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Developing a Big Idea Series and Sermon

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Developing a Big Idea Series and Sermon

Sometimes when we first describe our teaching team approach to sermon preparation, pastors who were trained to lock themselves in an office and develop their Sunday message by themselves think we're crazy. "I'm used to doing this by myself," they might say. Or another common question is, "How can you teach something someone else has written?" Some pastors feel that if they don't spend 20-25 hours crafting a message by themselves, it's cheating.

Before we talk about our process for developing BIG IDEA series and sermons, we need to explain the type of teaching team that makes this process work. Most of the teaching teams we have observed are like a baseball team with a pitching staff. That team will put one pitcher on the mound and the whole crowd will watch to see if that pitcher can bring victory to the team. Pitching staffs always have their one ace. If there's a big game on the line (like Christmas or Easter), you always go with your ace to get ...

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Steve North

May 17, 2016  2:53pm

Great insight into a process that helps a variety of preachers in a variety of contexts to prepare challenging and encouraging messages targeted to their specific needs. Thanks for the "blueprint"!

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Randy Ehle

May 09, 2016  9:31am

This is very helpful—a great analogy and a great approach to team prep. What I'd like to know is how to adapt this to a much smaller church: not only one with a single campus, but without such a big team of teachers. For example, how might it be applied in a church with a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, and maybe one other...where the Lead and Associate do most of the preaching but others may on occasion.

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