Q: Is there ever a need to split a series (maybe for a guest speaker)?
A: In most cases I would say no.
Rather than “split” a message series, see if the guest speaker’s message will fit into the series that is scheduled during that time (this may be as simple as changing the title of their message so that it matches the series terminology).
Another option is to utilize your “expansion joints” or open dates on your calendar to shift your series so that the guest speaker can bring a standalone message between two series. For example, move the start of the previous series up a week earlier so that the guest can speak the week after that series ends and before the next begins.
There are some times, however, when God opens up just the right opportunity and none of these techniques will work. In those times, you can hit the “pause” button on a series and consider it a God-inspired audible.
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