September 9 – 12, 2019

Presented by the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric, Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana

Method Matters:
The Inaugural Mixed Methods Preaching Conference

The Mixed Methods Preaching Conference introduces and refreshes the practice of time-tested preaching fundamentals by exposing conference attendees to different preaching methods. Through a serious and critical exploration of Womanist, Narrative, and Expository preaching methods, we foster an environment that uplifts the importance of preaching method, helps preachers love their preaching, and preach their best.

The conference features preaching and lecturing by distinguished preachers and homiletical method instruction plus preaching opportunities in a facilitated small group preaching lab.

We explore preaching methods through the awesome knowledge and distinguished preaching experience of Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., and Dr. Charlie Dates, plus the teaching gifts and preaching expertise of the inaugural PhD Cohort at Christian Theological Seminary.

It is our desire to help anyone who wants to improve their preaching regardless of degree, title, size of church, or denomination. If you want to get better, this is the conference for you. Method Matters!

Conference Photos

When preachers love preaching and preach their best, it will lead to a preaching renaissance and revive American Christianity.


Schedules Are Subject to Change
11:00am - 4:00pm

Conference Registration throughout the Day

The Conference provides attendees exposure and interaction with homiletics preachers and teachers plus accomplished Conference Faculty. The Conference offers three sermons, lectures on preaching, and a small group preaching lab.
11:30am - 1:30pm

Pre-Conference Luncheon

Featuring Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Freddy Haynes, speaking on Social Justice and offering insight and reflections about scripture, the streets, his latest book and more.
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Opening Remarks

Welcome, Gratitude & Opening Remarks by Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas plus Preaching Lecture Overview (Defining Narrative, Womanist and Expository Preaching). We give special thanks to the Christian Theological Seminary for their unwavering support.
1:30pm - 5:00pm

Preaching Lab Three

Small Group Work Session and Q/A (Lab Break 3:30PM – 4:00PM)
10:30am - 11:00am
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Preaching Evaluation

7 minute sermon demonstrations with evaluation of sermon for each participant


The Inaugural Mixed Methods Preaching Conference experience is available for a limited number of participants to maximize the learning experience. Registration for the conference has closed. You may still register for the Pre-Conference luncheon. Please email to be added to a waiting list for the conference.
Ticket Level Early Registration
Through July 15, 2019
Regular Rate
Effective July 16, 2019
Conference for Seminary Course Credit NA SOLD OUT (Additional Requirements)
Organization with 5+ Registrations SOLD OUT NA
Pre-Conference Luncheon SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Conference Location

Join us in Indianapolis Indiana for an engaging and first-of-its kind conference. Participants will experience the campus, hospitality, teaching and ministry environment of Light of the World Christian Church and Christian Theological Seminary. Facilities are just 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis and conveniently accessed from I-465, I-70 and I-74.