CLARITY

PREACHING + COMMUNICATING FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Nuts + Bolts | Ep. 4 - The Walkthrough

by Craig Smith | Clarity

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Message Development should be your first priority | 1:13
  • Schedule time early in your week for this very important thing | 2:38
  • Consistency is your best friend | 3:12
  • A personal application of the Sand Castle Analogy from the last episode | 4:10

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

FIND YOUR OWN RHYTHM FOR MESSAGE DEVELOPMENT

This is going to look different for everyone, but you need to find what feels comfortable for you. But there are a few things that should take form, in one sense or another, that should appear in everyone’s message development.

1. MESSAGE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS TO BE YOUR FIRST PRIORITY

It can’t be the last thing you sit down to do after you’ve taken care of everything else that’s been clamoring for your time. Preaching is the primary way that you exercise pastoral leadership of a congregation. It’s just too important to be taking a backseat. And one of the best ways to tackle that is to schedule in prep time, actually mark off time on your calendar for it every, single week.

2. SCHEDULE TIME EARLIER IN YOUR WEEK

You need time to revise and practice! And you won’t have that time if you do it late in the week. The other reason is that you’re tired by the work week’s end. It happens to all of us no matter what our capacities are. Third, if you save it for later in the week, no matter how well you, “work under pressure”, your writing will feel stressed and rushed.

3. CONSISTENCY

This is where you really need to find your rhythm. Everyone’s week to week will look different, but you need to find what works for you. Then replicate it on an ongoing basis.

SHOW NOTES

We are so excited to get into our mini-series, “Nuts + Bolts”, which we have batch released wherever you get your podcasts! This is our intro to this channel, so you can get a great feel of what we’re going to accomplish on Clarity as we get into the interview episodes coming up this fall. In the meantime, if you could review us and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Also, if you have any questions, click the button below to send us an email today, or check out our Show Notes.

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