One Principle That Will Transform Your Sermon Prep


We talk a lot about sermon preparation here. Check out some of these posts:

Key Principles for Sermon Series Planning

Preparing Yourself to Prepare a Sermon

Get Organized and Efficient with these 3 Sermon Prep Tools

An Important and Underrated Tool of Sermon Prep


Today we are going to look at  one principle that will transform your  sermon prep for the better.

As we prepare sermons we have to take many things into account of course. But with those many things there is one key: consistency.

Just like anything in life and leading and preaching consistency is important. And specifically when we are preparing sermons we need to seek out consistent routines for ourselves.

Not that long ago my sermon preparation process was very scattered and sporadic and that was the case because my preaching schedule was sporadic. Before I became the senior pastor at my current church I maybe preached at most 10 times a year. So every time I was called out from the bullpen so to speak I would have a blank slate to write and deliver a sermon. There would be no sermon series to plug into usually, or especially not one that I had planned. So I would start a week or two in advance and pretty much just wing the process, experiment here, try something new there and so on.

Really though, this was a good experience for me because I was able to see things that worked and things that did not.

I developed the Question I Ask Myself Directly After I Preach. I developed my form in text study, and developing application and so on.

But One Day it Hit Me…

“You really need to  come up with a consistent routine” I told myself a couple weeks after I started this senior ministry role.

See,  when I took over it was on an interim basis. I was still in college, the church was an hour and a half a way, I was in the last month of my undergrad. All these factors added up to me realizing I needed to develop a plan for consistency and stick with it.

So I did and that plan can be found here 5 Pastors Share Their Sermon Prep Process.

Over the last year I have experimented and tweaked the formula a bit.

The Thing is…

I strive for consistency. I want a process and a system in place to allow me to develop and craft the sermon, no matter what life and ministry throw at me.

This Has Lead Me to Develop…

Goal mileposts throughout the week and I stick to these mileposts as best as I possibly can.

See to Develop Consistency for Yourself…

You need to best figure out how you can integrate a plan into your week that allows you to stick to it the best you possibly can.

Go through your sermon prep process now. Figure out what you need to accomplish by the end of each work day. Write down this plan and go for it. Next week!

You will be glad when you have developed a consistent process, plan, system, or schedule for your sermon preparation.

Believe me. Consistency has helped me a lot.

Share in the comments: How has consistency helped you develop your preaching over time?

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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