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Grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and stay awhile. You'll find tips and tools to help you become more effective in the pulpit—this week and every week.

 

 

Welcome to Backstory Preaching

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Free resources to Help you This week 

 

 
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Introduction to BsP's 5-day Sermon Prep Process

  • Finish your sermon by Friday with this PDF guide to our 5-day sermon prep process

 

    Live Lunch-hour Lectio 

    • Begin thinking about this week's Scripture early with Live Lunch-Hour Lectio. Pray through and discuss this week's gospel passage from the lectionary every Monday at noon CST (live on Facebook).
      • Worried you'll forget? Get a weekly Monday-morning reminder by clicking here
      • Ask questions and join the conversation with BsP's founder and other preachers
      • Sessions are recorded, so you can listen to the discussion at your convenience
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    Photo by G. Crescoli on Unsplash

    Guides to Pressing Preaching Concerns

    Reference these collections of wisdom from respected preachers and theologians next time you face a difficult preaching decision:

    Reflections on Preaching Current Events: The Bible & the Newspaper: With the increasing barrage of "breaking" headlines occupying the national discourse, how do you decide whether to reference current events in your sermon? And if you do, how do you do so constructively? 

    Your Story: Does it Belong in the Pulpit?: When, if ever, is it appropriate to use a personal story in the pulpit? And if you discern that yours is the best story for the sermon, how do you avoid the pitfalls of using yourself in a sermon illustration? 

    BLog, Newsletter, & Facebook

    • Get preaching tips and insights on our weekly blog with practical suggestions you can put to work immediately (popular posts linked below).
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    Most Popular BLog Posts

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    I have to thank you for this week’s blog post, “Keep them on the Edge of their Seats.” I went through the steps and questions you outlined...[and] realized the sermon had practically written itself...I give thanks to God that I found your website.
    — The Rev. Victoria Geer McGrath
     
     

     

    Additional Resources

    BsP offers additional resources for those looking to dive deeper or work on their preaching with the support of a mentor:

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    More INformation:

    Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday: a 117-page e-course with exercises, worksheets, templates, and summaries to help you transform your entire preaching outlook and sermon prep process. A practical guide built on a foundation of spiritual truth. Read what others have to say here: Wow!

    Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday: The 5-Day Accelerated Video Roadmap for Busy Preachers Bundle: A great introduction to BsP's foundational concepts, learn the weekly process and essential principles of Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday in just ten minutes a day. Get the original e-course plus a quick-start video guide to our 5-day process so you can get started this week. 

    Preaching Through Uncertain Times: Transitions and crises change the needs of our listeners. This video e-course will teach you how to preach effectively through difficult or unexpected circumstances.

    Sermon Camp: We offer 1-week or 7-week online sermon camps throughout the year. Based on Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday and led by a mentor teacher, you'll join preaching colleagues online for live teaching and support sessions—and then implement what you learn independently. Register for FALL SERMON CAMP now!

    Backstory Preaching's Mentorship: A year-long intensive mentorship with spiritual direction, group discussions, peer appraisals, and independent study to help you refine your skills and understand your backstory in the context of your call to preaching.

    Get Started with Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday

     

     
    We believe good preaching begins with the preacher’s experience of God, grows in community with guidance and support, and ends with a sermon offered in humility, faith, and love.
     

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