Why every Pastor must have a Pastoral Preaching Plan
It’s Saturday night, and you are supposed to preach tomorrow morning.
You’re tired, worn out, and not even remotely interested in studying.
You look at the clock, thinking, 11pm… where did the time go? What am I supposed to preach tomorrow morning? How am I supposed to study when I have so little time?
In a panic, you go to the filing cabinet, looking for a sermon you’ve already preached. Maybe they won’t remember.
Have you ever been in a situation like this before?
If you are a pastor, then there is a good chance you have.
One of the greatest blessings is getting to preach on a consistent schedule. For many pastors in pulpits across the world, the congregations expect a life-changing sermon not only once, or even twice, but three or more times a week. What a tremendous opportunity!
And while preaching the Gospel is the greatest joy a preacher can experience, it can often be one of the greatest burdens as well.
What we’re dealing with here…
You see, the man of God desires to present a polished, treasured message with which to change the hearts of the audience. He knows exactly what he is dealing with. Eternal life is at stake. Preaching is a big deal.
The Gospel is the greatest news the world has ever heard, with power enough to save a destitute, pathetic wretch from a devil’s hell – something the wretch definitely deserves, mind you. Consequently, it should be approached with the utmost diligence and preparation.
In a perfect world, the pastor would delegate 30 or more hours of study for his next sermon, knowing full-well what is at stake.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and our time is vastly consumed with matters and situations occurring we had not expected.
When the unplanned occurs, the schedule of the pastor is rearranged far too quickly, and other matters he intended to oversee, are pushed back. This, oftentimes, is his sermon preparation.
This problem strikes more heavily in the role of a bi-vocational pastor, but, if caught off-guard, can even afflict the full-time pastor as well.
What is the solution to overcoming “Saturday night specials” and “regurgitated sermons?”
I believe it is a Pastoral Preaching Plan.
Every pastor needs a Pastoral Preaching Plan.
A Pastoral Preaching Plan is, simply, your road map of sermons for the next weeks, months, and even years. It is God’s vision and direction of your congregation, dedicated to a faithful preaching plan, designed to enhance the quality, and effectiveness of your messages.
Pastoral Preaching plans dedicate more time on the front-end, freeing up extra time on the back-end. They keep you on your toes, while keeping your sermons both relevant, and effective. They eliminate the stress of “Saturday night specials,” and keep your sermons from sounding exactly the same, week after week.
I am a strong advocate of Pastoral Preaching Plans, and over the next few posts, I plan to talk about how to develop a Pastoral Preaching Plan, and will even post some ones already made.
Don’t misunderstand me. There is tremendous value in topical preaching, and even borrowing tips and pointers from other preachers. I have even written inexpensive books with my own contributions.
But this is not enough for the consistent, faithful pastor.
He must have a Pastoral Preaching Plan.