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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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