Preaching with Rev. Trista Soendker Nicholson

This course focuses on preaching the gospel from the Old and New Testaments. Students will learn how to articulate a theology of proclamation, exegete biblical passages for preaching, and develop plans for ordering and delivering sermons in their context. Additionally, students will learn to evaluate sermons for scriptural integrity, theological soundness, pastoral sensitivity, and apply appropriate illustrations as they engage the Bible.

This training module is available on Absorb, our on-demand learning platform that offers online courses on your timeline, at a pace that works for you. The goal of this learning platform is to equip local church leaders on a variety of topics to support their work.

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About the Instructor

Ordained in 2012, Rev. Trista Soendker Nicholson is currently a PhD candidate at Wesley House in Cambridge in the United Kingdom; an adjunct professor at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri; and the senior pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Raymore, Missouri. She has lived out her calling in the local church serving in several positions and on many teams in the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. In 2015, she was awarded the Martha Wright Griffiths’ Emerging Leader Award, which is awarded to an alumni from the University of Missouri, for her work for the betterment of women around the world. In addition to completing her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, Trista earned her MSA from Trinity University, and her MDiv from Saint Paul School of Theology, where she was awarded The Roy M. Brady Award for preaching. Trista and her husband, Sean, have two sons, Judah and Abram.

This course is one of four within the Digging Deeper pathway for laity learning and discernment. Courses on the Digging Deeper pathway are required for individuals pursuing either Certified Pulpit Supply or Certified Lay Minister in the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. To learn more, visit