Sermon Prep

Thom S RainerThom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, recently facilitated a Twitter poll asking pastors to share how long they spend preparing a sermon.  The results show that most pastors take between 10-18 hours to prepare each message.  More specifically:

  • 70% prep between 10 and 18 hours,
  • 15% prep between 7 and 9 hours,
  • 10% prep for 6 hours or less, and
  • 6% devote 19 hours or more to prepare each message.

So What?

Sermons vary widely in many respects, including:

  • length, 
  • placement within the service, and
  • role and importance.

Think of your own congregation.

  • How long are most sermons (e.g., 12 minutes)?  Do you have any idea how long the preacher spends preparing these messages?
  • Where within the service is the sermon placed?  What does the placement within the service and length suggest with regard to the role and importance of sermons?

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