Preaching School

4-month interactive training intensive on how to craft transformative sermons that cultivate discipleship and mission.

Why doesn’t preaching work?

“Why do I spend all this time on these sermons if people forget almost everything I say by the time they’re halfway home?!?”

– Every Pastor (at some point)

Can Preaching Transform Anything?

We all want our preaching to transform people’s lives. So why doesn’t this happen more often? Why does preaching seem to have so little affect on our Monday through Saturday lives?

Adventures in Powerless Preaching


Are you frustrated with the seeming ineffectiveness of your sermons?

I can relate.

I’m Matt Tebbe, one of the cofounders of Gravity Leadership, and I lead Preaching School, a 4-month cohort-based coaching and training experience starting we offer.

I’ve been preaching regularly for almost 20 years, but for most of those years I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I was discouraged by the almost complete lack of transformation and breakthrough in my churches.

But in the last few years, through failure, suffering, wrestling in prayer, and experimentation, I’ve learned a few lessons about how to preach in a way that brings true transformation to those who listen and respond.

We believe that preaching for mission that makes disciples is desperately needed in the North American church. The problem is most of the preaching we learn to do in seminaries and hear on podcasts doesn’t lead to real transformation. It doesn’t make disciples to live on mission.

Training for truly transformational preaching

So we’re excited to invite you to Preaching School, a 4-month cohort-based training intensive. Here’s how it works:

Weekly cohort gatherings

Cohorts of 6 people meet weekly with a coach for 75 minutes via video call for in-depth teaching and training on preaching for discipleship and mission.

BONUS: 1-hour consultation

After the training, you’ll also get a FREE 1-hour consultation to talk through anything you’d like (your preaching calendar, specific issues relating to your context, etc).

Immediately actionable training

You’ll be working with your actual upcoming sermons so every week you’ll be able to immediately take action on the things you’re learning.

BONUS: Online Preaching Workshop

You’ll get our Preaching For Transformation Workshop FREE (a $47 value)

What You'll Learn

Why most preaching falls short

Discover the common pitfalls that keep our sermons ineffective.

How to capture the imagination

Learn how to ignite the imagination in your preaching, instead of only informing the intellect.

The difference between teaching and preaching

Find out why your teaching needs to support your preaching (and not the other way around).

How to help people respond

Learn how to call for a response of surrender, instead of offering application ideas.

How transformation actually happens

Learn how people change, and how our preaching can either help or hinder the transformation process.

How to order your sermon

Learn how to structure a sermon to open space for transformation.

What others are saying


"This preaching template is so life giving! I doubt I could ever express well enough how transforming the Preaching School has been for our team. I’m deeply grateful."

Bryan Mills, pastor, Meadow Heights Church


"After this coaching, my preaching began to change… People started giving feedback, but not on how great the sermons were, but on how Sunday worship (including the sermon) had begun to impact daily life for church members."

Jonathan Fettig, Senior Pastor, Media Presbyterian Church


"Preaching School has given me a solid preparation system for each week's sermon. I have a stronger sense of the role of story in my preaching, and I'm better at 'proclaiming,' not just 'explaining.'"

Matt Furr, Senior Pastor, Centerpoint Church


"Preaching School creates space to think about the "why" behind preaching. There isn't always time to do that in ministry, and this course prompted me to reevaluate the desired outcome of my preaching."

Bryan Marvel, Senior Pastor, Meadowbrook Church

Sign up for Preaching School

You can join Preaching School with a one-time payment of $697, or 4 monthly payments of $197.

Or fill out the form below to tell us you're interested in Preaching School, and we'll reach out to let you know when we plan to offer it again.

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