Speaking the Word Freely

May 7, 2018 - May 9, 2018
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul MN

May 7-9, 2018


Speaking the Word Freely is a course that enables participants to convert their sermon manuscripts into powerful oral presentations. The system Pastor Larson teaches centers on a certain kind of oral rehearsal, which he helps each student master in individual sessions. Students bring a sermon manuscript with them to the class and learn to speak it freely without reading or memorizing the text. This system works for anyone willing to add an hour or two of oral rehearsal to their sermon preparation time. Here are a few comments from pastors who have taken the course in the past.

“I love this new way of preaching. I am so much more into what I am saying. I have gotten lots of positive comments and support.”

  • “I’ve been speaking freely for the last three sermons I’ve delivered. I have had several parishioners compliment my connection with them through the sermon and the passion with which I deliver it now.”
  • “Now when I preach I am passionate about what I’m saying, and it’s conveyed to the congregation. “

Tuition includes a copy of Jerry Larson’s book, “Speaking the Word Freely”

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Tuition: $180

Contact Hours: 11

Class Times:

  • Monday, 1:00 – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Individual sessions held on Tuesday afternoon)
  • Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Seminar Leaders:

Jerry Larson (D.Min., Luther Seminary) was a parish pastor for 39 years. He retired in 2004 from Calvary Lutheran, Edina, Minn., where he continues to serve as a pastor emeritus. He has been teaching this workshop in the KAIROS program for the past 15 years. He is also the author of “Speaking the Word Freely – Writing with Purpose, Preaching with Power.”

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