The Craft of Preaching

October 7–9, 2019
St. Paul, MN

Hone your craft with practical sermon skills for all leaders.


This conference is designed for pastors, leaders, preaching lay leaders, and anyone looking to invigorate their delivery through practical skills developed in an encouraging, collegial environment. Top preachers offer a behind-the-scenes look at the whole sermon process, and invite you to this unique opportunity to tend the craft of your preaching among peers old and new. Event speakers will include Shauna Hannan, Joy Moore, and Matthew Skinner.

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Featured Preaching Experts

Shauna Hannan

Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Speaker &
Master Class Facilitator

Joy J. Moore

Associate Professor of Homiletics at Luther Seminary

Speaker &
Master Class Facilitator

Joy Moore
Matt Skinner

Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary

Speaker &
Master Class Facilitator

Matthew Skinner
Karoline Lewis

Associate Professor and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary

Conference Host &
Master Class Facilitator

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Agenda at a glance

Engaging Workshops

Finding the "Heart Point" in the Sunday Readings

Finding the "Heart Point" in the Sunday Readings

Martin Luther used the word hertzpunkt to describe the kernel of the gospel, the grounding image that brings together the Sunday texts.

Finding the "Heart Point" in the Sunday Readings

Martin Luther used the word hertzpunkt to describe the kernel of the gospel, the grounding image that brings together the Sunday texts.

Melinda Quivik
Melinda Quivik
Editor-in-Chief of Liturgy: The Liturgical Conference

Introduction to the
Narrative Lectionary

Introduction to the
Narrative Lectionary

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year lectionary with a year for each canonical Gospel.

Introduction to the
Narrative Lectionary

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year lectionary with a year for each canonical Gospel. Find out how to implement it in your congregation.

Rolf Jacobson
Rolf Jacobson
Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Mindful Preaching in
Volatile Times

Mindful Preaching in
Volatile Times

Explore how preachers maintain a prophetic, pastoral presence in the face of volatility in society as well as in their own communities of faith.

Mindful Preaching in
Volatile Times

Explore how preachers maintain a prophetic, pastoral presence in the face of volatility in society as well as in their own communities of faith.

Theresa Latini
Theresa F. Latini
Executive Director, Mount Olivet Retreat Center

Preaching as Part of a
Liturgical Event

Preaching as Part of a
Liturgical Event

Preaching is not an isolated speech but happens as one element in a larger event: Word and sacrament, Word and prayer.

Preaching as Part of a
Liturgical Event

Preaching is not an isolated speech but happens as one element in a larger event: Word and sacrament, Word and prayer.

Dirk Lange
Dirk G. Lange
Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary

Preaching Biblical
Characters

Preaching Biblical
Characters

Reimagine biblical characters using a storytelling style that helps listeners empathize with the character within the scriptural story.

Preaching Biblical
Characters

Reimagine biblical characters using a storytelling style that helps listeners empathize with the character within the scriptural story.

Cindy Halvorson
Cindy Halvorson

Staff Associate, LeaderWise

Staff Associate, LeaderWise

Staff Associate, LeaderWise

Preaching the
Year of Matthew

Preaching the
Year of Matthew

Explore key texts, themes, and perspectives that lead to effective proclamation of Matthew in the Revised Common Lectionary Year A.

Preaching the
Year of Matthew

Explore key texts, themes, and perspectives that lead to effective proclamation of Matthew in the Revised Common Lectionary Year A.

Craig Koester
Craig Koester
Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Preaching through the
Senses

Preaching through the
Senses

From words on a page to the images they evoke, we will employ a sensory exercise to widen our view of a biblical text or image.

Preaching through the
Senses

From words on a page to the images they evoke, we will employ a sensory exercise to widen our view of a biblical text or image.

Jeni Grangaard
Jeni Grangaard
Pastor, Luther Seminary

Pulling Back the Veil:
Preaching Apocalyptic Texts

Pulling Back the Veil:
Preaching Apocalyptic Texts

This workshop pulls back the veil on apocalyptic texts, and provides participants with confidence to preach and teach them boldly.

Pulling Back the Veil:
Preaching Apocalyptic Texts

This workshop pulls back the veil on apocalyptic texts, and provides participants with confidence to preach and teach them boldly.

Michael Chan
Michael Chan
Asst. Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Punctuated Preaching:
How A Dot Makes All the Difference

Punctuated Preaching:
How A Dot Makes All the Difference

Explore how exclamation points, periods, and commas can vary the trajectory and purpose of your preaching.

Punctuated Preaching:
How A Dot Makes All the Difference

Explore how exclamation points, periods, and commas, can vary the trajectory and purpose of your preaching.

Sonja Hagander
Sonja Hagander
VP for Mission & Identity, Augsburg University

The Preacher as Scribe:
Tradition and Innovation

The Preacher as Scribe:
Tradition and Innovation

Reflect on the scribes of the Bible—Baruch and Ezra—and how this might empower preachers for creative proclamation.

The Preacher as Scribe:
Tradition and Innovation

Reflect on the scribes of the Bible—Baruch and Ezra—and how this might empower preachers for creative proclamation.

Cameron B.R. Howard
Cameron B.R. Howard
Assoc. Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary
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Master Classes Available

In addition to the general conference, participants can enrich their experience by signing up for a Master Class with a keynote speaker for an additional $50.
Lay Preachers can sign up for the Lay Preacher Master Class for no extra charge.

General admission is $245 and includes three worship services with sermon analysis by keynote speakers, various workshop sessions, and two lunches to nourish both body and soul, October 7–9. Optional Master Class session are also open for registration (see details below).

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New Location

In 2019, the Craft of Preaching conference will be hosted at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S, St. Paul, MN 55116. The site is ADA accessible, and there is parking available on-site.