How Much Time Should Pastors Spend on Sermon Prep?

By | October 11th, 2016|

How much time should a pastor spend each week preparing their sermon? I have heard seminary professors say that you should spend an hour for every minute you preach. But by that logic, a 30-minute sermon would require 30 hours! So how much time should you spend on sermon prep? The short answer is: there's [...]

How to Preach Without Notes – 3 Simple Steps

By | June 9th, 2016|

How do you preach without notes? I wrote earlier about some of the benefits to preaching without notes. But, as some readers mentioned, the question remains: How does a person actually go about doing this? What are the steps, tips, and tricks to preach without notes? Here are the three things you absolutely must do to [...]

7 Benefits of Preaching Without Notes

By | June 6th, 2016|

Growing up, I never wanted to be a pastor because public speaking was one of my biggest fears. If I were to have ranked my worst fears in order, it would have been: Girls Public speaking Death Speaking to girls My first sermon was terrible. I hid behind the biggest podium I could find, clutching [...]

10 Things Pastors Should Learn From TED Talks

By | April 26th, 2016|

Have you ever watched a really good TED talk? Like this one, this one, or this one. TED talks are some of the best presentations on the planet. The idea of a great TED talk becomes viral. As pastors, I believe we communicate the most important "idea" ever. If we want to reach our culture, we [...]

I’m Opening My Sermon Illustration Vault

By | April 18th, 2016|

Your sermon is nearly finished, but it’s still missing that one thing—the perfect sermon illustration or story that will make it unforgettable. So, if you are like most pastors, you fire up the Google machine and search for “sermon illustrations.” You then spend the next few hours reading through a bunch of outdated websites trying [...]