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How Our Failure to Preach on the "M" Word Damages More than Parish Budgets

How Our Failure to Preach on the "M" Word Damages More than Parish Budgets

The “M” word consistently makes preachers squirm, perhaps because it’s so wrapped up in our livelihood and the sustainability of the church. But money impacts so much more than our salaries and budgets. It’s a critical influence in nearly every aspect of a parishioner’s life. So our silence on matters of finance may be hurting the very ones we wish not to discomfort.

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

When you preach the same sermon across multiple services, there can be a drop in energy, enthusiasm, or presence as the morning wears on. How do you maintain focus and attention so that each event receives the fullness of your abilities?

Eight Tips to Preach Across the Divide

Eight Tips to Preach Across the Divide

If your experience is like mine, you’ve never preached in a political and cultural climate as volatile and unpredictable as the one we face in the U.S. right now. How do we preach the unifying love of Christ when many are divided? How do we preach peace in the face of vitriol? How do we preach dignity when displays of disrespect are paraded as badges of honor?

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.

I Do Not Think "Amen" Means What You Think it Means: 5 Ways to Better End Your Sermon

I Do Not Think "Amen" Means What You Think it Means: 5 Ways to Better End Your Sermon

Ending a sermon with “Amen” is both redundant and ill-fitting with the purpose of a sermon. In truth, though, most preachers aren’t worried about these technicalities when they finish with “Amen.” They simply don’t know how else to conclude. Consider these five types of conclusions for a more effective close instead.

Was Your Easter Sermon Effective? 6 Elements to Help You Evaluate and Know

Was Your Easter Sermon Effective? 6 Elements to Help You Evaluate and Know

Now that the the candy's eaten, the dishes are washed, and the schedule has settled back into something resembling normalcy, take a few minutes to reflect on your Easter sermon. Was it effective? How would you know? Using BsP's 6-elements of an effective sermon, see where you excelled and where you can grow for your next sermon.