Pastoral Preaching

11 Ways to Grow and Improve in Your Preaching

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On the Pastor Matters podcast, I mentioned 11 ways to grow and improve in your preaching this year and in the years to come. Here is the list that I gave on the podcast, but I would encourage you to go back and listen for further explanation of each one.

  1. Decide that you want to grow and improve.
  2. Pray about growing and improving, and get others to pray for you and with you.
  3. Write down where you think you need to grow and improve (make a list).
  4. Watch a few of your sermons, go back to step three, and add to your list.
  5. Enlist a few trusted brothers and sisters to tell you where you need to grow and improve.
  6. Set some specific goals you want to work on this year: name them, write them down, seek accountability to do them.
  7. Listen to other preachers weekly.
  8. Read at least one preaching book each year.
  9. Work harder at application.
  10. Strive to finish your sermon preparation early enough in the week so you have time to review.
  11. Just keep doing all these things.

What would you add to this list? What has helped you to grow and improve in your preaching?


Resources used: Episode 133: Growing and Improving in Preaching

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Chuck Lawless

Director of the Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership

Dr. Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Doctoral Studies, and Vice-President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary, in addition to serving as Team Leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board. He previously served as a Vice-President for Global Theological Advance for the IMB. Prior to that, he was dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he also served as Vice President for Academic Programming and the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies. He received a B.S. degree from Cumberland College and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. He is the author of eight works, including “Membership Matters,” and “Spiritual Warfare,” and has contributed numerous articles to denominational periodicals. He and his wife Pam have been married for over 25 years and reside here in Wake Forest, NC.

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