Dear Festival Attendees –
In light of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the in-person version of Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta this May. This decision was made with care and concern for your health and safety, as well as that of your faith communities and our speakers. What follows are several important details. Please read them carefully.
If you are currently registered for this year’s Festival, here are your options:
Option 1 – Join us at a possible virtual conference. We are in the process of creating an online version of the Festival that will give you access to the same wonderful preachers and speakers on the schedule for Atlanta. We are working on getting this option live, and will make registration fee adjustments as necessary once the details are in place. We will let you know when this option is ready.
Option 2 – Do nothing. Your registration will be transferred to next year’s Festival of Homiletics in Denver, CO, May 17-21, 2021. If you would like to have your ticket automatically transferred for next year, you need to take no action. This will guarantee your place for next year’s gathering at the current price.
Option 3 – Transfer your ticket to another future attendee. If you know you cannot attend next year, or if it becomes clear that you cannot attend in the future but would like to hold your spot for your church/organization, we will work with you to transfer your ticket to another colleague or friend. Transfers can be made any time between November 1, 2020 and March 24, 2021.
Option 4 – Transfer your registration funds to another transformative preaching opportunity. We have two hands-on preaching offerings for you to choose from: Lisa Cressman’s Sermon Camp, an online preaching course beginning the week of April 20, 2020, and Working Preacher Presents: The Craft of Preaching, scheduled to take place October 5-7, 2020 at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN. If you’d like to take this course of action, email email@example.com with details about which opportunity you’d like to select.
Option 5 – Request a Refund. You may request a refund by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). This will cancel your entire order, including the recording package. There is a non-refundable fee of $50. We hope that this would be a last resort for you, as canceling the Festival will have a significant negative impact on our operating budget. However, we understand that the above options might not be possible for you and will process your refund request expediently.
If there is anything else we can do to serve you, please feel free to reach out to email@example.com. We also invite you to join the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, a social network created for Christian leaders to connect and share. In a changing church and world, no one has all the answers. But you have some…and a congregation across the country has another…and a lay leader two states over has another. The Faith+Lead Learning Lab is a hub where Christian leaders can come to get ideas, share what’s working, and help each other through what’s not. Get free access now.
You and your communities are in our prayers as we move through these challenging times. We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to enliven your preaching and give you the peace of Christ’s promises and hope in the coming days.
Peace, Dawn Alitz – Managing Director, Festival of Homiletics Karoline Lewis – Program Director, Festival of Homiletics
Links for More Information:
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Registration includes all lectures, worships and workshops, as well as all scheduled evening events. Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the individual.
We offer discounted early bird rates for individuals and groups, as well as special discounts for full-time seminary students. Live-stream video and single-day admission is also available.
Options and Rates
Registration is required to participate in workshops, lectures, worship services and evening events. Early-bird registration opens on November 1, 2019 and runs through February 23, 2020. During Early-Bird registration, the cost is $280 for a single person or $260 for a group (Individual rate for 2 or more persons registering together). Beginning February 24, 2020, the cost goes up to $300 for a single registration and $280 for a group.
A full-time seminary student receives a 50% discount off the conference registration fee. The Early-Bird rate for seminarians is $140 and after February 23, 2020, the rate goes up to $150.
Single day registration will open beginning February 23, 2020 with Monday and Friday daily rates of $50 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday daily rates of $100. Please be sure to factor in the expenses you will incur for travels, lodging, and food.
The Live-stream video option allows you to watch the festival online. This includes only the daytime sessions Tuesday through Thursday (excludes Monday, Friday, and evening sessions). Live-stream cost is the same for all registrants and registration periods. Live-stream registration ends on May 10, 2020.
Our live streaming platform is compatible with both Mac and PC, as well as IPhones, IPads, Android devices, and most other mobile devices. It does not require Adobe Flash, or any downloads or plugins to run. Users will be allowed to create an account with a password. To join a live session, they’ll log back into that account and see a list of all the courses for which they’ve registered, with special notifications next to those that are live streaming. When they click on a course, the course viewer window will appear, with the live stream of the session. Customers who register for a live stream will also have automatic access to the video recording of the session.
This year we again are planning the special offer of the full package of recordings on our registration page at the extremely discounted rate of $75! We listened to your requests and want to make these recordings more accessible to our attendees – don’t miss out on this great offer!
If you have limited mobility, a boxed lunch option is available. Space is limited. Please reserve for those in need of an on-site option. Lunch option must be selected at time of registration and will not be available for purchase on site.
Each year we hope to be able to scholarship up to six full registrations. We have added a donations component to our registration process, so as the year goes on, we will post opportunities here as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The cost of registration includes a non-refundable processing fee of $50 per registrant for each cancellation. No refunds will be granted after Sunday, May 17, 2019. However, if a registrant is unable to attend the festival for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar, someone else at no additional cost. See the full listing of our Registration and Refund Policies.
Lectures and worship services are open only to paid participants. We provide the single day registration option for individuals who want to attend one day’s events or hear a specific speaker.
We are offering a limited number of spots, available on first-come, first-served basis. On-site: Tuesday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break for caregivers. Cost is $150 (6 months–5 years old). Additional information to be collected via email to finalize child care arrangements. Call 651-523-1645 with questions.
Small children are allowed to attend the Festival with their parents, however, we also ask that you be respectful of the other paid participants should your child become fussy by removing them to a better location until they are settled as to not disrupt the session.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
The Festival of Homiletics offers a Certificate of Completion, found in the program for daily contact hours. There will be a total of 26 hours offered for the week and generally, 10 contact hours equals one CEU credit.
The Festival of Homiletics is happy to provide an invitation letter to accompany your visa application after full payment is received. We recommend that as soon as you register and pay the full registration fee, contact Festival of Homiletics with your request. You will receive a PDF printable file on Festival of Homiletics letterhead via an email attachment. The Festival of Homiletics will not supply an invitation letter to unpaid or unregistered participants, and FoH reserves the right to refuse to provide invitation letters for attendees. Please note that FoH does not give any further support to the visa application process. Kindly note that this invitation does not, in anyway financially commit either the Festival of Homiletics for the expenses you incur for travels, lodging, and food. All conference participants are expected to take full financial responsibility for their stay in Minneapolis. Obtaining a visa remains the sole responsibility of the participant. Regular cancellation deadlines apply, regardless of whether your visa was granted or not.