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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Preaching Rocket coach Jeff Henderson spoke with Jud Wilhite, pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. The subject was preaching. As a pastor, how do you make sure you’re talking to everyone in your audience? The # pain for preachers seems to be preparation … How do you get ahead? What tweaks do…

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by Vince Antonucci I know a married couple named Dallas and Ann Stamper. Ann was kind of marginally unchurched. She had grown up going to church but hadn’t really gone in years. She wanted to try it again, and thought they should raise their kids in church. Dallas was totally unchurched. He was vehemently against…

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When was the last time you caught someone falling asleep in one of your sermons? Of course there’s always going to be that one person, but obviously you’d like to keep everyone awake for the 30 minutes that you have your congregation’s attention every week. That’s easier said than done though when you’re the one…

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Sermon block. We’ve all faced it. Sunday is coming, you’ve got a topic, but the talking points just won’t come together. While there is no one-size-fits-all fix, we’ve got three suggestions to help you when the sermon just isn’t coming together. Go to the Movies This might sound like embracing procrastination at first, but bear…

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Pastors, you have faced criticism in your career. Maybe the ministry criticism comes from members of your congregation. Maybe it’s from church community members. Maybe it’s even coming from staff members. Regardless of the source, when the criticism flies, it stings. We’ve found that recognizing your criticizers and knowing how to navigate them is the foundation…

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Pastors and communicators, One tool to put in your pocket as you prepare to speak…. Stories. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ? Philip Pullman  “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”—Rudyard Kipling Stories are memorable. Stories engage emotion.…

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If you’ve preached for longer than six months, you probably already have one of these… a sermon blooper. A misspoken phrase… A slip of the tongue… And you say something that you absolutely didn’t mean to say. Luckily, no one caught in on video. Or, if they did, you promised to do three months of pastoral…

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Lebron James. Do you ever wish you had his yearly salary? How about for just one day? Yeah, me too. I’d also take his athletic ability, strength, speed, and headband collection. But enough about that. The truth is, preaching like Lebron plays basketball would be a good thing, right? Sure. I mean, he’s one of…

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