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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 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.


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.


Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis/Carmel
9625 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46290

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown/Union Station
123 W. Louisiana St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Mixed Methods Preaching Conference Information
Alilah Williams

PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric

Hourly Schedule

Day 1: September 9, 2019

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.
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 5:45pm
Preaching Lab One
Small Group Introductions
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Free Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Narrative Preaching with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Day 2: September 10, 2019

8:00am - 9:00am
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am
Prayer/Centering Moment
9:15am - 11:00am
Narrative Preaching Lecture with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr
11:00am - 1:30pm
Networking/Lunch Break – On Your own
1:30pm - 5:00pm
Preaching Lab Two
Small Group Work Session
5:00pm - 5:30pm
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Onsite Reception
6:30pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Womanist Preaching with Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown

Day 3: September 11, 2019

8:00am - 9:00am
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am
Prayer/Centering Moment
9:15am - 11:00am
Womanist Preaching Lecture and Q/A with Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown
11:00am - 1:30pm
Lunch with special CTS Chapel Service at 11:30AM
Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker preaching in Chapel Service; Luncheon Speaker Rev. Dr. Charlie Edward Dates
1:30pm - 5:00pm
Preaching Lab Three
Small Group Work Session and Q/A (Lab Break 3:30PM – 4:00PM)
5:00pm - 5:30pm
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Catered Dinner/Jam Session
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Expository Preaching with Dr. Charlie Edward Dates

Day 4: September 12, 2019

8:45am - 9:00am
Prayer/Centering Moment
9:00am - 10:30am
Expository Preaching Questions/Answers
10:30am - 11:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
Preaching Lab Instructions
Box Lunch
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Preaching Evaluation
7 minute sermon demonstrations with evaluation of sermon for each participant
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Closing Remarks with Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Founding Director


Sep 09 - 12, 2019


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