The Purpose of Preaching


Fall-Sermons-Sale-web-icon-2013This week I am going to share with you tips on developing your preaching calendar.  This has been a growing area for me at the Journey as we have innovated some ways to plan our preaching and to plan our preaching together as a teaching team.

It is really an interesting thing that we do as pastors, because we have to do it every seven days.  I have a lot of motivational speaker friends who only have to develop 1 or 2 speeches a year, but we have to develop one every week—and people expect a high level of quality!

What I have learned is this requires a lot of advanced planning!

So I am going to share some strategies for maximizing this coming fall season to reach more people.

But first I want to address the purpose of preaching.  We believe the purpose of preaching is rooted in the purpose of a Christian—which is to become more like Christ.  Well, that is also the number one goal of our preaching—to help people to become more like Christ.

God’s plan from the beginning is to call people to himself and then to grow them to become more and more like Jesus.  One of the things God uses to develop Christians is preaching.  So we believe that the primary purpose of preaching is to change lives.  Not just to share information but lead to life transformation.

Your Partner in Ministry,


P.S.  This week, HALF-OFF my Top 10 Fall Sermons.  Now is the time to plan for the fall.  Every sermon series includes a transcripts, outlines, graphics and over 60 hours of sermon preparation by our teaching team.   Click this link to view all Top 10 Fall Sermon Series for Half-Off.

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About Nelson Searcy

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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