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Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday
This guide teaches lectio divina and thought organization tools to create a sermon quickly.
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enfleshed
This LGBTQ-affirming organization provides liturgical resources and sermon starters for those who embrace queer and justice-oriented communities.
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Festival of Homiletics
This conference offers extensive workshop options, speakers, and lectures focused on examining and celebrating the practices of preaching and worship.
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SermonCentral
This website and search engine offers sermon examples, illustrations, and graphics to create compelling sermons.
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The African American Lectionary
This website is a key online resource, particularly formed for an African American audience, for clergy that follow the lectionary.

About the Contributor

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Abby Miller

Abby Miller consults with congregations in northeast Indiana as part of her work with the Center for Congregations. With a focus in ministry leadership, Abby is also a consultant on CRG Chat and helps with social media.  

Church Sermon Resources

When people think about going to church, they might usually envision showing up to a place of worship and listening to a helpful message. With this in mind, it can possibly be seen as being incumbent on religious leaders to provide helpful sermons that will benefit their followers. When religious leaders are developing their sermons, they may usually try and think about issues that those in their congregation are currently facing. Then, they might look for a relevant passage from a religious text upon which they can work to build the rest of their sermon. And while this is certainly a tried-and-true method, congregation leaders might still be able to benefit from relying on sermon resources for pastors.

Ultimately, even the best religious leaders are likely going to find themselves dealing with writer's block, from time to time, unable to figure out how to effectively reach out to the members of their congregation. That is where church sermon resources can be helpful. Many people out there might not realize just how difficult it can be when it comes to preaching sermons on a regular basis. As an illustration, it might be helpful for them to think back to how hard it might have been for them once to develop a simple five-minute speech during school. Now, they might imagine how hard it can be to get up in front of a lot of people and speak for an hour or more. It can certainly prove to be a challenging task to try and fill the time in a productive manner. Naturally, though, the health at the church can often depend on the delivery of helpful, impactful sermons.

Therefore, it might prove to be a good idea for religious leaders to take a look at outside resources, on occasion. For example, there are some resources that might be able to give religious leaders some ideas on what they can go on to preach, while other resources might be able to help them to further flesh out the rest of a sermon based on what they already have there. Perhaps some good news, however, is that sermon resources can often come in all shapes and forms, helping to enable religious leaders to customize the resources to meet the needs of their sermons. That way, they can perhaps work to more consistently deliver for the members of the congregation.

Church Online Platform

In the wake of something like a pandemic, the climate can oftentimes prove to be a challenging one for just about anyone, with many people finding themselves having to adjust to certain things such as working in a virtual environment. Naturally, this scope can also include that of the religious field, in which many religious leaders might never have imagined that they would one day be giving a sermon to the members of their congregation virtually.

Delivering a message online can sometimes prove to be a challenge, and perhaps the simple reality is that an online church service can be very different from that of a typical church platform. Therefore, it can be good for religious leaders to think carefully about how they are going to use a church online platform to help meet their needs.

Perhaps one of the first things to keep in mind is that the vast majority of the congregation is likely going to be sitting in front of their computer screen listening to what is going on. As a result, it can potentially be easier for members of the congregation to become distracted. After all, their internet browser is open, and all they would have to do is click over to another tab, and then they might find themselves no longer paying proper attention. With this in mind, it can be good for religious leaders to think carefully about how they are going to work to better hold the attention of their congregation members.

This can be done in multiple ways. First, because the members of the congregation are right there, it may be helpful to try and encourage them to interact with one another. Naturally, it can be helpful to do so in a formulaic manner, as having everyone speaking at the same time would likely not be helpful. Second, it might be a good idea to think about playing with the background of the video camera, because while the background should probably not be distracting, this can still be an engaging way to help keep people interested. Finally, because the sermon is being delivered online, it can also be helpful to think about incorporating more music, images, or videos as parts of the sermon. This can prove to be a great way of keeping members of the congregation interested in what is going on, and could potentially stand to make a difference when it comes to keeping people interested.

