3 Best Practices for Green Preachers

If you are just starting out preaching you are probably wondering how you get better. I know when I first started I struggled with the fact that I did not have many opportunities to preach consistently.

Of course I had classes in college and advice from other preachers and books and these were all excellent resources. But not enough.

Here are 3 practices that will help you become a better preacher if you are just starting out and do not have much experience.

Get Every Possible Experience you can

When you are a young preacher, maybe you are a student or going to be a student or looking to join a teaching team at your church you might wonder how you can possibly get any experience.

Find every opportunity to preach that you can. Maybe it’s a youth service, or a camp, or a Sunday night service, or a Wednesday service, or a very small church looking for someone to fill the pulpit. Put yourself out there, let every connection you know that you will preach any time anywhere.

This really helped me as a younger preacher. I’ve preached youth services, filled pulpits, preached on Sunday night and Wednesday night, and finally I found a small church where I was able to preach every Sunday morning for a year and a half. This was a really big deal to the development of my preaching.

Record Yourself

Many times we do not want to or do not even think about recording ourselves when we preach but this is such an important practice to our development.

Even if the church you are preaching at does not have recording capabilities there is no excuse not to at least record every sermon you preach for personal study. Just have someone record your sermon on your phone.

Once you have the file use it to evaluate yourself and also give it to others you trust to evaluate you.

Watch and Listen to as Many Sermons as Possible

You do not want to copy other preachers and some of the best advice you can get is to be yourself. But past watching your own sermons you can learn a lot from watching the sermons of preachers you appreciate and admire. This does not have to be the “celebrities” we all have those preachers in the trenches that we learn from. Watch their sermons as much as possible. See how the exegete the text, how they use illustrations, how they interject their own personality into the sermon.

One way you can learn is through our very own practical resource Sticky Sermons Academy. Check it out here: https://www.stickysermons.academy/

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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