Finding Adventure in the Mundane (of Preparing Sermons)

I don’t  know about you but sometimes in the midst of preparing sermons I get bored, or preoccupied, or distracted, or tired, or whatever. This is certainly the reality of those who are gifted 10 or more hours a week to prepare a message. (I know some of you are not in a situation where that is the case), but even in less time preparing sermons can become mundane.


How do we find adventure in the mundane when it comes to preparing sermons? What am I talking about specifically? Sitting at your desk thinking of the write opening sentence maybe? Or doing a word study on the Hebrew? Or trying to figure out that  perfect illustration? For all of us the mundane is something different, but where’s the adventure?

The adventure comes in not just the destination but the hard journey there as well (so cliche right?) So when you message is building and the word count is growing and the research is nearing a conclusion you see the adventure in that the great journey of structure and preparation.

You also see the adventure when everything comes to fruition when you actually get to preach the sermon, deliver the message, birth all that research, searching and work.

Here are some suggestions on finding the adventure in the mundane moments of preparing a sermon:

Involve God

Sometimes when I am preparing I simply pray, “God I feel bored or uninterested, or tired, show me the adventure in what I am doing”. Really, this reminds me of why I am preparing a sermon, why I have put the mundane processes into place.

Involve Your People

Find out what those mundane moments of preparation have meant for your people. That cool nugget of research, that interesting story, or whatever it is. Your work connected with someone and had a lifelong impact. Find those stories.

Imagine What This Mundane Moment Could Mean for Someone

The someone who’s never met Jesus, that someone who is going through a rough patch in their marriage, that someone who is having money problems, that someone who just has not figured it out.

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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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