Dr. Shane Pruitt: How I Preach

Dr. Shane Pruitt

Shane Pruitt has been in full-time ministry for over thirteen years, and is currently Planter & Teaching Pastor of C3 Rowlett (Connection Community Church) A rapidly growing church plant in Rowlett, TX! C3 started in November 2010 with a core team of 30, and now has a little over 700 that call C3 home. . . He is also a Communicator & Bible Teacher at Student Camps, Revivals, Rallies, Retreats, Schools, Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Students, Disciple-Nows, College Retreats, Marriage Retreats/Conferences, Singles Events, Conventions, Panels, Roundtables, Associations, etc. Shane is also the creator of www.alreadyam.com. A new collection of online Articles that is rapidly growing in popularity. Some of the Articles have been shared by RELEVANT Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, VerdadyFe.com, The Christian Post, The Aquila Report, and more. And, he is also the Author of The Secret Place. A 60-day devotional through the four Gospels.

1. Current gigs (preaching, teaching, etc.) and years at it:

Planter & Teaching Pastor of C3 Rowlett (Connection Community Church). A rapidly growing church plant in Rowlett, TX! C3 started in November 2010 with a core team of 30, and now has a little over 700 that call C3 home.

Before C3, I was a Youth Pastor for 7 years, and an Associate Pastor for 3 years.

Program Chairman of the Pastor’s Conference for the Dallas Baptist Association (Spring – Summer 2014)

Evangelism Committee for the Dallas Baptist Association.

Board of Trustee Member for Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie, TX.

Creator of www.alreadyam.com. A new collection of online Articles that is rapidly growing in popularity. Since it’s conception in October of 2013, the website has had over 950,000 views and counting. Some of the Articles have been shared by RELEVANT Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, VerdadyFe.com, The Christian Post, The Aquila Report, and more.

Author of The Secret Place. A 60-day devotional through the four Gospels.

Speaker for the English Testimony on the 1Cross App. An Evangelism Tool APP created by the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention with video testimonies and Gospel presentations.

  1. Most used English Bible version:

ESV

  1. Use of Greek and Hebrew (light/moderate/heavy):

Moderate

  1. Current computer(s)/device(s):

Macbook Pro, iPad, iPhone

  1. Who or what made you want to preach:

Obvious answer is Jesus. Practical answer is the Pastor who shared the gospel with me, and dunked me in the Baptismal waters – Bro. Ivan Ker. His love for the Word and the Faith Family was contagious, and I caught it.

  1. One word that best describes how you prepare to preach:

Expectantly

  1. One word that best describes how you preach:

Energetically

  1. Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Extrovert

  1. Who are you most indebted to for making you the preacher you are (besides God)?

Closely – the faithful professors at The Criswell College.

From a distance – John MacArthur, David Platt, and Tony Evans

  1. What does your workspace look like when you are prepping?

Stacks of commentaries, Macbook, iTunes playing worship music, soft

drink, and snacks.

  1. What time of the day are you most effective?

Anytime after 8 AM.

  1. What’s your sleep routine like?

Midnight to 8 AM.

  1. What’s your best time-saving trick?

Routine – certain goals I have set to accomplish each day of the week.

  1. What do you listen to while you work?

Hillsong, Hillsong United, Explosions in the Sky, Austin Stone Worship, David Crowder, Charlie Hall, Passion

  1. Illustrations—where do you go for them and how do you store them?

I use a lot of personal stories, enjoy using jokes (yes, self-admittedly, most of them are corny), and using narrative illustrations from Scripture.

I store all my illustrations in a journal. I’ll also make a note of the date and setting that each illustration is used, so that it’s not overly used in the same settings.

  1. Tell us your sermon-prep routine?

Monday – Reading and praying over the Scripture that I’m using, while also jotting down any thoughts, illustrations, and other support verses that come to mind.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Praying and reading Commentaries, while jotting down more thoughts. By this time, the “big idea” of the sermon is set.

Thursday & Friday – The sermon manuscript is finalized. Along with any video illustrations, and sermon slides.

Saturday – More praying and reading over the manuscript.

Sunday – Delivery with no notes. (Manuscript is glued into a Notebook for archiving, and availability to return to in the future.)

  1. Average numbers of prep hours per sermon:

20 – 22 hours

  1. Any props used regularly in sermons? Slides? Handouts?

Bumper Videos and Sermon Slides. Every once in a while, I’ll use some sort of physical object for a visual illustration.

  1. Use of notes (no/some/extensive)?

No notes. Sometimes I will have them on the podium as a “safety net”, but never look at them while preaching unless I’m quoting something verbatim. (Manuscript is glued into a Notebook for archiving, and availability to return to in the future.)

  1. Who critiques your sermon, besides yourself?

My wife is a great resource for me, and the other Elders of the Church.

  1. How has your preaching improved over time?

Through trusting the Word in my own life experiences, trials, and sufferings. Preaching from the overflow of my own worship of Jesus. The greatest compliment I’ve ever received is “You preached that like you believe it!”

  1. What are you currently reading?

The Bible

God is the Gospel by John Piper

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

  1. What do you wish you had learned when you were in seminary?

Greek and Hebrew

  1. Exercise regimen?

Softball, Mountain Biking, and Running

  1. Spiritual disciplines?

Worship, Praying, Fasting, Scripture Reading, and Financial Giving

  1. Favorite food?

Mexican Food

Corn Nuts

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & Big Red

Sour Skittles

  1. What you do when you aren’t involved in preaching-related activities?

Loving on my wife, and three kiddo’s.

  1. Fill in the blank. “I’d love to see ________ answer these same questions.”

Charles Spurgeon (I know that it’s not possible, but it would be an interesting read!)

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Pastor your family first.

And, you focus on the depth of your ministry, and let the Lord focus on the width.

  1. What advice would you give a young preacher?

The exact same thing that was shared with me on the previous question.

  1. What book do you recommend a pastor or preacher to read (Not necessarily preaching related)?

I’m a huge fan of biographies. So, I encourage people to read and watch biographies on Christians and nonChristians. The more we understand humanity through our stories, the more we can relate the Gospel to a people that desperately need it.

  1. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

There is nothing more enjoyable than being a part of the journey of God giving you a vision, you being obedient to it, and seeing lives transformed through it.

  1. Where can we find more information about you or listen to your sermons (provide url)?

My personal website, church website, and personal blog.

  1. How can we connect with you through social media?
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