Event Schedule

27th Festival of Homiletics - 2019 Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"

  • The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together top-notch preachers and professors of Homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture.
  • Lectures and worship services are open only to paid participants to maintain adequate seating for all of our registered participants. Single day registration is available to accommodate spouses or visiting guests.
  • We will not be recording the workshops to create a safe space for personal interaction to take place. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Download the FREE Festival app! Get ready for this year's Festival of Homiletics. You can access the schedule, sponsors and docs from your mobile device. Bulletins and maps will be added to the app as soon as they are available. Visit my.yapp.us/HOMILETICS on your mobile device and you'll be taken to your app store to download (for free) Yapp, the platform that's hosting our app. Once Yapp is downloaded on your device, you'll be able to post pics, follow tweets, rate sessions, and receive updates during the Festival. Download the app today!

"First-Timers Meeting" by Dawn Alitz

05/13/2019 5:30PM—Central Lutheran

Please join us in the sanctuary at Central Presbyterian to go over a few logistics to help make this first time at the Festival a success.

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Tips for First Time Attendees

  • Spring is an ideal time to visit Minneapolis, as the weather is pleasant. However, should the weather suddenly turn bad, the Skyway System (those enclosed, second level bridges you see everywhere) connects roughly 80 city blocks without stepping a toe outdoors. Download the Minneapolis skyway app or learn more about the skyway system here
  • This is a city full of history, culture and entertainment; we hope you have plenty of experiences you will not soon forget. Check out some of these “tips” sites for things to do in your free time. Best Minneapolis-St.Paul Travel Tips
  • Please join us for a brief session on how to navigate your first Festival of Homiletics on Monday, May 13 at 5:30 pm at Central Lutheran Church. We hope to offer some helpful information to make the week easier and more enjoyable!
  • Use the Festival of Homiletics website – it is loaded with all sorts of helpful information. It has tips on things to do in Minneapolis, restaurants and helpful maps of the area.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – the venues are located close to one another, but you will do a fair amount of walking during the week. All the Festival cities are very walkable, but have plenty of public transportation to help. Be sure to take advantage of the trains, bus systems and bike rentals!
  • A morning break is served buffet style at each location. There will plenty of food and beverages for all, although there can be a bit of a rush as people leave the sanctuary. Thanks for your patience!
  • Lunch is on your own unless you pre-ordered your lunches. Boxed lunches will be available each day at Westminster Presbyterian in the main lobby. We really encourage you to check out the local flavor – restaurants are located all over the area! Check out some recommendations at Meet Minneapolis – Food and Dining Guide.
  • A helpful stop is at the Minneapolis Visitor Information, located on the corner of 5th Street and Nicollet, directly in front of the Nicollet Metro Transit light rail station. They have maps, all manner of visitor information and an especially alluring selection of locally-made crafts, gifts and souvenirs.
  • Plan ahead! Use the schedules provided online and in your program to plan your week. There is a lot going on and it will help you avoid missing your favorite speaker. Use the At-a-Glance schedules on-site and in the program to orient yourself!
  • Make new friends! It may seem like everyone knows someone else, however 50% of the group is new to the conference each year. It could be the start to a beautiful friendship.
  • Take a break – the week can be overwhelming. Don’t feel like you need to do everything. Relax, take an evening off – Festival recordings are available for most of the lectures, workshops and sermons.
  • Questions? Come find us at the Information Desk located at the Central Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday - Friday. It is staffed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, Friday until 11 a.m.
  • No food allowed in the sanctuaries; however, you are able to bring water.
  • Relax, take it in and enjoy – that is why you came after all!