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


Please download and read the following materials prior to attending the conference. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Can I purchase access to Keynote Presentations, Preaching Labs or Workshops without registering for the full conference?

The Pre-Conference Luncheon is the only a la carte purchase available. To fully appreciate and learn from the conference experiences provided, full conference registration is required. Conference participation is not available in any other format to facilitate community.


The Mixed Methods Preaching Conference for Seminary Course Credit is available to all individuals (CTS or otherwise) who want to register for Course Credit.  Students will be required to register for the conference and pay an additional fee to Christian Theological Seminary (CTS).

 The course is INSP M823 Contemporary Studies in Preaching and will be taught by Dr. Andre Johnson for 3 credit hours. To register for the course, contact Matt Schlimgen, Registrar,, 317-931-2382.

The cost for enrollment is $159 (Conference Fee) PLUS $639 (Course Fee) for a total of $798 for a 3-credit hour course. Enrollment is limited.

Dr. Andre Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Race and Religion at the University of Memphis will lead the class during the conference.  Dr. Johnson is an Affiliate Faculty of CTS and teaches in the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric.

Resources and Tools

Pre-Conference Reading: Womanist, Narrative & Expository Preaching Methods

Preaching As Celebration
Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Preaching As Celebration
Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Lecture on Preaching as Celebration
Preaching As Celebration Digital Lecture Series and Workbook

American Dream 2.0, A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession
Abingdon Press 2012 (attend to pages 51-69)

How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
Abingdon Press 2018

Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching
Abingdon Press 2016

They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching
Chalice Press 1997

Light of the World Christian Church

Light of the World Christian Church are Disciples of Christ. The church is located at 4646 N. Michigan Rd. Indianapolis IN 46228. Learn More

Christian Theological Seminary
Christian Theological Seminary is a fully accredited ecumenical graduate school located in Indianapolis IN related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Learn More

PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric
As the world’s first PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric, we are on a mission to establish African American preaching as an academic discipline in its own right. Through our program, we develop preachers, and teachers of preachers, who stimulate and provoke a renaissance by preaching their very best and causing others to do the same. The program emphasizes cohort-centered learning, where a group of students progress through the academic program together, creating a deeper and fulfilling educational experience. Learn More

The Mixed Methods Preaching Conference will help preachers discover true joy, passion, enthusiasm, and fun through concrete instruction in homiletical method. You’ll learn how to establish practical and achievable goals for preaching, and correct any perceived deficiencies in preaching training. You’ll gain enhanced preaching fundamentals such a centrality of the Biblical text, sermon structure, delivery of the sermon, and the ever important close of the sermon.