Are Shorter Sermons Better?

sermon prep Jul 14, 2022

"Shorter sermons are almost always better."

That was the title of one of the first articles I published at Preaching Donkey back in 2014.

I felt strongly that a shorter sermon is a more effective sermon simply because there is less room for fluff and filler.

Over the years I've adjusted my view, and I want to share my thoughts on this issue. Is a shorter sermon better? Is a long sermon preferable? What are some things to consider?

We'll dive into all that in this episode.

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How to Preach a BORING Sermon!

There’s nothing like a good snoozer of a sermon. We’ve all sat through them. We’ve all given them at one point or another (myself included).

But what does it take to preach a sermon that makes your listeners fall sound asleep?

What does it take to defy everyone’s ability to pay attention?

If you aspire to give boring sermons that help your people catch up on rest while you preach, there are five easy steps which I'm sharing in this episode!

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Outlining Your Sermon (Message Prep Checklist #3)

sermon prep Jul 08, 2021

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.

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Bill Isaacs on Bringing your Team into your Sermon Prep and the Importance of Focus

sermon prep Dec 10, 2020

Bill Isaacs, author of Be the Leader, joined me for the sixth episode of the Preaching Donkey Podcast. He shared about how he utilizes his team for sermon prep, how he focuses on what is most important and lessons from leading through a pandemic.

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Brandon Kelley on Finding Your Voice, Preparing a Text & Leading in Challenging Times

sermon prep Nov 05, 2020

Brandon Kelley, author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and founder of Rookie Preacher, joins us for episode one of the Preaching Donkey Podcast to talk about finding your voice as a preacher, preparing a text in order to preach it compellingly and the unique struggles of leading during these challenging times.

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Three Must Do's to Engage EVERYONE When You Preach!

sermon prep Oct 09, 2020

Not everyone processes information the same way! Some learn audibly, others visually, still others kinesthetically. As preachers who want to communicate effectively with our audience, we must leverage all the tools we have to reach everyone in our audience with our message. In this video, we explore three things you must do to ensure your messages reach everyone in your church.

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How to Preach with Authority & Confidence!

sermon prep Sep 17, 2020

The concept of authority is a touchy issue. Some avoid it altogether because of how they've seen "authority" abused in church settings. Other people want to preach with a sense of authority but don't know how or even fully what that means. I think there is a lot of confusion around this issue, and I hope to bring some clarity to it. I believe every preacher should preach with authority and confidence. But that authority does not derive from within themselves, the authority comes from preaching the Word of God. In this video, I'll outline what it looks like to preach with authority the way we were meant to as preachers.

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The Mechanics of Sermon Prep - Step-by-Step Sermon Formation

sermon prep Aug 14, 2020

This is taken from the Something More podcast hosted by Steve Karma. In this segment we discuss the important question, "What is your process for sermon prep?"

 

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Welcome to Preaching Donkey!

Hey there! Thanks for checking out Preaching Donkey! We post a new video each week on SERMON PREP, SERMON DELIVERY or CHURCH LEADERSHIP. All with the goal of helping your preach with more impact and effectiveness than ever before!! I believe the GOSPEL is the most important message in the world! Let's make sure it's heard! Be sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell so you don't miss a video!

 

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Storytelling & Humor are a POWERFUL Combination in a Sermon!

sermon prep Jul 20, 2020

There are several secret weapons in preaching. Two of them are storytelling and humor. When you put those two together it is a massively effective combination. In this video, we'll evaluate a great example of a pastor using storytelling and humor in a sermon to make a powerful point.

 

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