How Much Time Should I Spend On Sermon Preparation?

By | 2017-04-08T13:10:05+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

In economics, there is principle called the law of diminishing returns. Put simply, the law states that after reaching a certain threshold, the input yields less output than before. For example, imagine you own a busy coffee shop. You find that one employee can make say 25 cups of coffee per hour. You hire another [...]

How Much Time Should Pastors Spend on Sermon Prep?

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:27+00:00 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 [...]

5 Tips For Managing Pastoral PMS (Pre Message Syndrome)

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:36+00:00 July 11th, 2015|

Photo Credit: Eric Kilby via Compfight cc It's that time again. You are irritable. You are over emotional. The smallest little thing can set you off. Your family is walking on eggshells around you in fear that they might wake the angry lion. You have a bad case of PMS - Pre Message Syndrome. [...]

4 Steps to Mastering Your To-Do List

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:37+00:00 June 13th, 2014|

Photo Credit: Courtney Dirks via Compfight cc Ministry is never finished. There is so much to do. And there is always more to be done! You could always study more, pray more, plan more, email more, Facebook more, meet more, write more… more. more. more. If you aren’t careful, your to-do list can [...]

Save Hours Using Text Expanders and Email Signatures

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:39+00:00 November 15th, 2013|

Do you ever find yourself doing the same repetitive tasks? Good ministry is often doing a lot of the same tasks faithfully. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. Photo Credit: Bethan cc This is especially true when it comes to writing stuff. You write [...]

How to Control Your Schedule to Make Time for Your Number One Task

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:47+00:00 April 15th, 2013|

From Brandon: The following is a guest post from Thomas Manzke, pastor at Central Christian Church in Valparaiso, IN. You can read more from Thomas at It is 5:00pm Saturday night; you still have a sermon to write. You have done your study for the sermon but there is nothing that remotely looks like [...]