Preparing More Than One Sermon Per Week
How to maximize your preparation time and keep sermon quality high
If your church or ministry setting requires you to prepare more than one sermon a week, how can you prepare an additional sermon after pouring everything into the first one? It's the challenge you face if your church has a Sunday night or mid-week service in addition to your primary weekend worship service(s). Let me state the question from another angle: if it takes all your time and energy just to produce one quality sermon a week, how can you hope to prepare two better-than-mediocre sermons week in and week out?
Admittedly, it's been awhile since I've faced this challenge. I currently prepare only one sermon a week, and I still have my hands full! But I've faced this challenge in previous pastorates, and I have five suggestions for making it work.
First, you must prioritize. Spend most of your time preparing the sermon for your primary worship service(s), and spend less time preparing for the secondary preaching opportunity. This is a strategic move born of a desire to give ...