Scenario 1: Pastor only presents what is #Trending on Twitter, thus Sermons are new and fresh and hip, but lack substance and planning.
Scenario 2: Pastor stumbles through topics which are not difficult because there is a lack of preparation of presentation.
Scenario 3: Pastor is powerfully charismatic and does not prepare sermons. Impromptu has always been the bread and butter and the church is growing…sort of.
We’re thinking through the use of road mapping for effective sermon preparation and ministry output. Catch up with Steps 1 and 2 and a more thorough introduction to the topic in Part 1. Click Here.
To continue on where we left off we simply need to understand that while a road mapping exercise is straight out of Product Management 101 and nowhere near Seminary 101, the benefits surely outweigh the time sink and lack of preparation that liters the Christian landscape on any given Sunday morning.
3. What life changes do you expect from Bob and Sarah?
Bob and Sarah are our Persona’s. I think every church needs to do Persona exercises. We’ll have to talk through that sometime in the future. For now, Bob and Sarah represent Epiphany’s typical visitor and potential member. Bob and Sarah average 20-40 years old. Bob and Sarah are minorities. Bob and Sarah have stable jobs, but may not be givers in a church. Bob and Sarah have friends and families who are not saved. Bob and Sarah are not completely new to the faith and were invited by someone who attends Epiphany, etc.
The goal of Epiphany is to help people move further along in their journey with Christ. What markers do I set for progress of such a goal? Some markers are Church attendance, giving (either money or time), increased prayer life and successes in prayer (testimony) and growth in the knowledge of the Word of God (how it’s been applied to real-life). I expect that Epiphany will be filled with people of power, purpose; world changers. My sermons reflect as such. I’m heavy on the Push and light on the Pull typically. Which is one reason why our church grows slowly….very slowly (heavy sigh).
So what is the representation of your member, visitor and where are you trying to get them at the end of this year, next year, the year after? There are only 52 Sundays, if you don’t have a plan you won’t make progress and Bob and Sarah of your church won’t see the kind of life changes that are evident in the life of victorious Christians.
Take-Away: You need to know where you want your members and visitors to end up after being with you for a year, a month, even a Sunday.
4. Practice, Practice, and then Practice.
Since you know what you’ll be preaching, then it shouldn’t be a surprise to you! It’s arrogant and disrespectful I feel to stand before God’s precious people and have no idea what you should be saying to them as his teacher and as their pastor. Don’t be a lazy bum pastor, who super spiritualizes everything because you don’t want to take credit for a well delivered sermon.
Don’t be a
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