Jump directly to the Content

A Team Approach to Sermon Preparation

It is not good that preachers should prepare their messages alone.
A Team Approach to Sermon Preparation
Image: Josh Calabrese / Unsplash

It was Tuesday morning—another blank-slate start to preparing next Sunday’s sermon. I hoped to have the message done by Thursday or Friday. Maybe I could even get started on next week’s message before the weekend. But on Friday, I found myself scrambling to construct something resembling a solid outline. Then I lost my entire Saturday to sermon prep.

No harm done, I thought. My family never scheduled any plans with me on Saturdays anyway. They knew better: “Dad is always crabby on Saturday, and it gets worse as the day wears on.” My wife called my over-the-top Saturday anxiety “PMS”: Pre-Message Syndrome.

On Sunday morning, I found myself emotionally drained with little to offer in terms of compassionate interaction with individual congregants. When the time arrived to preach, I once again stepped onto the stage unsure if this sermon would be all it could or should have been.

I had tried to change this exhausting cycle many times before. Speakers ...

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Ur Video: STORY Conference
Ur Video: STORY Conference
Carlos Whittaker gets excited about the STORY Conference in Chicago.
From the Magazine
Eve’s Legacy Is Both Sin and Redemption
Eve’s Legacy Is Both Sin and Redemption
The first woman tried to get free of God. But when she aligned herself with God’s purposes, she became the ‘Mother of All the Living.’
Editor's Pick
Come Ye Pastors, Heavy Laden
Come Ye Pastors, Heavy Laden
Learning to walk under the weight of ministry's many hats.