Homiletics for Rookies

I’ve been incredibly intrigued lately about the idea of message preparation in ministry. Mainly because the new guy at Brookwood, Jared Patrick, is a rock solid communicator, and I’m incredibly impressed by his ability to communicate. As a side note, I’m so incredibly excited for the new season of Student Ministry at Brookwood Church and what Jared brings to the table as High School Pastor. Anyway, he’s been dropping a few bits and pieces of wisdom on my head about homiletics.

Homiletics is defined as the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition, and delivery of sermons.

Now he hasn’t called it homiletics, and I don’t have a Bible degree (mine is in Marketing), but it’s what it’s called nonetheless. I get that Senior Pastors probably have a crazy incredible process, but that’s not really what I’m interested in learning about today. I want to hear from Kidmin, Stumin, and Preteenmin communicators. A couple of things I want to know about are these:

  • How do you start your creative process on message creation?
  • Do you tweak curriculum or are you a go from scratch girl or guy?
  • What does your study method look like?
  • What do you bring to the stage?
  • How much time do you have to speak? (main reason I’m not interested in Senior Pastors here)

I would love, love, love to make some notes available for people if you have screenshots, digital copies, or scanned images that you would like to allow us to see. But honestly, here is my heart. I would love to see rock solid communicators everywhere in Family Ministry. I would love to help spark some conversations and provide some resources in that way.

So what do you have?

Teach me….

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J.C. Thompson
J.C. Thompson is the 5th & 6th Grade Director at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, SC, one of Outreach magazine’s Top 100 Largest Churches in America.