One of the most neglected aspects of the sermon prep process is also one of the most important: rehearsing.
By "rehearsing" I don't mean memorizing like the lines of a script. Rather, you want to rehearse so that you fully internalize and understand the message BEFORE you preach it.
Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a rookie, in this episode I'm going to make the case for why every preacher should rehearse and give you steps on how to do it.
One of the things I've discovered over the years is the power of a good preaching team.
What is a preaching team? If you're not familiar with this idea, it can seem more complicated than it is.
A preaching team is simply a group of trusted people that you select to help you formulate your sermon at different points of your message preparation process.
Utilizing your preaching team is a vital part of the sermon prep process, and in this episode we will dive into exactly how to form a team and best use it when you write your sermons.
Just as important as outlining is in the sermon prep process, so too is building out that outline with the right content.
A skeleton with no muscles and skin is not very useful. An outline by itself is left lacking as well.
This is why in this episode we will spend some time looking at how to build out the content in your sermon specifically around your bottom line and points.
Outlining is a crucial part of the sermon prep process.
Just like a body needs a skeleton, a sermon needs an outline to provide a framework for the message.
In this episode, we will dive into the most effective way to outline your message every single time.
Every sermon should be rooted and grounded in Scripture.
This means that the way you study the Bible for a sermon is important to get right.
In this episode, we will dive into a simple, systematic approach to studying the Bible for a sermon that will serve you well as you prepare your sermons.
There's a lot packed in this one! I can't wait to see what you do with it!
Sermon prep can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be! The key is to have a good process where you know exactly what steps to take along the way.
In today's podcast, we're starting a new series on sermon prep where we'll be walking through the ten essential steps of a good sermon prep checklist.
We begin with determining our topic, title and hook.
I was a youth pastor for several years and I still believe this to be true: If you can communicate clearly with teenagers and children, you can communicate with anyone.
Kids and students only pay attention if you have something worth listening to. And by the way, this is actually the case with adults too - it's just that adults are more subtle about ignoring you.
So whether or not you speak to students on a regular basis, knowing how to communicate truths to them is vital.
This is why I'm so excited to have Kyle Smith on the podcast this week. He's been in student ministry for nearly two decades and has a lot to say about how to speak to students effectively and what leads to life-change in students.
I know you're going to enjoy this one! Be sure to let me know what you think of today's episode.
You may have noticed, but over the last few years, there has been a number of influential Christian leaders renounce their faith, or "deconstruct" as some call it.
Deconstruction has a spectrum. For some it means a complete abandonment of Christian thought and practice, while for others it's merely a departure from some tenants they used to hold and believe.
The latest in this trend is Kevin Max of DC Talk. He let his followers know in a recent tweet that he has been on a decades long journey of deconstructing but still believes in the "Universal Christ."
In this episode, I walk through these recent departures from faith and see if we can drill down on some root causes, what we can do about it in our churches, and what lessons we can learn as pastors and church leaders.
What's the most important attribute a pastor can have? Some might say competence - they have to know what they're doing.
Others might say charisma - they're charming and dynamic enough to speak persuasively and powerfully.
While I agree that competence is important and charisma definitely helps, there is an attribute that is more important than either of those: character.
This is sobering: If we are not people of character, our ministries will suffer for it.
In this episode, we explore the importance of character, how it relates to preaching, and why it's so important to get it right.
When we preach we make points.
Sometimes we make one point, other times we make multiple points.
But the point is, we make points.
A point is like any other part of our sermon... if structured and delivered well, a point can synthesize and drive home a powerful truth.
But often the power of a point is missed because of two simple mistakes preachers make when giving points in a message.
In this episode of the Preaching Donkey Podcast we are going to discuss what these mistakes are and how to deliver powerful points every time you preach.