You’ve Been Asked to Preach: Now What?

Unlock Your Preaching Potential: Ready to swap panic for power in your preaching?

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Nervous about preaching a sermon? Don’t be! Our on-demand course “You’ve Been Asked to Preach: Now What?” is designed to take your sermon crafting from petrifying to inspiring. By the end of this course, you will have a fully written, ready-to-preach powerful sermon that resonates with your congregation and leads them closer to God.

Step into the pulpit with conviction! “You’ve Been Asked to Preach: Now What?” is your comprehensive guide to creating captivating sermons that leave a lasting impact. This course will equip you with the skills to select the right scriptures, craft powerful sermons, and deliver them in a way that deeply resonates with your congregation.

What You'll Learn

  • Unlock the discerning power of scripture selection: Gain critical skills in discerning the right scriptures to choose for your sermon and how to lead others in understanding their applications in their lives.
  • Master the art of sermon crafting: Discover simple yet effective frameworks to quickly craft powerful sermons and turn what might seem like a daunting task into a far less stressful process.
  • Elevate your storytelling and communication skills: Learn enhanced storytelling and communication techniques to ensure your sermons engage and touch the hearts and souls of your congregation.

About this Course

  • Modules


  • Learning Elements


  • Videos


  • Practices & Activities


  • Time

6 hours, 30 minutes

  • Price


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Here's What's Inside...

Get oriented to the course, download the interactive handbook, and access the group to chat with others!

In this module, you will

  • Understand the purpose of the sermon.

In this module, you will

  • Learn the characteristics of a faithful sermon.

In this module, you will

  • Learn practices for engaging the text.
  • Become familiar with Dwelling in the Word.
  • Open up your biblical imagination.

In this module, you will

  • Learn different models for writing the sermon.
  • Learn a formula for keeping the sermon focused.

In this module, you will

  • Consider the dos and don’ts of a sermon.
  • Revise your draft into a ready-to-use sermon.

In this module, you will

  • Understand the concept of “preaching as event.”
  • Learn the mechanics of preaching.

Find out your next steps as you complete the course and how to stay connected with your group. You'll also be able to submit feedback about your course.

You'll Learn How to Tell the Story

Whether you’re a seasoned minister, an emerging church leader, or an individual suddenly called upon to deliver a sermon, your ability to connect with your congregation is key. You need to tap into the pulse of your audience, breathe life into biblical texts, and bridge the gap between the scripture and their everyday lives. “You’ve Been Asked to Preach: Now What?” will empower you to refine these vital skills. This course isn’t just about crafting compelling sermons; it’s about transforming preaching from a daunting task into a heartfelt expression of faith that resonates with your congregation and enhances their spiritual journey.

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Here's everything you get for just $55:

The course presents principles and strategies for creating a faithful, simple sermon. As you go through this course, you will be applying the techniques presented in this material, to create your own sermon so that when you’ve finished the course, you have a ready-to-preach sermon to present to your congregation.

Going through this process, you will:

  • Understand why preaching is important.
  • Learn how to delve into the scripture text used for the sermon.
  • Examine simple structures for writing the sermon.
  • Learn techniques for preaching the sermon.
  • Write a clear and engaging, faithful sermon.
  • Build confidence for preaching your sermon.
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Meet Your Instructor

  • Rev. Dr. Kathryn Skoglund

    Rev. Dr. Kathryn Skoglund is a retired ELCA pastor. With MDiv and DMin degrees from Luther Seminary, she has served God and the church in a variety of ways. Skoglund worked as an interim pastor for Eglesia Luterana Paz y Esperanza, and as a pastor for Trinity Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran. She also served as a Chaplain for the Project Turnabout Addiction Treatment Center, and as an Assistant to the Bishop in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod ELCA. Her DMin thesis, Telling the Old, Old Stories: Reconnecting with Jesus’ Parables Through Biblical Storytelling, is one of her most noteworthy accomplishments. In her retirement, Skoglund enjoys having extra time to spend with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She is currently improving her cookie decorating skills.

Connect as you learn

Connect inside the Faith+Lead Learning Lab

Learning happens best when you do it together with folks who are on the same journey as you are.

That's why our private social network, the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, hosts conversations about course content with other learners, instructors, TAs, and community leaders.

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Study together with a small group or congregation

Want to bring You’ve Been Asked to Preach: Now What? to your Bible study, small group, or even your entire congregation?

Choose "Enroll a Group" at checkout and select how many people you'd like to provide access to the course. You can go through the course together in-person, watch lessons together via Zoom, or even create a private group in the Learning Lab where participants can connect asynchronously.

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