way; and planning conclusions that end the sermon with a bang not a whimper (in TS Eliot’s fine phrase).

Students will learn through analysis of sample sermons and directed exercises in the areas listed above. They will learn through examples and then attempt the “strategy” themselves. Work will be shared online and everyone is encouraged to chime in.

Required materials: 
The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor
Beyond Words by Frederick Buechner

Cost: $300

Registration info coming soon.