Long ago, after searching for a way to energize my sermons at a new church I had started in the inner city of Chicago back in the late-1960s, I found that if I would answer four key questions I could improve my sermon development process and create sermons that the people in my congregation would remember and more easily put into action. I used this method during my tenure at Circle Church and continued to use it when I took over The Chapel of the Air radio broadcast from my ailing uncle, John D. Jess, in the mid-1970s.
I believe so strongly in the effectiveness of this method, that I have continued to share it with pastors through seminars, through preaching classes at a nearby college, through guest lectures and workshops, and through my Sermon-Coach.com website. If you’ve listened to our Podcast series—now numbering some 240 episodes—you have often heard me talk about these four critical questions.
But, maybe you’re one who hasn’t yet taken the time to listen to one or more of these free Podcasts. If so, and even if you’re a regular listener, I invite you to click the link on this page that will take you to my Sermon-Coach.com website and listen to Podcast No. 72.
During this Podcast, I talk at length about the Four Questions. I assure you they have long ago become the centerpiece of my own sermon development process. Hundreds, if not thousands, of other pastors have also adopted the use of these questions to make their own sermons more effective.
As pastors, nothing should please us more than to get feedback from those in our congregation who have heard the message from the Lord that we have shared with them and have taken steps to make what we share a part of their on-going spiritual formation.
I continue to feel very grateful and am humbled by the many positive comments about my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is now available at Amazon.com by clicking here.
This book gives some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what you’ve said from the pulpit when they come to worship services in the church where you serve as pastor.
Please click here to visit David Mains’ Sermon-Coach.com website.
You will also find a variety of resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.