Process

The Preacher's Trust: A Practice for Becoming a Better Preacher

The Preacher's Trust: A Practice for Becoming a Better Preacher

To become a better golfer, there are clear skills one can practice to improve. But what if you want to become a better preacher? The Preacher’s Trust offers ten areas to which preachers can dedicate consistent effort in order to see growth in their life, spirituality, and craft.

"The Preacher's Panel of Shame" (and What I Learned from Sitting on It!)

"The Preacher's Panel of Shame" (and What I Learned from Sitting on It!)

I haven't laughed so hard in ages as I disclosed my own worst foibles and heard from my colleagues about theirs! Rather than reveal our "worst" sermon (which for all of us had been blessedly erased from our memories; God is merciful!) we on the panel revealed three of our biggest mistakes and what we learned from them. Here are my "Top Three."

Want to Write a Good Sermon? Listen First, Write Later

Want to Write a Good Sermon? Listen First, Write Later

How can you really know what your listeners need from a sermon? It may be as simple as asking. John McClure, the Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, suggests collaborative preaching for sermons that meet listeners in their questions and need. Check out four ways to tap into the power of collaborative preaching for your own sermons.

The Often Overlooked Source for Sermon Inspiration (Or What Hiking in Indiana Taught Me About God's Glory)

The Often Overlooked Source for Sermon Inspiration (Or What Hiking in Indiana Taught Me About God's Glory)

God's glory is revealed in the small as well as the big: in the sparrow and the heavens, the mustard seed and the mountains, the little children and the disciples. And our preaching grows stronger when we learn to attune ourselves to the way God appears in the smallest details of the Bible's stories and text. 

Four Ways a Preaching Community Improves Your Sermons

Four Ways a Preaching Community Improves Your Sermons

One of the most effective ways for preachers to grow and improve is to participate in a collaborative community. Discover how one church builds collaboration and feedback into their staff's weekly rhythm, and see what this kind of support can do for you.

The Transfiguration Again? 10 Ways to See an Old Story with Fresh Eyes

The Transfiguration Again? 10 Ways to See an Old Story with Fresh Eyes

When you've preached the same story several times, finding fresh inspiration is a challenge. Sometimes, a simple shift in perspective—and process—reveals a trove of new ideas.

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Sometimes, what looks like procrastination is actually failure to make a decision. After all the decisions we have to make, What am I going to preach? can feel like the Everest of decisions. As a result, we put our sermon prep off. But we can anticipate this difficulty and plan for success. 

How do we overcome the fatigue that causes us to put off our sermon prep? How do we just get started?

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

If you've only ever started your sermon prep with gritted teeth, we have an invitation for you. It's time to try a new way: begin with play.

How? We'll get to that. 

But first, let's convince your logical left brain why letting your right brain have a turn at the wheel might get you to your destination more effectively.