Needed: Processing Time

When you first hear a new piece of information, do you immediately know how it might impact your life? Or, are you more like most people, who need some time to digest and process new information before they are ready to find a way to use that information in theirown lives?

It’s true that every time we pastors preach a sermon, we give those listening to us key pieces of information that will help them with their spiritual formation. We’ve likely spent hours studying the Scriptures and preparing a sermon to meet the very real needs our congregants struggle with in their own spiritual lives.

Is it unreasonable then to set aside some time during our sermons to allow the very people we are trying to shepherd to receive, digest, and process the truths that we share? I not only think that’s a reasonable suggestion, I believe it’s so important that I’ve made it the topic of Podcast 223.

If you think what I’ve suggested may be worthy of some additional consideration, I urge you to click the link on this page that will take you to my website. Once there, you can click to listen to this Podcast. If you do, you will hear me share some real examples of when a pastor should have given his congregation a chance to process what he said during his sermon. And, you’ll hear other examples of when such a “processing time” proved exceptionally valuable to those who took advantage of it.

“Even good preachers should allow time for listeners to process their sermons.” That’s the key sentence for this Podcast. Once you listen to it, I think you will agree that certain of our sermons definitely lend themselves to allowing our congregants some processing time.

I continue to receive 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 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 your church.


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You will also find a variety of resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.




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