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Why Cool Church Doesn’t Work Anymore


Experimenting is the key to innovation.

And, as we’ve seen, in an age of imitation in the church, innovation has been sidelined.

Bring that back.

Do what you do now, but start experimenting on the side to see what’s really going to make the biggest impact in the future.

And while more expressive, charismatic worship and preaching seems to be connecting right now, that likely won’t be the entire future.

But that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

Leaders and churches need to keep experimenting, keep pressing on in the name of love and keep driving down new highways to find the future.

As much as worship and so many other touch points impact how we are the church, 76 percent of people say the message is a main factor in whether they attend a church. No surprise, since it’s the majority of the service.

So how do you preach in a way that connects with today’s culture WITHOUT selling out?

The Art of Better Preaching Course is a 12-session video training with a comprehensive, interactive workbook that will help you create, write and deliver better sermons. The course contains the lessons Mark Clark (lead pastor of  Village Church, a growing megachurch in post-Christian Vancouver) and I have learned, taught and used over decades of being professional communicators.

This is the complete course you need to start preaching better sermons, including:

  • Seven preaching myths it’s time to bust forever
  • The five keys to preaching sermons to unchurched people (that will keep them coming back)
  • How to discover the power in the text (and use it to drive your sermon)
  • The specific characteristics of sermons that reach people in today’s world
  • Why you need to ditch your sermon notes (and how to do it far more easily than you think)
  • How to keep your heart and mind fresh over the long run

And far more. Plus you get an interactive workbook and some bonus resources that will help you write amazing messages week after week.

In the Art of Better Preaching, Mark and I share everything we’ve learned about communicating in a way that will help your church grow without compromising biblical integrity. We cover detailed training on everything from interacting with the biblical text to delivering a talk without using notes, to writing killer bottom lines that people will remember for years.

Don’t miss out! Check it out today and gain instant access.


What are you seeing in the church today?

It’s easy to criticize, but what can you add in terms of contribution?

This article originally appeared here.

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Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.