THE FALL PILOT PROGRAM FOR PREACHING PUNCHLINES HAS STARTED!
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LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD ONE SMILE AT A TIME!
-Are you worn down by the struggle to create a new sermon every week?
-Do you feel stuck in your creativity?
-Can you grab and keep your congregation’s attention for the full sermon?
-Are there negative voices that hold you back (in your congregation and/or your own)?
These are real problems for real pastors.
Trust me, I get it. I preach every week, too.
I’m Susan Sparks — a 20-year preacher and professional standup comedian.
Join me in my new course, Preaching Punchlines, where I’ll share tools comedians have leveraged for years that can transform your preaching!
If this peaks your interest, you’re not alone.
CHECK OUT WHO ELSE HAS FEATURED THE COURSE OR ENDORSED THE BOOK:
The Honorable Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Comedian, Lewis Black
Dr. Otis Moss, III
Rev. Peter Wallace, Day1 Broadcasting
Union Theological Seminary; Yale Divinity School; the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship; Chautauqua Institution; and various religious denominations across the country.
IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL LEARN TO:
-Create immediate rapport with your audience;
-Frame messages that will engage people and hold their attention;
-Find your creative voice;
-Overcome “hecklers” or negative voices that ring in your head;
-Bring full authenticity into the pulpit so that people connect with you on a deep level;
-Master the craft of editing so that your messages will be tight, remembered and shared;
-Generate new insights for familiar concepts;
-Build bridges that overcome differences and form community; and
-Share joyous communication in all that you do and find renewed passion for your preaching.
THE COURSE INCLUDES: Twelve videos (approximately 10-15 minutes each), exercises, bonus segments, access to a private Facebook page where you can post questions and ideas, live calls twice monthly, and access to private coaching.
-Named as one of the foremost preachers in America;
-Delivered over 1000 sermons;
-The twenty-year Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church NYC;
–A 25-year professional comedian touring nationally with The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour;
-A TEDx and inspirational speaker who presents to over 10,000 people annually;
-A Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary with an honors thesis on humor and religion;
-An award-wining nationally syndicated columnist distributed to over 600 papers reaching 21 million people in 36 states;
-Featured in the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Tamron Hall Show, ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel;
-Author of the award-winning book, “Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor,” and the recent “Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy;” and
-The 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient (along with Senator Corie Booker) of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities.
For every course sold, Preaching Punchlines will give a donation to a selection of organizations that leverage humor for healing. In 2019-20, that organization will be Comedy Cures.
Here’s the bottom line: Anyone can learn to give a decent sermon. Very few can give one that hits their listeners in the heart center sending them out into the world renewed and inspired to share their new-found joy.
Together let’s change the world, one heart, one smile, one laugh at a time. -Susan