A Plan for Working on (Not in) Your Sermons by Will Graham At least 4,700 pastors admitted in a past Rocket survey that they wish they could be less involved in the micro-details of their sermons and still be effective as a communicator. When you’re a part-time speaker or only preach about 5-6 times a…

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by Ben Crawshaw Regardless of the size, denomination, or location of your church, you have processes. The question is … are those processes streamlined and effective? Or random and chaotic? In this video, I talk about what the most effective churches do differently than those that struggle. Watch the video and answer the question for…

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Do your ever struggle to get your congregation’s attention right out of the gate? Do you ever find it difficult to keep them engaged throughout your sermon? Do you ever wonder if you did a good job of driving home your point? If so, here are 7 preaching tips you can learn from Andy Stanley’s sermon…

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Worship services are the #1 thing that evangelical churches do every week that impact the most people at the same time. It happens EVERY week. Worship Leaders and Pastors are constantly under pressure to lead in wisdom and truth. So, this prayer is a gift of encouragement to church leaders around the world.

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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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In our effort to help churches succeed, The Rocket Company will be live blogging from this week’s Catalyst Conference.  Catalyst traditionally opens up with Andy Stanley and he delivered as always.  The following are 34 Leadership Quotes And Lessons from his amazing session. You have in you an appetite to be known.  You will never enough mentions.  You will never have enough…

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The word “sermon” comes from an old Latin word meaning “discourse.”  But a sermon is far more important than a speech.  A properly prepared and delivered message is powerful thing – God’s truth delivered through the voice of a herald.  In most church services, the sermon is a central element.  It’s too important to cut-and-paste.…

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We’re excited about the replay of our Preach Better Sermons online conference next Wednesday, December 5th. We believe this free webcast will be of a big help for your next presentation (and it comes at the perfect time for those of you working on Christmas sermons.) Today, we’re giving away 20 copies of Andy Stanley’s…

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A few years ago, I calculated that I had preached about 2,000 times in my life. I’ve also listened to hundreds of sermons from dozens of different preachers.  In my opinion, Andy is one of the top three speakers on the planet.  Here are a few reasons. He understands the people. I get the sense…

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An assumption is taking something for granted.  It’s an assumed truth that is not questioned.  We do it in our relationships, our jobs and our lives all the time. And preachers make assumptions about their audience every sunday.  Unfortunately, those assumptions can render a sermon ineffective.  Here are five common assumptions pastors make. 1.  Your…

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