Category: Sermon Planning
Now we’re bringing it home!
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.
Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty of this whole thing. In this step, you start to outline the individual teachings from the series. We’ve changed things up this year and are trying to stick to a 3 week (4 at times) sermon series. We’ve recognized that our culture doesn’t seem to hang on to series more than 3-4 weeks.
Our second step to more powerful sermons and sermon series is a sermon series calendar.
I know what you’re thinking, “Duh!” And you’re right. It does seem like common sense, but it took me a while to get this down. As you can see, we have our series that we’ve sought God for and really believe God is leading us to do mapped out according to what we saw on the church calendar.
The first step to more powerful sermons is the year church calendar. For I don’t know how long, I struggled with scheduling church events. No calendar system really seemed to be good at keeping everything we as a church needed it to do. I wanted something that anyone could add too, but anyone could see what everyone else was doing as well.
Scheduling, series, and sermon planning is one of the “biggys” for the church. It’s one of those things that we have to get down because so much of what we do rises and falls on the church calendar and scheduling.
That being said, for years I’ve suffered through trying to get it all “right.” I’ve tried different systems, different wall calendars, and software. I’ve tried to get the calendar scheduled on google calendars and a whole bunch of other things.
A few months ago, I had what I kinda think was an epiphany. I figured out a way that I could see the entire thing all at once and move leaders and staff through the thought process. Over the next few posts, I’m gonna be breaking these down more.
Here’s a quick outline of what we’ve come up with…