sermon prep

How To Build A Sermon Preparation System

Consistency or talent?

If you know Aesop's Fable about the tortoise and the hare, you can see the power of consistency.

But consistency is hard to find in pastoral ministry.

We don't exactly work 9-5, do we?

So a lot of us rely on talent instead.

When it comes to preaching, our busy schedules leave us scrambling to find time to be ready for the weekend.

Why do we settle for this? And what can you do about it?

How To Build A Sermon Planning System

Do you know where you're going?

An annoying question when your wife asks you. Especially when you're obviously lost :-)

But knowing where you're going is one of the secret weapons of preaching.

And it doesn't get enough attention. Which is too bad because it goes a long way in determining whether you keep your head above water.

Or drown.

How do you do this? How do you plan ahead and avoid living sermon-to-sermon, or series-to-series?

Talk About What You Know

How do we speak well as preachers on subjects that are not in our wheelhouse? These are important subjects, but they're complicated, and require a level of knowledge and expertise in order to be helpful. 

I remember a story in the life of our church where I'm preaching - I can't even remember the text; I can't remember the exact point I was making, but I was making some medical illustration - and I didn't know what I was talking about. It was stuff that I probably Googled or looked up on Wikipedia or something like that.

Now one thing you should know is that we have a nursing school in Athens, and we have nurses and nursing students in our church. So I'm rattling on with all of my knowledge gleaned from Wikipedia and I can distinctly remember two of our nurses sitting in different parts of the crowd, both shaking their heads, "No. No, what you're saying is not true."

Sound familiar?

Quit Boring 14 Year-Old Girls With Your Preaching

Have you ever had your feelings hurt by a 14-year-old girl?

You have if you’re a preacher. Because the odds are that the 14-year-old girls in your church think your sermons are boring. B-O-R-I-N-G.

You’ve never had a 14-year-old girl tell you that your sermons are boring? I dare you to ask her parents what she thinks about your preaching.

Know what they’re going to say? That’s right. She thinks your sermons are boring. B-O-R...

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