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Planning One Year of Big Idea Sermons

The importance of collaboration in the development of sermon ideas.

Planning One Year of Big Idea Sermons

"Wow, you must be really organized!" is the comment we often hear when we tell people we plan all of our big idea teaching a year in advance. We wish that were the case. The creative chaos and our love for everything new tell the truth about us—we are not by nature a very organized group of leaders and artists. However, we have learned the value of collaboration and a simple strategy that has made a huge difference.

Collaboration is a must

We love collaboration at Community Christian Church. Everything we do is based on a firmly held value that we are better together than any one of us could be on our own. We believe that a team of people with a teaching gift will craft a better message in less time than any one person locking him or herself away for 20-25 hours in a study. Plus, "together" sounds a whole lot more fun to us.

Our teaching team is made up of a variety of people. Some contributors are regulars. I (Dave Ferguson) am the Lead Pastor of Community, and ...

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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