Crafting the Sermon: A Beginner's Guide to Preaching (Paperback)
If it doesn't happen on Sunday, it doesn't happen. A down-to-earth, practical introduction to the ins and outs of preaching for lay preachers, bivocational and local pastors, and others newly arrived in the pulpit. Trends show that a large number of lay preachers and part- and full-time local pastors have assumed the principal responsibility for filling the pulpit week by week in increasing numbers of local churches. While most of these individuals can draw on a wealth of life experiences, as well as strong intuitive skills in knowing what makes a good sermon, having listened to them much of their lives, what they often don't bring to the pulpit, however, is specific, detailed instruction in the how-tos of preaching. That is precisely what this brief, practical guide to preaching has to offer. Written for those who have a heart for preaching, author Charles Ensminger begins by emphasizing the importance of authenticity, accessing the context and needs of the congregation, and the need for preachers to hear how the text applies to their own spiritual journey. The book includes helpful suggestions for resources; sermon planning, preparation, and delivery; as well as how to choose effective and memorable illustrations.