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A Lay Preacher’s Guide

As a layperson called to serve a congregation and preach on a regular basis, have you ever felt left on your own to figure it all out? In this seven-week seminar, we will come alongside you to help deepen your gifts for preaching. 

Join this master class for lay preachers with Karoline M. Lewis, author of A Lay Preacher's Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon. Read a chapter each week on your own and then join for discussion and guided practice online. At the end of this course, you will have a clear step-by-step format for preaching a faithful sermon, a process that can be immediately applied to weekly sermon preparation. 

Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT, starting April 12, via Zoom
The cost is $150 per person
Required reading: A Lay Preacher's Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon (not included in registration fee)

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Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has taught since 2007.

Lewis is the author of A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon (2020), Embody: Five Steps to Leading with Integrity, SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She was one of 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign.

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Luther Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University (PhD, New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and regional coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Lewis is the program director of the Festival of Homiletics and chair of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave, and regularly authors the Dear Working Preacher column. Visit for resources on preaching, leadership, and being a woman in ministry.