At the start of a new year many people commit to certain resolutions that will help them develop into a “better person.” The preacher who wants to improve must also resolve to grow.
As you begin in a new year of life and ministry what will you do to grow as a preacher? What books will you read? What conferences will you attend? What spiritual disciplines will you adopt? How will you solicit feedback to determine the strengths and weaknesses in your preaching? When will you take a retreat to prayerfully tackle your annual preaching plan? Will you seek out mentoring from a preaching coach? How often will you view and analyze your sermons and the sermons of other preachers
Reply to this post with at least one resolution for the new year that will help you grow as a preacher.
One of the benefits of a website like WesleyanSermons.com is the sharing of creative ideas. So, go ahead and share the title of the Advent series you are doing, along with the sermon titles within the series. It would also be great if you can articulate a one or two sentence description of what you hope God will do through the series.
I triple dog dare you to email 5-10 lay people asking them to list one characteristic of good preaching and one characteristic of bad preaching.
Then, I quadruple dog dare you to share the results with the rest of us in the comments section of this post!
Share the links to your favorite web resources for sermon preparation. What exegetical resources (dictionaries, word studies, commentaries), and homiletical resources (illustrations, current events, statistics, stories, videos, images) assist you in your development of the sermon? Please share your links, books, and other resources in the “Comment” box below.
In order to generate more dialogue on Wesleyansermons.com and foster an environment of shared learning, we will occasionally provide a “Question of the Week.” Our hope, whether you are a preacher or someone who listens to preaching, is that you will engage this post with your own thoughts by commenting below.
Here it is, our first “Question of the Week”:
All of us have convictions about what makes a sermon good or bad. In your opinion, what is one thing that makes a sermon a good sermon?
Respond in the comments box below and let us know!