There is a lot of advice out there on sermon series planning. Some people say plan out for the next year. Some people say take it one at a time. Some say do Books of the Bible. Some say do topical series.
But no matter how you approach planning sermon series I want to provide you with some principles that will help you out.
Ministry and preaching are very contextual practices. You must not only be aware of your context but also consistently and continually evaluating yourself to make sure you are approaching your contextual situation the best you can. Instead of looking at popular megachurch in your area or that popular preacher 5 states away and taking their series for your own instead try to speak to the people you preach to. Not the people Andy Stanley or Perry Noble preach to.
Now there is nothing wrong with finding inspiration from other communicator (I highly encourage it actually) just remain anchored by your local context.
I like to plan to speak on issues when they come up. Talk about New Beginnings at New Years for example. Whether it is addressing an event on the calendar or addressing issues taking place in your congregation, community, nation or world I would challenge you to let your preaching speak to timely subjects.
Even if you are super prepared and planned out for the next year, I would challenge you to not let that be 100% set in stone. Because when we take the first two principles context and timeliness we have to change things up sometimes. That’s okay and encouraged.
No matter how well your series are planned out they are going to fall flat and inactive if they are not backed by Biblical principles. Our sermon series need to be Biblical. And no, that does not mean necessarily going through books of the Bible. Biblical preaching can very well be topical. And Biblical Book sermon series can very well be Biblical. Just make sure that any series you plan is rooted in Scripture and not your own preconceived notions about something.
Planning sermon series is an important tasks. As communicators and leaders it gets us on track, organized, and efficient. As you are planning sermon series keep this three principles in mind as they are essential to the process.
So tell me. What does your sermon series planning look like?