Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. 

In this episode, I want to talk to you about how long it should take to prepare a sermon. Some pastors spend their entire week in sermon preparation. This cannot be a good thing. If you spend all week in sermon preparation, you are neglecting other important pastoral duties. Others spend virtually no time in preparation, cramming on Saturday night to find something to say on Sunday morning.

How long should it take to prepare a sermon? 

  1. Time to pray.
  2. Time to meditate.
  3. Time to understand the text.
  4. Time to craft the sermon.
  5. Time to make application.
  6. Time to disengage.
  7. Time to internalize the message.

 

 

How long does it take you to prepare a sermon? 

 

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The time allotted to develop sermons becomes a blending of proficiency and providence, of work and wonder; we must live in the tension between our well-ordered rhythms and variables not entirely controllable. – Dave Harvey

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