May 22, 2023 - June 29, 2023
May 22 - June 29, 2023 Camp Rhythm ORIENTATION: Before first day of kickoff week (varies by cohort) Kickoff WEEK: Meets daily for one hour over 5 days Weeks 2-6: Meets one hour weekly for 5 weeks OPTIONAL: Participate in peer sermon appraisals the week after the last live session Three cohort times available. Choose your session time at checkout: Tuesdays: 10 a.m. (Central time) Thursdays: noon (Central time) Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. (Central time) during kickoff week, 6:00 p.m. weeks 2-6 All sessions recorded in case you can't make it.
Offered by Luther Seminary
Missouri CityTX

Learn practical strategies that engage your own spirituality and backstory to craft an effective sermon without the stress.

Reboot your preaching life & Rediscover the joy of Preaching.

You wonder if there’s a better way to prepare your sermons. You’re tired of scrambling for a message at the last minute and then wondering if your message even connected with your listeners. But it’s hard to know where to start and how to make change that matters—and lasts.

Sermon Camp provides the roadmap and structure you need to:

  • experience sermon prep as a time of respite and connection with God

  • finish your sermon on your timeline so you can enjoy time with friends and loved ones

  • enter the pulpit confident in and excited about the message you preach

Rooted in prayer and best practices, the tools you receive in Sermon Camp will re-invigorate your spirituality and bring you closer to being the preacher you long to be.

Sermon Camp is for anyone who wishes to proclaim the Good News with more confidence and joy—and connect with God in the process. We welcome:

  • experienced preachers

  • brand new preachers

  • ordained preachers

  • lay preachers

  • bivocational preachers

  • weekly preachers

  • a-few-weeks-a-year preachers

  • What you’ll learn:

    By the end of the course, you’ll have established a new process, schedule, and approach to preaching that will make sermon prep a time you look forward to each week. You’ll discover:

    • tools to discover new insights about the Scripture that will multiply your sermon ideas

    • preaching strategies you’ll be able to apply this week and every week to craft a compelling message in less time

    • ways to experience your sermon prep as respite rather than another task on your to-do list

    • practices to finish your sermon by Friday—or on your ideal timeline—so you can enjoy a personal life!

    Course Content:

    Week 1: Learn and apply BsP’s foundational, 5-step sermon prep process, developing a sermon over 5 days

    Week 2: Design the process that works for you: prayer, environment, and your sermon prep schedule

    Week 3: Healing the preacher’s “curse of knowledge”: cultivating a beginner’s mind and formative exegesis

    Week 4: How to make meaning from the text: 5 essential components of every sermon

    Week 5: Holding the listener’s attention: introductions, conclusions, and storytelling

    Week 6: From idea to sermon: exploring sermon forms, revision as a gift to your listener, & questions/wrap-up

    After (optional): Peer sermon appraisals conducted independently