Why You Need a Sermon Calendar, and How to Make One

By | December 20th, 2016|

Listen, if you want to be an effective preacher, you need a sermon calendar. You might get away with winging it for a while, but eventually, you will either burn out or fail to reach your God-given potential. If you still need convincing, here are four reasons you need an annual preaching calendar, and how [...]

Get This Great 2017 Sermon Calendar

By | December 13th, 2016|

As a new pastor, the weight of weekly sermon preparation crushed me. I had preached a few sermons here and there before, but preaching every single week was terrifying. If I had not taken action to get organized, I would never have made it. The Problem One of the most difficult tasks for pastors is [...]

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 [...]