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Here’s information on the course. . .



-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 (members of your congregation and 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. Join me in my new course, Preaching Punchlines where I’ll share the tools that can transform your preaching; tools that comedians have leveraged for years.

And just to give you a little comfort level, my “Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy” has been featured by Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, Chautauqua Institution, and various religious denominations across the country.



-Frame messages that will immediately 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 remembered and shared;

-Build bridges that overcome differences and form community; and

-Share joyous communication in all that you do.


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, and live calls twice monthly.


Now, it’s not my style to throw out resume stuff – but since you are considering spending money, here’s my expertise:

-A trial lawyer turned standup comedian and full-time preacher;

-A Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary with an honors thesis on humor and religion;

-Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church (NYC) since 2007 (and the first woman in its 170-year history);

-A TEDx and inspirational speaker who presents to over 10,000 people annually;

-An award-wining nationally syndicated columnist;

-A 20-year professional comedian appearing across the country with the Laugh in Peace Tour;

-My work has been featured in media, such as the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Tamron Hall Show, ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel;

-Author of Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor and Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy

-Awards: 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.


COST OF THE COURSE          $297.00

For every course sold, Preaching Punchlines will give $10 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 reaches from one heart to another, bonds those listeners together, and sends them out into the world inspired to share their new-found joy.

Join me! 

Together let’s change the world, one heart, one smile, one laugh at a time.    -Susan