Backstory Preaching Mentorship Program

January 16th to June 30th, 2019

Applications now open to members of The Collectives. Opens to the public October 1st.



It's not about profound observations or impassioned oration.The Authentic sermon is effective.

Our online, intensive mentorship has a dual focus to help you be good news so you can preach good news.



Information Sessions

Learn more. Ask questions. Meet Lisa.

Join us for a live, 1-hour information session with BsP’s Founder & Steward, Lisa Cressman, to discover whether BsP’s Mentorship is right for you:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 10:00 a.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 27th at 9:30 a.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 1st at 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 4th at 8:00 p.m.





We dive deep into your identity as a Christian — your backstory. Your backstory is made mostly of ordinary moments of extraordinary love from God. Without being aware of and cultivating that love, preaching can feel like another item on the ministry chore list. We'll examine your mindset, experience of the gospel, places where fear and shame are holding you back, and the transformative benefits of cultivating wonder, joy, and curiosity as you engage Scripture.




At the same time, we focus on your skills as a preacher. We’ll practice the craft of preaching using both original techniques and tried-and-true methods. You'll give and receive feedback and collaborate in master classes.  You'll learn how to find a dozen ideas from a single passage of Scripture, practice writing strategies that will enhance your message, and bring attention to small tweaks that will strengthen your speaking skills. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to prepare and preach effectively every week with less stress and more joy so that you can “Be Good News to Preach Good News.”


The result? Deeper faith and a new foundation that will strengthen the rest of your preaching vocation.


Anyone would benefit from experiencing this class...It gives spiritual direction while also helping to improve preaching and to lighten the burden of preaching for the sake of the preacher’s overall ministry.


Backstory Preaching’s Mentorship is for...

  • Any ordained or lay preacher, whether a new grad or a veteran with many years of experience

  • Bishops, priests, pastors, and deacons who want to strengthen the craft of writing and delivering sermons

  • Bi-vocational clergy longing to preach clear, engaging, and effective messages

  • Clergy members who want to illuminate the connection between spirituality and preaching

  • Anglican, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic preachers.

Course Includes:

  • Six months of personalized and group mentoring beginning January 16th, 2019 and running through June 30th.

  • One-to-one mentor sessions

  • Master classes

  • Small group, online collaboration

  • Appraisals of every sermon you record and upload

  • Materials integrated to help you develop your perspective and voice

  • Structured sessions for study and sermon appraisal

  • Option to attain the designation of “Backstory Preacher” to indicate your dedication to and proficiency in this craft, qualifying you to be trained to become a Backstory Preaching Mentor.

  • Course Materials: Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft by Lisa Cressman, Founder and Steward of Backstory Preaching® (Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 2018), its corresponding workbook, plus curated articles, videos, and other relevant resources.



Valued at over $2800

offered for just $2250

Get the guidance and support you need to become a better preacher.

applicationS now open to members of The Collective/+.

Opens to the public October 1st!


I am not a big enough sponge to absorb all of what she is teaching me.