Festival of Homiletics History

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 27th 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.

The Festival's ownership, leadership and planning efforts are now with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Howell continues to consult in the Festival planning and production process in light of its new team approach. "We continue to demonstrate for people the finest preaching and the finest cutting-edge thinking about preaching, homiletics, church and culture."

Singers at Metropolitan AME Church, 2019 Festival of Homiletics - DC