Methods for Preaching Without Notes – Memorize Whole Thing

It is sometimes thought of as the Holy Grail of preaching. We look and see them preach with a grace and style that seems supernatural, but how do they do it? How can you preach without notes in an effective manner? In the next few posts, we will look at different methods used by preachers to preach without notes.

The first method is to simply write out the full sermon and memorize it. Here you must write in a memorable fashion. However, it does require not only the time to create the sermon, but it also requires a lot of time to memorize the sermon.

Some preachers memorize the sermon by just being so familiar with the sermon through repetitious practicing. The great advantage of memorizing the sermon is that you can work on the words used in the sermon. However, you can lose spontaneity.

A preacher who does this, must be open to the moving of the Spirit who may inject words here and there and concepts. To do that, the sermon must be structured in such a way that one can easily move from one thought or point to another.

I have never attempted such an approach, but a good book that suggests this kind of preaching is Without a Net by William H. Shepherd. If you preach in this way, let me know.



Sherman Haywood Cox II

Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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