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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. 

Eight Ways Thinking like a Coach Can Improve Your Sermon

Eight Ways Thinking like a Coach Can Improve Your Sermon

Adults learn differently than children, and that means putting different principles to work. There's even a word for teaching adults: "andragogy" (as opposed to pedagogy).

The coaching relationship may best capture the nuance of these distinctions. You can learn to think like a coach with these take-aways from the article "Transformative Learning: Another Perspective On Adult Learning" by Connie Malamed.

Three Sermons in Two Days? No Sweat! How to Plan for Your Christmas Weekend Preaching Marathon

Three Sermons in Two Days? No Sweat! How to Plan for Your Christmas Weekend Preaching Marathon

With three sermons to preach in two days, Christmas weekend will demand a lot this year. By starting now, you can ensure you finish without the scramble of last-minute preparations. Check out our guide to find practical ideas to plan and preach creatively for less stress this preaching-intensive season.

8 Steps to Find Your Sermon When the Good News Frustrates, Disappoints, or Makes You Nervous

8 Steps to Find Your Sermon When the Good News Frustrates, Disappoints, or Makes You Nervous

Why does a Gospel text bother us?

That’s the essential question when confronted with a text we don’t like. The essential answer is this: 

The text bothers us because it conflicts with our understanding of God.

Jesus doesn’t always speak or act consistently with our faith. 

So how do you find the sermon message when dealing with Gospel texts where Jesus frustrates, disappoints, or makes you nervous? This 8-step process examines the backstory of your faith so you can name your theology, identify the apparent inconsistencies in the text, and then bridge the gap between them.

7 Ways to Become a Better Preacher

7 Ways to Become a Better Preacher

In an increasingly unchurched and biblically illiterate society, preaching is the only biblical education many ever get.

Preaching is also a primary factor in many newcomers' decision about whether to return for a second visit.

As a result, the quality of your sermons matters both to your congregation's spiritual growth and to your church's ability to become a spiritual home for those seeking one.

That sounds like a lot of pressure, particularly when preaching is only one part of the job. Fortunately, it is possible to improve and grow in your craft.