How to Preach A Sermon: Best Practices for Delivering Your Message
How to Preach A Sermon: Best Practices for Delivering Your Message

You’ve done your research, and you’ve nailed down your big idea. You’ve researched sermon illustrations and found several perfect for your sermon and you’re confident in your conclusion. Now there is one minor step left. You’ve got to decide how to preach it. There is a lot to consider when thinking through how to preach…

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Great Sermon Series Ideas for the Fall
Great Sermon Series Ideas for the Fall

UPDATED: We have added even more fall sermon series ideas and recommendations! Fall is one of the busiest and important seasons for the church, whether that is with an influx of new visitors, or your Fall is a festive time of year with a fun rhythm of holidays, festivals, football, and everything pumpkin. As a…

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Church Sermon Series Graphics Done Right
Church Sermon Series Graphics Done Right

A church’s sermon series graphics do much more lifting than simply filling the projection screen on a Sunday morning. As archeologists have uncovered artwork from early Christians, we have developed an understanding of how visuals help us remember and understand the stories. They are a powerful reinforcement of the teaching. Art, in general, makes us…

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Podcasts Pastors Listen To
Podcasts Pastors Listen To

Podcasts make a big difference for pastors. If you’re a pastor, you know that finding content for your sermons can be challenging. You also understand that keeping up with the latest trends is essential to inspire and engage your congregation. We’ve put together this list of podcasts that pastors should add to their queue! These…

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Best Sermon Illustration Ideas
Best Sermon Illustration Ideas

Sermon illustrations help retain audience attention. Our world today is full of so much chaos and noise it can be difficult for our minds to know what to focus on. Even during a Sunday sermon, there is so much that we bring into the room, distracting us, that sermon illustrations help turn the mind back…

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Sermons that Connect with Your Audience and Stick
Sermons that Connect with Your Audience and Stick

Have you ever had a message fall completely flat? Everyone has. Few feelings are as dire as the one you experience delivering your message knowing with every second that passes, you lose more and more of the audience.  The Chevy Guy at the 2014 World Series knows exactly how this feels. There are many different…

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How to Become A Better Storyteller In Your Preaching
How to Become A Better Storyteller In Your Preaching

Where were you when you saw The Passion of the Christ for the first time? Can you remember where you sat? Who you were with? What it was like at the end of the film? The conversations that you had with others in the days that followed? You could have heard the crucifixion story hundreds…

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How to Create A Sermon Outline
How to Create A Sermon Outline

6 free sermon outline templates plus insights for creating your own custom sermon outline. Benefits of a sermon outline and the impact a sermon outline has on your preaching.

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Coming Up with The Big Idea For Your Sermon
Coming Up with The Big Idea For Your Sermon

Where do you start your message? At the beginning? At the end? Do you start your message with an illustration or a story? Of all the places you could start, there is one place you should start. Every message should start with your big idea. But how do you discover that big idea? Where do you come up with…

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Sermon Series to Start After Easter
Sermon Series to Start After Easter

Most pastors and church staff members will spend a large chunk of their time, energy, and budget on Easter Sunday; to the point where they forget about the sermon after Easter. Having a great week after Easter is just as important (if not more important) than Easter Sunday service, itself. If you can get visitors…

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Top Ten Sermon Series from 2021
Top Ten Sermon Series from 2021

Looking for some of the top sermons from 2021 according to other pastors and churches? This article is for you. When ministry is rolling it is one of the most rewarding things we can invest our time in. Seeing new families connect with small groups. Watching students find their peers from school and show up…

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Preaching the Book of Acts | Creating Your Sermon Series
Preaching the Book of Acts | Creating Your Sermon Series

We all know the American church is facing challenging times. A well-presented sermon series on the Book of Acts reminds all of us that these are not unprecedented times… it’s just our time. Seeds of the faith that grew into the worldwide church were planted by God in a turbulent time.  Rome is still in…

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Creating A Pastor Sabbatical Plan and Avoid Burnout
Creating A Pastor Sabbatical Plan and Avoid Burnout

Before we get into creating a pastor sabbatical plan, we need to examine why a pastor sabbatical plan should even be on the table. As a pastor, you know that your occupation is unique. Your work, your calling, and your schedule are substantially different than those who work in other fields. But one of the…

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How to turn your sermon series into a book
How to turn your sermon series into a book

Do you want to turn your sermon series into a book? If you’ve never done this before (or even if you have), there are some key steps you’ll want to follow as you write your new book. Check out these tips and suggestions to get started.

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Secrets Pastors Use for a Good Ministry/Life Balance
Secrets Pastors Use for a Good Ministry/Life Balance

Before you burn out, stop. Take time today to evaluate your current level of balance (even if there’s hardly any balance at all) and use these secrets to improve your ministry-life balance. Your family will thank you, your ministry team will thank you, your church will thank you, and you’ll thank yourself.

