For several years I served as a bi-vocational pastor. I worked 50 hours a week building kitchen cabinets, and also pastored a small rural church.
Our church had a traditional service schedule, meaning I preached on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Most of those sermons were prepared at the last minute. I had very little time to pray, study, and prepare. Somehow God blessed my feeble efforts, and our church was blessed.
Looking back now, I realize how helpful a preaching calendar would have been. It would have given me direction for my weekly ministry, and my preaching would have been more balanced.
A preaching calendar is a spiritual plan to faithfully communicate God’s Word to your church. Why plan ahead? Why a calendar? Why not just decide each week what to preach?
Preparing a preaching calendar allows you to step back and take a big picture look at what God is doing in your church. It allows you to prayerfully decide in advance what your year of ministry will look like.
I have found sermon planning to be helpful for several reasons.
Making time to fast and pray has been a critical part of my sermon planning. The same Holy Spirit who reveals what you should preach this Sunday can also speak to you about future sermons.
Just about every preacher has faced the stress of a busy week and reaching Saturday without any clear preaching direction.
Each December I create a one page document that lists all the sermons I preached that year. The next step is to categorize them by themes, topics, and books of the Bible. This process is helpful because most preachers have a default topic or two to which they often return. My default topics are: prayer and the centrality of Christ in our lives.
Reviewing my sermons helps me see what is missing and how I can be a more balanced preacher of the Word.
If your worship leader prepares songs to connect with the sermon, advance notice is helpful. Early planning is also useful for your media team (powerpoint, video, social media) and your small group leaders.
Here are some suggestions to help you prepare your sermon calendar.
Question: What helps you prepare your upcoming sermon calendar? Comment below.
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Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past