The Collective

With Brand new features based on member feedback and insights

Craft Better Sermons Faster

Rooted in your spirituality, The Collective is an online, ecumenical community dedicated to challenging and inspiring preachers in their weekly sermon prep with practical tools, live support, and ongoing education.

Hear from BsP’s Founding Steward, Lisa Cressman, followed by a member of The Collective (runs 2 minutes and 21 seconds).

The place for Inspiration, Planning, & Growth 

You don't have to work in isolation.

You don't have to preach in a void of feedback, instruction, or inspiration.

You can become more effective, more efficient, and more fulfilled in your vocation.

And you can do it from anywhere. 

Click the image for an interactive guide to The Collectives!

Click the image for an interactive guide to The Collectives!

The Collective focuses our efforts, pools our ideas, and expands our creativity so my sermon prep takes less time and my sermons are more effective.
— Matthew M.

Join a community of preachers consistently improving their Sermons, Saving time, and Enjoying the process. 

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The Collective

Write your sermons with more joy and less stress. 

Benefits of The Collective:

  • Finish your sermon by Friday more often than not

  • Have a go-to place for sermon prep help

  • Establish a sermon prep process you can count on—and look forward to—week after week

  • Feel renewed rather than drained by your preaching

  • Reclaim and maintain a life outside the pulpit!


The Collective +

Take your preaching to the next level.

Includes ALL benefits of The Collective, PLUS:

  • Learn from and interact with the brightest preaching minds of our time

  • Find the intellectual stimulation you crave and the encouragement you need to break out of your rut

  • Begin each lectionary season prepared with the lectionary story arc and a clear sermon plan

  • Experience deep transformation as you create a preaching life that’s sustainable—and fulfilling

Backstory Preaching and working with the BsP Collective has been the one practice for sermon preparation that has fed me spiritually. In over 11 years of ordained ministry, this has been the only preaching practice that I’ve found effective.
— Candyce L.

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The Collective's features include:

  • Membership in the BsP Collective online group

  • BsP's 5-day video introduction to Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday

  • BsP's "Heart of the Message" grid to help you clearly define your sermon each week

  • Weekly "Heart of the Message" live, online sessions to workshop your sermon message in community

  • Weekly resources curated for the RCL and Narrative Lectionary lessons to streamline your research

  • Creativity exercises to inspire new approaches to writing your sermon

  • Support to integrate BsP's 5-day sermon prep process into your weekly routine

  • Christmas Sermon Bootcamp to help you write an effective sermon in the company of colleagues and under the guidance of a mentor during one of the busiest weeks of the year

  • 10% discount on all BsP courses and coaching

  • COMING SOON: Sermon Prep to Go! Everything you’d need to craft a sermon from anywhere. All you need is the internet connection.


The Collective+ includes ALL features of The Collective, PLUS:

  • Membership in The Collective and Collective+ online group

  • Monthly, online workshops and Q&A with preaching professors, authors, and thinkers to help you become more effective in the pulpit.

  • Prompts and discussion to help you integrate new knowledge and skills into your preaching life so you keep growing

  • Participation in sermon bootcamps (Holy Week/Easter & Christmas)

  • BsP's downloadable Preacher's Planner (made available ahead of each church season, Advent through Pentecost)—made by preachers, for preachers

  • 5 guided, seasonal sermon-planning sessions: plan ahead for the next lectionary and liturgical season

  • A library of recordings from all guest speakers

  • COMING SOON: Collective+ Book Club! Read and discuss a book that will get you thinking about your preaching from a new perspective.



Valued at over $3000/year

Access all benefits of The Collective for just




Valued at over $5000/year

Access all benefits of The Collective+ for just




Scholarship pricing available for special preaching circumstances. 

Learn more HERE


I find my best sermon prep is a mix of collaboration (dialogue with preachers and other disciples) and solitary work (research, writing, and prayer). The BsP Collective gives me a great framework and opportunity for each of these dimensions, while encouraging me deeper into my own “backstory” of spiritual journey.
— Ellen A.