Homiletic Peer Coaching @ Vanderbilt Divinity School Connect 




Homiletic Peer Coaching @ Vanderbilt Divinity School Connect https://www.homileticcoaching.org/about


The David G. Buttrick Certificate Program in Homiletic Peer Coaching, funded by the Lilly Endowment, is aimed at forming preachers and improving the quality of preaching. The program has been named to honor former Vanderbilt preaching professor David G. Buttrick. The program will train and certify peer-group coaches to initiate and successfully lead peer-groups for preachers


Who should become a certified preaching coach?

Similar to programs in CPE supervision or spiritual direction, this program is not for everyone. Because we are certifying you professionally to “hang a shingle,” thereby taking responsibility for partnering in an important aspect of another person’s vocation, the program is rigorous, involving extensive reading, coursework, training in professional ethics, supervised practice, and evaluation.We assume, therefore, that if you want to become a certified preaching coach you are:

Professionally motivated– you desire to add homiletic coaching to your resumé and want to engage in either a fee-based individual practice with clients, or will use this training in an organized educational setting (seminary, continuing education program, denominational program, etc.)

Vocationally motivated– you have a profound respect for preaching, have experienced both the joys and struggles of the preacher, and experience a calling or desire to assist others to become better practitioners.

Theologically motivated– you believe in the centrality of preaching to the life of Christian faith and the development and maintenance of the Church.

Collaborative – you have a personality and leadership/ teaching style that values learning from the insights and feedback of others.


How much does the program cost?

Tuition is $2750.00. The Lilly Foundation pays 50%. You pay $1375.00.

Do I pay for Housing?

No. All participants are housed at our program’s expense.

Do I pay for travel?

Yes. Participants will be responsible for their travel arrangements and expenses.

Do I pay for meals?

Yes. Although, we will provide refreshments and snacks throughout the colloquies.


Next available cohort dates: 2021-2022 / Colloquy 1: (April 26-30, 2021) Coaches-in-training will gather at Vanderbilt Divinity School for five days of training.

Colloquy 2: (January 3-7, 2022) Coaches-in-training will attend a five-day on-site course where they will learn the rudiments of careful sermon analysis.

Colloquy 3: (April 26-29, 2022) Coaches return to Vanderbilt Divinity School for a final colloquy and graduation.



How Do I Apply?

Please fill out the online application or print the pdf application, scan, and email to: