Resources include:

2021 Festival notes

Luigi Gioia: The Victory of God's Humour

A sermon on Matthew 25.31-46

Sam Wells: Things too Wonderful for Me

A sermon on Job 42: 1-6, 10

David Hoyle: Preaching after Emmaus

Losing your voice to find another

2020 Festival notes

Sam Wells: Prepare Six Envelopes


2019 Festival of Preaching: Recorded Talks USB stick

Listen again to the 2019 Festival of Preaching. The USB memory stick includes selected worship, lectures and seminars in MP3 format. Please note that unfortunately, due to a technical issue, we were not able to record Rachel Mann's seminar. 



Common Worship Lectionary

Keep the Church of England's pattern of daily Bible readings to hand with the official Common Worship Lectionary app for iPhone, iPad and Android (4.0+).

Reflections for Daily Prayer

Make Bible study part of your daily routine with these reflections from leading Anglican writers, ministers and theologians. iOS and Android (4.0+).

The Church Times for iOS

The world's leading Anglican newspaper on your iPhone or iPad: church news, in-depth features, all the latest clergy jobs and more. The app is free to current Church Times subscribers, but also available with an app-only subscription.

From the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

Preaching and hymns

In this brief essay, we will consider ways that hymns and preaching work together within worship to offer Christians opportunities to reflect theologically on the way of Jesus Christ in their lives, and to be moved, spiritually and emotionally, to respond to the claim of God on their lives with faithfulness. 

From The Preacher magazine

Women's Voices

Libby Lane on learning to hear God in women's voices.

From the Church Times

What makes a good sermon?

Preaching tips from Paula Gooder, Mark Oakley, Kate Bruce, Doug Gay, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Stephen Cottrell, Timothy Radcliffe OP and Sandra Millar

Preaching the Jesus you've met

Good preaching requires preachers to nourish themselves as well as their listeners, writes Frances Ward

More preaching resources

From your Christmas sermon to preaching on Last Things. Advice and inspiration from Church Times contributors.

A rural church needs a special kind of preacher

Sermons in country churches present particular challenges and require attention and skill, says Lorraine Cavanagh

Divine comedy: being a priest and a comedian

Kate Bruce explores holy laughter


Watch again: Stephen Cottrell, Sam Wells and Doug Gay speaking at the Festival of Preaching

Books on preaching

Igniting the Heart

It has been said that the day of the sermon is over. Kate Bruce argues that the day of the poorly conceived, ill prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered sermon, is indeed over.

SCM Studyguide: Preaching

This Study Guide provides an introduction to the practice of preaching. It is designed for people from various church traditions, in the early stages of ministerial formation.

Preaching Like a Woman

Susan Durber provides a step-by-step guide to approaching the Bible from a feminist standpoint with suggestions for how to develop your own voice as a preacher.

Wrestling with the Word

In Wrestling with the Word, well-known and accomplished preachers grapple with a range of notoriously difficult Old and New Testament texts. As well as providing sample sermons - in an exhilarating variety of structural styles and voices - they offer ideas to help in the planning process of interpreting and applying such passages.

More recommended books on preaching

Including books by Walter Brueggemann, David Day, Tony Campolo and others.


Preach editor Jo Swinney in conversation with Kate Bruce

Preach editor, Jo Swinney talks to author Kate Bruce about her book 'Igniting the Heart' - which is the first book of the Preach Book Club.

Malcolm Guite on the faith of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ed Thornton, Assistant Editor of the Church Times, talks to Malcolm Guite about his latest book (interview is 13 minutes 22 seconds in).

Session notes & programme

Delegate information

Late Night Liturgy

9:45pm Sunday & 9:45pm Monday, Cathedral

Monday Morning worship

9am Monday, St Aldates. Mark Oakley is preaching.

Brian D. McLaren: Worship that Destroys (and Saves) the World

Paula Gooder: Preaching the Parables

9.45am Monday, St Aldates.

Ally Barrett: Preaching with All Ages

David Hoyle: Why do we preach?

4pm Monday, Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, Christ Church

Kate Bruce: Whose Sermon is it Anyway? Preaching on public and civic occasions

4pm Tuesday, St Aldates.

Sunday Festival Dinner Menu


Jane Williams
Mark Oakley
Sam Wells
Luigi Gioia
Guli Francis-Dehqani
Tue 30 Mar @ 09:07
A date for your diary: join us on Tuesday 8th June for a preaching masterclass with Paula Gooder…