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Why Not Having A Preaching Plan is Costing You
Why Not Having A Preaching Plan is Costing You

Do you have a preaching plan? If you don’t, it’s costing you and your ministry. A preaching plan gives you the ability to manage your preparation time (giving you more ministry-life balance); increases your team synergy and effectiveness; and ensures you have more time to pray, research, and meditate on your sermon topics. It also makes it easier to invite guest speakers into your preaching rotation and give your entire team a clear roadmap for the year ahead.

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12 Sermon Series Ideas For The Fall
12 Sermon Series Ideas For The Fall

Attendance at church is naturally higher in the fall time, so this is a great time of year to be intentional about building momentum in your church. We wanted to share our top 12 sermon series ideas for the fall to help you leverage this season to build the most momentum before heading into the holiday season.

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10 Commandments of Branding Sermon Series Graphics
10 Commandments of Branding Sermon Series Graphics

Since the founding of Ministry Pass, we’ve published a lot of sermon series. Along the way, we’ve learned a few lessons about what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to design. If you want to avoid making the same mistake, here are the Ten Commandments to follow when it comes to creating sermon series graphics.

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7 Tips for Pastors on How to Generate Extra Side Income
7 Tips for Pastors on How to Generate Extra Side Income

As a pastor, you may find yourself in a church that doesn’t pay well- or at all- and need to earn some extra money in order to be able to provide for your family. At the same time, ministry is time-consuming, so you need something that doesn’t require your full-time focus! The question you’re asking yourself has to be, “How can I leverage my core strengths in order to make a little extra income?

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Why You Should Use a Sermon-Based Small Group
Why You Should Use a Sermon-Based Small Group

Today, we’re going to make a case for why you should consider having some sermon-based small groups at your church- they make it easier to recruit group leaders and they help people go deeper with the message, just for starters!

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How to Disciple Leaders in the Church
How to Disciple Leaders in the Church

As you’re discipling leaders, it’s important to remember that discipleship and sanctification don’t happen in a linear fashion. Growth is messy, but with intentionality over time, you should see an upward trend in their love for God, others, and in their faith. When we understand and embrace God’s grace, that’s going to result in life change.

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Digital Discipleship Guide
Digital Discipleship Guide

Leadership and ministry are rapidly changing. The rate of change in culture has been accelerating for quite a while, but the pandemic shifted this change into high gear. That is why we created this Digital Discipleship Guide.

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How to Preach Through a Book of the Bible
How to Preach Through a Book of the Bible

Maybe you’ve wanted to preach through a book of the Bible, but you have questions. Questions like, “How long should it be?” or “How can I make each message seem fresh if I’m sticking to the same Bible book for weeks or months?”

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How to Create a Sermon Series (Best Practices!)
How to Create a Sermon Series (Best Practices!)

Since launching Ministry Pass almost 7 years ago, our team has created over 12,000 sermon series- enough series to literally last a few lifetimes. Today, we’ll share some of the best practices for creating sermon series we’ve discovered along the way.

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5 Ways to Make Dad Feel Special at Church this Father’s Day
5 Ways to Make Dad Feel Special at Church this Father’s Day

At many churches, three of the weekends with highest attendance are Easter, Christmas, and Mother’s Day. But don’t forget to celebrate Father’s Day as well! Father’s Day can be a great opportunity to reach out to your community, celebrate men, and show God’s love. Here are five ways to make dads feel special at church this Father’s Day.

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How to Plan a Successful Church Staff Retreat
How to Plan a Successful Church Staff Retreat

Why should you host a staff retreat? As we once heard Mark Batterson say, “Change of pace and change of place, can give you a change of perspective.” Retreats are an opportunity to lift your people up and give them an opportunity to rest, while inviting them to see the bigger picture, escape their endless to-do lists, and reconnect with each other. It’s a chance to gather together, as a team, and say, “Let’s remember what this is really about.”

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11 Sermon Series Ideas for Summer 2021
11 Sermon Series Ideas for Summer 2021

It’s easy for your church to lose momentum in the summer, when schedules shift and people are on vacation. So today, we’ll cover some ideas to help you regain momentum during the warmer months. Along the way, you’ll discover some ideas that will help you be intentional about the content you’re preaching, as you think through how you want to build into your core families.

All these summer-perfect sermon series are on Ministry Pass and available for our members!

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How Small Churches Can Build a Preaching Team
How Small Churches Can Build a Preaching Team

As a pastor or leader at a small church, it’s easy to feel like a lot of the church roles fall on you. Small church pastors often have to wear more hats than pastors at larger churches. Here are six steps as you build a preaching team at your church.

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5 Apps for Church Team Collaboration
5 Apps for Church Team Collaboration

If you aren’t careful, communication within your church’s team can spread all over. If you want to keep it organized and efficient, even while you’re working remotely, this is the episode for you!

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Fresh Ideas to Connect Christmas with Life

101 Christmas Sermon Series Ideas

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Powerful and Relevant Illustrations Connect Christmas with Life

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