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6 Apps for Sermon Preparation

Using good technological tools and resources for effective preaching.

Average Rating:  [see ratings/reviews]6 Apps for Sermon Preparation

If you are the primary preaching pastor, the labor of weekly preaching ministry can sometimes be a grind. Preaching the Word of God is a heavy weight and responsibility, that no one should take lightly. Sermon preparation takes a tremendous amount of time, mental dexterity, prayerful dependence, and hard work. Preaching is the pastor's top weekly priority, and the pastor should always grow in their effectiveness in their labor. Part of effective preaching is utilizing good tools and resources. As the primary preaching pastor myself, here are some tools I've found that have helped me greatly in my preaching ministry.

1. Day One

Part of effective preaching is utilizing good tools and resources.

Sermon preparation is birthed out of your own spiritual walk with the Lord. One of the best ways to chronicle your own spiritual journey is to keep a journal. Day One is the best application on the market for journaling. In your daily times with the Lord chronicle what the Spirit teaches you from the Scriptures. As you pray and meditate through writing, you will stoke the embers of spiritual life as the Spirit grants you understanding. Often the best nuggets of truth from sermons are birthed in these simple moments of the Lord. Capture them in writing. Day One helps you do that and creates a secure and searchable journal for your sermon preparation.

2. Logos

We live in a blessed age. There are more Bible study tools on the market now than ever before. These tools can help you dive in the text, parse a Greek verb, or do a Hebrew word study with just a tap. Out of all the options on the market today, none is as powerful as Logos. Logos does require a significant financial investment up front, but it is well worth the cost. Logos will help you do research in minutes that used to take hours. It can search through a library of books in seconds. In addition, you can take Logos with you anywhere, making sermon preparation out of your study even easier.

3. Library Thing

What is a pastor without his books? Pastors tend to be closet bibliophiles. Every pastor should grow a theological library, and as your library grows and expands, you need a system of organizing and tracking your books so you can find that book you're looking for. Library Thing is a web-based tool that helps you organize your library and search it. Library Thing will help you in your sermon prep and find that one commentary in your library you need to consult. Keep track of your resources with Library Thing.

4. Omnioutliner

When I finish my exegesis of the text and scan through the commentaries, I prayerfully begin constructing a skeleton outline. If you utilize outlines in your preaching or writing, Omnioutliner is the tool for you. It easily helps you dump the ideas out of your brain, and allows you to easily move that material around. Out of the chaos of your brain dump, you can use Omnioutliner to create cohesion, focus, and movement within your sermon. Outlining through Omnioutliner will help you fabricate the big vision for your sermon including main points, sub-points, applications, and illustrations.

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Dan

April 24, 2017  8:36pm

I recommend Logos for study, Evernote for notes, Libib for my library, and omni-focus to stay on top of tasks (the free Trello and Wunderlist are great options too).

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Miriam

April 24, 2017  2:30pm

I use Logos on my Android phone. Great to have my entire digital library in my pocket. I don't use Microsoft word anymore. Google Docs works better because I can write down my thoughts on the go. I also have the Bible App to compare different bible translations. I don't have tablet, but my mobile has 5.5" screen, big enough to use these apps comfortablely.

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Gary

April 24, 2017  12:20pm

As one who is not drinking the "apple" koolaid...i'll stick to the last two non-apple tools i suppose.

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Erik Samborski

April 24, 2017  10:35am

I use mindmapping software to prep for sermons. Xmind is a great program but does not currently have an android app. I have been uusing the pro version of Simplemind for android with great success and help. I construct my sermons on it and preach from my tablet using this program. It is a great visual way to organize your sermon by dragging and dropping thoughts and ideas into their proper heading and sequence.

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Tom

April 24, 2017  10:09am

Thanks for the good apps--especially the last paragraph on the Holy Spirit.

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