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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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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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