Podcast Episode #391
One of the most frequently asked questions I get deals with how to find time for sermon preparation. The key if finding a rhythm in your prep. Today we discuss how.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- The amount of time needed for sermon preparation differs based on a pastor’s skill sets.
- Always anticipate that it will take more time to prepare a sermon than you initially think.
- Don’t get frustrated with brain locks in sermon prep. It’s normal. It happens.
- Stewardship is not only about money—it can be about time, too.
- Sharing the pulpit on a regular basis can help keep a pastor refreshed and recharged.
- Many pastors can exegete Scripture, but can’t exegete their congregation.
- Pastors who don’t shepherd, don’t exegete their congregation well.
The eight keys to finidng your preaching rhythm are:
- Know how long it really takes to prepare a sermon
- Allocate that time plus 25% on your calendar
- Don’t get frustrated with brain locks
- Don’t get frustrated with ministry interruptions
- Plan your sermons ahead
- If possible, share the pulpit occasionally
- Understand the powerful principle of text + context
- Seek a prayer warrior or two for sermon preparation
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