Captivate Your Audience, Kill Bad Habits, and Master the Art of Sermon Delivery

Earlier this year, Brandon Hilgemann from released his second book on the topic of preaching and it is a treasure trove of practical help all centered around sermon delivery.

Captivate Your Audience, Kill Bad Habits, and Master the Art of Sermon Delivery

Brandon has this conviction that “most preaching fails not for lack of content, but deficient delivery.” Sure, content is really really important. But if we fail at delivering that content well, we will create an unneeded barrier between the congregation and the content.

Preach and Deliver: Captivate Your Audience, Kill Bad Habits, and Master the Art of Sermon Delivery

I wish I would have had these kinds of insights when I preached my first sermon. Do you remember your first sermon? I remember mine. It was “good content” and poor delivery. Without a doubt, my delivery was dull and blah.

On one level, getting reps at preaching is the best way to improve, but it’s important to have a roadmap as to what to pay attention to and improve upon each time you step into the pulpit.

Communication is a two-way street. We must remove all roadblocks from your audience receiving the message. To do that, we need to go back to the basics of sermon delivery. – Brandon Hilgemann

In Preach and Deliver, you’ll get practical help on 15 aspects of sermon delivery:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Gestures
  3. Eyes
  4. Voice
  5. Pause
  6. Structure
  7. Clarity
  8. Engagement
  9. Memorability
  10. Illustration
  11. Humor
  12. Objections
  13. Notes
  14. Technology
  15. Appearance

As an example, I love what Brandon says about introductions in his chapter on structure:

Start with a compelling question, a quick story (that gets to the point), a shocking statistic, or by describing a scenario your audience has experienced before. Mix it up and be creative. But jump right into the topic.

The first words from your mouth should be powerful. They should compel your audience to want to hear more.

Yes and amen!

If you want to dive in and go on a journey of fine tuning and improving your sermon delivery, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Preach and Deliver.

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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