Church Planting Tips- Continually Improve Your Preaching

I think one of the biggest reasons that church plants fail is inadequate preaching.

The truth is, there is no excuse for being a subpar preacher. There are just too many resources out there on how to improve your sermons and delivery. And there are too many great preachers out there to learn from.

Need more motivation? The people in your church who have been believers for awhile know this too. They’ve heard great preachers. They know what’s possible, and they know when you’re not improving. Notice that I said, “improving,” not “perfection.” Even if our sermons don’t stack up to Andy Stanley’s, Rob Bell’s, etc., we can at least learn from them and get better.

Plus, pastors pay a price for less than adequate preaching. If you preach well, everything in your church will improve. The attendance will improve. Giving will improve. Volunteering will improve. Momentum will improve, and your task as a leader and vision caster will become easier. Continually improving as a preacher makes everything else in pastoral ministry a little easier.

I’m passionate about continually becoming a better preacher, so I’ve compiled a pretty good list of resources. Here is a list of blog posts over the last couple of years about improving your preaching, including a post entitled, “Preach like Mitch Hedberg.” You know you wanna read it:

http://ryangear.com/2011/10/11/the-emotional-movements-of-an-engaging-sermon/

http://ryangear.com/2011/01/03/tony-morgans-10-keys-to-better-sermon-series-planning/

http://ryangear.com/2010/12/26/adam-hamilton-sermons-3-things/

http://ryangear.com/2010/12/07/sermon-writers-block/

http://ryangear.com/2010/11/08/preaching-and-leadership-websites/

http://ryangear.com/2010/09/16/poets-prophets-preachers/

http://ryangear.com/2010/09/17/help-for-pre-sermon-jitters/

http://ryangear.com/2010/09/13/sermon-delivery-tips-ii-repost/

http://ryangear.com/2010/02/28/sermon-delivery-tips/

http://ryangear.com/2010/09/08/preaching-sermons-people-remember/

http://ryangear.com/2010/09/01/preach-like-steve-jobs/

http://ryangear.com/2010/02/28/sermon-writing-tips/

http://ryangear.com/2010/03/03/narrative-sermons/

http://ryangear.com/2011/12/27/preach-like-mitch-hedberg/

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2 responses to “Church Planting Tips- Continually Improve Your Preaching

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