Once we have the first 3 parts of this, this part is much less strenuous and complicated. Of course, we’ll bring over the thoughts and ideas from the sermon series outline. We’ll plug in the scriptures and ideas into this, but we’ll also get much more detailed. As you can see, the arrows indicate transitions. Yes, I go as far as to script out transitions into and out of scripture and key ideas. We often lose people in the “turn” or transition of a sermon. Many times, this part of the plan doesn’t get all the way done.
As the team and I meet, we fill in much of this, but things like illustrations and personal stories often come later as I’m outlining a sermon in Evernote. This outline, though really helps us all have input and gather ideas and key points that we may otherwise miss.
Remember how we use the head, heart, and hand. We think “what do people usually think wrong about this” in the head part. We think “What does God say” in the head. And “what should we do as a result of our changed thinking and heart” in the hand.
I’ve found this process to be really helpful to our team and to myself or whoever’s speaking. It helps everyone learn what it takes to create a sermon and it helps hear new ideas and thoughts.