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Working Preacher Presents:
The Craft of Preaching

Oct. 1-3, 2018
Luther Seminary

How long has it been since you actually listened to sermons instead of delivering them over and over?

You may need to slow down or pause to refine your preaching.

"Working Preacher Presents: The Craft of Preaching" is an event for you to:

  • hear sermons from top preachers
  • ask questions and discuss with leaders from around the country
  • gain practical tools and feedback in workshops

Join the optional Master Class, which gives you a chance to receive feedback on sermons you and your peers deliver to instructors in an encouraging environment. Space is limited so participants can benefit from individual comments and advice.


  • Amy Butler, Senior Minister Riverside Church, New York City, N.Y.

    Amy Butler has served, since 2014, as the first female senior minister at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Butler earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Baylor University. She also holds degrees from Switzerland’s International Baptist Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Before her current position, she served as director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, and most recently, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for 11 years.

  • Marvin McMickle,

    President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

    Marvin McMickle has served as the president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York since 2011. McMickle is also director of the Doctor of Ministry program and professor of African American Religious Studies. He was previously pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio for more than 20 years, and a professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary. McMickle earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University, a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Aurora University in Illinois. He also performed graduate study at Columbia University, taught preaching at Yale University Divinity School, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Aurora University. He is the author of 15 books and dozens of articles in journals and magazines, including commentaries in “Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012). He is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • Frank Thomas,

    Professor, Christian Theological Seminary

    Frank A. Thomas serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Thomas is also director of a new Ph.D. program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, a Doctor of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. Thomas taught preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary and at Memphis Theological Seminary. He was senior pastor at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson, Illinois, and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Thomas is the author of several books, including “How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon (Abingdon Press, 2018), “Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching (Abingdon, 2016), and “They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching (Pilgrim Press, 2013). Thomas is a speaker, coach for pastors and leaders, and member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The conference will be hosted by Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary.

Register today!

Master Class (optional)

An optional Master Class is available during Monday or Tuesday's workshop sessions. Master Class participants are required to bring a prepared sermon and they will preach it, or a portion of it, to a small group (no more than five others) and receive feedback from the homiletician of their choosing. Master Class participants pay $125 additional and should select only one time slot when registering. They should plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, for a Peer Group Meeting before opening worship.

Lay Preaching Track

The Lay Preacher Master Class is available for up to 12 lay preachers (non-rostered leaders with preaching responsibilities in their congregations). Those who qualify for this program should select one Lay Preacher Master Class below and apply the coupon for Lay Preachers to receive a discounted rate of $125 total for conference and master class.

Registration Fees

  • Full registration (Oct. 1-3)
    $245 per person
  • Single day registration
    $125 per day
  • Master Class option
    $125 additional
  • Lay Preacher track
    $125 total
    Lay preacher discount includes master class with local preacher; available to non-rostered leaders with preaching responsibilities.

Download a printable registration form.