Encouraging Sound Preaching and Teaching

Academics and Degrees

Austin Graduate School of Theology Will Host Its 39th Annual Sermon Seminar May 18-21, 2020

Known as a “roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-to-work seminar,” it has become a haven for preachers, ministers, Bible class teachers, and church leaders from across the country and various places around the world to enhance their biblical knowledge, work on their preaching and teaching skills, worship together, and be strengthened by Christian brothers and sisters. 




The Sermon Seminar at Austin Graduate School of Theology is committed to encouraging preaching and teaching which are:

  • Drawn from responsible biblical interpretation
  • Based on faithful theological inquiry
  • In keeping with the Restorationist vision
  • Challenging and helpful to the church
  • Appropriate for the contemporary cultural setting

Speakers & Topics

Jim Martin, Preaching from Habakkuk

Curt Niccum, Preaching from the Gospel of John

R. Mark ShippPreaching from Five Outsiders: Ruth, Esther,
Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

Todd Still, Preaching from 1-2 Thessalonians


Writing about preachers of the ancient church, one church historian states: “[T]heir thinking was never far removed from the church’s worship…their intellectual work was always in service and praise and adoration of the one God…there was always a living community before their eyes.”

In similar recognition of the importance of worship for preaching, each day at the Seminar begins and ends with a period of worship.

Schedule – This is the schedule from 2019.  It will be updated when the 2020 schedule is determined.

(printable schedule )

Monday, May 20
6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Worship
6:15 – 7:00 Harold Shank—Deuteronomy
7:15 – 8:00 Allen Black—Luke
8:00 – 8:15 Worship

Tuesday, May 21
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Mark Hamilton—Decalogue
10:15 – 11:00 Jim Reynolds—Colossians
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Shank (2)—Deuteronomy
1:00 – 2:30 Preacher Panel
2:45 – 3:00 Worship
3:00 Free Time/Dinner on your own
Wednesday, May 22
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Black (2)—Luke
10:15 – 11:00 Hamilton (2)—Decalogue
11:00 – 12:00  Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Reynolds (2)—Colossians
1:00 – 1:45 Shank (3)—Deuteronomy
2:00 – 3:30 Allan McNicol—From Text to Sermon*
or * Limited registration and requires preparation prior to arrival at the Seminar
2:00 – 5:30 Free Time/Dinner on your own
5:30 – 6:15 Black (3)—Luke
6:30 – 7:30 Evening Worship
Thursday, May 23
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Hamilton (3)—Decalogue
10:15 – 11:00 Reynolds (3)—Colossians
11:00   Farewell and boxed lunches

Registration – The 2020 Registration form will be available shortly.

The 2020 Sermon Seminar begins Monday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. and concludes Thursday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m.

The cost will be determined at a later date and will include the seminar, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and all audio files and handouts. A non-refundable deposit (applied toward the total cost) and completed registration form will hold your reservation. Checks, credit cards, and money orders are acceptable forms of payment.

Cancellations before May 13 will be refunded (minus deposit).

2020 Registration Form — print form, fill it out, and email it to SermonSeminar@AustinGrad.edu or mail with payment to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology | Sermon Seminar
7640 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78752

If paying with a credit card, you may call 512-476-2772 with your credit card information.


The Austin Graduate School of Theology is a seminary associated with Churches of Christ and in conversation with all who confess Jesus as Lord.

Our mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith as taught in the Scriptures.

Sermon Seminar is held at Austin Graduate School of Theology located at: 

7640 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78752


Click here for a map and directions.

For questions about Sermon Seminar:
     Call: (512) 476-2772

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