Free Church Resources

Naturally, when religious leaders are delivering a sermon online for the first time, this can often prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of resources available out there to help religious leaders who might find themselves going through this. First, when it comes to free church resources, it can be helpful to take a look at free church media resources. There are plenty of videos that have been produced showing people who might be struggling with video conferencing technology. And because some people out there might not exactly be known for their technological prowess, it can be good for them to know that they can always ask for help, as there are plenty of people out there who are willing to provide assistance to church leaders for free. There might even be someone in the congregation itself who has a background in Information Technology, and who might be willing to provide assistance.

Next, it might be helpful to take a look at YouTube videos, as there are YouTube videos on just about everything. Do not hesitate to take a look around. There might even be videos posted by other religious leaders which work to go through various resources that might prove to be helpful. That way, members of the religious community might then be able to learn more about how they can get the most out of the technology they have available to them.

Finally, even though it can be helpful to take a look at resources that teach religious leaders how to use technology, it might even be possible for a religious leader to get donations from other people, including in terms of hardware and software. New technology can often prove to be expensive, and the church might not be able to afford the newest items. However, old items might very well be able to work just as effectively for the purposes of a church. Therefore, it can be a good idea to take a look around and see what is available. Additionally, if the church decides to use older items, it might have an easier time getting them to work with the rest of its equipment.

Sermon Resources Online

As alluded to above, some of the best resources for religious leaders can sometimes actually be found on the internet. Therefore, do not hesitate to take a look at sermon resources online, as there are lots of online resources for churches out there that may prove to be helpful. Religious leaders may want to start by taking a look at some of the sermons that other religious leaders have posted. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that the pastor has to copy what other religious leaders have done; instead, this could help serve as the foundation for a future sermon. With this in mind, religious leaders can potentially benefit from taking a look at some of the sermons that have been posted online.

There are other online resources for churches out there, as well. For example, pastors might be able to take lessons regarding how they can work to better structure their sermons for the modern era, as it can sometimes be thought that people today might have shorter attention spans than they did before. With this in mind, pastors may want to make sure to take a look at some of the lessons that have been shared by other religious leaders out there. If they are successfully able to hold the attention of the younger members of the congregation, then they can likely better set the church up to be successful in the future.

Church Resources

There are also other types of resources that can potentially be leveraged by religious leaders across various fields. When it comes to church resources, it can be helpful to take a look at church media design. Media design refers to images, videos, audio, and even music. These types of preaching resources can prove to be helpful for religious leaders because it can sometimes be challenging for religious leaders to figure out exactly how they are going to reach the members of the congregation. By taking advantage of media resources, they can perhaps work to make their sermons more interactive. Furthermore, with more variety in the sermon, it will possibly become easier to attract more people to the pulpit. All of this can be helpful for churches that might be looking to grow in the modern era to take under consideration.

Fun Sermon Topics

When people think about church message notes, they will oftentimes find themselves thinking about topics that can be very serious in nature. In some cases, they might even be considered dark. Therefore, it might be helpful for pastors to try and mix it up with some fun sermon topics, as well. It can be good for churches to focus on the positive as well as the negative. Sure, pastors are likely going to be looking for ways to help members of the congregation grow, but it can also be helpful to place a keen focus on positive messages. In fact, it might even be a good idea to implement having a positive church message of the day.

In addition, fun sermon topics can often be considered to be more appropriate for children. Churches may want to communicate effectively with children, as well as they do with adults, and that might represent how they can stand to make a positive impact on as many people as possible. Reaching the younger crowd can also help to place the church in a position to grow.

Sermon Preparation Tools

Finally, it can be helpful to take a closer look at sermon preparation tools, as well. When religious leaders are preparing for their next sermon, they will usually tend to focus on what they are going to say. And while this can certainly be important, it can also be seen as equally important to focus on graphics. Fortunately, there are free church media graphics they can use. This includes free church social media graphics. These graphics can be useful because they can help to hold the attention of the audience. There is a common which exists out there that says that a picture is worth a thousand words, after all. Therefore, pastors should perhaps consider spending just as much time focusing on the graphics they are going to use as the speech they are going to make.

When pastors focus on preparing every aspect of a sermon, they may have a better chance of communicating effectively with the members of the congregation.

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