Welcome to the Academy of Preaching and Celebration


On April 28-29, 2014, the Academy of Preaching and Celebration hosted a gathering of African American homileticians. Read more about the consultation and download the report, “For Such a Time as This.”


Welcome to the Academy of Preaching and Celebration. My name is Frank A. Thomas, and I serve as the Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration and also as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary. Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit our Academy. We began our work as one of five initiatives in the Center for Pastoral Excellence in July of 2013. Our purpose is to generate excellence in preaching and worship by exploring the genius of the African-American tradition to transform the church and world through deepened faith and biblical practice.

We have learned across time that it is very difficult to effectively lead worship and preach if we do not address the clergy family. Associate Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration, Dr. Joyce Thomas, will guide the work of helping preachers and clergy families find the balance between family life and ministry. The ministry to the family benefits the clergy in their ministry because it benefits the family.

We are proud to have you connect with us in a variety of ways. Check out the video gallery of Sermons preached by some of the best preachers in the country. Not only will you be blessed spiritually, but you will see some of the most creative approaches to preaching first hand. As part of our continual effort to help you improve your preaching, check out Learning Resources, where we have teaching, preaching, and instructional materials in homiletics. We have recorded workshops and educational homiletical clips, such as The Five Most Common Mistakes preachers make. Feel free to dialogue with us by adding comments to our blog facilitated by myself and our Associate Director or conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Posts

  • Become a healthier you

    Posted Jun 05, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Now that spring has faded and summer is here, the weather is starting to be more pleasurable for working out, especially since more outdoor activities can be included. This time of year provides a great opportunity to begin developing plans or setting goals for revitalizing your health.

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  • The totality of self-care

    Posted Apr 07, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I want to talk about how in-depth self-care can and should be for the maximum health and balance for spouses of pastors who spend less time on themselves due to being over committed to others. I believe that if pastor spouses paid more attention to what makes them feel happy and balanced, they would more likely be content with themselves and their outlook on ministry.

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