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How to Write a Sermon: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

Looking for tips on How to Write a Better Sermon? Seasoned pastor? Young preacher? Here's a simple step-by-stepy guide on how to write a great sermon.

Getting up in front of your church and preaching every week is a challenge.

Regardless of if it's your first sermon or the thousandth.

On average, it takes 10 to 18 hours to prepare your sermon for preaching -- and that's only one sermon, not an entire sermon series. Writing a simple church donation letter is so much simpler.

And that's if you already are seasoned in how to write a sermon! If you’re a full-time pastor, there’s a good chance you’re spending between 400 to 720 hours per year in sermon preparation. In other words, you’ll spend nearly 17 to 30 days in preparation.

 

If you’re a seasoned pastor, you probably have your own approach and process. But if you’re green behind the ears (new to preaching), it’s a good idea to see how to write a sermon and a sermon outline and practice that process several times. Over time, you'll naturally iterate that process to fit your personality and way of thinking.

And that's the point here.

Below is a simple step-by-step process we use to teach pastors and budding preachers how to write a sermon.

In this post, we’re going to break down the following steps for how to write a sermon:

  1. Strategy
  2. Study
  3. Sticky
  4. Style
  5. Solidify
  6. Sabbath
  7. Say
  8. Speak

For your church service, use these basic steps to writing a sermon as checkpoints for you in your sermon preparation or entire sermon series planning. Work through our process and then make it your own as you write more and more sermons.

If you follow this process, you'll come out with a biblical and memorable message from God's word.

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How to Write a Sermon: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

How to Write a Sermon: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

Looking for tips on How to Write a Better Sermon? Seasoned pastor? Young preacher? Here's a simple step-by-stepy guide on how to write a great sermon.

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Getting up in front of your church and preaching every week is a challenge.

Regardless of if it's your first sermon or the thousandth.

On average, it takes 10 to 18 hours to prepare your sermon for preaching -- and that's only one sermon, not an entire sermon series. Writing a simple church donation letter is so much simpler.

And that's if you already are seasoned in how to write a sermon! If you’re a full-time pastor, there’s a good chance you’re spending between 400 to 720 hours per year in sermon preparation. In other words, you’ll spend nearly 17 to 30 days in preparation.

 

If you’re a seasoned pastor, you probably have your own approach and process. But if you’re green behind the ears (new to preaching), it’s a good idea to see how to write a sermon and a sermon outline and practice that process several times. Over time, you'll naturally iterate that process to fit your personality and way of thinking.

And that's the point here.

Below is a simple step-by-step process we use to teach pastors and budding preachers how to write a sermon.

In this post, we’re going to break down the following steps for how to write a sermon:

  1. Strategy
  2. Study
  3. Sticky
  4. Style
  5. Solidify
  6. Sabbath
  7. Say
  8. Speak

For your church service, use these basic steps to writing a sermon as checkpoints for you in your sermon preparation or entire sermon series planning. Work through our process and then make it your own as you write more and more sermons.

If you follow this process, you'll come out with a biblical and memorable message from God's word.

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