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4 Methods for Selecting a Sermon Passage

Preparing a sermon regularly can become a burdensome task when you have to come up with a biblical passage to preach from on a weekly basis.

Methods Choose Sermon Passage

Well, there is an intentional approach that you can take in making this process easier.

It was a matter of time before I preached everything that I was comfortable with. During seminary years I’ve built a great database of content that made for good preaching.

However, as with everything else, the day comes when your reservoir runs low and you’re faced with having to find new content. Continue Reading…

A Complete Guide to Building an Itinerant Speaking Ministry: Step One

I am Tony Doland. I am a nationally recognized anti-bullying speaker. I speak to thousands of teenagers every year all across the country. But 4 years ago I didn’t have a clue on how to get my speaking ministry off the ground.

build itinerant ministry

4 years ago I knew I was a good speaker. I had been working in churches for years as a youth pastor and I had spent countless hours honing my skills in an attempt to become great.

These countless hours coupled with a natural gift to speak made me into a good speaker. Nevertheless, me being a good speaker didn’t mean my phone was ringing off the hook with people wanting me to come speak for them. Continue Reading…

A Dangerous Sermon Icebreaker That Worked

This past weekend I had the honor to travel to Sacramento, California for some ministry. Since it was a fairly new crowd, I decided I needed to “break the ice.”

Good Sermon Icebreaker

There are many ways we can do this: humor, introducing our family or telling a good story.

Well, I went on a limb and tried something completely different. This icebreaker would either serve its purpose or put me in a hole so deep that I would lose them for good.

What I did was more than break the ice, I cracked the whole frozen lake.

What did I do? Continue Reading…

What to Know When You Are the Guest Preacher

When I was a seminary student I loved going to chapel and listening to the godly men and women who preached each day. Except for one thing.

Guest Preaching Itinerant

Most speakers assumed the audience was made up of 25-year-old young adults who were single or newly married with limited life and ministry experience.

This assumption came through in their illustrations, application points and general statements.

As a career-changing married man in his late 30’s with four children, I often felt left out and overlooked! Continue Reading…

3 Proven Ways to Engage Millennials with Your Preaching

Engaging Millennials is essential to the future of the Church. Grab them now, or lose them forever.

How-to Preaching Millennials

It’s a task that can seem overwhelming to many churches and pastors, but the principles for reaching Millennials with your preaching are timeless and applying these principles can be a joyful experience if you’re willing to put in the work. Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Become a Better Youth Speaker

As youth pastors and youth workers we have the opportunity to impact young lives every time we speak to a group of teenagers.

Preaching to Youth, communicating

How we carry ourselves, our tone of voice, and how relevant our message is will often determine how students will view us.

Unless, we draw teenagers in and capture their attention, we run the risk of them totally tuning us out. A well-prepared message also needs a well-prepared delivery.

The good news is there are ways to become a better communicator. Check it out! Continue Reading…

7 Habits of Highly Effective Preachers

Most people want to excel in whatever they do. In every discipline, there are strategies and habits that help a person do what they do better. Preaching is no exception.

Habits Effective Preachers

To speak of improving your preaching is to speak of methods. If you have improved as a preacher, it is because, consciously or subconsciously, you have learned new methods and made modifications to your preaching.

I personally don’t like doing things merely by accident; rather, I prefer a conscious, intentional approach to my growth and improvement.

Here are seven habits that pastors and preachers possess to ensure effective preaching. Continue Reading…

Six Avoidable Mistakes All Preachers Make. Number Three Is The Easiest To Correct.

If you are anything like me, then you are always striving to improve your communication skills. I want to do whatever I can to present the truth in a more accurate, convicting and convincing way.

Mistakes Preachers Make

Communication is a craft that is developed over time and these are six avoidable mistakes that every preacher makes. If you have made any of these mistakes, then you are in good company because I have certainly been guilty of this entire list.

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Secondhand Sermons: The Rules For Re-Preaching Sermons

There is an ongoing debate about whether or not you can “repreach” someone else’s sermon. Some arguments against repreaching are dogmatic and assert that you should never do this. On the other hand, some get weekly emails of a sermon already prepared. Where is the balance?


Here’s a good test: if you are borrowing from someone’s sermon because you don’t want to prepare your own, then it’s a problem.

But if you’re using someone’s sermon because it was written and spoken beautifully, preached by a legend like Charles Spurgeon or anyone else, and you know your hearers would benefit from this particular message, then go for it. Continue Reading…

The 10 Commandments of Sermon Illustrations

Someone once said that when you run out of illustrations, you should stop preaching. This statement may be overdramatic, but there is some element of truth to it. Jesus was a fantastic storyteller.

Sermon Illustrations

For example, when he communicated something about the kingdom he would talk about coins, sheep, and a prodigal son as a way to illustrate his point. If you survey the New Testament, you will quickly discover that Jesus frequently responded and engaged people through a story. Bottom line: stories stick in your memory. Continue Reading…