Fontaine Sermon Event

November 11, 2017 St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis

We are proud to announce the Rev’d Lisa Kraske Cressman, D.Min, Founder and Steward of Backstory Preaching® ( will be our presenter for this our second annual event. Rev’d Lisa will also be preaching at Saint Mark’s 8am & 10:30am Worship, Sunday, November 12th.

“There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.”

Where do preachers start? With our call to preach. Who are we as preachers? What is our authority to preach and how is it to be used in service of the Gospel? How do we better understand our listeners? How do we access the Spirit’s courage to preach the Gospel no matter the consequences to us? How do preachers lead when the present is so troubled, and the future is an especially large question mark?

By joining us for this interactive day, the preacher will:

  • Renew the importance of and plan for personal prayer and Scripture study;
  • Understand the preacher’s tools of leadership and authority;
  • Be able to use those tools in service of the Gospel;
  • Empathize with and name competing loyalties of preachers and listeners, and appreciate God’s mercy that runs throughout;
  • Be able to apply several practical approaches to sermons that may challenge listeners;
  • Have resources for further study.

At the end of the day the preacher will have a deeper understanding of the challenges and tools to proclaim the Gospel creatively, lovingly, and clearly, so that especially now, all people will know we are Christians because we love one another…and love our neighbors like ourselves.

Registration Deadline Monday, November 6th

Where: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
Time: 9 am – 3 pm

Lunch provided with a light reception following Cost: $30.00 - Payment at registration or event and more information at or by calling Carrie at 612-400-1202 –

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Made possible by a generous gift to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, given in honor of Saint Mark’s Fourth Dean, The Very Rev. Douglas Fontaine, the Fontaine Sermon Event is intended to foster the art of preaching at the Cathedral and throughout the ECMN.  The goal is a reconnected, refreshed, and recommitted cohort of preaching practitioners dedicated to the art of bringing the Word to life.