Surviving (and Thriving) In Sermon WritingMay 9, 2008
Preachers can distinguish in the sermon writing process three distinct phases: organising, drafting and editing.
I. Organising (pre-writing)
a) You need to gather together all relevant notes that you have accumulated before touching a computer key
b) You could refresh your memory on your notes before writing
c) You need to think about the format/size of your manuscript (A4? A5?)
d) You need uninterrupted and ideally, quiet time
e) You need to pray for specific help: amongst other things, for stamina, accuracy, and words.
a) Write a whole draft in one go (usually takes me about three to four hours)
b) Don’t rush the first draft but don’t agonise over it.
c) Try to write as you speak
d) Be warned: the first draft is liable to be long and clunky!
As you revisit the manuscript, ask questions like:
a) Is my writing clear?
b) Is my writing concise?
c) Is my writing compelling?
d) Is my sermon proportional?
e) Are my transitions smooth/ logical?