Finding the Right Rhythm in Your Preaching Ministry

December 22, 2017
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Podcast Episode #391

One of the most frequently asked questions I get deals with how to find time for sermon preparation. The key if finding a rhythm in your prep. Today we discuss how.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The amount of time needed for sermon preparation differs based on a pastor’s skill sets.
  • Always anticipate that it will take more time to prepare a sermon than you initially think.
  • Don’t get frustrated with brain locks in sermon prep. It’s normal. It happens.
  • Stewardship is not only about money—it can be about time, too.
  • Sharing the pulpit on a regular basis can help keep a pastor refreshed and recharged.
  • Many pastors can exegete Scripture, but can’t exegete their congregation.
  • Pastors who don’t shepherd, don’t exegete their congregation well.

The eight keys to finidng your preaching rhythm are:

  1. Know how long it really takes to prepare a sermon
  2. Allocate that time plus 25% on your calendar
  3. Don’t get frustrated with brain locks
  4. Don’t get frustrated with ministry interruptions
  5. Plan your sermons ahead
  6. If possible, share the pulpit occasionally
  7. Understand the powerful principle of text + context
  8. Seek a prayer warrior or two for sermon preparation

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