Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday

Dive Deeper into Lisa Cressman's Five-Day Sermon-Prep Practice that Transforms Preaching into Spiritual Renewal

Your Sermon Is Your Story.

Tell it Well.

You're on a weekly deadline, and the chaos of clergy life has you feeling drained.

We've all been there.

Imagine not having to choose between time with the sacred and sermon preparation—what if they were one and the same? 

You've just downloaded Lisa Cressman's quick-start guide to crafting an effective sermon by go deeper with her five-part video series that walks you through each step.

Lisa's digital course brings you more fully into the process of connecting everyday spirituality to preaching, so that you can become a gift to God, yourself, and your listeners.

In this video course, you'll learn...

  • How to integrate your spirituality more deeply into your sermons
  • Strategies for protecting your time for sermon prep
  • Discernment tools to help you discover what will move your congregation most effectively
  • How to boost creativity—even when you feel like you've run out of it
  • Simple ways to improve your writing skills
  • Ideas for engaging your listeners with deeper, more authentic connections

Preach better this Sunday—and every Sunday—for the rest of your ministry with the process in Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday.

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I like that the material touches on different parts of me...behavioral habits, emotions, spirituality. I notice a difference in myself. This course simply "clicks" with me. I have not experienced that before.

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What's Included

  • Five Video Lessons and Workbook

    Watch as Lisa dives deep into each day of practice, including Lectio, Meditatio, and Oratio. Follow along, integrating your own reflections and insights in the accompanying workbook.

  • Tools to Get to the Heart of the Message

    Want a quick, at-a-glance way to know if your sermon will touch your listeners? Lisa's Heart of the Message grid will let you see instantly if your sermon is rhetorically effective—and how to make it even better.

  • How to Find Your Sermon Illustration in Less Time

    Find your sermon's "latch"—the way you can help listeners see, feel, and connect to God's message for them with Lisa's 16-page guide...included as a special bonus!


Dive Deeper with Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday

  • Instant access to all videos

  • Workbooks, tools, and practices to make sermon prep a joy

  • Return as often as you need to refresh and reflect

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Meet Your Instructor


Lisa cressman

The vision for Backstory Preaching woke the Rev'd Dr. Lisa Cressman in the middle of the night, and she's been trying to keep up with the Holy Spirit ever since. She's Backstory Preaching's Founder and Steward, sharing insights from 25 years as an Episcopal priest, preacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader. Lisa is the author of Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft and a Certified Daring Way facilitator. She holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, and a D.Min. in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.