Save the Date for the 2024 Festival

Registration opens in November

May 13-16, 2024



How Will You #Festival in 2023?

We’re offering a FREE livestream version as well. Register here.

"Preaching Hope for a Weary World"

“Preaching Hope for a Weary World” is the Festival’s response to the hardships and heaviness that have been our reality the last few years. 

From a pandemic, to protests, to politics, and polarization; from wars, to gun violence, and climate change catastrophes, what is our call to preach? 


Surprisingly, in looking back over Festival themes there has never been a focus on hope. Yet, who better to name hope into our world than preachers? 

We believe in a hope that defies all odds. A hope that speaks of new life amid death. A hope that reaches for justice amid inequity. A hope that knows the promise of God’s righteousness amid fear and despair. 

The Festival of Homiletics 2023 will inspire us to a renewed sense of our radical calling. 

Our weary world needs us, preachers. Hope wins.

Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit!


Karoline Lewis, Program Director
Festival of Homiletics

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What's the Festival Like?

The Festival of Homiletics is like summer camp for preachers.

During the Festival, you’ll hear from outstanding preachers from diverse backgrounds, traditions, and ministry settings. You’ll participate in passionate worship, dive deep with preaching master classes, and fellowship with preaching colleagues from around the world.

This year, in-person attendance is capped at 1,200 to maintain rigorous safety protocols—but even if you can’t join us in person, you can still participate!

Choose from a free or premium version of the online Festival—or better yet, come to Minneapolis for a celebration of preaching you won’t forget.

Past Participants Share Their Love

Purchase Recordings

Online access through May 18, 2024

Digital Access

Get every session
$ 150
  • View all 2023 sermons and lectures on demand (through May 18, 2024)
  • Lifetime access to audio recordings
  • A private virtual community to enjoy Festival recordings with friends

Looking for our FREE livestream option? Register here.

Meet the Speakers

Veronice Miles
Mary Elizabeth McGehee Joyce Professor of Preaching, Wesley Theological Seminary
Yvette Flunder
Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge UCC; Presiding Bishop, the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Samuel Cruz
Associate Professor of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary
Karoline Lewis
Doctor of Ministry Program Director, Professor and Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary
Rolf Jacobson
Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology and Ministry, Luther Seminary
David Howell
Consultant and Founder, Festival of Homiletics
Joy J. Moore
Professor of Biblical Preaching; Luther Seminary

Agenda at a Glance

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