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Taking the Pressure Out of Sermon Prep

A longer preparation window reduces anxiety, fosters creativity, and makes us more attentive to the Holy Spirit.

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DC

October 31, 2015  2:17pm

Thank you Ken. Very insightful as always.

Craig Pagens

October 30, 2015  12:14pm

Thanks Ken, this is very helpful advice!

Ken Shigematsu

October 29, 2015  7:17pm

Hi Josh, great question. When unexpected events take up a huge chunk of time, I feel you need to be gentle with yourself and not feel the pressure to conform to a particular routine. As the monks would say a rhythm of life is not something that you serve, but something that serves you. Having said that if you can start a SMALL part of your prep say 7 or 10 in advance it gives you time to percolate on the text and pray over it.

DM

October 29, 2015  5:33pm

So helpful! Thanks for the tips here Ken!

David Dwight

October 28, 2015  4:41pm

Thanks Ken. Longer runway definitely helps. Allowing myself the freedom to develop a style that works well for me has helped me a lot. There are lots of voices that say "how" you should do this - but we're each wired differently, process differently, think differently. Allowing myself the freedom to accept this about myself has been a liberating factor. I keep several legal pads going and they are staggered chronologically from their "go date." I start a pad several weeks in advance with general thoughts which get my mind and heart around it - then fill it further as I get closer. Each pad (sermon) follows a similar progression. This removes the "crunch" significantly. Thanks for sharing your learnings with us.

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