You want some help to face that first sermon.
Relax. That's what I'm here for.

You want your first sermon to be a great success.

I have the background and experience to help you succeed.

The course is unique: Short video lessons with practical, professional guidance to help you plan and preach that sermon you are worried about.

I'm Gary Neal Hansen.  Maybe you just stumbled on this course through a blog post. Or maybe you know me from my award-winning book, Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History's Best Teachers (InterVarsity, 2012).

In case you are a total stranger, I want you to know that if you take this course you'll be in good hands.

  • I'm an ordained minister, and an experienced pastor. I've preached hundreds of sermons.
  • After earning my Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary I spent seventeen years as a seminary professor. I've helped train hundreds of pastors and lay-ministers.
  • When I was on the faculty of the University of Dubuque theological seminary I received the school's highest award for excellence in teaching.
  • When I was asked to preach my first sermon I took it as a threefold responsibility: Be faithful to the Lord, Be faithful to the scripture, Be faithful to the congregation. I was uncertain about how to go about doing that and making the message both engaging and interesting. My pastor, who was already on one of Gary’s mailing lists, forwarded me Gary’s email describing his “Your 1st Sermon” course. I found the course to be just what I needed. I completed the recommended 5 step process and built my sermon. After I delivered the sermon, I felt that I had met my goals and feedback I received from the congregation confirmed that the Holy Spirit was indeed at work in them with the words that I spoke. I recommend this course for people preparing their first sermon and either are unsure where to start or want to confirm that they constructing a faithful first sermon.
    Frank Hancock, Former Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery

If you aren't satisfied with the class just ask for a refund in the first 30 days. No problem.

If you sign up for the sermon feedback or coaching call and it turns out the time is too tight to make it happen before you have to preach, just let me know -- I'll refund everything beyond the fee for the basic course.