We teach homiletics in the hope that students become effective preachers. Our teaching is rather practical. We ask questions like: how to prepare and deliver a sermon, how to communicate the gospel in such a way that the community of faith is adequately addressed? But is homiletics also a serious field for doctoral research? In this workshop we will deal with homiletics as an academic discipline in the broader field of Practical Theology. We are reflecting on a real praxis, a praxis in which human beings act and in which the life of faith is a relevant factor. One of the main issues in this field of research is the nature of the theoretical framework that structures the research. How do we perceive real practices and what exactly is a practical theological theory?