We have a great question this week...one with which many, if not all, of us preachers have wrestled:
As of July 1, I am serving as a solo pastor in a small church. It's only been three weeks, so I haven't had enough time to establish patterns for sermon writing... So far, I've written early but typed late on one, and this week written and typed earlier in the week. However, now it's Saturday and my sermon seems stale, not fresh for tomorrow. On the other hand, I'd like to have Saturdays with my family. I also have been around enough to know no week will be just like any other, so planning these things is a bit of a myth. I'm operating on the same basis as when I taught special ed. - start with a plan and expect to change it. So my question is how do all you experienced folk handle this part of your scheduling and why?
Because nearly all of our matriarchs are on vacation or away from internet access this week, I can't offer you their experience or insight. But those who are matriarchs don't possess all of the wisdom anyway!
So this week, more than ever, all of us who read this weekly feature are encouraged to chime in with responses for Mid-Life Rookie.
Please use the "Post a Comment" box to share how you prepare to preach. Do you have a point in the week when you want or need to have the sermon completed? Is your patter of preparation pretty consistent or does it change from week to week?
Let's share what we have learned, wherever we are along the journey!
May you live in God's amazing grace+