Your Preaching Calendar Questions – Summer Sermon Series?

Preaching-Calendar-Webinar-big Q: You mentioned doing a series during the summer that isn’t sequential.  Can you elaborate on what that looks like?

A: The basic concept is to do a number of messages that can be combined under the same title, but that don’t build on one another from week to week.

Essentially, you should do a series that is made up of standalone message topics, with the understanding that people are most likely going to miss church at least a time or two during the summer.

Leadership often involves entering the conversation that people are already having in their mind.  By doing a series like this, you’re taking away the “well we missed last week, so…” reasoning.

Example: We do a series each summer called “God on Film,” where we choose 6 or 7 of the summer’s biggest movies and address the spiritual issues that each one raises.

The entire series is titled and branded as “God on Film,” but we will address 6 or 7 unique, standalone topics over the course of the series.  By doing so, we’re able to attract new people, keep our regulars attending in spite of their vacation plans and help people grow in 6 or 7 different areas over the summer.

P.S. – Still looking for a few series to fill in the gaps in your 2010 Preaching Calendar? Click here for some proven Sermon Series!

P.P.S.- If you missed the “How to Plan Your 2010 Preaching Calendar” Webinar, you can listen to a replay of the audio at:

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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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