How Much Time Should a Pastor Spend Preparing Sermons Each Week?

Episode #842
February 27, 2024
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Pastors do not have unlimited hours and resources to write sermons. Additionally, pastors have workweeks much longer than church members realize because of the invisible nature of sermon preparation. But how long should it take to write a typical sermon? Well, it depends. Thom and Sam discuss what’s normal in ministry and how you can become more efficient.

    • Previous poll: 70% of pastors spend between 10 and 18 hours each week to prepare a sermon. The majority of pastors are in the sweet spot.
    • The issue is one of stewarding your time.
    • Does putting in an extra 10 hours make your sermon that much better? Likely not.
    • How much experience do you have? More experienced pastors should spend less time in sermon preparation.
    • Only 10% of pastors spend 6 hours or less in sermon prep. Just a small percentage of pastors are spending too little time in sermon preparation.
    • Boasting about spending 40+ hours studying every week is really just bragging about inefficiency.


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