#4 The Writing, Practicing and Culling.PS -- Cafedave asked about timing. For a regular 25 minute Sunday sermon, I'm going to say 12 hours is average for me. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It's hard to say, because you live with it all week. I reckon something like 2/3 hours reading (more or less depending on what/where the sermon is, and whether you've done reading on it before, or if it's a text or topic), 2 hours on structure, 5 hours on writing, 2 hours culling and practicing. It's slippery.
I write my sermons out in such a way that I won't ever read it out. (You have to see how I order it to know what I mean. Happy to send a formated copy of this sermon to anyone who emails me). That means that I do not write it out in prose. But in ideas and subset ideas. I learnt that doing MTS.
I know I do not stay to a text, so a 25 minute sermon cannot be any longer than 1900 words.
I practice as I go. And if I'm bored by what I prepare, I go back and start again.
Culling is the most important part. If you don't cull, you'll lose the game. (I'm not so good at culling, and so I know and feel the weight of this.)
It used to take me longer.
ONE MORE TO COME... (Just added an extra).
Pic is of Pulpit Rock by Mimi K