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Web Seminar – Options For Preaching Without Notes

Learn the various options for those who wish to preach without notes. This is a webseminar that I presented earlier this year.

Many SoulPreaching.Com readers have asked that this replay be presented. So here is the video of the seminar.

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One Secret To Preaching Without Notes

writingpaperWhen one thinks about preaching without notes, usually they think about memorizing a lot of data.  This is not the only way to do it.  In fact it is probably the one that requires the most work and effort.  However, This is one method, but it is by no means either the only method or even the preferred method.

So what is the secret to preaching without notes? The major secret is that you do not have to remember every word you will present. In other words you are to memorize “what” you are to preach rather than “how” you will preach it.

So in preparation you need to think about the concepts that you will present. Try to memorize the concepts, and then at the moment of preaching, you translate the concepts into words. When you practice preaching, you will practice putting the concepts that you have memorized into words. Certainly everytime you practice the sermon you will not only understand your concept better, but it will help you understand how to preach those concepts better.

So what are the benefits? Let us assume that you are preaching and can tell that a particular concept needs more illumination. On the fly you can add more illustrations and examples. Let us assume that you get up and need to cut your sermon down from 45 minutes to 20 minutes. You can simply cut down on illustrations or spend much less time on each concept.

In short, memorizing what you will say opens the way for an interaction with the people to help you determine how you will say it.

Methods for Preaching Without Notes – Memorize Nothing

We have talked about this method on a few times. Some might call this extemporaneous preaching in that the preacher does not necessarily know what will be preached or how. The preacher prepares by immersing his or herself in the scripture. You take a walk around the scriptural area and simply look around. Memorize the text, read up on all the characters, read up on the location. You want to really know the text. Then you want to really know the people you are addressing. What are their concerns? What are their questions?

There are two types of preachers who employ this method. There are those who have no idea how the sermon will open, proceed, or close. These preachers simply get up and allow the Spirit and their preparation to guide them. The sermon’s point emerges while the sermon is being preached. Now you do practice the sermon, but you don’t finalize on the presentation of the sermon until the sermon is actually being preached. Such an approach I find to be problematic in that it can easily degenerate into a pointless presentation.

The other type of preacher who uses this method has thought through a part of the sermon. Perhaps they have the big idea of the sermon. Then they let the sermon proceed without planning, but they do have the big idea of the sermon.

One thing that preachers should recognize is that whatever method of preaching without notes you use, you will have much preparation. At first your preparation will be just as extensive as when you prepared a full manuscript.