Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Working Preacher Presents:

The Craft of Preaching

Oct. 2-4, 2017
Luther Seminary

Saint Paul, Minn.

Do you ever wonder what’s behind the scenes of some of the sermons you hear at big preaching conferences with famous preachers? Have you always wanted a practical preaching conference where you can learn some new methods for constructing a sermon and honing your homiletical skills?

Four top preachers will deliver a sermon and then tell you how they got there, with plenty of time for Q&A. Five workshop sessions will provide hands-on experience with practitioners dedicated to homiletical issues.


  • Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga.
  • Raquel St. Clair Lettsome, Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church, Warwick, N.Y., and Managing Partner of Say AMEN!
  • Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Barbara Lundblad, Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, N.Y.

Foundational, collegial and encouraging, this conference is a unique opportunity to tend the craft of your preaching among peers old and new.



Master Class (optional)

An optional Master Class is available during each of the workshop sessions during the conference. 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 three others) and receive feedback from one of the keynote speakers. Master Class participants pay $125 additional and should select only one time slot when registering.

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. 2-4)
    $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.