Preaching Clinic – A New Kind of Personal Training

At Spirit Lake Baptist Church I have sought to train the men in our fellowship to step up the the pulpit when I am away, absent due to sickness, or just plain need a break (it is alright to admit that you need a break – that is not a sign of weakness).

Well, I host a Preaching Clinic where I seek to train men to share God’s Word. This is what we are told to do in Ephesians 4:11-12, and it is what I have been doing to SLBC for years now. My first Preaching Clinic had eight guys, out of the eight only four actually graduated. To graduate you have to preach a message that is approved by the Pastor. My goal is not to turn loose men in the pulpit who have no clue how to sermonize, or to accurately cut the Scripture. No, I walk with the guys carefully for 12 weeks, and we study other men and how they preach.

Tons of paper is passed along with all kinds of insights into preaching. I absolutely love to train men to preach, and I love it when I get to sit in the audience and see the results of the “Ha Ha” moments from the class.

We have a great time for 12 weeks as each man has a series of assignments, everything from reading their personal testimony before the men to developing a sales pitch for an item they create (very humorous) – we do a lot of laughing!

My goal is to train men to step in when I am not available. There is no reason to go outside the church. Our men have heard from God too, and they read their Bible’s and they have a lot to offer our church body. The men who sign up for the next preaching clinic will learn the following steps to developing a message for Sunday morning:

  • How to pray – I Thess. 5:17
  • Reading the Bible – Start with a small book, than build your way into something larger.
  • Studying – II Tim. 2:15
  • Learning the value of ones six faithful friends – Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?
  • Learning to THINK
  • Outlining biblical passages
  • Finding ways to illustrate Scripture
  • Discovering the practical application – How does it apply?

We will watch some great sermons together, and we will listen to one another present small segments of Scripture in a classroom setting. Like I have said, it is going to be tons of fun.

The very last assignment is to prepare your sermon. We will walk through the steps it takes – here are only a few examples: Where does God have you reading in the Bible right now? This may be the place where you develop a sermon from. Surmise: Perhaps what I am living can be shared with others – trouble, pain, loss of loved one, hurt, change of job? Picking a text to preach. Like I said, these are some elementary steps for me, but they will be something I pass along to you.

I hope that we will have a lot of guys who sign up. There is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome table in the entrance way of the church. Sign up today.

I also want to make a quick comment about our Mission Team going to the Appalachian Mountains. The team as a whole needs to raise around $ 22,000 dollars. This will get airfare for everyone, plus take care of room, board, and feed up to 60 children a day. Your support right now is crucial for the team. Let us pull together and get our team ready to go. Mark your checks AMPM – Appalachian Mountain Mission Team

God is doing some wonderful things here in our church. I hope you are as excited as I am. Christian Star called me today and told me that a young guest that attend Church last week gave her heart to Christ. Isn’t that fantastic NEWS!!! Also a week ago at youth group a young teenage girl invited Christ into her life as well. This is what we want to see happening all the time at SLBC. God help us to become a LIFE SAVING STATION.

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Kim


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