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.
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 love preaching multiple services! There are so many strategic benefits to multiplying the number of times you meet on a Sunday morning or weekend. For one thing, that sermon improves with every subsequent service! ;)
However, some churches have multiple DIFFERENT services a week, and some on the same day!
In fact, this is the way I grew up... Sunday morning was a service that had a different sermon than Sunday night which was different than the sermon on Wednesday night.
This meant the preacher was preparing and delivering three DIFFERENT sermons every single week.
This might be you! If it is, I know it's a challenge (to say the least) to find the time to prepare three quality sermons a week.
In this video, I want to offer a few ways to approach this that might help you... especially if you feel overwhelmed by all the sermon prep you're doing every week!
Rodney Arnold, Lead Pastor of OneLife Church, joins me for episode eighteen of the Preaching Donkey Podcast.
He shares his experience planting a church in Knoxville, TN in 2009. He has some incredible insights for aspiring church planters on how to cast a compelling vision to your launch team and keep that vision alive.
We also dive into sermon prep including the importance of using tension and asking questions to make the sermon more of a dialogue than a monologue.
Rodney also shares how he intentionally pours into the next generation of preachers and speakers by developing up and coming communicators.
There is a TON of insights and practical tactics in this episode. I think you're really going to love it!
These are the most important questions every speaker should ask before delivering any message.
As we wrap up 2020 and look forward to another year of ministry and preaching, it's important to take a moment and reflect on what's most important in our preaching.