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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A Sample Preacher Growth Plan
Preacher Growth Plan
·Read Deeply and Broadly
oRead one preaching book every two months in the following order: Telling the Truth by Beuchner, The Witness of Preaching by Long, and Preaching in the Spirit by Kinlaw
oSubscribe to Newsweek and spend 15 minutes each day reading headline news
oRead one of the top five NY Times Bestsellers every 6 months
·Develop the Imagination
oSense and draw the biblical passage I am preaching at least once each month
oWrite an allegorical short story based upon the focus of my sermon at least once every other month
oRead Lord of the Rings and watch the movie looking for ways the film director imaginatively engages and interprets the text
·Attend Seminars, Conferences, and/or Classes
oAttend the Preaching Essentials Workshop in the Spring
oAttend the Gordon Conwell Preaching Conference in the Fall
oAudit a preaching course at Wesley Seminary
·Listen to and View Sermons
oView or listen to two sermons per month from the following preachers: Barbara Brown Taylor, Steve Deneff, Andy Stanley, Cleophus Larue, Craig Barnes, Anna Carter Florence, Francis Chan, and Haddon Robinson.
oListen to one of my sermons monthly and view one of my sermons quarterly in order to analyze strengths and weaknesses of my sermon content and delivery.
oIdentify and meet with a preaching coach every three months who will view one of my sermons with me and provide immediate feedback and coaching.
oDistribute an identical congregational survey at the beginning and the end of every year to solicit commendation and critique regarding preaching in my local church
·Experiment with Creative Sermon Forms
oEmploy one creative, out of the box, sermon form per month in the coming year.