Co-Teaching A Message

Today I am co-teaching Message # 3 of our Tongue Pierced series with Kerrick. This is the first time we have co-taught together in quite a while, although before we went multi-site we used to do it quite a bit.

The #1 question we get about co-teaching is ‘how does it work?‘. This Sunday it works this way:  I’m doing the first 15min of the message, Kerrick will do the next 10min and I’ll come back and wrap it up.  Sometimes we do half and half but in general its good to have the person who ‘starts’ the message to ‘conclude’ the message, as it gives greater symmetry to the entire message.

Co-teaching a message with someone has its advantages:
– Multiple voices keep people more interested
– Multiple voices connect with a broader audience
Less physically taxing that doing a message alone (especially when you are doing four in a row!)
– greater creativity
more fun doing a message together

I’ve found that you can’t just co-teach with one. In general their style has to be 65% similar to yours (I talk pretty fast so they have to be comfortable talking fast too).

Finally, co-teaching is a great way to raise up a new teacher or to introduce a new teacher to your congregation.

I’m sure I’ll address this issue again in the future, but if you have any questions just comment below.

Off to the 10am service.


P.S. Another key to effective co-teaching is to have your preaching calendar done way in advance so you have plenty of time to prepare to teach together.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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