Preach.FEST

A celebration of preaching on the Johnson University Tennessee campus in Knoxville during which aspiring ministers preach and receive evaluations from our preaching professors.

All participants under the age of 23 who preach receive Johnson University scholarships.*

Distributed across eight semesters of undergraduate study. Present or past Johnson students are not eligible.

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Registration & Welcome RPC ROOM 155
8:30 a.m. Spring Retreat Main Session PW GYM
10-11:00 a.m. 1st Preaching Session RPC 155
11-11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 2nd Preaching Session RPC 155
12-12:15 p.m. Preach.FEST Closing RPC 155
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch GALLY COMMONS DINING HALL
7:00 p.m. Spring Retreat Main Session PW GYM
Preach.FEST participants will be announced.
9:30 p.m. Late Night Worship PW GYM
A Preach.FEST participant will deliver the sermon at late night worship.


Lunch is provided
Free housing is available in dorms with student hosts

Register Online

Sermon Evaluation

Sermons will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Biblical Teaching: Does the sermon accurately present biblical truth from Scripture?
  • Main Idea: Does the sermon center around a clear, single truth (a “thesis statement”)?
  • Development: Does the sermon develop and support its main idea in a clear, understandable manner?
  • Relevance: Does the sermon use illustrations and applications to bridge biblical truth to contemporary listeners?
  • Delivery: Does the preacher deliver the sermon with effective verbal and nonverbal communication?