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The "New" Old Way to Plan Your Sermons

A Conversation with Dan Meyer on Preaching the Lectionary

PreachingToday.com: Dan, tell us a little bit about how you've normally planned your sermon series for the year—let's say from September - August.

Dan Meyer: My typical pattern is to gather a group of key staff/leaders in May or June and brainstorm together a list of topics, issues, or needs that might feed into our preaching ministry for the coming "school year." Our conversation focuses on three areas:

  1. PASTORAL: What do we sense that we and the other people of our church especially need to be coached on, encouraged with, or challenged about in the season ahead?
  2. OUTREACH: What are the struggles or questions people in our wider world have which would make it easier for our members to invite their friends to our church?
  3. MISSION/VISION: What are the principles and practices we need to sow into our congregation in order to go where we believe God is calling us to go as a church?

As we discuss these questions we generate a pretty large and raw list of possibilities. But at the end of the ...

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david

January 13, 2014  10:15pm

"I like the focus of preaching on God's word as opposed to felt needs of people." Preachers tend to just berate the congregation on one subject all the time when they focus on perceived needs.

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Matthew Bradby

December 30, 2013  1:25pm

I feel Jesus gave us the example that HE met the needs of the people through the revelation of the word. Why would we preach salvation to saved folk or try to heal the blind in a room full of people with 20/20 vision. A true leader from GOD knows what needs to be preached and doesn't just go off the top of his or her head but pray that the needs of the people be revealed as Paul did in dealing with each church and come up with a biblical manner to handle them all. remember each of the seven churches had some good things and bad issues and thereby Paul worked on each church to build their weaknesses up and eliminate sin.

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Ashwin Athipet Ramani

December 23, 2013  12:43am

I like the focus of preaching on God's word as opposed to felt needs of people. When we focus on God's word the felt needs will be addressed. But when we focus on felt needs we can miss out on the truth of what God has to say!

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