What if you had your Sunday sermon ready by Wednesday (instead of Saturday night)?
But it gets even better.
- What if the prep process didn't only save you a ton of time but also dramatically increased sermon focus and clarity?
- What if your preparation process produced relevant and personalized applications that flowed from the text and were motivated and empowered by the grace of living in union with Jesus, rather than the default moralism that plagues so many sermons?
- What if your sermon were practically half-written before you even started?
Imagine how much sermon stress that would alleviate.
Imagine how much flexibility and increased bandwidth that would give you for scheduling appointments, ministry lunches, and taking time off... without the lingering stress of an unfinished sermon.
How much free time could be gained for taking a walk or playing with your kids?
What would it feel like to have your Saturday back?
My name is McKay Caston, and after preaching weekly for over twenty-six years, I now teach homiletics and theology in seminary and lead a doctoral program for pastors.
This is to say, I've been in your shoes and understand the gift and the pressure of preparing a new message every week (and sometimes, multiple messages).
Contrary to what some think, pastors do not just fish and play golf between Sundays. 😅
There is a lot to do.
In addition to creating sermons, we lead team meetings, facilitate small groups, disciple, counsel, participate in community events, plan ministry, respond to countless emails, and navigate unexpected crises.
The list goes on.
It's sad to admit, but after a long week of daily sermon prep, I still found myself up at 1:00 a.m. on many Saturday nights.
Anxious and frustrated that I'd been working on the message all week but still unclear about how to present the material, I would become confused and desperate.
Can you relate?
I think any honest pastor can.
I began thinking that there must be a better way.
And there is.