Ten Words of Advice from a First-Time Guest

mgkilbride Uncategorized

Greg Stier http://www.pastors.com Used by Permission June 2015 As a “traveling evangelist” I’ve had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I’ll be the preacher that day, so most treat me like a first-time visitor. Over the course of many years …

Five Things I Wish I Had Known as a Young Pastor

mgkilbride Uncategorized

Rob Pochek http://www.preaching.com. Used by permission June 2015 I left my breakfast meeting with a young pastor and realized, with a measure of sadness, that I was no longer a “young pastor.” He was facing a number of ministry challenges that seemed very familiar to me. As I shared with him some of the lessons I had learned, he remarked, …

How to Write a Sermon – Seven Steps to a Memorable Message (Step 6)

mgkilbride Uncategorized

Brandon Hilgemann Brandon@propreacher.com http://www.propreacher.com Used by Permission June 2015 Sermon writing is similar to building a house. There are 7 stages that a sermon needs to go through from start to finish. Let’s recap. The first five steps are: Step 1: Pray – Connect to the Power Source. Step 2: Scripture – Lay the Foundation. Step 3: Big Idea – Build the …

Bits ‘N Bytes June 2015

mgkilbride Uncategorized

Pastoral Response Did you hear the story about the pastor who always started each service off with the phrase, “The Lord be with you.” The people, well trained over many years, would then respond, “And also with you.” However, one Sunday the sound system wasn’t working very well. The pastor stepped to the pulpit and mumbled, “There’s something wrong with …

Archers, Arrows and Targets: Handling Your Critics in Preaching

mgkilbride Uncategorized

John Duncan Pastor of First Baptist Church of Georgetown, Texas Preaching Now http://www.preaching.com. Used by Permission May 2015 Long before Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games popularized archery, I was a college student learning the art of stringing a bow, pointing an arrow, and shooting a target. My goal was simple: Learn how to string the bow, aim the arrow, …

If I Only Had the Time

mgkilbride Uncategorized

Warren Wiersbe Published by permission of the author and taken from his book In Praise of Plodders, published 1991 by Kregel Publications. April 2015 If you find yourself saying in your sermons, “Now, if I had the time…” then beware! A pastor I knew frequently punctuated his sermons with “If I had the time,” and one Sunday a deacon approached …