Being a preacher is easy… As long as you don’t want to get any better. If you want to improve, you have to pull back the curtain and walk into this terrifying arena called FEEDBACK. Before you have a nervous breakdown, take a deep breath and relax. This doesn’t have to be like dental surgery. Think…

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One of the things we talk about in Preaching Rocket is how to create a preaching calendar.  A preaching calendar is important for a couple of reasons… 1. It ensures a balanced diet. 2. It gives guest speakers plenty of prep time. 3. It gives your staff and creative team plenty of prep time. And,…

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Do you ever wonder if people actually remember your sermons? Do you think anyone in your congregation could repeat the main point of last Sunday’s sermon if someone asked them about it today? At the end of the day, preaching is an attempt to arm people with Biblical principles they can live by. One way to…

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One of the important roles as a pastor and preacher is casting vision for the church. When there is no clear vision for WHY, there is confusion over WHAT. In fact, many organizations drift and decline because of this kind of ambiguity over vision. It’s why preaching vision-casting messages are vital. In this Whiteboard session,…

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People don’t remember sermons – they remember statements.  Jeff Henderson, lead pastor of Gwinnett Church and regular communicator at North Point Community Church in the Atlanta area, shares how to create memorable statements for your sermons. These “sticky” statements will be what people remember days, even months, after your sermon. There is a unique formula…

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  One of the best books I’ve read recently is Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, the CEO of Pixar. While it’s certainly not a preaching book, I came across an idea that I recently leveraged in a sermon series at Gwinnett Church. It’s an idea called The Brain Trust.  As you know, Pixar has this amazing streak…

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 Two sermons. Both truthful, and biblical. Both helpful. But one is heard and the other is forgotten. One is engaging and the other is endured. One sticks, the other doesn’t.  We know that God’s Word doesn’t return void, and that the Holy Spirit is the One who enables someone to understand the truth of scripture.…

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Great sermons and great stories share some common themes. They all have a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Other elements such as connection, tension, and resolution also factor in. That got me thinking. Any great sermon or message is going to be first and foremost founded in the scriptures and God-honoring. But great sermons…

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As a pastor, or communicator, it’s easy to neglect the most important component of sermon and message preparation—your own heart. With family obligations, staff meetings, and other commitments competing for your time, you may find yourself trying to find something to say, without having something worth saying. How do you prevent this? Here are some…

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