My Summer Preaching Cave

This summer I’m trying a big experiment that I’m really praying will work.  Here’s the deal: I have set a summertime goal of writing preaching outlines for all my sermons up through the spring, and writing sermon manuscripts through the end of 2008.  It’s a big goal, to be sure.  Here are some reasons I’m tackling it:

  • Sermons in a series are more cohesive and have more depth when you study for and write them all at once, in advance.
  • Written weeks and even months in advance, there is more time to add creative elements to sermons, such as props, graphics, themes, videos, music, giveaways, etc.
  • I’ll have more time to collect quality illustrations, and my mind will be alert to catching stories and quotes that apply to upcoming messages.  It’s always better to have a collection of illustrations to draw from, rather than try to come up with some the week before a sermon is to be presented.
  • The sermons will have a chance to work their way through me.
  • It will take off a lot of the week to week pressure.
  • During the rest of the year, I’ll be freed up to tend to the countless other things crying out for attention.
  • Personally, I just work better when I can crawl into a cave for awhile and study and pray and write, rather than try to do a little here and a little there scattered throughout the year.
  • With the Training Station Preschool not in session for the summer, it’s the perfect time for a study break.  My schedule is more flexible during the summer because I don’t have to be in the office most days.  That works even better because my time working at home is by far my most productive time.
  • Preaching is my primary ministry, and this ensures it gets the time and attention it deserves.

This is my second week of the experiment.  So far I’d have to rate it a moderate success.  On the positive side, I’m surprised how much more I can accomplish in less time using this approach.  On the negative side, I’m discovering how much daily and weekly stuff there still is to deal with.  It’s also a little frustrating to discover how long it takes to do enough studying for a whole series before I can jump into the writing part.  Hopefully that positive will balance out the negatives.

Last week I was able to do most of the preaching outlines for the “Play Ball!” series, and this week and next I’m aiming to do the outlines for the next series called “Freedom.”  We’ll see how it goes….

Published in: on June 11, 2008 at 5:05 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I like your organized approach. I look forward to seeing how it works out in the long run. I’m sure it will go well.
    I do think you are right about knowing what you are going to preach well in advance…it gives time for the message to soak in and become part of you and many times the illustations, etc. comes naturally.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Mark!

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