preaching political tension division backstory preaching gerome-viavant-217865.jpg

Preaching Across the Divide

October 29th & November 5th

6:00-8:00 p.m CST (online)

With midterms approaching and the tenor of national discourse approaching chaos, the challenge of preaching across the red-blue divide is fraught with risks.

But it also offers profound opportunities for proclaiming the gospel and building community in profound and contextual ways.

With the lectionary texts for November 4th and 11th in view (the weeks before and after the midterms), Preaching Across the Divide will help you think strategically about your sermons in this fractured time.

Join The Rev’d Dr. Leah Schade and The Rev’d Lisa Cressman for this two-day seminar designed to equip you with practical insights and strategies you can use to reach listeners with the Good News—regardless of their party affiliation.

If you’re sensing the rising tension in your church and wondering how to navigate the next few weeks (and years), this seminar is for you.


Enroll by October 19th for 10% off using discount code EARLYDIVIDE.

Craft An Effective Sermon By Friday (CESF)

No more copy-and-paste sentences or stale messages. This downloadable eCourse teaches you effective techniques you can apply immediately to craft soul-filled sermons that serve your audience. Learn how to protect your time, choose a message, and master your writing style. Study, draft, and deliver a passionate sermon this Sunday and every Sunday.



The Collective on computer screen in coffee shop.jpg

The Collective (+)

Preaching doesn't have to be a solo endeavor. Join this online community of preachers dedicated to collaboration and growth. The Collective (+) offers structure and support for weekly sermon prep; live work sessions to help you find your message; resources to improve your process; guest lectures and Q&A by authors, preachers, and thinkers in related fields; week-long sermon bootcamps; and more—all in the company of colleagues with the guidance of BsP's mentors.  


Stewardship Sermon Bootcamp

Tackle this touchy subject with support and a renewed perspective so you deliver a sermon you truly believe in. This week-long, virtual camp meets one hour a day to guide your sermon prep in real time. Alongside a small group of participants, you'll work with a coach to apply BsP's guiding principles to your work. By the end, you'll not only have a stewardship sermon you're excited to preach, you'll also have learned a new process you can apply every week to preach soul-filled sermons that connect. 

  • Meets online daily: September 17-21, 2018

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST


Save the Date!

Preaching in a Divided Culture

With increasing political, economic, racial, and religious divisions, how do preachers proclaim Jesus Christ's love in a way that can be heard by hearts on both sides of an issue?

October 29th & November 5th

7:00-9:00 p.m. EST

With Lisa Cressman & Leah Schade  

I believe Backstory Preaching can do nothing but make you a better preacher. Not just in style but in content. It integrates the fact-gathering and spiritual practice that preaching really is.
preacher reading bible

person writing at desk with cup of coffee.jpg

Speaking & Custom Courses

Our mentors are available to speak or present about effective preaching at conferences, workshops, & conventions. We also work with seminaries, denominational regions, and institutions to create custom courses that meet the particular needs of your participants. Contact Lisa Cressman, Founder & Steward of Backstory Preaching, to learn more.

Not sure what you need?

No worries. Meet with Lisa online for a FREE 30 minute consultation to ask questions, get clarity, and discover what’s next.

Backstory preaching Mentorship

Backstory Preaching is an intimate, intensive mentorship, accepting only 12 applicants for each session. Experience one-to-one mentoring, master classes, materials and methods created exclusively for Backstory Preaching, and collaborate with other dedicated preachers, all online.

When I stumbled upon your work, I thought, finally someone who gets how tough this preaching thing can be!