Festival of Homiletics History
Peachtree Road UMC - 2012 Festival of Homiletics, Atlanta
The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers and professors of homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture. Our goal is to engage theologically the practices of preaching and worship, as well as issues related to congregations in the 21st century. Individual preachers are invited to consider various styles and methodologies of preaching in the hopes that they will renew their faith and refresh their spirits through engaging worship, lectures and workshops. Throughout the week we aim to inspire preachers in their roles of proclaiming the gospel.
In its 21st year, the Festival of Homiletics began in 1992 with a gathering of 400 pastors from around the country for the purpose of learning and conversing about preaching in a contemporary context. The Rev. David Howell, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, created the festival as an extension of his preaching journal Lectionary Homiletics.
In light of the Festival's growth and Howell's eventual retirement plans, as of fall 2011, the Festival's ownership and much of its leadership and planning efforts have moved to Luther Seminary campus in St. Paul, Minn. Howell will continue to assist in the Festival planning and production process in light of its new team approach. "We'll continue to demonstrate for people the finest preaching and the finest cutting-edge thinking about preaching, homiletics, church and culture," says Howell.