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The Preacher’s Guide to Preparing Sermons in a Team

preparing in a team

This was originally posted on Preaching Donkey as a 3-part series. I’m re-posting it today because the practice of team preparation has been so instrumental in my own preaching experience. If you are not yet using a team to prepare I hope to convince you to get started. It changes everything! I would love to hear from you in the comments. Thanks for reading.


Preachers do weird things. One weird thing we do is prepare our sermons alone. Every week you have to get up in front of a group of people and say words. Those words have to be engaging, powerful, motivating, encouraging, accurate, practical and spiritual all at the same time.

Every. Single. Week.

And you prepare alone. All by yourself. I think this started with Moses. He went up on a mountain and heard from God. He came down and told the people, “This is what God said.” We’ve never really changed the model. Preachers have been preparing sermons alone ever since.

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Guest: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your Preaching Team Meeting

Check Yourself Before You Wreck

Today I’m honored to have Scott Savage providing a guest post. Scott lives in Phoenix, where he writes and pastors. He is currently writing a book about his journey from idealism to cynicism to hope. Scott is married to Danalyn (a lawyer) and the father of 3 children under the age of 3, including a set of twins. He blogs at scottsavagelive.com. You can follow Scott on Twitter (@scottsavagelive).

“The last and greatest sin is to do the right thing for the wrong reason.”

-T.S. Elliot

In the film, What Women Want, Mel Gibson gains the blessing (and curse) of being able to hear what is going on inside the mind of every women he meets. Some of the most comical moments of the film involving Gibson manipulating them because he is able to discern their thoughts and motivations.

When I walk in the room to present a message to my preaching team, all sorts of ideas run through my head. No one (including Mel Gibson) can hear them, but they fill my consciousness.

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Why You Should Prepare Sermons in a Team (Part 1 of 3)

Preachers do weird things. One weird thing we do is prepare our sermons alone. Consider the absurdity in that. Every week you have to get up in front of a group of people and say words. Those words have to be engaging, powerful, motivating, encouraging, accurate, practical and spiritual all at the same time. Every. Single. Week.

And you prepare alone. All by yourself.

I think this started with Moses. He went up on a mountain and heard from God. He came down and told the people, “This is what God said.”

We’ve never really changed the model. Preachers have been preparing sermons alone ever since.

I used to prepare my sermons alone. I would read commentaries, watch sermons and research articles, but it was mostly just me by myself.

If you’re like most preachers, you prepare alone. The problem is you are not Moses. You are not an Old Testament prophet. There is nothing requiring you to use this method.

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