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Planning One Year of Big Idea Sermons

The importance of collaboration in the development of sermon ideas.

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Dave Ferguson

May 03, 2016  4:14pm

(Part 2 of 2) So you don't have to have a staff or a big church to apply the principle of sermon prep collaboration in this article. You just need some creativity on how you can gather a few interested friends and then spend some time getting their input on your upcoming sermon series.

Dave Ferguson

May 03, 2016  4:14pm

When I first started creating my messages through a more collaborative sermon planning and prep process, I had no staff so I would call two friends of mine from out of state and we would talk through ideas together. A couple conversations with interested friends would result in two very helpful outcomes. First, I would always come away with at least one insight, illustration or helpful idea about how to better communicate the big idea. Secondly, I always left that conversation with a greater confidence about the message I was going to deliver. Later in my ministry/preaching career I would get some collaboration by playing tennis and then having lunch with a friend of mine who was a marriage and family counselor. During lunch we would talk over my messages for the coming weekends. He loved helping me and he would give me great new ideas. (Part 1 of 2)

Bill Barto

May 02, 2016  9:19pm

I like the use of coordinated development but why not just use a schedule of readings like the Revised Common Lectionary? With its three year cycle and mix of thematic and topical selections it provides a lot of fuel for sermons. It seems like a common lectionary would be particularly useful to your team teaching approach.

Randy Nelson

May 02, 2016  10:20am

Certainly a good idea. But how does a bi-vocational pastor collaborate, when and with who? Sorry, but I stopped reading at the first page. jrrnelson@yahoo.com

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